Still hurting from a recent break-up, Reagan O’Neill decides to accept her best friend Delilah Montgomery’s invitation to join her on her headlining summer tour. Dee is still dealing with her own break-up, and the girls are ready for a summer filled with everything but boys. That is, until Dee’s friend Matt Finch joins the tour as an opening act. As both Reagan and Dee try to mend their broken hearts, Reagan finds it harder and harder to stay away from Matt.
This book has been on my TBR list for what feels like forever; and it did not disappoint. I give this book 5/5 stars. This was my first book I’ve read by Emery Lord, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on her others. First off, I loved the plot of the book. I especially enjoyed that the main character wasn’t the celebrity, she was the celebrity’s best friend. It’s a refreshing twist on the usual ‘girl gets plucked from obscurity and falls in love with the musical boy’. As a character, Reagan was dynamic and interesting throughout the book. I enjoyed experiencing the world from her point of view for a couple of hours, and her past made her actions believable. Dee was also decently dynamic, but not as “out there” as Reagan, but I also enjoyed her character; she juxtaposed Reagan nicely. Matt was a great love interest; he was a bit stereotypical at first, but I liked that Emery balanced that with his strong and definitive personality/backbone. I felt that Lissa, Dee’s tour manager was stiff and pretty static as a character, but as a supporting character I see how her personality had to be like that to further the story. Same as with Brenda, Reagan’s step mother, although eventually we do see a glimpse into a different side of the two of them. Emery’s style of writing was easy and quick to read, and I really enjoyed it. As someone who has read a lot of ‘bands on tour’ books, I felt that this one was special and memorable. I would strongly recommend this to anyone looking for an amazing YA contemporary read, especially if they’re music lovers.
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