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Gemma's Not Sure

(Galloway Girls #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Gemma's not sure if she's brave enough to go to her audition, or if she even wants to study music at all. She's definitely not sure forming a band with Lily's hot ex-boyfriend is a good idea. Jamie's university life isn't like he thought it would be, and he doesn't know what to do about it. One thing he does know is that he wants a reason to bump into Gemma Anderson again. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Sweet Cherry Publishing
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May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free copy through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review

3.5 stars
I definitely enjoyed the story. The plot was pretty predictable, I didn't mind, but it is one of the main reasons why I'm not giving it a higher rating. I think the story itself tackled a lot of important struggles teenager have nowadays, and I also found the representation to be accurate. One of those struggles is dealing with anxiety and shyness, as well as dealing with pressure. And to be more specific, peer pre
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

Life takes a turn in Gemma's Not Sure, as Gemma is decided on which university she should go to next year, and whether she can get over her stage fright to perform, for real. Her teachers want her to go to an exclusive Conservatoire, and teach youngsters while she's home, but it a bit much for her. To be honest, she's not even sure university is for her at all, and meeting up with Jamie, Lily's ex boyfriend
Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
* Got this ARC from Edelweiss+ *
Actuall raiting: 2.5 stars.
It was alright, i think. by the blurb it seemed like Jamie hated Gemma, but i was a bit confused about that. But meh, it was fluffy YA but it did not work for me - the characters wasn`t "sure" for ALOT of things through the book and i didn`t exactly feel that they grew.
Barbara Henderson
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one more than the predecessor, even though the character of Gemma is not like me at all. It was an enjoyable romance with an upbeat tone and a lovely message of 'It's ok not to be sure, you'll get there' which must be reassuring for young people everywhere, especially in unpredictable times like these. ...more
Sylvs (NOVELty Reads)
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

In all honesty, it did take me a while to get into Gemma's Not Sure.

I'm not too sure why exactly... I'm blaming the fact that it was a bit of a slow burn sort of romance/contemporary. The pacing for a contemporary was kind of slow, it took a while for the stakes to be raised and for the characters to come to their life-realisation moment. After that massive build up, the book turned out to be alright. The charac
Isa (Bookishlifetime)
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, edelweiss
4.5 Stars
I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Edelweiss Plus and Sweet Cherry Publishing.

Gemma’s not sure if she’s brave enough to go to her audition, or if she even wants to study music at all. She’s definitely not sure forming a band with Lily’s hot ex-boyfriend is a good idea.

Jamie’s university life isn’t like he thought it would be, and he doesn’t know what to do about it. One thing he does kn
Eve beinguniquebooks
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gemma is facing tough decisions, go and play piano professionally as a performer despite her shyness, or persue a different career altogether despite her work playing.

Jamie has tough decisions to make too, after finding uni more of a chore only enjoying rhe social aspects and his refereeing.

However as the two get friendlier, they discover they have more in common than they thought, as they start a bad, Gemma helps a piano student she takes on called Rosie to have a better time at school and of c
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the second installment of this brilliant YA series, we follow Gemma (who we met in the first book as Lily’s best friend) as she makes decisions about where she’s going to go to uni, and also her love story with Lily’s ex Jamie, who is struggling badly with his first year of university. It was wonderful to get to know both these characters better, and while I knew I’d love Gemma based on what I’d seen before, I was pleasantly surprised by how fond I got of Jamie and how much I was rooting for ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and publisher Sweet Cherry Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Though I haven't actually read the first book in this series, I requested this book because the premise sounded exactly like the kind of light, fluffy read I wanted right now. And I was right! Gemma's Not Sure isn't exactly fluff but it is a well-written, enjoyable YA contemporary story centered around a romance. Our two main characters are Gemma, a shy girl struggling to dec
Monica Haak
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
What I really loved about this book were the characters. I just loved them, even though I did not agree with all of their choices and sometimes they did feel a bit off, but I didn't mind. I love the way the author writes dialogues and have each of their personalities laid out on the table for the reader to get at ease with. I did have trouble with some of the things of the plot, because it felt too predictable. I didn't once have a shock moment, an unforseen plot twist or even a shudder of what- ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series is a quick read and easy for fans of emotional YA and contemporary romances.

Set in a small town on the west coast of Scotland, it follows the story of Gemma Anderson, best friend of Lily Hildebrand from book 1. She's deciding whether she really wants to study music in the city of Glasgow, facing pressure from her family, friends and teachers. It's perfectly relatable and anyone dealing with university choices will know the struggle. Gemma bumps into Lily's ex-boyfriend Jamie, the per
This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Time is moving on in Newton St Cuthbert, by the time we reach the end of Gemma’s Not Sure we’ve reached Lily and Gemma’s own prom, a whole year after the events of the first book began. Lily, Tom, and Gemma are all back and are faced with some big decisions about their next steps, and Jamie is faced with some big life choices himself. You could definitely read and enjoy the book without having read Lily’s Just Fine, but I
Char (1RadReader59)
I have to say at six percent I was ready to stop because all Gemma did was whine about everything. But, when I start to look closer, I realize that the real problem is the people around her all think for her all the time. Now that she is close to adulting she has no clue what she wants to do with her own life.

When she does finally decide and makes the decision and chooses it, everyone voices their opinion loud and clear. Basically, saying she is wrong in her life choices. Luckily enough her pare
Charlie' (MyBooksAreCorrupted)
Disclaimer: Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I am so grateful to NetGalley and the Publishers, Sweet Cherry Publishing, for providing me with a copy of Gemma's Not Sure by Gill Stewart.

This is the second book in the Galloway Girls series, I was so excited to jump back into this world! Gemma's Not Sure is set in small town in Scotland, following Gemma - she is the best friend of Lily from the first book in the series. I wouldn't say it's necessary to re
Kate Anthony
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Gemma’s Not Sure - Gill Stewart (5/14)

Rating 3 / 5 Stars

** Thank you to Netgalley, Sweet Cherry Publishing, and of course, Gil Stewart, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I will be the first to say I have not read Lily’s Just Fine… YET. As this was the first book I am reading for the series, I must say I really enjoyed it. I am really happy that this book felt like a standalone while also being a part of the same story. I never felt lost. There were a lot of mentions of Lily, which was
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read from this series, and I absolutely enjoyed it.
Reading the description, I thought the storyline was going to be different from what it actually was, and I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected. For one, it was very truth of what it’s like to not know what you want to do for the rest of your life, and how much pressure one feels about it all. The experiences were so authentic, that even if the characters were just finishing high school, as a young a
Rona Nimmo
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is another absolutely wonderful YA book from this author and I read it in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down! The two main characters are both feeling lost – although those around them are trying to push them into making decisions about their future, they’re not ready. Not every teenager knows what they want to do in life and I so empathised with them both! I was that teenager, expected to go to uni to study the subjects I was good at, expected to excel, and yet – did I really want to? N ...more
Kristin- Shabby Chic Reader
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
This is a charming story about two young adults, Gemma and Jamie, who help each other discover which direction in life they should go despite what other people in their lives are telling them to do. It is perfect for teen and YA readers.

The book is set in Scotland, but I think it resonates with any teenager that is making life decisions about what they want to do with their life after graduating High School. The characters are easy to relate to and the interaction between them is typical of the
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Book two in the Galloway Girls.

Gemma is deciding if she wants to study music. Feeling pressure from all sides her parents, teachers, and even friends. Jamie is back after finding out that the university he chose wasn’t for him. Trying to find his new direction in life.

They bump into each other and Jamie keeps finding reasons to bump into her again. They then end up forming a band.

Spending time together and a romance seems to transpire between the two. Oh forgot to mention he’s Gemma’s best fri
Beth Younge
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an good follow-up to Lily's Just Fine. I liked how it developed the characters we saw in the first one and it built on those who the first book focused on. Gemma and Jamie were interesting and they were believable teenagers as their voices seemed to be in the real world. The story was light enough but it still had some moments of high drama that were handled well. I would have liked to have seen Rosie, the little girl Gemma was helping, developed a little more but she was given enough d ...more
Emma Piper
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
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Rosy (SparklesBooks)
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gemma and Jamie have a lot going on in their lives, Gemma is finishing 6th Form and needs to pick the next stage in her life, her talent lies in music but her nerves keep getting the best of her.
Jamie is already at University as he is the year above Gemma in school but he quickly starts to feel like he’s in over his head and perhaps uni isn’t quite for him.
As they both muddle through these important decisions, they find themselves drawn to one another, but do their very different personalities
Chelsea Knox
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Apologizing for the cut off of the authors name.
Gemma's not sure by Gill Stewart ARC release date July 26, 2020 YA book
Gemma is in her final year at school and shes struggling to decide what she wants to do next. She goes for a music audition at a uni and bumps into Jamie who is struggling at uni himself. Throughout the book they discover themselves and more about each other as people and friends.
I haven't read the first book in this series, but I plan on it. Lily's Just Fine came out in 2019
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Gill Stewart, even though this is the second in a series. Which I didn't realize until later reading the reviews. That being said, I don't feel like I missed out on much with this being my first week and I overall enjoyed this book!

The description piqued my interest and the book kept my interest the whole time! I enjoyed reading about Gemma's struggles and how she overcame them. I think this was a very well written book that touch on struggles that many youth
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
As the title says Gemma's not sure about many things among others about her future or if her best friend's ex boyfriend fancies her or not. She is a very shy girl and an awesome pianist. In the novel Gemma learns to make her own decisions as well as she tries to overcome her fears such as performing in public and swimming.
While reading I felt as if I was reading a middle grade book rather a YA novel. The story is rather straightforward and it would definitely be a bit more interesting if some s
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The second book in the Galloway Girls series, centres around Gemma and her inability to decide upon what she wants in her future, to do the audition or not, and if her friend's ex is interested in her. As the novel progresses, we see Gemma learning to make decisions for herself and overcome her fears in the process, like performing in front of a live audience. It was an overall okay read.

eARC was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
beth {hiatus} F.
This book, although written well with interesting characters, was not for me. I was not able to connect with the characters and, since I'm an American, found the European words slightly confusing. Others will definitely enjoy this sweet story about two college age kids trying to find a place in the world for them. ...more
This reads like lower YA even though the love interest is in college. I think the main character is in high school. She’s the painfully shy type and this is just a bit boring, an average YA contemporary. Probably doesn’t help I haven’t read the first book in the series. DNF at 7%.

I received a free e-arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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