After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
This story should have been a bit more concentrated on the beautiful, wonderful and admiring friendship that Lilah (famous singer) and Reagan (main character + Lilah’s best friend) share than on the oh so annoying/cheesy/frustrating romance AND drama.
It’s summer and Lilah’s kick off tour around 24 city of the US of A is starting. Reagan is participating as well since these last few months weren’t easy for her. The relationship between her and her latest boyfriend didn’t end up well and she needs to spend more time with Lilah.
I almost got what I expected. I’m though not sure about this little part of the synopsis: ‘they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.’
Why? There was no epilogue. We don’t know if something happened afterwards that made them incredibly happy (Lilah AND Reagan since they both have their crush/love.) And, there was so much drama. When everything was finally resolved, the story ended so it’s not like the ‘risk worth taking’ part was included/demonstrated. About the ending, it was too heavy, predictable, childish and long.
Reagan…I hate her. I rarely say I hate a character but, seriously. I can’t stand that girl. From the blurb, I knew she wasn’t going to be an easy one but damn never would I have thought that she’ll be:
-Negative (rarely had I witnessed her SMILING/laughing)
-Juvenile (just, go read the few last pages and you’ll see)
-Jealous (she sees girls as a threat without giving them at least a chance)
-Predictable (when you get her attitude, she becomes transparent to you)
-Nonchalant (especially when she’s talking about heavy subjects/life matters)
-Judgemental (it’ll take you much to earn her respect)
I must say I wasn’t expecting that much from this novel and I was right. Really the typical YA contemporary girl-plus-boy-date-it-s-heaven-then-drama-comes- + -backstabbing-then-drama-again… and I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil it for you.
Despite all those weaknesses, the story IS very beautifully written. It’s a shame that it isn’t more interesting and the romance special because it could have been a HIT. Since it’s a music themed book as well, the story does contain some lovely lyrics that I more than enjoyed reading. Lilah was my favourite character throughout the book since she’s the kind of girl that will listen to you and simply the angel type. You can’t help but like her and I did appreciate her character development.
Also, Matt is cute. He’s Reagan’s love interest and I absolutely think she doesn’t deserve him. So why don’t you come sing a little in my city, lovely? He’s the nice kind of guy but I must admit he can also be boring. I don’t recall him and Reagan talking a lot. They absolutely don’t have the same connection that she and Lilah or Lilah and HER love have.
My verdict is that it’s an OKAY book that could have been much much better (if only we could have kicked Reagan out of the story) and I look forward to reading this author’s other works since I really like her writing.
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