Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on April 15th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
Let me start off with this: Do you see the main problem with this post? No? The problem is that I got this book from the library. LIBRARY. Which means that I would have to return this back, and after reading this book, I think it will break my heart to return it back. (Maybe it’s time to ask the boyfriend to buy for me this book, like he did with Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You *smirks*)
So does that mean that I love this book? YES. I freaking love it, I heart it, I adore it, and of course, I want to own it so that I could re-read it over and over again. Already, I have this plan in my head to buy both of Emery Lord’s books for my best friend’s (who is not a reader) birthday! Before I start anything else, I want to say that this officially makes Emery Lord my favourite contemporary author. Whatever she writes, I’m definitely buying, pre-ordering, whatever.
I think what made me fall for this book all over again, was its focus on best friends. I think best friends are important, and usually when there’s a story about one, I’m instantly curious. And if you need reasons to read this book, reason number one is that it has gorgeous, heart-melting best friend’s scene. This is even better that Gossip Girl’s Serena and Blair. This is the portrayal of a real, true, raw friendship. Most of my tears (yes, there were tears) and little outbursts of laughter were from those scenes. The one that can get you misty-eyed because you can FEEL just how those two really cherish each other.
The second reason is because there’s a superstar kind of thing going on here. And before you can say “Oh, man, this is another one of those books where the female MC is the only one who doesn’t like the heart-teen throb”, shut your mouth. Because sure it might sound like that, but if you read the book, you might realise that Reagan is not like that. In fact, the only reason why she’s different from the other girls is her only flaw. And I like that. I like the fact that Reagan has way too much flaws, and is messed up in her own way, because God knows I am quite sick of picture-perfect MC. She’s not nice. Hell, I actually fell for her meanness. Unlike those other books, she doesn’t hate Matt Finch because he is famous, so read it because trust me on this. It’s different. It’s fresh, because I completely love the fact that by being a country superstar’s best friend, Reagan is half-way used to the fame and all.
This book is all kinds of cuteness and just the way a contemporary romance should be. Cheesy enough such that you’ll be misty-eyed, but not too cheesy to make you cringe. Guys, read this book. If you’re still unsure about this book, chat me up. This review might not be as clear, but I will tell you all the reasons as to why you should get this book.
5 stars doesn’t seem to do this book justice. It should be like a million stars and a VMA trophy or something.