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1984: Against All Odds

(Love in the 80s #5)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Love the music--never the man.

At twenty years-old, Sabrina Caroline was America's sweetheart pop star, until she took a year off to treat her social phobia. Don't worry, her cut-throat-manager/mom paid top dollar to keep it quiet. Now as part of her comeback, she's forced into collaboration with one of the hottest rock bands topping the charts--Birds of Prey--whose lead gu
Kindle Edition, 126 pages
Published May 27th 2016 by WaWa Productions
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May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rebecca Yarros has owned me with her Flight and Glory series and now a book set in 1984, the year I was born, sign me up!

This is actually a second chance romance that takes place in 1984, in the middle of the music scene. Me and second chances romances don’t always agree, but I actually really enjoyed the story between Hawke and Sabrina.

Hawke is a member of an up-and-coming rock band and his bad boy image only adds to his appeal. Sabrina is the pop princess who is coming back after a year off a
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A second chance 80's rock star romance???!!!
Holy s#!+
Sign me up!

So this is a second chance romance set during the 80s. The MCs are an upcoming badboy rocker and a pop diva, who used to be high school sweethearts but no longer together since the female walks out on the guy.
I did like the entire premise of the story-the MCs, the glimpses of their past, the secondary characters, the separation, the angst, their reunion and the 80s poular culture references (not to forget MTV)
My only grouse is it w
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Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
1984 - Against All Odds by Rebecca Yarros
Standalone Novella
3.75 stars

I have been eyeing these 1980s books for a while now. This is a novella series by different authors, each taking place during a year of the 80's, and each named for a song of the same year. When I saw 1984 - Against All Odds  written by Rebecca Yarros, I had to grab it.

I was a teenager in the 80s and couldn't wait to kind of relive my childhood through a book. Sadly, on that point, this book totally missed the mark in tha
Jul 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished

Rockstar life style isn't something I enjoy reading about, add to that a rockstar hero that turned into a manwhore while apart from heroine, the popstar who stayed celibate for years, no no, not for me.
4.5 stars

1984: Against All Odds was such a great read, I loved it!

Sabrina and Hawke's story was an emotional and heartfelt read.
After years apart the once young lovers find themselves back in each other's lives when they are forced by their management team into writing a song together.
While working on the collaboration they find the attraction/chemistry and passion they once shared years ago is as strong today as it was when they first fell in love.

From the first meeting you can clearly see S
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Get those bangle bracelets, LA Gear sneakers and spandex ready, because we are going back to the eighties. Okay, so although this novella is set in 1984, besides a few mentions of the first year of MTV (back when it played music), what you get is an amazing second chance love story. I loved Sabrina & Hawke’s story – from page one. A couple who find themselves reunited years after she walked away so he could be a rock star and still very much in love – even if Hawke is still angry over how th ...more
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May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I will be the first to admit that I am not really a huge fan of novellas, especially ones that aren’t part of a series. I tend to believe that it’s not nearly enough words to make a story complete. But I love Rebecca’s writing so I thought, "hey, why not?!”. And I have to admit, I’m really glad that I read this one, it was super-cute!

Rewind to 1984, and yes I was only three back then but I do remember the MTV days of the 80s. Sabrina and Hawke were high school sweethearts that broke up three yea
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great second chance romance story! This 80's themed novella is the sexy, fun and fast paced story of Hawke and Sabrina, the rocker and the pop princess. Reunited after their messy breakup years ago, they're brought back together in the spotlight thanks to MTV (the good MTV, the one from back in the day that actually played music). And from there they have to find a way to overcome their obstacles and see if they can make things work the second time around.

Rebecca Yarros packs a lot of emotion a
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 Stars!

Novellas and short stories are normally tough reads for me because I find it hard to really get into a story when it’s only so many pages long. Well, Rebecca has proven to me once again that any amazing writer can deliver a story in any form.

“He was the door I’d shut to save myself.”

Against All Odds is one hell of sweet and rocking love story. Brie and Hawke were best friends turned pop and rock stars after one unexpected moment in their lives. It changes their lives completely – f

A second-chance love story that takes place in the 80s? Yes please! This novella is full of such heart and emotion, it packed as much of an impact as many full length novels do. The characters were fully developed and the storyline kept me turning the pages.
Brie and Hawke were high school sweethearts when Sabrina walked out on him, preemptively saving herself from a broken heart at the hands of the rockstar he would become. Fast forward a few years and they are unwittingly thrown back togeth
Reanell Tisdale
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 Hawthorne Stars!

Rebecca blew me away with this novella! For 126 pages, it didn't leave me bereft. It was PERFECT! I was kind of scared that it wouldn't have an impact being the length it was, but she NAILED IT!

This is a second chance romance that was super sexy! The plot was well written and left me wanting more with Hawke and Bianca. So if you need something short, sweet and sexy, this book is for you!

This is a part of a collection of stories and I will buying those as well! The 80's refe
Sheryl C. Nash
LOVED the song... LOVED this book!!!
Paula  Phillips
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Before the music industry ruled both of their lives, two teenagers fell in love, Sabrina Caroline, and Hawke Owens. The two were heavily in love and thought the world of one another, and they complimented each other's musical talents, and then reality and fame hit breaking the pair apart. Now years later, Sabrina is America's Pop Sweetheart and is making her comeback from having a year off. There are rumors circulating, but the truth is she hates performing in front of people and gets bad stage ...more
Cocktails and Books
Very cute novella. Review to come.

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I often times get a little giddy when I find a book that goes back to a time of big hair, guys with tight pants and eyeliner and my youth. So when I saw this Rebecca Yarros novella, I knew I had to pick it up.

Sabrina Caroline is 1984's reluctant pop princess. She loves music, but she doesn't like the attention or the crowds. But with her manager/mother pushing her forward and warning her away
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Yarros did it again! She captivated me from the beginning, broke my heart, and then put it back together beautifully! Novellas are never long enough for me and this one was no exception! I didn't want the story of Hawke and Brie to end! When you've loved someone since you were a kid it's hard to forget that love. A couple years after breaking up Hawke and Brie find each other and things Will never be the same again!
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review to be added soon...
Marisela Chavez
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Sabrina & Hawke story!
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I am so used to Rebecca Yarros giving us strong, intelligent, stand-on-their-own women that I was a little bit shocked when I started Against All Odds and Sabrina was a wimp. Yes, a wimp letting everyone, especially her record label and mom, take control of her life, make her decisions and turn her into someone she doesn’t like. Then Hawthorne shows up back in her life and everything starts to change. But, will it be for the good or the bad?

Kimberly (Kimmy Loves to Read)
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Here's the thing about Rebecca's makes me cry. Even when the story isn't sad, like this one. There is just something about her writing and the way she writes that just gets to me...every time. And I mean that in the best way possible!

Brie and Hawke were high school sweethearts, but when he struck it big with his band, Brie couldn't handle it. From a very young age her mother told her to never fall in love wit
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a fun story! It had some of my favorite elements in a romance a hot rocker and a second chance at first love.
As a child of the 80's the setting was perfect the music, the fashion everything just took me back.
Hawke is a hot badboy rocker who carries a torch for his high school sweetheart. Who by the way shattered his heart by leaving him
Sabrina is a sweet popstar who let's everyone dictate her life. She never got over her high school love. She lives with a broken heart from leaving him.
Claudia Burgoa
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love, love second chance romance novels!

And this one wasn't the exception to the rule.

In Against All Odds, Rebecca Yarros takes us on a journey to the eighties where the hair was big, the colors loud and the music was … romantic. Mix one of my favorite decades, one of my favorite plots, add some Aqua Net to it, mix it all up and the result is a page turner, heartwarming novella.
And like in all her books, she touches a sensitive subject bringing awareness and leaving us with something extra to
Joanna Rodgers
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Against all odds is yet another fantastic book from an amazing writer. Rebecca Yarros creates exciting characters and helps us form a bond with them with her wonderful words, the storyline in this book is captivating and has left me eager for more about Hawke and Brie. I want to know more of their story... Maybe a prequel or something... Once I started reading I was hooked as always, I enjoyed every minute of this book and would definitely recommend it!! Well done Rebecca xx
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
So, here's the deal. I don't like books about rock stars. I don't like novellas. However, I do love Rebecca Yarros, and if anyone can make me read something that is both of those things, it'll be her.

There were a couple terms I felt like were probably not used in 1984, but since I was still in the womb when this story took place, I guess I can't be sure!
Jackie Nolan
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love a second chance romances and this one was no exception! Hawke and Brie's story took me through a whirlwind of emotions. I laughed, cried, got frustrated at the stubbornness these characters displayed, and swooned. Rebecca writes about such real issues and develops her characters so they just jump to life in front of your eyes.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
review to come upon release ... but I loved this book!
Megan  ~The Never Ending Book Basket
This was a fun, engaging, vibrant, and just another unputdownable read by Rebecca Yarros. From the first page of this novella, I was swept up into the second chance love story happening between Sabrina and Hawke. From those pages I was beyond consumed by what those two were sharing, the past history that hurt my heart just as much as it did theirs, and through every turn of that page I was pulled in more and more to the possibilities of what could be for those two. Told through Rebecca Yarros's ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adore second chance romances and this one did not disappoint. I like how it was told in both the hero and heroine’s POVs.
The 80's and a rockstar's like this book was custom written just for me! I have loved these 80's novellas every month this year, but had fallen a bit behind on them. So I picked up the three I didn't have yet without reading the descriptions. I still need to review 1983, but when I realized that 1984 was a rockstar romance to boot, I almost squealed like a 14 year old girl at a Bon Jovi concert a few years later in the decade (I digress, but as I wrote this I remembered that Bon Jo ...more
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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. Her new Renegade Series features Wilder and the upcoming Nova, and is sure to keep your heart pounding. She loves military heroes, and has been bli ...more

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Love in the 80s (10 books)
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  • 1983: Cruel Summer (Love in the 80s #4)
  • 1985: Careless Whisper (Love in the 80s #6)
  • 1986: Why Can't This Be Love (Love in the 80s #7)
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