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Famous in a Small Town

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,190 ratings  ·  878 reviews
From Emma Mills, the acclaimed author of First & Then, comes a warm and witty YA novel about long-hidden truths—and what it really means to come home.

For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selecte
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Square Fish (first published January 15th 2019)
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Lola It’s fairly realistic as for the romance, but a few other events are unrealistic. The main focus of the book is the friend group rather than romance. …moreIt’s fairly realistic as for the romance, but a few other events are unrealistic. The main focus of the book is the friend group rather than romance. It’s a good book. :)(less)
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Emma Mills books are:
- funny
- gorgeously covered (this is probably the first most important thing except “don’t judge a book by its cover” or whatever)
- under the dust jacket, ALSO gorgeous (can’t emphasize the aesthetics enough)
- charming
- friendship-filled
- banter-y
- romance-y but not TOO romance-y you know?

Basically they are the perfect contemporary. Always. Without fail.

Okay. Maybe not without fail. This Adventure Ends is kinda meh. First & Then has its charms but it’s nothing to write home
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if i could use only one word to describe emma mills, it would be consistent.

she is consistent with her storytelling, her writing, her interesting female main characters, her swoon-worthy crushes, and her cover art (i highkey love when authors use the same style of covers so that all their books match)!

the thing with emma mills is you know exactly what you are going to get when you open up one of her books. some might say that makes an author boring or predicable, but i appreciate the certain le
may ❀
full review posted

I wish I was smart enough to take notes //while// I was reading bc I have SO MANY thoughts and I have no evidence to support them, thanks a lot past may, you’re a wonder to work with

emma mills basically figured out the secret to making me instantly stan a book and it basically consist of:
- wholesome group of friends
- soft boys
- actual, genuine humour
- a relatable mc that I mistake for myself sometimes

that was just my thesis statement, now let me bring proofs to support my a
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
My first read of 2019!
I love Emma Mills books, they are just so cute & adorable.
h o l l i s
So. many. feels.

Has there been a single Mills book that hasn't made me cry my eyes out? Survey says : haha you funny.

I went into this blind and I want you to, too. All you need to know is that it's Millsy. It's YA. It's feelsy. It's friendshippy. And it's freaking lovely. Sophie might be one of my new favourite lady-leads because.. gah. Reasons.

I'll admit this was nowhere near as funny as FOOLISH HEARTS but there's a scene in chapter five that literally had me lol'ing all over my couch for lik
Elle (ellexamines)
now can we look at THIS beauty
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-2
Reading an Emma Mills book is like curling up in a cozy overstuffed chair with your favorite hot drink and fluffy slippers on. You can just relax with ordinary characters doing ordinary things and watch things slowly unfold. Very character driven and heartfelt in the way she brings that small-town Midwestern USA comfort to every page. Sophie is a band girl with a close-knit group of friends. They have typical high school lives. Bicycling to get from place to place. Minimum wage jobs. Fundraising ...more
2.75 out of 5 Stars!

*Clears throat*

I hereby announce with a heavy heart that I did not love this book.

Alright, putting my ''theatrical side'' away for a minute.
I tried, I really tried my very best to like this book, unfortunately I couldn't. I've been familiar with this author's books for years and ever since I kept finding myself getting interested in her books more after reading the synopsis', and after finally reading a book by her I didn't know what to think. I thought at first it's just me
The designer of her book covers should win a damn prize! I can't even 😍😍😍 ...more
Lia Carstairs
Seriously. Emma Mills is one of the best authors when it comes to contemporaries.🥰

I have yet to find one I didn't like—although I probably shouldn't jinx it. Nope that's impossible. I can't imagine hating one of her books.😍

Sophie and her friends are part of their small town school's band and they've been chosen to march in the upcoming Rose parade. Of course, Sophie wants to be able to get them all the way to Los Angeles, but the problem is that they need to be able to fundraise enough money for

If I could recommend you only one comfort read right now, it'd be this one. Emma Mills' stories are the kind of bingeable, read-in-one sitting contemporaries; and yet they're all infinitely better than your average "fun, fluffy contemporary." I believe that's what sets Emma Mills apart from other authors. You actually, truly fall in love with her stories, with her characters, with everything. It's fun and banter-y and heartwarming without ever making you want to roll your eyes
Julie Zantopoulos
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2018
I love how Emma takes an aspect of high school/teenage life and weaves it into all her stories, there's something for everyone in her novels. In Foolish Hearts it was the drama kids and in this novel it's the band kids. I don't relate to either-which may be why the fanfic centered This Adventure Ends is my favorite of hers-but I still love her stories.

One thing that Emma does REALLY well is write family dynamics and friend groups. I will say, I missed a bit of the family dynamic in this story b
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Of course Emma Mills made me cry again. What else is new??!?

Though, seriously Famous in a Small Town is another gut in the punch (in a good way.) I cried so much but I also laughed at all the joyous moments. This book made me feel kilig. It's a Filipino word which I don't want to give any English translation because it's kilig on its own. It's that feeling when you're reading a really good book and you get these flutter kicks in your heart - like there's butterfly swirling in your stomach. That'
Jaime Arkin
Her books just keep getting better and better!! Mills just writes friendship so amazingly well that i want to climb into the pages and be a part of these characters lives. absolute perfection!! Full review to come!
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
This is such a hard book for me to review because it was one of my most anticipated and it ending up being somewhat disappointing. It was clearly an Emma Mills book- the writing hooks you from page one, the characters have their sharp wit and the friendship was between a group of people who would clearly do anything for each other... yet the ending left something to be desired. There were a total of 5 core friends but I felt like we only really got to know two of them. On top of that, I was havi ...more
Fafa's Book Corner
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Mention of car accident, mention of prison, mention of fatal accident, and taking credit for someone else's work.

Sophie and her friends are preparing to enjoy their summer break. Much to the group's surprise a new boy August moves in. August is the brother of Sophie's neighbor. While working Sophie overhears her band teacher talking about the upcoming fundraiser. The teacher mentions that they will likely not be able ra
Maggie ☘
Emma Mills books are the peak of the YA contemporary genre and I'm forever lamenting that more people are not reading them!

Famous in a Small Town is a book about a small town girl, and taking place across the summer. This book also focuses on the mystery of famous country singer Megan Pleasant, the town's darling, who once lived in the town and wrote two whole albums about it, now seemingly cutting strings with it.

As always, there's an amazing friend group involved (LOVED all of them). As well
Wow this cover fools u! It's all pink which makes u think it's a light hearted contemporary novel from Emma Mills but it actually had some hard hitting subject!!(:
This was my second novel by her and it wasn't as good as foolish hearts but I still enjoyed this one overall!(:
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This book took me completely by surprise. It was so lighthearted and funny - at first - I laughed a lot and so I didn’t expect the story to gain such an emotional depth at all and to be crying at some point as well. I loved how the story unraveled slowly and I was caught off guard by most of the revelations. Loved it!
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was just an okay read. The characters were very interesting and well crafted and their stories had some intriguing plot twists that I did not see coming. The problem is that I wasn’t very interested in the main storyline surrounding the famous singer that they were trying to contact. I was more involved in other sub-plots. The writing was nice as always and so the book was very easy to read.
What I always enjoy about Emma Mills’s books is her ability to craft realistic and believable friendsh
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I’ve always enjoyed reading novels by Emma Mills, and I can’t say that experience was any different with Famous in a Small Town. This newest novel is about Sophie and her friends over the course of one summer in their small town of Acadia, including the arrival of a new boy next door, and the pressure to raise enough money to send her marching band to California. I enjoyed Emma’s writing, as always, and flew through the pages of this tale. The small town vibes (which reminded me so much of my ow ...more

Ignore the "not 5 star" rating - this is some high quality content. What I love most about her books is the friendship that is almost always put before romance. It's not superficial or just there to fill up the pages. It's REAL. It feels good and I just love reading about all of her characters. They are fleshed out and I always end up wishing they were real people ;_;

Seriously, the squad in this book
Jen Ryland
So.... I had been putting off reading this because I thought it was going to be about a girl who lives in a cute little town and falls in love with a celebrity who comes to film a movie or hide out from paparazzi or something. I have read a ton of YA with that premise and I just wasn't looking forward to yet another one.

But this book was NOT about that at all. Yes, there was a famous person and a small town. But this was something quite different.

And I really liked it. Full review on my blog!

Cori Reed
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars! I love Emma Mills.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i actually moved this wow full review to come!
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Emma Mills has quickly become one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. She excels at writing dialogue and at creating characters who truly feel like real teenagers. I went into Famous in a Small Town fully ready to fall in love again, but unfortunately, this one just didn't do it for me.

For the first 100 pages or
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I’m 1000% here for anything Emma Mills writes. I have enjoyed everything she’s put out and this was no exception.

I loved Sophie and her friends. I loved Sophie’s conviction and dedication. I loved the group’s loyalty and acceptance. There were fights and inside jokes and fun times and everything seemed to be tied up in a pretty package.

Plot wise it was good. I liked getting the bits of friendship backstory while the present story happened. The main thread of raising money to get to the Rose Bo
Wing (bibliomeds)
3.5 stars.

i wish i clicked with this one as much as i did with emma's other novels!
i have to say that's the story itself isn't very memorable and i recently read one other mediocre ya contemporary and i keep getting bits mixed with in between - both didn't really strike a chord within me.

the book itself is written very cleverly, but for some bloody reasons i just didn't enjoy this as much as the others? it's just a weird feeling.... I'm actually quite mad at myself because "Foolish Hearts" is li
3.5 stars

CLASSIC EMMA MILLS, by which i mean to say, I LOVED IT.

Vereads (Verona)

"Given the chance, people will tell you exactly how they feel. You just have to be willing to listen."

When Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town's only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.

The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.

"When I was litt
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Emma Mills is the author of several novels for Young Adults.

She holds a PhD in cell biology and is known for her YouTube channel, Elmify. She is also the co-creator and co-host of the "life skills" channel How to Adult, which ended in 2016.

Mills lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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