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Love Songs & Other Lies

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  673 ratings  ·  240 reviews
It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seem
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Tor Teen
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Jessica Pennington I LOVE love love music, but aside from 8 years of playing the clarinet and 2 learning (unsuccessfully) to play guitar, I'm more of a lyricist,…moreI LOVE love love music, but aside from 8 years of playing the clarinet and 2 learning (unsuccessfully) to play guitar, I'm more of a lyricist, unfortunately. I did buy a guitar while writing LS&OL, though, so I could remember what it felt like to hold and such. So I own a guitar but can't actually play more than a few basic chords (sad, I know!)(less)
Jessica Pennington I love dual timeline and dual POV, too (obviously!) Juggling the two storylines, was definitely the hardest part of writing LS&OL, but it was also…moreI love dual timeline and dual POV, too (obviously!) Juggling the two storylines, was definitely the hardest part of writing LS&OL, but it was also the most fun thing about writing it. It was like one big puzzle, figuring out how to weave together the story of Cam & Vee's past AND their present, into one twisty, turny love story! (less)

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All I can hear is her breathing and mine. It reminds me of the nursing home, listening to her through the curtain, sure she’d find me eavesdropping.

Meet Cam, he is a stalker.

What can possibly be so sexy about guys following girls around? I, for one, don’t want to have someone observe my every move and eavesdrop on me. I live in a free country, so let me enjoy my freedom, thank you very much.

At the same time, it’s somewhat possible to like Cam because he is very sweet, but I certainly do not
Fafa's Book Corner
Updated mini review:

I received this E-ARC via Macmillan-Tor/Forge and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Last year I read the excerpt from Netgalley and fell in love! This was one of my most highly anticipated contemporary release of 2018. I am utterly disappointed.

I'll start off with my likes. Logan was honestly so sweet. A bit stupid but well intentioned. The writing style was good. The point of view and timeline switches were well done. The mystery aspect kept me reading as well as s
Jessica Pennington
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 Stars

A few months back I read the first 5 chapters of this then/now contemporary and was one smitten kitten. Around 4:30 this morning (thanks to jet lag) I finished the completed novel and need to sort out my thoughts. There were parts I loved, lines I adored, and some slight swooning. However, there was also unnecessary side stories, rehashing of addressed issues, and a sense of overall whomp whomp. I don't know if it's because I finished this while sleepy, but I'm going to need a
Katie McGarry
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Karlita | Tale Out Loud
You were the missing lyrics to a song I didn't even know I was writing.
Both feeling alone, consumed by their guilt, fear and anger, Cameron Fuller and Virginia Miller found comfort and solace in each other. Music became the bridge between the gaps that render a strong note in every lyric of each song they shared making them vulnerable and exposed to something, more than the intensity of a first love high school romance.

But when fear was confused with white lies of wanting to start a new life
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington is a whirlwind of a story that combines drama and music in a unique reality show concept. The characters are super relatable and the use of dual timelines and dual points of view give lots of dimension to the plot.

If you are a fan of dramatic plots and reality TV, this is the book for you. There is a lot going on in terms of turmoil, as one might expect, in a book that features a reality show. I love how Pennington tells the stories of Cam and Ve
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-releases
Dramaaaaaaaaaaaa ugh.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Rating: 2 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a ba
Katerina Kondrenko
4 out of 10

Another book from work. I would love this story about 10 years ago, when I was into music-bands and such. The only thing which helped me through was Cam's mystery. And even this turned out to be a deal as big as it seemed to be. If you love music related stories mixed up with romance, which is all about misunderstandings, then you'll be delighted, I guess)
Jaime Arkin
I loved everything about this book, and it’s honestly no surprise to me. It has all kinds of elements that I love… second chances, best friends, something of a summer road trip… and a little bit of drama.

Vee’s best friends just landed a coveted spot on a battling bands reality show, and Logan, the lead singer, has talked her into joining them and getting some much needed experience in PR and marketing. How can she turn down spending the next three months with her friends and the rest of the ban
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've fallen in love with Cam. Yep. You can't have him! :D

This was a beautifully written, romantic, and poignant second-chances love story, and it grabbed my heart from the start! The story unfolded in a way that drew me in and wouldn't let go well in to the night. Chapters alternated from past to present, and it felt like two stories in one. I loved it! Cam and Vee stole my heart, and I can't wait to read more of their story! <3 Please tell me there's a sequel!!!!

(I was given an ARC for my ho
Katy Upperman
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Pennington’s Love Songs & Other Lies is a music-infused romance about a pair of perfectly imperfect teenagers who will have readers rooting for their happily ever after. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, contemporary young adult fans won’t be able to put this debut down!

1. Characters to cheer for. I'm a fan of both Vee and Cam -- how passionate they are, how vulnerable they are, how screwed up they are, and how much they care for each other. From the very beginning, all's I want
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
So, this story is kind of post high school with flashbacks from before, but I'm still considering it YA because there was honestly nothing that really made it feel like it wavered into new adult territory. But it was nearly unputdownable. I know a lot of readers don't like flashbacks, but I love that you get a more well-rounded idea of a character, seeing what they were like before and how they've changed. Seeing where everything went wrong and that they're being given a second chance. I also lo ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was all kinds of adorable! I loved the dual POV between Vee and Cam, and I loved the dual timelines that played throughout. Pennington did a wonderful job of having convincing and correlating character arcs separated by 2 years and 2 main characters.

I highly recommend to fans of boy bands, redemption arcs, and the magic of reality TV. Guaranteed to make your heart feel warm and fuzzy!
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Love Songs & Other Lies was a great contemporary book about first love and heartbreak.

Vee is a character that was easy to relate to.  She lives with her mom.  Her dad lives in Chicago for work, but Vee knows her parents have been having problems for awhile.  Her mom works nights as a nurse, so Vee is on her own a lot.  Her grandma is in a nursing home and she is very close to her.  When she visits, Vee tells her grandma about everything and plays her songs for her.  Vee has major stage frigh
chloe ꒰♡ˊ͈ ु꒳ ूˋ͈꒱.⑅*♡
If I want lies, I'll get them from love songs.

Okaaay. I'm not the biggest fan of the book cover - I think it looks more like a poster than a book cover. But after I finished reading the book, I looked at it once again and things started to make more sense - there's a hot pink guitar pick next to some scattered Polaroid pictures of a boy and a girl holding hands and sheet music. The filter on those pictures look kinda weird though.

I was slightly disappointed, since I was expecting a lot of friend
Cait • A Page with a View
2.5 stars. The first few chapters definitely set up a fun summer story, but I quickly lost interest after that.

Things just got rather boring and the way that the narration jumped back and forth between the past and present didn't help the weak storylines. I did like that the characters were in college and how the narration was split between the POVs of the guy and girl. And the setting of a band tour bus was fun.... but I thought the rest of it was pretty bland, honestly. I don't really care en
A.V. Geiger
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy, and I loved this book! It's all about first love... and music... and touring with a band... and healing from tragedy. SO MANY FEEEEEEELS! For some reason, the whole storyline from both Cam and Vee's perspective made me think of the song Amnesia by 5SOS (one of my favorites because of its raw heartbreak, full of regret). If you like teen romance with a side of angst, this is the book for you!
Felicia Mathews (Bookishly Slytherclaw)
I absolutely adore this book! Definitely one of my new favorite contemporaries. I loved the dual perspective and how it went back and forth from present to past.

I really enjoyed reading a story where the characters weren't perfect. They had their faults, but it helped to make them seem more real.
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Really enjoyed this one. Adorable summer read. RTC very soon!
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot more angsty and heavy at times than I was expecting, but it worked. I liked the alternating POVs and timelines and thought it was used effectively. I loved Cam. I liked Vee in the "Then", but found her kind of hard to like in the "Now" until towards the end. I thought the romance was super cute (though angsty for awhile). I loved the reality competition show angle and would've liked to have seen even more of that. Overall, this was exactly the cute weeken ...more
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I have a thing for contemporaries with music in them. I just always pick them up, and the don’t usually disappoint. I liked Long Songs & Other Lies, but I know it’s going to be a forgettable read for me. While I did really enjoy the Then-Now format and the history it brought to the story, and I always love a good RomCom contemporary, I just didn’t get invested in this. The main problem I had with the story is that my interest started waning and just kept fading the more I read. By the end of ...more
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Letnią porą młodsi czytelnicy szukają odprężenia i ucieczki od sztywnego szkolnego reżimu lektur, a „Piosenki o miłości i inne kłamstwa” Jennifer Pennington zapewnią im urocze chwile relaksu tak potrzebne wakacyjną porą. To inteligentnie napisana powieść obyczajowa, która zawiera w sobie wszystko to, co trzeba, żeby sprawić czystą radość z czytania – lato, miłość i muzykę. Czy wchodzącym w dorosłość czytelnikom potrzeba czegoś więcej?
Colleen's Conclusions
I received Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review but it has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.

I absolutely LOVED Love Songs & Other Lies. It was one of those summer music tour type books with friends AND it had two point of views and it was a timeline type of story that was very easy to follow. I just liked the way this book was written, it was just perfection.

And those lyrics were beautiful. I liked all of the char
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a second chance romance that weaves the past into the present by alternating chapters of Then and Now. We also get both Vee and Cam's perspectives throughout, all of which just makes everything more intense and emotional and sweet and heartbreaking and heartwarming. Aaaahhh. So much FEELING in this book, and the song writing and performing just adds to it all. I was also impressed with the pacing of how information about each character was revealed through both timelines. I sympathized w ...more
Colleen's Conclusions
A review will be coming soon!
Mary (BookHounds)

When I first read the blurb on this book I really wanted to read it since it has all of the elements I adore in a good YA romance plus MUSIC. The first chapter didn’t do much for me, but by the time it split into the viewpoint of each character, I was hooked. The writing is just so bright and spot on. I could really believe in this boy and girl. The story flips back and forth between the past and current events, with Vee and Cam each talking
Erin Arkin
Loved this one. Full review to come.
Amelia Brunskill
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love, music, heartbreak and reality tv come together in this absorbing story. Alternating between the past and present of both members of a fractured relationship, Love Songs & Other Lies is a sweet, funny and, at times, sad story about first love.
Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
- this book was written after the author listened to say something by a great big world and christina aguilera and therefore it’s a second chance romance. - you get the love-to-hate-to-love trope and it’s going to be quite painful.
- there are many original songs in this one because the book is focused on bands and Vee, the protagonist, is also a singer and songwriter.
- my favourite parts of this book include the angst (i’m such a huge fan of angst), the fact that the story is being told back and
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Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, with her ...more
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