Review | FLY ON THE WALL by e. lockhart

Goodreads

182 Pages

lol I’m like 90% positive this description is longer than the book ahhhh . . . (you already knowwww what kind of review this is about to be)

At the Manhattan School of Art and Music, where everyone is unique and everyone is ‘different’, Gretchen Yee feels ordinary. It doesn’t help that she’s known as the girl who sits alone at lunch, drawing pictures of her favourite superhero, just so she won’t have to talk to anyone. Her best (and only real) friend is there for her, but that’s only if she’s not busy – she’s always busy! 

It’s no surprise that Gretchen isn’t exactly successful in the boy department. Her ex-boyfriend is a cold-fish-sometimes-flirty ex who she can’t stop bumping into. Plus, she has a massive crush on a boy named, Titus but is too scared to make the first move. One minute he seems like a sensitive guy, the next, he’s a completely different person when he’s with his friends. She can’t seem to figure boys out!

Gretchen has one wish: to be a fly on the wall in the boy’s locker room. What are boys really like? What do they talk about?


I haven’t really talked about it much since I started blogging on here, but me and e. have a long history:

We Were Liars came out when I was in high school, and I just remember the huge buzz about it (nonono, not in my school, on the internet — our school YA section consisted of around 20 books because, like, three people read in that school while the rest either played football or pretended to be interested football, anyway . . . all of our school funding went to football because why not). WWL was one of the few books my high school library acquired. So, I was bored. I didn’t want to buy a book that was barely 100 pages and decided to check it out.

Little did I know that WWL would be my absolute, least favorite read of my entire high school career, if not my entire life up to this point. There are a million reasons why I hated it (yes, it takes a lot for me to hate a book, but I sure do hate WWL!), but that’s for another time. Because today, boys and girls, we’re reviewing Fly on the Wall by e. lockhart (all lowercase for maximum edge, of course).

Did I think it would happen? Did I think I’d ever pick up another one of her books? No. But do to the prodding of the amazing Sara, I am here now . . . writing you this rant review. So, enjoy. Or not. I don’t really care at this point, I’m so frustrated with this book.

WARNING: This is going to be ranty and have spoilers. Be advised.

Let’s start off with the positives:

  • It’s short (and not being advertised as a novel, which a lot of these 25pt font, double spaced YA books seem to be doing these days)
  • It ends

Everything else:

So, essentially the plot is of a girl who is the “awkward” one in an “all awkward” school, so you know she is definitely “not like other girls, but even more so” (none of those were direct quotes, but you get my point).

Oh! And did I tell you she likes Spiderman? BeCausE if I DIDn’T aLreadY, I’m sORrY. SHe liKES sPiDErmAn, okay? do NoT foRgET tHaT SHE IS A SPidER-LoVIng gIRL WHo DRawS aNd iS nOT liKe ThE OthER giRLs bEcause SHE liKEs spiDErMAn sO MUcH AnD cAN draW OkaY? (And if you forget just read the book and they’ll remind you every paragraph.)

So, this girl. Wants a boyfriend. Wishes to be a fly in the boys locker room. Becomes fly. Throw in a little divorce, and you’ve got yourself a published story. BOOM. (not a proven method, kids. please DO NOT try at home.)

Yes. That’s it. 66.6repeating% of the book is her watching naked boys in a locker room.

Okay, I can get behind a book making people comfortable with talking about their body and sexuality. I get it, okay? But, of course, to make the audience aware and actually learn we’re going to call all of the body parts by their anatomical names, right? Because surely “penis” isn’t a bad word or a word we should avoid because the main character claims to have seen 110 of them, right?.

No? No? Just me? Okay.

I made a key for you, so when you read this book (please do not) you don’t get confused:

gherkin = penis

booty = butt

biscuits = breasts

Besides the fact of what it’s trying to do (and ultimately, very badly, fails at), it’s essentially

about a stalker girl watching

guys get naked and knowing everyone’s

dick size and personal problems

by the end in order to get enough

confidence to ask her crush

out.

(who is also awkward and not like the other kids).

(Sorry about that part up there being so broken up! I was just taking some inspiration from how 50% of the book is written.)

The end, guys! That’s my review!

Oh wait, the book is also about Title IX and unequal sized locker-rooms in a New York City school, and dealing with divorce, and a mom that randomly goes on vacation and who we never meet again, and Bean Curd something dolls, oh and coming out, and building confidence when you’re skinny, and bullying — all in a matter of 182 pages. But of course I don’t want to try and cram too much in such little space here! So, I’ll end it there.

Rating:

Please don’t read this book

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read? Let’s chat int he comments!

Review | THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

Amazon | TBD| Goodreads

416 Pages

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


It’s needless to say that I’m a little, if not a lot, behind on getting around to this one. All I’ve ever heard about this series was good things, and, since Stiefvater will be at Bookcon this year, I figured I’d finally give it a go.

A few thoughts:

The writing style was very odd. In the beginning, I found myself getting confused at times. A lot of Stiefvater’s modifiers are very out of place then what would be typical, I feel, in the English language, but as you get further and further into to the story, I believe it adds character and highlights the oddity that is surrounded by the raven boys and Blue. So, it works.

Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked this up. There’s always been this sort of mystery behind this series for me, as I always knew everyone raves about it, but I never fully understood what it was about. And when I finished it, I almost felt the same way, but in a good way, I think?

While, in the end, I have a very neutral opinion about this book — that is I didn’t dislike it, yet I’m not raving over it — there is one thing that I just couldn’t get over. I just felt that the whole ending was very sloppy. When I got to the final chapter, one of the shortest in the book, it was just like “okay ‘x’ amount of time later this this and this happened and now we’re here.”

In the end, I enjoyed this book’s peculiarity. I’m exited to try and meet Stiefvater at Bookcon. But I’m not knocking down any doors to read the next one.

Rating:


Have you read The Raven Boys? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments!

WE’LL FLY AWAY by Bryan Bliss | Review

Amazon | TBD | Goodreads

Uniquely told through letters from death row and third-person narrative, Bryan Bliss’s hard-hitting third novel expertly unravels the string of events that landed a teenager in jail. Luke feels like he’s been looking after Toby his entire life. He patches Toby up when Toby’s father, a drunk and a petty criminal, beats on him, he gives him a place to stay, and he diffuses the situation at school when wise-cracking Toby inevitably gets into fights. Someday, Luke and Toby will leave this small town, riding the tails of Luke’s wrestling scholarship, and never look back.

But during their senior year, they begin to drift apart. Luke is dealing with his unreliable mother and her new boyfriend. And Toby unwittingly begins to get drawn into his father’s world, and falls for an older woman. All their long-held dreams seem to be unraveling. Tense and emotional, this heartbreaking novel explores family, abuse, sex, love, friendship, and the lengths a person will go to protect the people they love. 


This book is an absolute emotional rollercoaster.

First off, the characters are absolutely brilliant. Bliss is an expert at showing their bond and their impoverished situation that you can’t help but sympathize and find someway to relate to them.

I want to start out talking about the “twist” in the book. I’m here to say that while I feel it is easy for the reader to figure out what is really going on early in the beginning, Bliss wasn’t trying to create this HAHA FOOLED YOU moment, but rather write about the strong bond between two boys towards the end of high school. How hard it is to figure out where you stand in this adult world when you’ve already been forced to be in that situation for so long.

Bliss notes at the end how he felt this was mainly written to make a statement about death row, but I really felt that the story took a step to the back, as Luke and Toby’s characters where just so strong that it really made it about the trials of growing up and the unexpected that can happen with friendship and time.

The prose in this book are very strong, very compelling, and very emotional. I was very surprised when I saw that not many people are talking about it, as this book needs to be read more. I was very moved, and I loved every page.

Rating:


What’s the most emotional book you’ve ever read? Let’s chat in the comments!

HIDDEN BODIES by Caroline Kepnes | Review

Amazon | TBD | Goodreads

442 Pages

Sequel to You. Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.

In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…


I felt the ending to You (read my review here) was perfect. When I found out there was a sequel, I was skeptical — was this just a money grab?

FULL DISCLOSURE: This is a review of a SEQUEL; if you haven’t read the first one, be strongly cautioned. While I will try to keep this review entirely spoiler free of the first one, I cannot make any promises.

I’m happy to report, that when I picked this up, I fell into a similar rhythm as I did with You — it was very hard to put down.

On the good notes, Joe is a character you just can never get enough of. He’s a character that you can also really never make your mind up about. He’s pure evil, pure crazy, yet you can’t help but feel sorry for him and want good things to happen to him.

This novel overall was action packed, sexy, and filled with many things that I loved about the first one.

Now onto the reasons why I just can’t give this a full five stars like it’s predecessor.

While there was an overall sense of not being able to put the book down, there were a couple moments and chapters that I felt added absolutely nothing to the main plot. It felt as if Kepnes was trying to figure out where she wanted to go next with Joe, but just wasn’t quite sure.

I also feel that the story, as a whole, was very unplanned, very unrealistic. The one thing that made You so thrilling was that it felt so real. At times, however, some of the situations Joe was finding himself in just seemed so absurd that it pulled from that realness.

As with the people who don’t . . . survive. I felt that in the first one, you built a rage with Joe — that these people deserved their fate, as Joe was just so convincing — made you hate them too. And I just wasn’t getting that with these victims.

But, even with those critiques, I still felt it was a strong sequel. Do I really think it was necessary? No. But, it entertained me, and I got to spend more time with a character who I really enjoy.

Rating

Tag | Wonderstruck Book Tag

I was tagged by the amazing Sara about a million years ago! School is finally coming to a slow-down, so I’m trying to do my catch-up game here!

Sara knows just how much I love me some Taylor Swift, so here we go!

  • Link back to the creator (Olivia)
  • Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics in this post. 
  • Tag however many people you’d like at the end!

I tend not read many books that “break my heart,” so I’m going to stray a little for this answer. Hamlet is probably my favorite Shakespeare play out of the right I had to read for university this semester. Hamlet’s character is just so easy to feel sorry for, and the inevitable doom he brings upon himself is just sad.

This book . . . goodness. This book does not get the credit it deserves! It is one of the most, if not the most, psychologically thrilling books I’ve ever read. This is a true, modern-day, literary masterpiece. You can read my review of it here.

To be honest, I wouldn’t care for *any* book to become a movie, because they always seem to mess everything up. But I feel that Ask the Passengers would be a great one — it’s light and coming-of-age. You can read my review here.


I believe this came out my first year in high school, and I just remember thinking of how beautiful it looked! (P.S. This is definitely one of my favorite Ellen Hopkins books, so if you can, check it out! It’s a quick read! She’s definitely an author I don’t see too much on WP!)

I’m going to have to take Sara’s answer for this one. This is one of the very few books I’ve re-read. And this is the ONLY book I’ve re-read more than once. A true masterpiece.

WHY IS NO ONE STILL READING THESE?!?! I was so obsessed with this trilogy when I was younger! Ugh! Sooooo underrated!

Still remains as one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read. The second I picked this up, I couldn’t put it down. Rothfuss manages to just bring you into his world and never let you go.

Refer to “Shake It Off.”

While there was never any defined “romance” in Renegades, I absolutly loved the tension between Nova and Adrian.

This could also fall under the category of “a book I still think about after reading it.” I just wasn’t expecting so much from this, as I’m usually let down by “hyped-up” books. But everything was just done so well in this — it dragged me through all of the emotions.

Eragon is the book that got me into fantasy. Unfortunately, I DNFd Eldest 150 pages in because it bored me to death.


I love tags and Taylor Swift! So, if you love those two things, consider yourself tagged!


What’s a book series where you loved the first book and hated the sequel? Let’s chat in the comments!

RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer | Review

Amazon | TBD | Goodreads

552 Pages

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


I’ve been a fan of Meyer since the beginning of the Lunar chronicles. In fact, she’s one of the only authors I’ve met in person (I asked her some hard questions that day, but that’s another story). Needless to say, I’m a pretty big fan of her writing. The Lunar chronicles is one of my favorite series and while Heartless wasn’t my absolute favorite, I still really enjoyed it.

I think the reason it took me so long to pick this up is that it seemed like such a stretch to what she had been writing — spins on fairy tales. But, with the stress of finals and this overwhelming fear that I would never find another good book again ever, I decided to pick this one up. And I’m very glad I did.

The opening is enough to grab someone as it is, and while I’ve never really been a huge fan of these “Marvel” type superheroes, I was happy to see that this really wasn’t what was going on at all here.

Nova and Adrian, the main characters, are great, and I really loved the natural tension that was created between them. Meyer has this exceptional talent of really making her characters pop off the page.

If it hadn’t have been that I guessed the main plot twist in the middle of the book, this might have reached the coveted five stars.

In the end, it was fun, kept me reading, and helped alleviate some of the stress of finals.

Rating:


What’s your favorite superhero film or book? Have you read anything by Meyer? Let’s chat in the comments!

TAG | The Liebster Award

School is FINALLY starting to wind down, so now I have little to no excuses to not blog!

Ally nominated me for the Liebster award in February, so THANK YOU AND I’M SO SORRY IT TOOK ME SO LONG OT GET AROUND TO THIS!! Everyone, please go check out her blog!

The Liebster Award Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Questions from Ally

  1. If you could acquire any ability, what would it be?
    • The ability to hoola-hoop! I’ve literally never figured out how, and I’m pretty sure, at this point, it’s witchcraft (the dark kind).
  2. What’s your perfect breakfast?
    • Waffles (preferably chocolate), with two eggs, sunny side up! OR yogurt and toast!
  3. What’s your phone background?
    • My lock screen is my girlfriend and I from Christmas and my home background is me and my cat, Jonas!
  4. Who was your first favourite author?
    • I have several, but if I was forced at gunpoint to pick just one, to keep it fair (since this author is now dead), I’d say J.D. Salinger.
  5. If you could use any spell from Harry Potter, which would it be and why?
    • I have literally never read a HP book in my life . . . sorry (**everyone unfollows)
  6. If you could only name your children (or pets if you don’t want children) after the characters in a book series, which series and names would you choose?
    • Ha! Probably the Thrown of Glass series. I like Dorian, Aelin, and Rowan as names.
  7. What’s something you’ve recently been obsessed with? Gush about it.
    • BAKING! I just LOVE baking, and I try to find a new recipe to make every weekend, though it’s difficult when 1) you’re attempting to eat as healthy as possible 2) you have a college budget and 3) you have little kitchen space
  8. If you could require everyone to read one book, which book would it be?
    • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  9. Hot or iced coffee?
    • Hot
  10. What was your favourite subject in school?
    • Math from Sophomore year below. English Junior and Senior year.
  11. If you could tell your 15-year-old self one thing, what would it be?
    • STOP TAKING EVERYTHING SO SERIOUSLY NO MATTER HOW SERIOUS THEY MAY SEEM!!!!!!!!!

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I h a t e bacon.
  2. My preferred egg style is sunny-side up or scrambled.
  3. When I first adopted my cat, Jonas, he had an upper-respiratory infection that was not going away, and the vet scared me thinking he might have feline HIV or leukemia. Lots of money and tests later, it was, in fact, just the sniffles. (pictures of Jonas in little form below)
  4. I used to weigh 355 pounds.
  5. I lost over 150+ pounds.
  6. I used to know someone in high school who was afraid of the number nine.
  7. FACT: Dipping your grilled cheese in ketchup is underrated.
  8. I was drum major of our local marching band my senior year in high school.
  9. I used to have an unhealthy obsession with rollercoasters (still kind of do).
  10. Single origin, light-roast coffee is my preferred bean!
  11. Hammonds, currently, is my favorite chocolate brand . . . (huge shoutout to Sara for this)

My Questions for You

  1. Cake or non-cake donut?
  2. What is you preferred milk type (two percent, whole, almond)?
  3. What’s the last book you check out form the library?
  4. Have you ever met anyone famous?
  5. What’s the last thing you’ve cooked or baked from scratch?
  6. Biscuits or bagels?
  7. baby boi or BIG BOI? (refer to and include one above picture)
  8. If you could have dinner with one author that’s alive, who would it be?
  9. What is your most anticipated release of the year?
  10. What’s been your most disappointing read this year, so far?
  11. What was the last song you listened to?

I understand we’re doing an 11 theme here but I don’t think that’s happening! NOMINATIONS:

Sara / Crystal / Jessica / Sahi / Bibi / Robin


Answer a question from one of “my questions for you” in the comments! Let’s chat!

Let’s Talk | That Time a NYT Bestselling Author Came @ Me: Mackenzi Lee Edition

I think one of the most important things that I’ve learned while being in college is to speak up for what you believe in, otherwise how will anything be changed — how will you make a difference? I mean, that’s one of the core parts of humanity, being able to speak up for what you believe in, right?.

One thing I believe in, or, should I say, have been against for a very long time now is publishers releasing these very tiny works of, like, 50 pages and then charging fans upwards of $10 for this practical chapbook of something.

Note, that I am not one to usually voice my opinion on social media about things, but when I saw this post by NYT Bestselling author Mackenzi Lee, I felt the urge to say something:

I think the main thing that made me upset about this was the fact that this was a pre-sale incentive for people who decided to buy the novel early and now they’re gong to be selling it? To me, that just made me a little upset.

Now, if you scroll through my twitter, I hardly, ever post anything on there anymore (besides the automatic posts from my blog), but I decided to reply to this. For everyone who knows me off the blog, they know I hate getting into confrontations, I hate hurting people’s feelings and I hate to see others hurt. So, when replying to the tweet, I knew I had to do it in a way where it didn’t seem I was coming off harshly, or in a rude way. But, I just felt the urge to say something about this:

Someone replied, and I replied back:

And I thought that was that. I thought I had made my point, respectively.

Well, two days later, I get out of my Shakespeare class and am having lunch with my friends when I see this:

Okay, first off, WOAH . . .

Not only do I feel this response is a slight (if not huge) overreaction, my first point of criticism is that she seems to want to be addressing a wide variety of “harassers” and people who are “coming at her,” yet, I seem to be the only one tagged in this.

Later, on her Instagram story, she posts things like:

These really made me upset. While she didn’t directly call me out in this one, we definitely know what spurred it.

I had this nice reply to my tweet later on:

Considering I literally said in my tweet (let me quote here), “I know you probably had nothing to do with this decision . . .” (where she later said she kind of did), does make me slightly . . . very angry.

In my opinion (and this will be the last one I state about this, because apparently stating any kind of opinion to someone with a large following will make them retweet it and complain and have tons of people blindly come to their defense . . . or maybe that’s just one person. Idkidk), when you post something on social media, it is then out of your control. If someone doesn’t like something you say and politely tells you so, do I think someone should have the right to push back to defend themselves? Abso-freaking-lutley. But Lee’s complete disregard for the power of her platform, the way in which she addressed the issue — i.e. specifically re-tweeting my specific tweet — and the overall rudeness of this entire thing has made me lose all respect for this author.

So here I am, retaliating and expressing my anger on my own, much smaller, platform. But I love all of you guys and am thankful every single day for everyone of you.

It deeply disappoints me to see such a blatant disregard from someone I used to have respect for.

One person out of 20k+ to stop supporting someone isn’t really much of anything. But I feel this was inappropriate on her side, and I just cannot support something like this.

You’re welcome to check out this whole conversation for yourself, as I will leave a link at the end of all of this (I had to get sassy with a couple of people trying to fuel this very unnecessary fire, so please excuse that).

Here’s the link: https://twitter.com/themackenzilee/status/1115269391111921665

Also, I will admit, I made a slight mistake . . .

. . . it’s actually $14.99.

P.S.

P.S.S.

This one’s a bonus, just for fun! She didn’t tweet this directly @ me, but it’s neat, so I thought I’d share:

Now, whoever Mel is talking about I am sure is, in fact, an “entitled little asshole,” and I’m sure Mel did all of her research before deciding to bring hate speech into things. Since Mel must have forgotten to tag the person she was talking about, I decided to help her out:

Thank you, Mel . . .


I would really like to get your opinion on this! Let’s chat in the comments!

UPDATE: 200 Followers, Italy, Shakespeare (?)

Wow, I feel like it has been forever since I’ve posted something, but here we are! So, a lot has been happening, my academic semester is coming to an end and everything is just crazy!

1.) 200 Followers!!!

Woah!!! Thank you so much!!! Do you have any idea how much this means?

Well, a lot!

I’ve been on this site a little over a year, and I just cannot believe that there are 200+ people out there who care about my words. So, thank you so much.

Throughout the year and 200 followers, I’ve had unbelievable response to two tags I created (Spring Cleaning, Song Request), met amazing people, and interacted with all of you! So, thank you, thank you, thank you!


2.) Italy!

Another reason I have been so absent, was that I spent a week and a half in Italy!

I could talk for awhile about the experience, but, all-in-all, I had a great time!

3.) Shakespeare?

And, the main reason I’ve been so absent . . . wait for it . . . yes, school.

Don’t worry, I’m loving it! But, the semester is coming to a close in less than a month, and there is just a lot to be done. So instead of reading things that I would normally, I have just been reading a lot of required things. In that is a lot of Shakespeare (which I found out I, like, really love ? and that everyone needs to give a second chance if their high school scared them away from him). But, I have been reading some short stories and a few novels that will (hopefully) have reviews sooner or later.

In the meantime, here are a couple great recommendations from my required reading list that I have really enjoyed!

  • “The Paperhanger” by William Gay
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmarkby William Shakespeare

So . . . “The Paperhanger” technically was not required, but I couldn’t just list all of Shakespeare’s works, haha.

BONUS: Big Boi’s (Jonas’s) Birthday D’:

My big boi, Jonas, turned ONE on the 31st.

Time flies D”””’:

small boi

medium boi
big boi D’: I
big boi D’: II

Thank you guys so much for sticking with me and continuing to give me so much love, even with my lack of recent posts!!! ❤


What have you been up to lately? Let’s chat in the comments!

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn | Review

I was provided a free copy of this by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Release: April 2, 2019

Amazon | Goodreads

302 Pages

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things. 

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen. 

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.


I think the first thing that attracted to me to this book, in all honesty, was the cover. So, I’m going to give it major pointers there before we get started. Second, was the premise — I mean, getting to travel along on a dreamy, summer country tour and swoon along the way? I couldn’t resist.

This is Hahn’s debut novel, and let me tell you how impressed I am. This story is so light, so fun, so heart-wrenchingly/warmingly good, that I am so honored I got to be one of the first to read it.

Clay and Annie, the MCs, in this are just absolutely amazing. One thing that really makes a book for me is that the characters need to be so real that I ca almost reach out and touch them, and that’s what Hahn has done here.

One of the things I enjoyed the most about this, was that Clay, while the male love interest, was never described as being anything other than “handsome and broad shouldered”, which is beyond what I coud ask for. In most romance novels, it seems, description of their ‘wash-board abs” and “perfect smile” get in the way, but Hahn knew what she was doing with this one by keeping a lot of the details up to the reader, which really really worked.

I think my all time favorite thing in this, however, wasn’t only the connection between the characters throughout and the how Hahn’s minimalism in graphic description really made for the work, but possibly the songs that Hahn crafts for us. Each of the originals in here that Clay and Annie sing, I can almost hear, can almost picture myself listening to on a stroll to class or with the windows down, driving home to my little town in Tennessee.

Hahn has crafted a beautiful little story here that is so warm that it reminds me of fresh baked apple pie sitting on the windowsill. Give this one a shot. Clay’s and Annie’s stories are sure to win you over and have you melting too.

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