*** (3.5 Stars)
I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.
Have you ever been in love and then gone through and suffered a devastating break-up from the person who you loved so much, having your heart shattered? Now imagine being one of Americas biggest pop stars, like Lily Ross, with everybody’s eyes on you, watching your every move. No privacy to properly get over this devastating break-up, with everyone trying to see and be the first and to get the juicy story. So what do you do? You get your best girly friends and get away from it all for the summer. You go to a place that is a little less “Celebrity”, and go to a place that will just remind you of happy memories, and maybe even create some great new ones and maybe even find some inspiration and help to write some new songs. But this summer turns out different to how Lily intended, and by the end of summer, she has a decision to make. . .
I chose to request this book to read from Netgalley as I wanted something a little bit light and summery to read, and something slightly different from my usual type of books and this just sounded ideal. This book was definitely a good pick and fitted those two categories nicely. What makes this book fit more into those two categories, is both its writing and its content.
At the beginning of this book, I have to admit that I first found it hard to get into this book, and found the writing a little underwhelming. But the more I was reading this book, and the more I got into this book, the more I started to enjoy both the book and the way that it was written. It was both quick and easily written, kind of basic, which is perfect and ideal for summer, beach or holiday reading. I was able to sit and read this book within two day, and that’s with me having important appointments and physiotherapy, and being able to still fully enjoy this book. It was really nice having such a light and fresh book, but it did have its very own content, which also kept me gripped to this book.
We get to see the relationships between Lily and her friends, who have been friends since childhood; so before the fame. But we also get to see how her fame and stardom may have affected all three of their lives, as her friends do work for her, as they then get to spend and see each other constantly, but is that always a good thing? We get to see the relationship between Lily and her ex and her new summer romance, and how each of these men, change Lily and make her see the world and herself differently. We also get to see other characters, and my favourite has to be one that wasn’t in the book much, which was No els little sister Sidney. Ironically, I also have a little sister Cydney, but that’s not the reason why. I just felt like there was so so much more with this character, backround and depth and there was even humor, which was great, even more so because she wasn’t in the book that much. Definitely my favourite and I wanted more of her. Even her and Lilys interactions were heartfelt and gave up more understanding about Lilys past.
This book and the whole story in its entirety is told from Lily Ross’ characters perspective. We get to see everything that happens that summer, through Lily’s eyes; from just after after the break up and the aftermath of that, to the summer escape with the girls, to meeting a new man, and everything else that happens that summer. We get your typical surprise summer romance, especially after an heartache and promising be alone and swear off men and love. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I actually did enjoy this book and I did find myself wondering what she was going to do, as I was really into the book and the story. There is something stopping me from giving this book a full 4 stars, maybe it’s because it’s a bit basic and light for me, but that’s because it’s a Young Adult, Contemporary read and ideal for some Summer and Holiday reading. But it is better that a 3 stars, so that’s why I’m going inbetween and giving this book a 3.5 stars out of 5.
Now when it comes to recommending this book, it definietly depends on your type of book. If you’re in the mood for a light, holiday, summer read, then this book would be perfect. But if you want something a little bit more, then I would recommend picking something else.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree? Comment below 😀
Fun fact: It’s believed that this book is about Taylor Swift. From what I’ve read from other people’s reviews and things of this book. Check some out and see what you think. The cover definitely adds to that theory. Or is cleverly picked by the author to make it looked that way in order to sell more copies as people, especially teenagers and Taylor Swift fans, will be more inclined to buy this book. What are your thoughts?