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My Life As A Country Album

(My Life as an Album #1)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  156 reviews
You were my only wish. My only dream come true. But what if I can’t keep you?

Dive queen Cam Swayne refuses to give up on her destiny. For as long as she can remember, her heart has belonged to the dreamy boy-next-door. But despite their lifelong friendship, the three years separating them is an insurmountable hurdle for a high-school romance.

Until one summer night, whe
Kindle Edition, Birthday Celebration, 368 pages
Published March 30th 2018 (first published April 17th 2017)
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Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I feel like my heart is going to burst!

What a beautiful friends to lovers story, but so much more than that! Be still my quivering heart..I’m still not over this! This is only the second memoir type story I’ve ever read. Just a story about a boy, named Jake, and a girl, named Cami That were three years apart (with Jake being the oldest), but had been in each other’s lives since Cami was born basically. I loved how LJ took you through all their life’s stages. I especially loved the jealous 10-14
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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* 5 You Belong with Me stars *

This book was a reminiscence of my younger days and it brings back memories of me singing along to Taylor Swift's songs - out of tune, might I add - , back before she turned into a pop culture sensation, back when she was just the girl next door country singer that all 15-year-olds could relate to.

Each chapter was written with one of Taylor's song as the title and also the inspiration, and here I was thinking to myself: "Finally! I'd be able to see read Taylor's l
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I rarely cry. Books especially rarely make me cry. Sure, I might get a little emotional. I might wipe one lone tear from my eye. But I never cry. I never have an all-out ugly blubber-fest, but this book? This book did that very thing to me, and I will always remember it for that.

This book crushed my soul in the most beautiful way. These beautiful poetic words, expertly composed by the wonderful L.J. Evans, successfully created that pit of despair only brought on by loss, and sh
mindful.librarian ☀️
OH MY GOODNESS. ALL the romance, ALL right here.

Remember how I said at the beginning of the month that I needed to make more time for romance books in my life? Well, this YA/new adult title (and for grown ups too!) just completely proved me right and WRECKED me. The author sent me a copy because I am hosting a release post for the sequel next Monday and I figured I’d give it a shot. Ha! I completely inhaled it and finished it this am after starting it at 8 pm last night - I LOVED it. It’s 100% s
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I listened to the audible that I won on FB.
Great YA. The narrator had the perfect accent.
The story was told like an oral memoir. The ebook would probably be like a diary.
I would normally not pick up a YA-I'm way older than the young heroine, Cam (Camden)
and the hero, Jake.
Their everyday relationship from young children to their teens.
Jake was 3 years older than Cam-which was a lot when they were really young.
I remember being this awkward, but Cam had moments of really showing so
V. Theia
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You’ve always been more his than mine.”

Oh, where do I begin with my review? It's going to feel and probably read a lot like rambling because that's how my thought process is right now after just finishing My Life as a Country Album. I kind of had that foreshadowed 'oh no' vibe almost from the beginning and usually I would have put the book down, but these characters wouldn't let me.

It's a coming of age YA story about Cami and Jake and each chapter is linked to a Taylor Swift song that correla
"You've always been more his than mine."

Omg, this book tore my heart out and stomped on it, but I loved it. I absolutely loved it.

There's a reason Indie authors deserve more attention, and this book is the perfect example why. I wouldn't have even heard of it if I didn't see it was free on my kindle. We all know I'm not the biggest fan of using my ereader, but something told me to download it and save it for later.

I gave it a shot this weekend, and stayed up WAY passed my bedtime for two nights
Jan 22, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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💝 FREE on Amazon today (1/22/2018)! 💝

2017 IAN Young Adult Outstanding Book of the Year

Tomboy Cam Swayne is determined that football hero Jake Phillips keep his eyes firmly on her. After all, she’s been his since before she was born.

Cam has grown up literally next to Jake. They live next door and share a tree house. They’ve played together on the street and at the lake since she could walk. Plus, they’ve saved each other in some pretty miraculous ways that even their parents find hard to b
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am still a bit of a mess over this one. I finished it at 2am and now, twelve hours later, I am still thinking about it with tears forming in my eyes.

This was an emotional journey told with absolute raw honesty. Being inside Cam's head I could relate to all that she went through, from a young kid to a mature woman, her struggles to fit in, to really be seen by the boy that was always at her side ... I felt like I knew her, was friends with her, or could even be her, LJ's writing was that g
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit this was really cute. What originally caught my attention to this book was that the author used Taylor Swift songs as the chapter titles but I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the book itself but I was wrong.

I felt like in the beginning Cam was a bit much, however, as the story moved on it came together perfectly. The author did a beautiful job of telling Jake and Cam’s story from beginning to end. The story was brought to life so that the reader could really feel every emot
S.M. Boren
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book on my kindle because @theloudlibrarylady loved it and part of my New Years Resolution was to read more in this genre because I know it is my one weak area in reading. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Country Album by LJ Evans. Let me start by saying I dislike romance novels so to score a 5 for me in this genre says enough. This self published book has songs tied into it that relate to the story in the book and since I am a country music fan this made me feel bet ...more
the. quirky. wallflower
Ms. Evans took my breath away. She took my heart and soul and rearranged it with the lyrical fluidity of Jake and Cami's journey.

This is a story that will stay with you. It will grab your heart and captivate it not only whilst you are reading it...but afterwards, too. There are phrases that will stay with you especially if you are from the south or have ever lived in the south. She paints pictures that you'll see in your mind with her words. She appeals to the reader through all the five senses
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poignant, gorgeously written and performed, a book which works in so many emotional levels without once falling into cliche or sentimentality, My life as a Country Album will stay with me for a long time. It is rare that I will ever read/listen to a story that guarantees my tears, but, for this book I made an exception and I am so glad I did.
I have to commend Sarah Puckett. Her narration is just wonderful. She captures the character of Cam as she talks to Jake. I felt his silent presence so tot
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I can’t believe how few ratings this book has. I don’t even know where to start with my thoughts right now so I guess I’ll ramble and hopefully that works!

Author Claire Kingsley made a post about how she and some friends put together a list of their favorite books of 2019 so I checked it out. I wasn’t overly interested in any of the books they suggested but I also clicked on the authors making the suggestions to see if they had written anything interesting. When I got to LJ Evans,
Wow. Just Wow.

I've had to sit a few days on my review because I seriously had a case of the book funks after finishing this. I got a recommendation/bullied into reading it from an author friend who said it was the best and most heart wrenching book she's read in a long while. Now I usually avoid these books, not just because I don't read much YA, but I kind of want my absolute clear HEA at the very end, you know? And who has times to shed buckets worth of tears.

But I went in. And I was consume
Jenny B
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin with this review. I think Sarah did an amazing job narrating this story and bringing so much life and depth to these characters I was part of their story. She made the transition between the characters so easy to listen to and such a pleasure to listen to.

This story -- WOW!!!! These characters and their story were so well written. I knew my heart was about to be ripped apart and every chapter I stated had me wondering if this was it. Truly this story is one of th
Tamara Harrington
You know when you are recommended a book and you can't wait to start it so you fly through it and then wish you hadn't read it because you want to go back and read it all again? That is exactly how I feel. L.J. has done a magnificent job with how she portrayed the story and all the feels that it gives you. I was pre-warned so I feel like you should know too that there are going to be tears, make sure you have lots of tissues and some ice cream on hand. I just don't even know how to adequate
Leisa Ann
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most uniquely written books I’ve ever read. I reminisced about my youth and boy crushes and first loves....all those feelings and thoughts during that time of my life. I thought about those living with chronic illness and it’s effect on all of those around that person. I thought about lives gone too soon and how people move on. I cried sad tears and cried happy tears. I felt the emotions of Cam and Jake. I smiled through my tears as I finished this book that left me in awe of ...more
Zilpha Owens
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Loving Stars

I can see why this won an award. Even though the story moved a little slowly for me in the beginning, it is so well-written and captivating I couldn’t do anything but continue. I was caught up in the beauty of love, family and friendship.

With poignant detail, Cam recounts her story and life with Jake - the boy she grew up with and who stole her young heart. We get a first row seat to the teenage angst, heartbreak but utterly deep love and connection they share. It was warm and f
Monique Tinline
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If a book can emotionally move me, then by far this is the book. My life as a country album brought me to tears, had me reading when I should have been sleeping. 
The songs linked to the book was such a remarkable way to play out a beautiful story.
The story of Camdyn and Jake moved me on so many levels, from page one it was like I knew how it was going to play out but I wanted to witness every moment. I felt like I was living there story as a spectator and was going on for the ride. I felt ev
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! From the beginning, I was hooked on Cam and Jake's story. I loved how the author took us on a journey of their lives together-- through all their ups and downs-- starting with their friendship early on and leading to their young love! Their story is filled with love, commitment, and heartbreak, and it is one I will not forget. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys coming of age stories, stories of love, or anyone who wants to read about the strong connection between ...more
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. This book! LJ Evans created such an intricate, beautiful, heart-breaking, emotional story. I fell in love with Cam from the very beginning. I felt her struggles, her insecurity, her heart-break, her yearning for a boy that was just out of reach. This story was told with pure, raw honesty. This is a coming-of-age story told from childhood to adulthood and was a great reminder of what its like to be a young, naive, full-of angst girl who wants nothing more than to be with her guy. ...more
Natalie Olsen
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

This is not a book that I would normally pick up and read, but was recommended by a friend. I enjoyed the book the whole way through! There is great character development that pulls you right in.
Sophie Koufes
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Audio Review:
my life as a Country album (my life as a country album book one) will tug at the heart. A poignant and exquisite coming of age novel of achy love and loss and learning to live through life in all its pain and glory. Tears will fall & tissues highly needed every time you listen to this lyric allegory as you will relisten as to keep Cam & Jake in your heart always. Cam & Jake's love ballad is brimming with angst, agony, family, friendships, and love. I love that each Chapter begins w
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is not just a love story about a boy and girl falling in love. This is really Camdyn’s story and I loved unraveling it all. Each chapter is titled after a different Taylor Swift song and while I’m not a big fan of country music I do love Taylor so I loved listening to each song after I read that chapter. The narrator on the audiobook did such a great job bringing this story and Camdyn to life. I knew from the start something might break my heart but I still felt unprepared. My favorite book ...more
Isha Coleman
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Audio Review: My Life as a Country Album (My Life as an Album) by: LJ Evans (Author), Sarah Puckett (Narrator)

Evans supplied the words. Puckett gave the melody. My Life as a Country Album reminds me why I love to read romance. Cam and Jake are a mixture of angst, youth and sentiment. Against the backdrop of some of my favorite songs, Evans has created a beautiful tale of young love and adult heartache. The maturity level reads so far above young adult. This is a story that goes far beyond words
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

audible review!

What a pleasant surprise with this audible.LJ Evan is a new to me author and I am so glad that I listened to this book.
This book is an open love letter to Jake.  It's Cami's retelling of their epic, life long love story.   I listened to the friendship, heartbreak, awakening, and love of these two and freaking loved it!  With some serious undertones, we also were gifted to plenty of laughs and a few swoony moments.  All the feels were woven into this story!

I love how the author
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart wrenching and beautiful storytelling!!!! I swear I can smell the summer waters of the lake and feel the sunshine on my face while I journey through the lives of these two amazing characters. I laughed, I cried, and found hope I wasn't expecting. This book will haunt you for days and will make you wish you could relive your childhood summers.... I would give this more than five stars if I could! I am so in love with Jake and Cam!
Manuela Obojes
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

"But I guess that’s what makes amazing artists amazing. Their songs are written for all kinds of times and places."

I’ve read a ton of romance books lately, and this novel stands out because it is unique in two ways:

First, the writing technique is different. Cam recounts her life, how she grew up with Jake, the boy next door with whom she has a special connection, how they fell in love, and all the sweet and tragic moments... There is little real dialogue. Cam truly TELLS her story. It’s
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my life as a country album by L.J. Evans is a full length romance novel.
Meet Camden - Cami- Cam. She and her best friend Jack grew up together. She´s so in love with him. Then he leaves for college and to play football. But Jack has an illness. A illness he doesn´t take seriously and that will have fatal consequences.
Cam is devastated and mourns him deeply. Slowly, very slowly she builds a new life . Then she meets Blake, another childhood friend , again.

my life as a country album is told in a s
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Award winning author, LJ Evans, lives in the California Central Valley with her husband, daughter, and the three terrors called cats. She's been writing, almost as a compulsion, since she was a little girl and will often pull the car over to write when a song lyric strikes her. A former first-grade teacher, she now spends her days reading and writing, as well as binge-watching original shows like ...more

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