Love Songs & Other Lies: A Novel
The debut romance from Jessica Pennington that Katie McGarry calls "fun [and] full of heart" with "a hero who stole my heart!” Part Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," part Paramore's "Still Into You." Sometimes the last note is just the beginning.
That’s the thing about the past…
Back-of-the-classroom anonymity is all Cam wants from the tiny Michigan town he’s calling home. A n
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 tel ...more
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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 battli ...more
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) ...more
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 ...more
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 hones ...more
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 wanted f ...more
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!
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 fright an ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
I love anything to do with bands and music and concerts, so seeing this was about past-lovers reunited because his band was going on a reality tv show contest to be the next up and coming band and she was "lied" to about a publishing internship for the bands on the show - yes, sign me up.
This was told in past and present and in two perspectives - Virginia and Cameron - and it was a little confusing at first (at least in the audiobook) but I caught on quick enough and ...more
COME FOR THE CUTE PREMISE, STAY FOR THE EMOTIONAL DEPTH
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
Love Songs and Other lies was everything I was hoping for! It was even better than I’d hoped for actually. Especially the characters. Well Cam in general. He turned out to be my favorite even though I disliked him at first.
The love story was so cute and charming. And ...more
I didn't know much about this going in. Just that it was a second chance romance. Friends to lovers to enemies to lovers. And since those are my favorite tropes—SOLD. I cared about nothing else. It ...more
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 characters i ...more