First Lines: I don’t believe in fate. I believe in music. I’ve heard there is one person out there for everyone. One missing half to complete your whole. The fates will magnetically pull the two halves together through some orchestrated coincidence, and that’s it. You’re all set. Bollocks, that.
Ok, so first of all, my apologies on being gone so long. In part, I was experiencing a lot of negative feelings from my job and I fell into routines that didn’t involve writing because that would mean writing about my feelings and…I didn’t want to do that. And the other part is that I’ve been reading a lot of stuff that isn’t YA. But then I realized I’m like a month behind and yeah, we’ve got some catching up to do. Starting with this one.
Luke Greenly has grown up knowing the heat of the spotlight, thanks to his famous rocker dad. But Luke doesn’t want anything to do with fame–he wants to write music instead. He prefers being mostly anonymous doing a podcast with his twin brother and awkwardly hiding his crush on Vada, who works at the bar where he and Cullen record their podcast. Vada’s life is all planned out: learn about the music scene from her mom’s boyfriend who is also a former musician, take over his music blog, get into Berkeley’s music journalism program, and secure a Rolling Stones internship. Luke Greenly was not on that list. But…he’s really cute. And when Cullen releases a recording of Luke singing an original song, why does Vada wish it was about her?
With all the bad stuff going on in the world right now, I have been having a really hard time focusing on books. I just can’t stay with a story very long.
This book changed that.
Erin Hahn seems to be making a niche for herself writing stories that revolve around music and I am perfectly fine with that. She does it well. Vada and Luke’s obsessions with music draw them together in this story–and it still manages to feel so different from her first book, You’d Be Mine. (I also highly recommend that book.)
The characters in this, from our leads to our supporting cast, were all so fascinating and interesting. You have parents who care and are still very much in love with each other, parents who are divorced and are miserable people. You have wacky best friends and relationships that stumble. It’s actually really cool to see such a spectrum and how relationships of all kinds can heal after someone makes a mistake and hurts the other person. Simply put, they all felt real and I loved it.
All of this is great, but there’s just something about the writing that draws me in right from the beginning. There’s just something…intense…about it. In a good way. When we’re first introduced to Luke, we learn he has a massive crush on someone and we get such feeling from that that it’s hard to ignore the story. And then Vada’s so intense about following her dreams and loving music and her job. The feelings are all so real. Hahn really knows how to harness that.
This is really cute. I really enjoyed it. This is definitely one of my top 10 reads for the year.