Wednesday, 11 April 2012

#86 Book Review: Love Shy

Love Shy
Release Date: April 1st 2012
Author: Lili Wilkinson
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy: Fishpond
More Info: Goodreads
Summary from Goodreads:
Penny is a schoolgirl investigative journalist in search of a story. And she finds one: a boy at her school who is painfully love-shy. Surely he's the perfect subject for a feature article. What could possibly go wrong?

Penny Drummond aspires to be a journalist. A good one. A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist. In the meantime, she's honing her journalistic skills on the East Glendale Secondary College Gazette. When she discovers a boy at her school is posting anonymous messages on, Penny believes she has found just the story that will help make her name. Her mission: find him, fix him, feature-article him. Next stop: Pulitzer Prize.

But what will become of her 'journey of the soul' article if the love-shy boy is not who she expects? And what happens when Penny finds that her soul might be in need of a little attention as well?

Love-Shy is a lively, entertaining and warm-hearted romantic comedy filled with serious secrets, ambitious plans, awkward moments and unexpected friendships - funny and engaging to the very last page.  
My review:


The girl kind of looks like how I imagined Penny. I don't really understand what that bowl looking glass with the stones inside of it is but it's a creative and fun-looking cover! 
4 Forget-Me-Not flowers for the cover!

I am Pezzimist and I am a love-shy.

Penny is trying to figure out who Pezzimist is. She is a journalist student and wants to write an article about this guy (of course it's going to be Anonymous). Pezzimist is a love-shy. It means that he feels uncomfortable around girls. He wants to interact with girls, but he's just too shy. Penny wants to help him. And who knows, in the process of helping him she can get a Pulitzer Prize!

This book was fun. I like the story and it's really unique! Love Shy is written from Penny's POV. The idea of love-shy itself is really interesting. I never noticed that sometimes boys can feel too shy around girls. Usually boys are really confident and brave but in fact, some of them are just not. It's really fun reading about how Penny tries to find out who Pezzimist is and when she does, I love reading how she tries to help him. Wilkinson's writing style is fun and engaging, and the school setting is absolutely great. Although, this book didn't quite hooked me into the story and sometimes the pacing felt quite slow to me. There were parts that I found quite boring and it didn't make me want to keep on reading. It actually took me a while to finish the book. Nevertheless, the ending pleased me and it was overall an enjoyable read!

Penny is a strong-willed girl who will not give up when she decides to do something. The moment she is set on writing a story about Pezzimist, she keeps on trying to find him and even interviewed the boys in the school with random questions which are hilarious. Imagine you being approached by some random person who starts asking you random questions about your love life! That must be really embarrassing sometimes. Pezzimist is quite a sad character. Being love-shy is not easy. I can feel his pain, sadness and the need to change and stop being a love-shy. I enjoyed reading about Penny and Pezzimist's relationship and also Penny's friends such as Hamish and Rin!

Do you know what love-shy means? Do you want to know how to identify a love-shy person and how to help them? Read this book! Love Shy is a fun, hilarious and great book which will answer these questions. The determined Penny is about to write her best article yet about love-shy!
3 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Love Shy!

Thank you Allen & Unwin for the review copy!


  1. Yay, I really loved this book :)

    And the glass bowl on the cover is on of Pezz's terrariums that he has in his room ;)

  2. I interviewed Lili when her last book came out and she mentioned Love-shy, and I’ve been DYING to read it ever since. I’m so glad to hear that this is just as fun and engaging as her previous novels, shame about the slower pacing, though! Fabulous review, Celine!

    PS – For some unknown reason, I LOVE THIS COVER. It’s YELLOW.
    PPS – Hey Mandee, what’s a terrarium? Oh wait, googled it... err, fish bowl for lizards?

  3. Eeeee! Celine, this sounds like SO much fun! So cute! I'm so intrigued about Pezzimist, now! great review xx

  4. Whoaa..Pezzimist is a PERSON? Huh? I swear I thought he/it was just like...a code/mysterious object or something :S LOL Wow...this sounds like such a fun read! I'll definitely give this a try if i have time <3 Fantastic review Celine! :D

  5. This sounds interesting actually, haha I'll just have to add it to my ever growing must-read list. Interesting concept huh?
    Great review Celine!

  6. "Imagine you being approached by some random person who starts asking you random questions about your love life..." <-- Oh my gosh, that would be so embarrassing LOL! I've had random people ask me about books (which was coincidental funny) and whether or not they should get a nose job (which was not-so-funny), but never about my love life. That's seriously adorable!! x)

    Besides Mimi being random... AMAZING honest review, Celine! Even if this wasn't your perfect read, a sweet-book-loving girl like me is definitely intrigued by love-shyness! :) <3

    P.S. I love their names! Pezzimist. Hamish. Rin. Those are just AWESOME x)

  7. I've still to pick up a book by Wilkinson I think I have A Pocketful of Eyes somewhere! I've heard she's a really funny author, this books sounds really interesting though and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Great review! :)

  8. Oh, such an adorable review, Celine! I agree, the cover is very interesting and playful! It's awesome that the girl in the cover is just your perfect idea of Penny. I hate it when a cover doesn't go with the story inside, so it's a great thing that the cover of this book resembles the story! <3

    I want to read about a love-shy person! The idea of a love-shy guy is just so cute! ♥ I love his name, Pezzimist, so unique and striking! This seems like a perfect light read! <3

  9. I really liked A Pocketful of Eyes by the same author so I want to read this one too! I love the idea of Love Shy and it sounds like a delightful read. Perfect review, Celine! ♥

  10. I really do love the idea for this one and the characters sound so unique and interesting! Plus I love me a strong-willed heroine who doesn't give up on her goals. I already feel for this Pezzimist guy ;( I have yet to read any of Lili's novels, but I've heard great things and this sounds like yet another fun, fascinating ride. Thanks for the awesome review!

  11. This book sounds so cute.


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