Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Keywords: music, celebrities, road trip
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
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Here it is. I know, I know, basically everyone's just saying OHMYGODSOGOODREADITNOW. And yep. That's what I'm going to do, too. :)
I'm going to start with the characters. So we've got Dee, the actual star, the country music singer/songwriter who is going on tour. Then there's Reagan, the actual MC of the story, Dee's best friend who is always getting in trouble and heading down the wrong path who goes on tour with her over the summer. And Matt Finch. (NOTE TO ANYONE WHO HAS THEM. I SWEAR IF SOMEONE SENDS ME ONE OF THOSE MATT FINCH BUTTONS AND/OR TOUR SHIRTS I WILL DIE OF HAPPINESS. AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT. THANKS.)
It could so easily have been told from Dee's point of view, from struggling to maintain a regular lifestyle among all this craziness of touring and traveling and managing a career. But it wasn't. I absolutely loved that it was told from Reagan's point of view, and that she wasn't a pissed off friend who was mad about her friend's fame. This was such a good, genuine friendship that YA seems to be lacking in. They had some rough patches, but it wasn't so much that made them not be friends. It was actual friendship, and I was so thankful for that because a lot of times this aspect seems to be missing and skipped over in a quest for romance in books. Which is dumb. Because this was great.
Next order of business, the actual happening. The fact that the story was told mostly in the in-betweens of touring was phenomenal. It wasn't focused on the shows or the fame or the popularity of what was happening, but rather we saw Dee and Matt before the show and after the show, dealing with real fans and not just the screaming ones while they were on stage.
And lastly, Matt Finch. I loved that he wasn't shy about who he was or what he wanted. Like, THANK YOU, Emery Lord. For finally giving readers a guy who can say what he wants and be fine with it and not have 2 people super angry at each other until the last chapter when all the sudden, they realize they are the SUN, MOON, and STARS. I mean, really? NO. This was so genuine and honest and a true representation of feels, and I was so happy with the way their relationship progressed normally, like an actual relationship between actual humans rather than a 12-day period where they decide they can't spend a moment apart.
Read When: Basically just go read it now. That's it. There's nothing else to it. But it's especially good outside with some lemonade. (OOO I just brainstormed my next Friday Book Drinks :)