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Just Sing (Seven Oaks #1)

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Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a topnotch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.

When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and
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Published June 5th 2014 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
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Emily Bradley-dorman
**I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley to read & review as part of a tour. This is a 100% honest review.**

I didn't know what I expected from Just Sing. This is René Gilley's debut novel and it's got it's flaws but it's also full of little quirks and plot points that make this a really enjoyable read.

The story follows Lily O'Brien, a young woman who's life is about to be flipped upside down - again - when the music program at her school is canceled. The program was one of the only di
Jennifer Blackwood
Jun 05, 2014 Jennifer Blackwood rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite YA’s of 2014. I had the pleasure to read this story in the early stages, right when the brilliance was starting, and also in the later stages when The Writers Coffee Shop picked it up for publication.
The main character, Lily, is strong-willed, caring, and very close to her family. She is a talented singer, and when the vocal program at her school has been cut, she starts to look at other options. As a singer in high school, I was immediately drawn to her. Choir was my
christine danielle (Bibliophilic Madness)
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Just Sing

Cover: 3
Plot: 5
Characters: 5

Overall Rating: 5


One word. Awesome.

Just Sing mixes in romance and music. Two of my favorite things.

This book was just so perfect! I loved that music was incorporated in this book and it reminded me of High School Musical. I was a little bit skeptical reading this book since at first I thought that the singing part of this book wouldn't be good but I was right it wasn't good, it
Katie Hamstead
Aug 31, 2015 Katie Hamstead rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. As a singer myself, I wish there was a little more singing throughout, rather than right at the end. I also had issue with the fact she couldn't really read music, especially since she got into a private school where reading comprehension would be part of the application process.
But Lily was a great character. With a crazy, messed up family, she struggles to carry the whole burden of keeping things together all on her own. I really felt for her, and really wanted to s
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
Mar 03, 2015 Andrea (mrsaubergine) rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-edits
Nice YA teen drama where the girls are mean and the boys are cute but ultimately let you down. I enjoyed it a lot, and am pleased to see it's the start of a series. Great debut from Ms. Gilley.
T.A. Brock
May 20, 2014 T.A. Brock rated it really liked it
Great read! Review to come!
Shay (The Story Goes...)
My Rating - 4.5 Stars

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As you may have figured out I love love love contemporaries where one of the main themes is music, it's my two favorite things and this book does a really good and original job with it. The characters are great and I love the setting of Seven Oaks and I just thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Dislikes -
-How it ended with Aiden - It's just, first of all I loved Aiden at first even with all of his flaws but how things ended with him just ruined him all together
Apr 16, 2014 Althea rated it really liked it
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Lily O’Brien loves to sing and has her whole future planned out. She’ll finish her two remaining years of high school and then will head out to the Berkeley’s music program. But her perfect plan quickly unravels when her high school’s music program is cut off due to financial issues. Without any musical background for the rest of her high school years, her chances to get into Berkeley are seriously jeopardized. Lily’s only hope is to apply to privat
The Book Breeze
Jan 14, 2015 The Book Breeze rated it really liked it
Lily O’Brien says that her life is like a soap opera and she’s absolutely correct. Her mother abandoned Lily and her brother because Dad is a practicing alcoholic. Lily’s grandmother stepped up and took in the family, but then had to sell off most of the family ranch to pay back taxes. Lily’s aunt can’t be called supportive either so it is little wonder that music provides the only solace for this sixteen-year-old girl. Then, her school cuts the music program and fires the teacher who has ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Nikki rated it liked it
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

Lily loves to sing. Singing is all that matters to her except for her family and friends. She would do anything to sing. It doesn't matter that her family doesn't have much money. She just wants to sing; her whole live revolves around her singing. Her high school is the perfect school for her. It has an award winning vocal ensemble, but one day the school decides to have some cuts and the ensemble is taken away forever. Now all of Lily's hopes at getting into a
Sep 02, 2016 Miguel rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars Just Sing was a complete and pleasant surprise. There's not many YA novels out there that can capture my heart and soul wholly. And this book isdefinitely one of them.

Lily O'Brien is passionate about her art which is singing. She has so much determination stored in her wheelhouse that it'll probably last for a whole series. I love that she's constantly finding ways to salvage her dream of getting into a prestigious vocal program in college. She's starin
Kristen Chandler
Jun 05, 2014 Kristen Chandler rated it really liked it
Initially, I gave this book 3.5 stars, but the more I thought about it, I didn't think I was fair. I think I was mad because maybe I didn't find out all i wanted to in book 1, or mad because it ended the way it did. BUT then I reminded myself it is BOOK 1 of a series AND I KNEW THAT prior to reading it. So I changed my rating to 4 stars.

There were a lot of things I liked about this book. There were a few things I didn't. The main thing I didn't like was the book is called "Just Sing" and it is a
Aditi Nichani

This book can be described in a string of words: a fun, light soap-opera like story.

Just Sing was a sweet book. It had a lot of things going for it- family, friendship, fun, life, problems (with all of the above) first loves, an even a small LGBT element. The characters were fun, especially Aiden- I didn't understand the decisions he made lots of times, but when he was in his nice phase, he's the guy girls drool over, s
Jun 24, 2014 Annie rated it really liked it
Let me just say CLIFFHANGER! So glad this is just the first book in a series. Lily O'Brien is one tough girl. She's only sixteen but taking on responsibilities and has the attitude of an adult. Her mom took off, her dad is a drunk and her music program at school got cancelled. The one good thing in her life seems to be Aiden. He's cute but has more mood swings than you can count. You love him, you hate him and you love him again. Lily takes each challenge that comes her way with a strength that ...more
Zed Whisper
Apr 02, 2014 Zed Whisper rated it it was amazing
Lily loves to sing and as much as she loves her family, her dream is to sing professionally at Berkeley. But due to budget cuts and her own family's severe financial problems, that dream has gone down the drain.

However lily has a summer to come up with a new plan, and she is determined to turn her life around and things get even more interesting when the new, very rich, neighbours move in. Aiden and Lily soon become friends but Lily can't work the guy out. One minute he's super sweet and the ne
Jun 03, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Just Sing is my favorite YA read of 2014 so far! It is filled with a great story, amazing secondary characters, and one awesome main character chasing her dreams. Lily is strong-willed and extremely talented, and her story is the perfect coming of age story for young adults everywhere.

5 out of 5 stars to Just Sing by René Gilley!
Jul 21, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it
This book was awesome! I enjoyed seeing how Lily and Aiden interacted! I can't wait for the next book to come out! I need to know if my predictions are right!

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This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

Not only is the music program cancelled at Lily O’Brien’s school, but her family has to sell part of their farm, Seven Oaks, to pay their back taxes – not a good start to her summer! But when two wealthy families build their mansions on part of their old land – Lily thinks life is over as she knows it. She now has a constant reminder that part of her family’s legacy is gone. And to make matters worse, when on
Natalie aka: PajamaBookGirl
Jun 29, 2014 Natalie aka: PajamaBookGirl rated it really liked it
This is a lovely little read. I read it in one sitting and found myself being dragged through a quirky story that had me smiling throughout. My heart totally went out to Lily, she really does have it rough. She's so family oriented which surprised me a lot, but it gave her character a strength that made her strong, reliable and totally respectable. In the end I did feel extremely protective of her like she was my own child. It's a fast-paced, book of worry that will have you locked in until as ...more
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
What sounded like a promising synopsis just didn't quite match my expectations when I began reading. I couldn't feel any kind of connection with the characters and the plot itself did nothing for me,
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René Gilley is a young adult and new adult author. She's a mom, wife, and breast cancer survivor. A portion of René's book profits will go to support breast cancer patients, awareness, and research.

JUST SING, her debut young adult book, will be available in ebook and paperback, June 5, 2014. Published by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House.

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