[REVIEW] “Founded on Goodbye” (The Mixtape Series #1) By: Kat Singleton

What is “Founded on Goodbye” by Kat Singleton about?

His songs were better when he had a broken heart.

That sentence would change my life after my dream job was dished to me on a shiny, silver platter.

All I had to do?

Hurt Nash Pierce enough to get him writing good music again.

The pop icon’s songs were no longer the phenomena they used to be. His team needed another breakthrough album—like the first he’d penned, using his heartbreak as fuel.

The plan was simple: I’d go on tour with him as a backup dancer…and make him fall in love with me. I was hired to inspire—to become embedded into every lyric he wrote. Then, I was to set fire to it all—to destroy every feeling we hoped he’d develop for me.

It seemed simple enough. Easy, even.

I didn’t expect to be consumed myself—to see so much in the man displayed in the tabloids. I didn’t foresee falling for him. It didn’t occur to me that, while attempting to break his heart, I might just shatter my own.

Most of all, I never thought I’d fight so hard to hold on to a relationship that had always been founded on goodbye.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


I think this is the first book I’ve ever bought because of the author’s Instagram Reels — I kept seeing them all over my recommended, and after awhile, I caved and bought the book. To be fair, I don’t buy books all that often, since I’m kept pretty busy with all of the ARCs I’m lucky enough to snag digital copies of, but I had a tiny bit of spare time, and figured I’d give this one a go. It was my first time reading Kat Singleton, and I’m pumped to dive in to my ARC of the sequel to this series! (It helps if you’ve read the first book, but it’s more of a companion than a sequel.)

If you’ve been following my blog and reviews since I started in 2017, you know that I used to read mostly young adult with some new adult thrown in, but lately (as in, the last few years) it’s been a lot more new adult with young adult thrown in. Just because the characters’ ages have changed as I went through college and started reading about characters my age, doesn’t mean what I like to read about changed at all — my favorite romances to read involve music and sports, and as you can tell from the synopsis of this book, this one is definitely about music.

Nash and Nora have quite the tumultuous relationship. Nash isn’t the nicest, we’ll say, considering he doesn’t want any dancers to be on his tour at all. I thought that the whole idea of paying Nora (or anyone) to fall in love with him just to break his heart for the sake of money and album sales was so heartbreaking. I wish that there would’ve been more fallout or consequences for that decision when it came to his team, considering that most of them had been with him for years and I would’ve considered that the worst betrayal of the book.

Nora’s love and dedication for her craft shone through all throughout the book, in the same way that Nash’s did — even if he was more difficult to deal with professionally than she was. With that being said, I liked the two of them together, and it was nice to see both of them start to open up around the other…even if I was stressed out the whole time about when and how Nash was going to find out why Nora was really on the tour.

As with all new adult books, I recommend this one for 18+ due to some of the sexual content, but it’s totally up to you what you are or aren’t going to read! Overall, I think this was a great first book in the series, and I’m excited to read whatever Kat comes up with next. The next book, “Founded on Temptation,” follows Nora’s best friend Riley and Nash’s bodyguard Sebastian, and I can’t wait to start it!

If you’d like to read young adult books about music, check out “For the Record” by Charlotte Huang, “The Heartbreakers” by Ali Novak, “Open Road Summer” by Emery Lord, or “Tone Deaf” by Olivia Rivers. If you’re looking for other new adult books involving music, definitely check out “With the Band” by Natasha Preston! The synopsis feels like something I would read on Wattpad (which is a good thing), so if that’s something you’d also find yourself reading, make sure to check this one out!

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