Publication Date: July 21, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Dates Read: October 6, 2020
Format: eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley and Audiobook
Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.
Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out-of-this-world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. This is my first read from Erin Hahn, and I enjoyed her writing style a lot.
Vada and Luke were really great characters, and I enjoyed their chemistry and slow-build relationship. As a music lover myself, the added music knowledge/element as part of the story was really great and I loved all the references and nods to great bands.
I think that for me at least, the side characters just weren’t as strong as Vada and Luke to me. I realize that they are obviously the main characters, and their romance was the main plot of the story, but side characters can really make or break a book, and these ones just didn’t work for me.
Other than the side characters though, I enjoyed the storyline and the main characters enough to give this one a 4 star rating instead of something lower. I definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys YA Contemporary Romance and loves music as well!
Special thanks to Wednesday Books, Erin Hahn, and NetGalley for the early copy in exchange only for my honest thoughts and review.