young adult contemporary published by MTV Books on 16 July 2013
Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.
“And I was bitter. Bitterness and I were old friends by now, but at the moment bitterness was trying to go down my bra in public.”
“Deana Carter sings about it. Lady Antebellum sings about it. Eric Church. Gosh, not just country artists. Katy Perry. Everybody has a song about it because everybody’s been through it. You find that person at eighteen and you lose yourself. And the tragedy is, it’s the person who’s completely opposed to everything you’ve ever wanted. You bond with that person, and that person breaks your heart. I’m that tragedy for you, and you’re mine.”
Megan K. says
Originally, I wasn't all that interested in this book (having read some mixed and negative reviews for another of Echol's books), but I must admit, your review has me intrigued. I feel that character development in contemporaries are extremely important, because the author doesn't have to worry about the world building and whatnot, so it's good to know that we saw Bailey grow into something more here! All in all, this sounds like a great read. Hope I'll be able to get my hands on it! Thanks for such a helpful review, Sana. 🙂
I haven't read a single one of Jennifer Echols' books, even though I own a few of them. I'm not sure if this particular one is for me (the premise doesn't really catch my interest), though I do hope I can try her writing one day. I'm glad you ended up liking this book despite the slow start. Great review, Sana!
Alise (Readers In Wonderland) says
I love how you set up your reviews! An understandable heroine that is easy to relate to is such an important part of loving a book. I do like Jennifer Echols so I imagine that I will like this one as well. I love music themed books 🙂 Great review!
Alise @ Readers In Wonderland
I'm glad that you ended up really enjoying this one, despite the rocky start. I love when a book takes a direction you weren't expecting, and leaves you guessing until the final few pages!
Vegan YA Nerds says
So glad this improved for you. I love Jennifer's books but the last one I read was a little slow to start but once I hit 25% I was hooked.
This one sounds great!
I'm glad this book improved for you! I've only read one of Jennifer's books and thought it would okay. Maybe I'll check this one out. Great review!
Dianna (Stories After Twelve) says
I haven't read much about this book really. I got the ARC way back but for some reasons I still haven't gotten to it. It sounds like a very worth-it read, though so I might have to pick this up sometime soon! Great review, Sana! : )
Oh, I've been wanting to read something by Jennifer Echols for ages. I have Such a Rush on my to-buy list, have you read that one? If so, which one would you recommend out of the two? 🙂 x
I love, love, love Echols' GOING TOO FAR (I reread it every year!!), but I haven't found another by her that I love near as much. It makes me a little nervous that this one had a rocky start for you, but I'm hoping it'll be another that I love!