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Just a Girl

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  345 ratings  ·  130 reviews
In this pitch-perfect novel from the author of When Joss Met Matt (“One of those books that make you forget everything around you.”—Sophie Jordan), a rock ’n’ roll diva must choose between her career and her heart.
After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music stor
ebook, 224 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Loveswept
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Claire Robinson
3 - "It'll get better." Stars!

Just a Girl isn’t my first read by Ellie Cahill, and although I enjoyed it more than her previous Loveswept offering; Call Me Maybe I was still left with the feeling that something was missing from the overall story.

I think the main problem I have is that nothing and no-one really stood out for me, the story between Presley and Paul had a really good base, but I just don’t think the author really offered enough expansion on anything. The first 90% was very Shades of
Siobhan Davis
I adore books set within the music industry, and I read another one of Ellie's books recently (Call Me Maybe) which I enjoyed, so I jumped at the chance to read her latest release.

Just a Girl is a mostly-sweet read about finding your true path in life and marrying personal and professional commitments. We meet Presley as she's being dumped by Luminous 6, the band she co-founded with her boyfriend Brendan. Presley's star shines bright and they are clearly jealous. She's distraught and at a loss w
Danielle (Love at First Page)

3.5-4 stars.

Pretty cute! I liked both Presley and Paul a lot. They had great personalities and fit well together. I was happy their relationship started off so strong in the beginning and there wasn't too much drama when the inevitable break up occurred. I've enjoyed all of Ellie Cahill/Liz Czucas' books - the right amount of humor, swoon, and cuteness - and can't wait for more!
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I'm really torn on my feelings on this book. As far as the story itself, I enjoyed it. I'm not really a big fan of band type romances but I really liked that aspect of this book. As for the romance, I just wasn't feeling it. I liked Paul but I had some issues with Presley (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ellie Cahill Fans, NA, Music, Romance
4 Reality Rock Stars
* * * * IT'S LIVE!

In so many Rock & Roll novels...the main Rock God is really famous and is so hot...they can make every panty within a square mile melt with one look. Yes, reading that is fun...but in the real world of trying to make in the music is not the case.

One of the most refreshing and appealing things of Just A Girl by Ellie Cahill is the more realistic insight of being in a band. She shows the dynamic of how bands come together as one thing and the
3.5 stars

I always love Ellie's books, so I don't even read the synopsis, I just request.

I liked Presley well enough. She's a bit dramatic and that got old really quick, but I did like how she wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted. Paul and the band were an interesting dynamic. The highlight of the entire story was Presley's parents and the after hours showcase they did.

This book moves pretty fast and maybe that's where it lost me. I would have liked it to be a little more fleshed out. Over
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
3.5 stars

Once, there was a promising guitarist who's afraid of the cameras and crowd. Then there was a lead singer who just got sacked by her own band mates and now she never wanted to sing again. Paul & Presley met in the most unconventional way possible, frightening each other nonetheless. When they hooked up, their worlds' collided and their nights sparkled with fireworks. But all good things seemed to end. When the band lost their lead singer due to military services, Presley had to chos
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

Ms. Cahill's book had Twitter tweets and online chats for some of it's dialogue and plot development. It was a very nice contemporary romance that showed some very painful moments of stage fright.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I actually enjoyed Just a Girl a lot more than I expected, which is always a nice surprise. This was a nicely written New Adult Romance that was wonderfully steamy and expectedly swoonworthy, but also managed to offer some depth.

This wasn’t entirely a fluff piece. The story had its fair share of angst and struggle. We have a great protagonist who lost her band, her boyfriend, and her dream all in one swoop, and in the aftermath of her losses, her fears began to outweigh her passion for singing a
This was a fun book to read! I love books about musicians and music, so I was a happy camper!

I laughed a lot with this book. Presley’s parents are an absolute riot and very open and honest about everything! To the point they embarrass Presley. Her parents are renowned musicians in their own right, but have retired to run the music store. They still have a lot of famous friends coming by the music store to jam on Thursday nights. The have Presley back in the music store working.

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♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

When I read the first chapter of “Just a Girl” by by Ellie Cahill I thought I made a mistake with this book. I honestly did. I hate it when a girl goes all crazy like Presley did when she had the blow out with her boyfriend.

– I get why she did it but still.

And I was really thinking about not reading further but than something happened that changed my mind. I suddenly noticed some unique traits with this book. There were those tweets for one … but it were those playlists that finally did it for m
3 stars

As a huge fan of When Joss Met Matt and Ellie Cahill's YA books (under the name Liz Czukas), I honestly couldn't resist Just a Girl. But if there's anything this book has proven, it's that not all new adult books - even by the same author - are created equal.

Sure, there are things that I like about Just A Girl. In fact, the whole music / celebrity aspect of the story would have had me picking this up even if I didn't know the author's previous works. There's something about those kinds of
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ebook, 224 pages
Expected publication: June 21st 2016 by Loveswept
ISBN 0425284581 (ISBN13: 9780425284582)
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Source:Netgalley EARC

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In this pitch-perfect novel from the author of When Joss Met Matt (“One of those books that make you forget everything around you.”—Sophie Jordan), a rock ’n’ roll diva must choose between her career and her heart.

After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason fin
Mollien Fote Osterman
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, rock-band
Title: Just a Girl
Author: Ellie Cahill
Publisher: Loveswept
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 277 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music store. Instead of belting out powerhouse vocals to sold-out crowds in L.A., she’s stocking shelves and inspecting rental violins. B
Just a Girl is the story of 21 year old Presley who's entire life is worked around music. Her parents own a very popular music store in Wisconsin and that's allowed her to meet some of the greatest musicians. For the past couple of years, she has been living in Los Angeles and is the lead singer of a successful band she started along with her boyfriend. Presley finds herself having to move back home to Wisconsin after her boyfriend and band-mates kick her out of the band.

Presley is less than th
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Presley found herself back home after her band and her boyfriend decide to drop her after a show in L.A. While dealing with her issues and getting over her loss, she helped her parents in their legendary music store. It was here that she met Paul who also worked there giving guitar lessons. When they started hang
Genni Eccles
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
This review was originally posted here on my blog Ready, Set, Read!

To be honest, I had a really hard time trying to write a review for this book. I don't really dislike or like this book, so I initially thought I didn't have much to say. However, I did a pros and cons list and saw that there were several things I wanted to talk about.

First, let's talk about the pros. Presley has a great relationship with her best friend, Liv, and her parents. I always am so happy to see relationships that actua
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
This is the third book I've read by Ellie Cahill and I have to say that the writing has a great flow to it that makes it easy to read. Even with Call Me,Maybe -which I only rated 3 stars- the writing wasn't an issue.

Actually that was the primary reason I picked this story up (books featuring bands or singers just aren't my cup of tea).

So I went in open minded but honestly expecting not to love this. Ha. I'm such a tit.

For a start Presley isn't particularly famous (thankfully). She's been hurt b
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nothing like being kicked out of your own band that you formed with your boyfriend. The guys were jealous that Presley was getting all of the attention. The thing was that she deserved the accolades because she was one heck of a singer. You would think being kicked out of a band that you helped form was bad but when your boyfriend was also one of the guys kicking you out you figured there was going to be some really hard feelings.

Presley went back home to live with her parents for a bit until sh
I wanted to love this book.. but I didn't..
The idea behind it was different so I was intrigued. The writing was fine I enjoyed the flow of the book in the beginning but towards the end the story lost me. Took me forever to finish it.

Presley is a young artist who is kick out of a band and she returns home to lick her wounds. Leaving the band also meant leaving her boyfriend of three years who treated her like crap. Once she is home she jumps into helping her parents at their shop (her parents h
Jo-The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
4.5 Stars.

Having been impressed by my first book from Ellie Cahill, I was very much looking forward to reading this one and I wasn't disappointed. I loved "Just a Girl." It was an entertaining story all about love and music. I was so glad that I took the time to read it.

The story followed music loving Presley. After being made to leave the band where she was the lead singer, Presley returned home for a fresh start and met Paul who just happened to be a guitarist of another band. Presley was a b
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just a Girl is a sweet, thought provoking romance centered around music. Ellie Cahill's characters a both flawed but it's their flaws that elevate this book from the stereotypical romance to something more. Presley Mason eats, sleeps and breathes music but when her former band and boyfriend kick her out of the band the last thing she wanted to do was go home to Wisconsin to work at her family music store. Depressed and angry the last thing Presley thought would happen is to fall for a music teac ...more
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Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Presley Mason is pissed. Seriously pissed. How could those jerks kick her out of the band she created? And how in the world is she going to deal with moving back home with her parents in Wisconsin? Sure, they own one of the most prolific music stores in the country and that’s were her love of music developed, but she certainly didn’t see herself returning home, tail between her legs, to work there while figuring out her next steps. Next steps, which just might include gorgeous guitar instructor, ...more
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this one! I was a little worried after not loving Cahill's last romance but this one was much better. Because even though I didn't always agree with how the MC behaved, at least I understood her motives behind them. The entire story overall felt much more put together and polished than Call Me, Maybe. So if you read that one and didn't like it, don't just write this one off! And while it still wasn't a favorite romance of mine (or even Cahill's. When Joss Met Matt is
Bette Hansen
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I so wanted to love this one but it really was just an ok read for me. The concept was original and intriguing but I never felt the connection to the characters. Presley just seemed to let life happen to her rather than going after what she really wanted. I did really like Paul. His struggle to overcome his stage fright had me cheering for him! However, the two together never really gave off sparks for me. The writing is good and the overall story is good but it was just a little too flat for me ...more
Beyond the Pages
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quick Summary: Seriously intense and heartwarmingly sweet

Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: New Adult
Status: Contemporary
Chemistry/Intensity: Yes
Humor/Wit: Yes
Conflict/Drama: Yes
Family Dysfunction: Yes
HEA: Yes

Source: NetGalley
I am a big fan of books set in the music industry and read quite my share of them but still this book was able to make a nice change.

The musical setting was unique and set off a nice atmosphere. Presley's family completely involved in the music, the band etc. sent a pretty nice vibe and you could feel the passion every single character has for the music.

I liked Presley and Paul right from the beginning. They were working really well together and I liked the funny and cute bantering between them.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the last two books I read of the author's but it was still entertaining. There were definitely some questionable moments (a bit insta-lusty as well as insta-orgasmy) but overall, I liked it. I liked that there was a character with stage fright, which I easily saw as severe anxiety. I wish there was a little bit more character development with some of the side characters. I enjoyed seeing Presley's home life and how she grew up around music. Every time a fictional singer was mentio ...more
Laura Galathynius
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ;)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book :) the writing style was fantastic and the chapters just flew by :) I had my doubts before reading this, because of some mixed reviews I saw but I really loved it :) full review on the day of the release :)

edited to add my full review :)

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and I have to say, that I had my doubts before I star
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