by Erin Hahn
“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. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell. Vada’s got a five year plan: secure job at local music bar, write musical review blog, get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program, and secure a Rolling Stones internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. What if his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was about her?”
What a delicious read about music, love, family, and following your passion. Vada has had a crush on Luke for awhile (and it isn’t just his yummy British accent or his golden locks); it’s his soulfulness and his passion for the music. Luke has always been “partial” to gingers so obviously Vada catches his eye every time he and his twin brother, Cullen, record their podcast at the Loud Lizard (the bar where Vada works). The two crushers crash into each other for a senior assignment where student composers pair up with student dancers; and cue adorable soundtrack.
I am obsessed with this book! Every character had something to offer and they were so relatable. It was a clean romance and Hahn did a lovely job of touching on different subjects and life lessons. As a reader, I became invested in the lives of these two teenagers. I also forgot how “hard” it is to be a teenager sometimes. Issues that may seem so small as an adult are amplified when you’re eighteen.
The music Hahn mentions in this book is spectacular. I was so into this book, that I even made a playlist of all of the music mentioned (and shared between Vada & Luke). There were a lot of “awww’s” and “ahhh’s” coming from my mouth during this book. The imagery Hahn used for Luke’s musical abilities and the way Vada “felt” the music through her dancing was sheer perfection.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I loved it so much that I know I will have to get my hands on a physical copy for Pub Date.
P. J. Ochlan and Rachel L. Jacobs did a fabulous job as narrators for this audiobook. Thank you, Erin Hahn and Macmillian Audio for this gifted copy.
ANTICIPATED PUB DATE: July 20, 2020
I glance at my phone again. Luke’s last text still lit and write back before I lose my nerve.
Vada: dang, now you’ve officially done it. Just when I thought you couldn’t be sexier, you send me Duritz.
Luke: you know Adam Duritz?
Vada: *fans self*
Luke: interesting, and what if I told you I know how to play “Long December” on the piano?
PUBLICATION DETAILS: Wednesday Books; July 20, 2020; 336 pages; Young Adult Fiction
AUDIOBOOK DETAILS: Macmillian Audio; July 20, 2020; 9 hr, 41 min