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In Miel Moreland's heartfelt young adult debut, It Goes Like This, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak.

Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they've been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they form
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 18th 2021 by Feiwel & Friends
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Miel Moreland There is no polyamory in this book, simply friends-as-family and a second-chance lesbian romance.

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theresa
A delightful story of friendship, fandom, first love and second chances, It Goes Like This is an instant new favourite. Miel Moreland has expertly captured the true essence of being a fan – the excitement, the community and the love – to craft a book that feels like a warm hug, all while exploring complicated relationships, the consequences of our actions and the power of love in all its forms.

I was sold on It Goes Like This from the premise alone – who wouldn’t want to read about a queer pop g
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booksandzoe
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Dude, we're getting the band back together!

It Goes Like This follows a broken up queer band as they reunite for a charity concert in their hometown. But Moonlight Overthrow, formerly known as the legendary teenage queer girl group, is going to have to make some changes. For one thing, one member Steph has come out as non-binary. For another, Celeste and Eva, two of the bands other members, had a bad breakup, leaving tension throughout the band. Each of the former members have moved on in the two
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alaska
this book was so much and for once, i'm actually at loss for words. no key-board smash can totally fathom what i feel for this book, so let me try and write my thoughts down. will it be chaotic? ...obviously, but at least it'll be words!!! (which is quite some progress, let's face it)

it goes like this can be split into these big categories for me: the band and fandom, the friendship, the romance, and the queerness. so that's what this review will be split into, too. be sure to check out the inte
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Jamie
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I expected to enjoy this book after reading the description. I didn't expect to love it so much I downed it in a single evening.

This book follows four former bandmates from the queer band Moonlight Overthrow who all have very complicated feelings about their pasts, breakup, and relationships with each other. they were nationally popular all throughout the band's teenage years, then blew up right when they were coming of age. Eva is now attending college full time and writing songs for other art
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
It Goes Like This is such a gorgeous love letter to friendships and how they change, growing up and growing apart and the joy of fandom. I loved this.

- Follows four queer teens and former members of a world-famous teen pop group, Moonlight Overthrow. Years after a messy fallout, the ex-best friends come together one more time to put on a benefit concert for their hometown, and have to reconcile the past and their friendships.
- I just loved how character-driven this was! All the different charact
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jut
May 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021-s-books
it didn't really work for me...their friendship doesn't feel believable and they dont really give any good proof of why it was so special and they want that back, it seems they just want that to say "i did it! i didnt give up on us!" while theres a lot of bad feelings unsolved and those feelings stay like this until the end when they magically seems fine with each other. ...more
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Sep 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, lgbtq
CHARACTER DRIVEN AND QUEER-POSITIVE

This is the book I didn't know I wanted to read. An all-queer teen pop-sensation group! The bandmates share a love of music that floats off the pages, which I really got into. And the dynamic between the members really got me invested.

👍 What I Liked 👍

Characters: In this novel we follow four ex-bandmates. They started out friends, formed a band, became famous and broke up. At the beginning of the book we follow them individually, and I can genuinely say that I l
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loryn (taylor's version)
*4.5 stars | rep: wlw romance, lesbian MCs, Black sapphic MC, non-binary + pansexual MC

OHMYGOD *que the fangirling*

It Goes Like This is the queer contemporary novel I needed to get me out of a massive reading slump. And oh my goodness, it was amazing!! This book was such an enjoyable read full of so many ups and downs that will leave you with a smile on your face.

The plot follows a broken-up queer pop band as they reunite to hold a charity concert for their hometown, after it's greatly damaged
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Janna
Aug 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"It Goes Like This" by Miel Moreland was so incredibly good. It's about four queer young people who used to be in a band and their journey of coming together for one last show.

This book is an ode to fandom. I must say I'm not the biggest fan of celebrities interacting with fans on social media like Tumblr (because it's kind of cringey for me) but that's really, and fortunately for me, not the biggest part of this novel.

Each of the four main characters made me fall in love with them. There are fo
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Julia
Sep 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
i liked this one despite the fact it took me way longer than it should have to read (school takes up so much time lol) ! the topic it covered was interesting to me and i enjoyed learning about the music/entertainment industry a bit! lots of real life issues/themes were also covered which was nice. some things i think that could have been done better were the characters and overall set up of the book. i spend most of the book kinda annoyed at eva, yet she had wayyyy more chapters than any of the ...more
Anniek
I was expecting to enjoy this, because I'm a sucker for pop star books, but I absolutely LOVED this! Why aren't more people reading this?!

This book felt a little melancholic all throughout, as we see these four people reunite after their world famous band split up a few years previous and they lost touch. I'm ALSO a huge sucker for a second chance romance, so that was amazing to see as well. And I just loved the writing and the psychological depth of this - every character was fleshed out and co
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Mimi
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you're friends with me IRL, I sincerely apologize in advance for how often I will talk your ear off about this book in the near future because I need every single one of you to read it so we can GUSH about my FAVORITE QUEER STORY OF THE YEAR SO FAR ...more
Dawn
Jun 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
I think the problem with this book is that it doesn't realize there is a fine line between flawed characters and just garbage human beings. Figuring out your own identity and issues and insecurities don't justify you being utter shit to others. It doesn't justify manipulation, guilt tripping or shitty behaviors.

And that's literally what all other three main characters did to Eva for 75% of this book. All three of them literally never communicated their wishes with Eva, yet they all told each ot
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bie
Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sapphics
i feel like this is more a 3.5 but the representation was absolutely phenomenal and i have to make that more clear.
so why not a 5, bie? well, *gestures vaguely* i have an issue with love interests in general.

but this was a good book, truly! it's about self discovery, coming to terms with who you are (and changing your mind because you're young and that's okay!), love, family and friendship, music, and how wonderful it is to be queer.

i definitely recommend this to everyone who had a fifth harmo
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Althea
It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland is a really exciting sapphic debut novel, following queer pop band, Moonlight Overthrow, a few years after their split, having barely spoken a few words to each other since. Eva is finally getting her life back to normal by attending college, and Steph is putting their family as their number one priority, whereas Celeste is selling out tours nationwide and Gina is taking the acting world by storm. But after a storm devastates their home town, where their band f ...more
Dahlia
Not sure how I missed marking this as read until now considering I've been lauding this book all over town, but it's hands-down one of my favorite YAs of the year. If the idea of a YA Daisy Jones and the Six but extremely queer sounds like your jam, grab this one yesterday. ...more
kory.
this book has an overall good vibe, and like, it's fine. but it doesn't really work for me.

content/trigger warnings; ableism, alcohol, kissing, natural disasters, mentions of queerphobia (lesbophobia, biphobia, fetishization of queer girls), misgendering, mentions of rape threats, coming out, mentions of slut shaming, mentions of teenage pregnancy, misogyny, racism, hospital, sick grandmother, kissing,

rep; eva (mc) is a lesbian. celeste (mc) is a jewish lesbian. gina (mc) is bisexual and black.
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rose ✨
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
“when they said let’s be a band, we should have a name, it felt more like copying old teen movies, playacting, just fun, than anything momentous. but even when they did something for pretend, they wanted to do it right, and at some point, there is no difference between doing the real things for pretend reasons and doing the real things for real.”


i am always always always hesitant when it comes to ya contemporaries, but it goes like this is exactly the queer feel-good story it’s marketed as. it f
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gigi
Jul 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars rounded down

ok wow this book was really good, it was super fun to read. i’m at my cottage right now so i’ll write a full review tomorrow.
gauri
read full review on my blog!

such a wholesome and cute story of a queer teen band piecing itself back together and finding themselves along the way! it balances sweet and emotional moments along with a second chance romance. a fun read about fandoms, rekindling old friendships, pop culture, found family and sapphics.
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Katie
Apr 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was solid! It didn't hold my attention as well as I would've liked, but it was my kind of famous people story--they mostly each love what they do, but you see the downsides of fame, too.

The jumping around in time was a little confusing, but just a little.
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Manon the Malicious
Absolute perfection

I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

It's been over a year since the world famous queer pop band Moonlight Overthrow exploded. The four members, Eva, Celeste, Gina and Steph have had little to no contact since, but Eva is managing, she's in college and still writing music for others. And that's all great. Really great. But why does it feel like her heart imploded all over again when she sees that Celeste and Gina are not only in town but met
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Nev
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, lgbtqiap
Let’s get the band back together. And when I say band I mean queer teen pop group.

This was a really heartfelt story about what happened to the members of a pop group after they disbanded. They were best friends, and some of them secret girlfriends, until the unceremonious demise of Moonlight Overthrow. When a natural disaster hits their hometown they decide to get back together for one show as a benefit concert. Will they be able to repair their relationships in addition to raising money for ch
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Ashley
Ahhhh I have been looking forward to reading this ! BRING ON THE QUEER GIRL BANDDDDD! Omfg so excitedddd
Nicole | nikiashreads
This novel checked all of the boxes for me. Queer representation? Check. A entirely queer band that defied odds from a young age? Check. Exes and the "there's only one bed" trope? Check. Beautiful, immersive writing? Characters with consistent, well-thought out development? Check. Honestly, this list could go on, but what I can promise you is that you will not be disappointed by this novel.

What I find strange, just by looking at my own reading habits, was how deeply I enjoyed the plotting of thi
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Bianca
Aug 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book did the opposite of what it was supposed to do for me. Which is why I’m so glad it’s over.

Eva, Gina, Steph and Celeste are in a band for years, they are successful, but by the end of it three of them aren’t happy do it anymore so they all talk about it (amongst themselves, not including Eva) and they spring it out of nowhere that they want to break up. Eva was really caught off guard, and somehow she is the only one to deal with the press after the end of the band. What? Not only is th
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Darcy
Jan 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
books like this (also see: If This Gets Out) get me in my fandom feelings that i've been avoiding for 6 and a half years.

also, i wish moonlight overthrow existed????
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Casey
I didn't finish this in time for the book club I was reading it for, but I expected that everyone would like it if not love it. However, what I found was that most people in my book club did not like it or straight up hated it. I considered not finishing it in light of that, but I wanted to see it through to the end. I read it more quickly than I would normally read a book, but I think I still got pretty much everything out of it.

I think this book could have benefited from being much shorter be
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Athira
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, fantastic

So I've always loved popstars and musicians and this was about a queer band and has a sapphic romance, so need I say more?

✔Found family🎶
✔Only one bed🛏
✔Second Chance🥈
✔Friends to lovers👭
✔First love❤
✔Multiple POV🌈

I loved the strong friendship between Gina, Celeste, Steph and Eva and I'm really glad we got chapters from all 4 characters' POV. This is a second chance for their friendship and for the romance between Eva and Celeste. It was great to see each of them figure out what they want and rele
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Ramona Tinga
Jul 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I wish I loved this more than I did! This book sounded like the perfect book for me. A book about a queer band, almost like a fanfic. And it was kinda like a fanfic. I could definitely see some resemblance with some Larry Stylinson fanfics that I have read. But it was an average fanfic. I had fun reading it, but it wasn't really special to me.

Great non-binary representation though!
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