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Rise to the Sun

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,673 ratings  ·  626 reviews
Three days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival.

Olivia is an expert at falling in love . . . and at being dumped. But after the fallout from her last breakup has left her an outcast at school and at home, she’s determined to turn over a new leaf. A crush-free weekend at Farmland Music and Arts Festival with her best friend is just what she needs to get her mind of
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 6th 2021 by Scholastic Press
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Brianna There is a bisexual and lesbian rep as well as two characters who could be either bi or lesbian (it isn’t specified).
Megan It’s a stand alone novel! Although there are some Easter Eggs and character appearances that will be familiar from You Should See Me in a Crown!

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ARC provided by the publisher - thank you so much!

"That big love you give everyone else-you deserve to save some for yourself. You're worth that much. You're worth every good thing."

This is a story told over the course of three days at a music festival, with alternating povs!

Olivia is there with her best friend in the whole world, and the one person who always has her back in every situation. Olivia has had a lot of not so great romantic relationships, but this last one ended with a
may ➹
2.5 stars

Rise to the Sun follows Olivia and Toni at the Farmland Music Festival, both of them excited to experience the magic of live music and friendship. What they don’t expect to find is each other, and a weekend of discovering themselves and a blooming romance between them. Though this book was sadly disappointing for me with its romance, it still has so much to offer. With her sophomore novel, Leah Johnson proves how adept she is at weaving stories full of both joy but also more serious iss
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rise to the Sun is a love letter to live music and its unique ability to unite us all. Starring two queer Black girls, Leah Johnson’s sophomore novel is full of the same joy and vibrancy of her debut, while also carefully dealing with complex emotions and situations.

When I first heard about this book it was the music festival setting that caught my attention (as well as the sapphics, of course!) and I was not disappointed. Johnson has captured the atmosphere of a music festival so well, as well
2.5 stars

Wow... this book was such a waste of time

Expect a long freaking rant review!!
Emily (emilykatereads)
“To the black girls in the back row at live shows, to the queer girls still figuring it out, to the Midwestern kids who have yet to find a home in their bodies—it’s time to press play on our happy endings.

RISE TO THE SUN: Four days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival.” (From the author’s twitter)

!!!! Queer girls at a music festival !!!!
CW: gun violence, revenge porn, death of a parent, panic attacks, PTSD, bullying, grief

I absolutely LOVED You Should See Me in a Crown, and unfortunately, that just makes this book that much more disappointing for me because I was really looking forward to it. I liked the setting off this taking place at a music festival - despite how little music festival we got in this story - but that meant this entire story took place over a weekend, and I just don't think that was enough time for me to real
the serotonin u get from leah johnson's books......unmatched

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Rep: Black bi mc, Black lesbian mc, Black sapphic side character, biracial Indian American side character

CWs: shooting, revenge porn
eli ♡
Letters For Literature - "Rise To The Sun" Review

.·:·.☽✧ 4.3 stars ✧☾.·:·.

Thank you Edelweiss for an ARC of this title.

CW/TW (may contain potential spoilers)

"Rise To The Sun" by Leah Johnson is a tale told in dual POV that is centered around music, family, friendship, and love. Even though "You Should See Me In A Crown" wasn't my favorite book, I was very much intrigued by this novel's cover and synopsis. And while I didn't expect to love this novel as much as I did, there were minor issues tha
This was super cute, as expected from Leah Johnson.

The book is told in a dual PoV, Olivia's and Toni's and spans three days. We get to see how they change from who they were before as the festival goes on, and how they find love in each other.

Rise to the Sun reads a lot smoother than You Should See Me in a Crown (at least from what I can recall). I devoured page after page in no time. The only thing that stopped me from finishing it last night, is that I didn't have enough mobile data to post a
TW for a gun violence, revenge porn, and death of a parent

I absolutely loved You Should See Me in a Crown, so I was really excited to read Leah Johnson's sophomore novel. I was intrigued that this took place at a music festival, but I don't think I ended up loving the timeline of this novel. The book take place over a weekend and I didn't think that was enough time for me to believe these characters had fallen for each other. I was really enjoying the beginning of this book and how Olivia was so
luce (currently recovering from a hiatus)
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I lived for that Mack cameo! Sadly, Olivia & Toni didn't steal my heart away like Liz & Mack did...

“Loving someone is being big enough to admit when you mess up, and then doing everything in your power not to do it again.”

Rise to the Sun is a summery sapphic romance that reads a lot like a love letter to music. Once again Leah Johnson has written a YA novel that succeeds in combining escapism with relevant and important issues (grief, trauma, non-consensual image
atlas ♡
Jun 25, 2021 rated it liked it
In this novel we follow Toni and Olivia with dual POVs throughout the span of 3 days at a music festival.

This was quite disappointing for me. There were many parts of this book that I enjoyed of course but there was also definitely a lot of room to expand. This being told within such a short amount of time definitely has a lot of impact on that. This also caused for insta love, one of my least favorite tropes, and it didn't really sell me on it.

I really liked day one and seeing how how the sto
update: lowering my rating to three stars because...that feels better now. this was a bit of a let down after loving you should see me in a crown, but still worth it.

well that got a little more relatable than i expected it to. with olivia thinking she's not worthy of love and toni being scared of love because it hurts...it was pretty much like two sides of me falling in love, and you know what? i was there for it okay. it could feel a bit insta-lovey at times looking back at it, but not as much
Anaïs (Taylor's Version)
Feb 17, 2022 rated it did not like it
They are crazy in love after talking three times? I’m sorry but no
I'm really disappointed because I really liked the first book of the author and I expected to like this one too, but the romance was not realistic at all and too "insta love", and even if there are important topics, it didn't do it with me
Toya (the reading chemist)
4.5 stars rounded up!

Leah Johnson never fails to write incredible characters. I’m just going to start with that. After absolutely loving You Should See Me in a Crown, I was a bit apprehensive about Rise to the Sun because of my own expectations. Completely unwarranted because Johnson absolutely delivered.

So I will preface this by saying that I am not someone who appreciates music nor live music events, but the magic that Johnson created in this story had me yearning to be alongside Olivia and T
Dnf at 22%. I was simply too bored to keep reading.
Larry H
Jul 16, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Leah Johnson's newest YA novel, Rise to the Sun , is a poignant yet hopeful look at finding and healing yourself, as well as friendship, love, and music’s power.

Olivia needs an escape. Junior year of high school ended disastrously with her involved in a scandal, and a major decision awaits her. So she convinces her best friend Imani to accompany her to a three-day music festival. Imani agrees but makes Olivia swear that the weekend will be just about them—that Olivia won’t fall in lo
4.5 rounded up to a 5, i think? thoughts to come.

trigger warnings for: death of a parent, grief, slut shaming, cyberbullying, shooting, gun violence, robbery, revenge porn
Jillian Heise
Leah Johnson's sophomore novel does not disappoint! She writes beautiful heartfelt queer Black girl YA romances that deserve a place in every high school library. The dedication says it all, "To the Black girls who have been told they're too much and to the ones who don't believe they're enough: You are the world's most beautiful song." ...more
Thank you to Edelweiss and Scholastic for providing a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

“Love is messy and awkward and ugly, but at least it's honest.”

Oh man. What a plot twist. You Should See Me in a Crown is, really and truly, one of my favorite books of all time. But wow, I hated this.

This feels like a book written by an entirely different author. Pure melodrama, no nuance, and a hyper-annoying character to the nth degree. I am so disappointed. I wish I could pull out someth
rachel ☾
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I absolutely adored Leah Johnson’s debut novel, You Should See Me In A Crown; it was an amazing YA contemporary filled with heart that I couldn’t put down. So when hearing that Rise to the Sun, the author’s sophomore novel that followed two girls falling in love at a music festival was coming out this year, I couldn’t wait to read it!

Just like You Should See Me In A Crown, this book is written with so much heart and love pressed into the pages. It’s about Toni, a girl struggling with the death o
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-arcs
"If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it." - Zora Neale Hurston

Leah Johnson has this way with words that makes you easily fall in love with her characters. You don't love them in spite of their flaws but because of them. They're fully fleshed out people that even if you don't relate to them, you could imagine them being in your life or running into them at a party.

Leah also weaves resilience into her stories so flawlessly. While certain events in this story ar
Olivia and Imani head to Georgia for a three day Farmland music festival. It's an opportunity for Olivia to escape a situation back home in Indiana -- something that caused her deep pain -- but she lies to her mother to make it happen. Imani is looking forward to a solid three days of friends-only time and Liv makes the promise this is what they'll be doing.

Enter Toni and Peter. They're also at the festival and they're long-time attendees. Toni's father was a musician and despite how much he was
Danika at The Lesbrary
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an absorbing read that left my heart aching for Toni and Olivia (and Imani). I love how much depth there is to both characters and everyone’s interactions. This could easily have been a much simpler summer love story, and I would have enjoyed that too, but instead it felt much more messy and realistic. I appreciated Olivia’s journey to recognizing both her faults (and the damage they’ve caused) as well as her self-worth. I know I’m the last one on the Leah Johnson train, but let me just ...more
elise (the petite punk)
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Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I know this is a lot of pressure to put on one book, but Rise to the Sun has been my most anticipated release of 2021. Like, out of all the hundreds of books being released this year. When I first saw the book announcement on Leah Johnson’s Twitter, I immediately fell in love—this is basically the book I’ve been longing for. Queer girls of color
3.5* A lovely f/f contemporary about love, friendship and the magic of live music.

Although I didn't adore this quite as much as Leah Johnson's debut, I'm still so excited about her writing and story telling. She writes in a way that makes you instantly care about what she has to say and fly through her books with comfort and ease.

TW: gun violence
Aug 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer-rep-2021
I really loved Leah Johnson's novel "You Should See Me In A Crown" last year, but I've got a bit more mixed feelings about this one. I still enjoyed it though!

First of all, I was very happy about the content warnings that were given before the first chapter. Just like it should be done in every book!

We've got two different perspectives: Toni and Olivia who meet at a music festival. They're messy characters, they have to deal with their own individual struggles while getting to know each other: g
Nov 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sapphics
sometimes books are just too much and not enough at the same time

trigger warnings: anxiety, cyberbullying, mentions of a mass shooting, gun violence, nonconsensual image sharing, panic attacks, parental death, PTSD.
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Leah Johnson (she/her) is an editor, educator, and author of books for young adults. Her bestselling debut YA novel, YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN was the inaugural Reese's Book Club YA pick, and was named a best book of the year by Cosmo, Marie Claire, Publishers Weekly, and New York Public Library among others. Her sophomore novel, RISE TO THE SUN is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2021. ...more

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