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Not Your #Lovestory

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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  60 reviews
A story about the addictiveness of Internet fame and the harsh realities of going viral.

Macy Evans dreams of earning enough income from her YouTube channel, R3ntal Wor1d, to leave her small, Midwestern town. But when she meets a boy named Eric at a baseball game, and accidently dumps her hotdog in his lap, her disastrous “meet-cute” becomes the topic of a viral thread. Now
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Page Street Kids
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Might be more of a 2.5. I was SO charmed by Hartl's debut, Have a Little Faith in Me , that I couldn't help but to request this one for review when I saw it available on NetGalley. Unfortunately, this didn't pull me in nearly as much as her previous book and I am big sad about it. I loved her previous book because I felt like it really captured an authentic and fun teenage experience, but this one didn't really feel that way at all to me. This book revolves really heavily around social media, ...more
Rachel Lynn Solomon
Brilliant, heartfelt, incisive, romantic, and full of empathy. Sonia Hartl's writing is EVERYTHING. Longer review close to pub! ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I loved Sonia Hartl's debut, Have a Little Faith in Me , and was so excited to read her sophomore follow up. And it was awesome. Like, I probably won't be able to put into words how completely I fell in love with this thing, but I'll go ahead and give it a shot.

►Gotta admit, I was in love with the characters from the actual first chapter. No lie, first note I made on my phone. Tha
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Sonia Hartl
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this book! It’s got all my favorite things, friends to lovers, enemies to friends, complicated family feelings, a small town setting, quilting bee full of sassy Golden Girls-esque ladies, ‘oh, no, there’s only one tent’, and bunnies! At the heart, this is a story about privacy and consent and how people are so much more complex than they are often boiled down to be on social media.

Some trigger warnings to be aware of:

Death of a child (discussed between characters, not on-page)
Suicide ide
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Madison Mary
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
1.5 Stars

"I felt like a runway model wearing six-inch heels. Sure, the shoes were great, but everyone was really just waiting for me to fall on my ass."

*ARC received from Page Street, all thoughts and opinions are my own*

This was not the #Lovestory for me...

SUMMARY
Macy Evens has YouTube channel where she reviews old movies in cosplay. The monetisation from the videos isn't much, but those savings are her only chance at a future. When her "meet-cute" with a boy at a baseball game is splas
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Andrea Contos
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am completely in love with this book!

In Hartl's follow-up to her hilarious and moving debut, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME, she takes on the messy and double-edged reality of social media viral fame.

Macy's dreams of creating a future for herself outside her tiny, rural town nearly come true when a bystander creates (and live-tweets) a fake romance between Macy and a stranger at a baseball game. But fame turns ugly, and Macy has to decide if she's giving up more than she's getting.

Hartl deftly po
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Joanna Bennett
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for a copy to review. All opinions are my own.

The blurb for this one sounded really interesting and I was lucky enough to get an arc. YA Contemporary Romance can be a hit or miss but this one landed right in the middle.

I really liked that this book starts off talking about baseball. As a big baseball fan it really stuck out to me. The rest of the setting mostly takes place in a smaller town that still has a VHS store. It was nice to see the main character, Macy, be fro
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Annette
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has my heart. The characters are nuanced, messy, and lovable badasses. The story (revolving around the dark side of going viral) is timely.

Sonia Hartl's books are some of my favourites. She makes me laugh and cry--often on the same page.
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April Sarah
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
*ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review*
video review: https://youtu.be/NAdhDAOuSFg

This is the story of Macy, who runs her own youtube channel that does reviews of videos. She decides to take her mother on a birthday trip to a Royals game where she accidentally spills her hot dog and drinks on a very cute boy. During this baseball game, a complete stranger decides to document their "meet cute" and it goes viral. As this meet cute goes viral, her youtube channel starts to take
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Jenny
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

4 ⭐️

Trigger warning: mentions of violence, mentions of abusive behaviour/child abuse, PTSD, cyberbullying, doxxing, slut-shaming, misogyny

A love story rooted in today's obsession with social media.

I have to admit, I wasn't in the right frame of mind when I started reading this book. The beginning, with the trolling and doxxing, gave me some major anxiety. But once the story started rolling and M
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Kasey Giard
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of things about this story are so much fun. Macy is spunky and surrounded by fierce and loyal friends and family members. I liked the circle of quilters her grandmother was part of best of all, I think.

NOT YOUR #LOVESTORY doesn’t shy away from the gross awfulness that the internet can be. Macy becomes obsessed with her social media feeds and the need to boost her income from her YouTube channel even further. As her story with Eric goes viral, the trolls come out in droves, insulting her clo
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Erin (erinevelynreads)
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley20
I loved Macy’s unapologetic way of speaking her mind and being very direct. She cares so much about her friends and family and goes out of her way to make them happy. The story is told entirely in the first person from her perspective and she’s just so endearing and kind. I also loved Paxton, her sweet friend who clearly is in love with her. He raises rabbits for the county fair and is so unbelievably wholesome and genuine. I rooted for him the entire time.

If you are a fan of YA that deals with
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LianaReads blog
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars
Not your #lovestory is indeed a sweet love story about meet cute and how social media can influence the lives of the ones implicated in it.
There are much more deep feelings and discussions in here, much more than one is expecting and while the cover and blurb is setting up for an easy read, this is not the case.
The characters are well described and i enjoyed it overall but maybe i wanted a bit more from the actual romance and how that develops into something more steady and beautiful
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Andi (Andi's ABCs)
In theory this sounded like a me kind of book. Sadly we didn’t mesh well. There were things in it that just didn’t work for me personally. I did really like Paxton and some parts of Macy. But overall it just wasn’t a book for me. It’s a me thing not a book thing so I recommend making up your own mind. I will say it is a quick read.
Leslie Young
I tore through this one. I loved every moment of it! Well, I loved reading it, but I was defintiely feeling emotions and frustration at the main characters during several parts, haha! It was a perfect blend of romantic comedy, warnings against viral online presences, as well as family and small town dramas. Highly recommend to anyone who needs a good read with a slight bit of fluff.

Thank you NetGalley and to the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy!
Melissa
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5

Not Your #Lovestory was a great read and if you enjoy YA, I highly recommend it. The pitfalls of social media. Abusive relationships. Slut shaming. Internet fame. This book was that perfect mix of funny and serious that I look for in a good YA.

I received an advanced copy in exchange for my review.
Abbie
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I think the lesson of the story here is very clear: Don't talk to strangers. (And don't enter into fake social media relationships too.) The plot was predictable, but I liked Paxton so I got through it. ...more
Gina Adams
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an early copy!

Maybe 2.5 in reality. Honestly, this is a disappointment :( it wasn’t a bad book, but it feels like a sophomore slump in comparison to Have a Little Faith in Me. The pacing was a little disjointed and the characters didn’t feel as fleshed out as they could have been.

I liked the portrayal of being poor. The scene was set super well and felt realistic to small town life. The family dynamic was sweet and there was decent f/f romance rep. Now
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Sujin P.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The voice! It's everything.

I just finished Alisha Rai's Girl Gone Viral before reading this and some of the high-level themes are similar, but the author takes it in a different direction.

Hartl's book is fresh and funny— if you love contemporary voicey stories, definitely pick this up.

Oh, and the VHS store— hilarious.
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Hannah
I received an ARC from Page Street Kids in exchange for an honest review. My spoiler-free thoughts can be read here: https://twincitiesgeek.com/2020/08/no... ...more
Simone
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, ya
Not your #LoveStory was a genuinely lovely read.

This is a story about a girl who grows up with social media. All positive and negative sides included. This is also a girl who feels trapped in her tiny hometown where everyone knows everything about everybody else. She is constantly subjected to her mother's own fears for her and her grandma and her friends. So there are opinions and advice coming from all directions. The lovely thing about that though, is that it is so very obvious how much eve
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Holly Hughes
Thank you to Canadian Manda Group for providing me with an ARC. This does not affect my review, which reflects my honest opinions.

"We’d gotten what many people tried for and only a few attained. Instant, viral fame. And playing it up, stretching it out, to meet our own ends didn’t make us good or right, but we did it anyway."


3.5 stars
My full review can be found here!

Without a doubt, Sonia Hartl has crafted a story that is compulsively readable, and poignant. It’s the sort of book that can, a
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Medha Upadhyay
Not gonna lie, this was a hooking premise. I really like the unique idea of a third party bystander faking a relationship between two random people, but this book let me down. First off, it feels like it was written by someone who lacks a basic understanding of social media. If Macy genuinely wants to make YoutTube her career, her way out of poverty, she needs to post more than reviews of fifty year old movies. I genuinely have never heard of anyone “making it” in YouTube by cosplaying as charac ...more
Amanda Greco
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks, as always, to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC!

I can't say if it was because it was shorter than most books out these days or if I just secretly really loved it, but I finished this book in just a few short hours. It was unexpected, but I found I couldn't really put it down. Macy wants to run a successful YouTube channel on movie reviews in order to escape her small town. She loves her family, but a part of her doesn't want to turn out like her mother: pregnant and left alone at
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Kaitlyn Carpenter
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is Sonia Hartl's second YA book- and it does not seem like it. This book has all of the things that kids and adults love about YA: intrigue, dynamic family structure, love, and deceit. ​This book is a perfect summer romance: think Gilmore Girls meets Gossip Girl in modern day.
The twists that are introduced by Hartl are unexpected and very believable.In an age of social media, it is not difficult to imagine how we would all react to a viral twitter feed that documents a strangers persp
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Emily Thiede
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to read this book, because of how much I enjoyed Have a Little Faith in Me, but I still wasn't prepared for how much I loved it!

I FLEW through Not Your #Lovestory. There were moments that made my heart ACHE, and SO many that made me laugh out loud. The dialogue is wickedly funny, and I absolutely loved the motley crew of video-store employees who tease each other mercilessly in the way only long-time friends can. Plus, the Bees are the most wonderful, hilarious, give-no-crap posse
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TBHONEST
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not Your #Lovestory is a profoundly relevant and timely read that is very easy to connect with and invest in as you can imagine it happening in society today.

An original story that will appeal to social media users young and old that keeps you hooked with it's relevance, honesty and strong characters,
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Auriane Desombre
I started reading this book on a busy day, intending to read only the first chapter, but when I looked up, three hours had passed and I'd read the whole thing. I sold my heart to Macy right away, and I just want to live in this book forever. ...more
Suzanne Park
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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