Cover Love: It's pretty good but a pretty typical contemporary romance cover.
Why I Wanted to Read This:
I had an egalley of this that expired last spring but I was in the mood for a contemporary romance. So I checked it out from my public library before I went on a weekend vacation and whipped right through it. Here's they synopsis from GoodReads:
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.Romance?: Yes.
This was not a deep romance, but not too light and fluffy either. Reagan had a lot to figure out in her life. She was a very likeable protagonist, until the typical misunderstanding late in the book. Then she reverted too much into the whiny, "he did me wrong" type of YA romantic lead that drives me nuts. Luckily the author didn't keep her that way for long.
I adored Matt and Dee (that is what Reagan calls Lilah). Reagan has a lot of support in her life and the drama that she is trying to escape from is very much of her own making. But, she does recognize that for what it is and knows she needs to fix that part of her life. Dee is a great best friend and never pushes Reagan to the side for her fame. She always there to help out or just be someone to lean on. She is practically perfect.
And Matt is an amazing book boyfriend. So sweet and earnest, but with a few of his own demons he is struggling with overcoming. Reagan and Matt are very good for each other.
One of my favorite scenes, the kind that brought tears to my eyes, is one between Reagan and her step-mother at the end of the book. I think it was just what Reagan needed to put her past finally behind and take steps towards her future.
To Sum Up: I am going to buy this for my library. There are a few mature things for middle school readers, but there is a lot that can be learned by a protagonist like Reagan. Mostly that you can overcome your past. It doesn't have to always define you!