Just Singby Ren? Gilley
Sixteen-year-old Lily has always dreamt of singing professionally and being the first person in her family to attend college. Two years into her four-year plan, she's on track for acceptance into her dream college's prestigious music program. Until the school board holds an emergency budget meeting and cuts her high school's award-winning vocal program. Lily now has the summer before her junior year to formulate a new strategy, or she can kiss her hopes of getting into Berkeley goodbye.
Back taxes and no money not only forces her family to sell some of their land but means having to learn to accept an intrusion on their peaceful ranch life. When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can't get any worse, and she's determined to hate and ignore them-until she meets Aiden.
He's broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. In a confusing relationship that hovers between barely speaking acquaintances and something more, Lily finds the strength to question her tried-and-true plan and find a new path to follow her dream.
However, when Lily discovers her family is on the verge of losing their generations-old ranch, Seven Oaks, suddenly her plan, Berkeley, and dreams of being a singer all seem irrelevant and selfish. All that matters is saving her family's home. Lily realizes that stepping out of her comfort zone and taking a risk in the last place she ever expected may just be the key to save Seven Oaks.
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- 1 - 17 Years
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I read an advanced reader copy - great book. A+ Highly recommend it.
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 3 stars Not only is the music program cancelled at Lily O’Brien’s school, but her family has to sell part of their farm, Seven Oaks, to pay their back taxes – not a good start to her summer! But when two wealthy families build their mansions on part of their old land – Lily thinks life is over as she knows it. She now has a constant reminder that part of her family’s legacy is gone. And to make matters worse, when one of the families moves in at the start of summer, they have a son her age, Aiden…and he is gorgeous! But he’s also cocky, smooth talking, and very broken. Half the time he acts like he’s never met her, and the other half he acts she might get her first kiss sooner than she thought. With her own brokenness to deal with, Lily slowly befriends Aiden. With her alcoholic father, her mother that took off when things got difficult, her jealous aunt, her little brother Shawn, and her Gram – the only glue that holds them all together, she begins to see that life could be better with Aiden in it. And when her old voice teacher tells her about a few music schools that she might be able to get scholarships for, she thinks she is finally getting the break she’s been waiting for. But is it in the cards for Lily’s life to finally go the way she wants it? This was a good story – a really good debut for Ms. Gilley. However, the story felt very choppy, and not put together the best in some places – it didn’t flow well. It felt like a character would be feeling one way or talking about something in particular, and then all of a sudden they would be thrown into a entirely different frame of mind/ conversation, without resolving the prior feeling/ train of though. Also, seeing as the books had the word “Sing” in the title that it would have more of a musical aspect, but it was sadly missing. I am looking forward to seeing what else is in store for Lily – but am definitely hoping it’s a “smoother” ride the next time through!
( previous song at ya ya ya res 1) It may feel wrong... but just trust me... your higher than the moooon right now... GET UPN SING! WHO CARES WHAT THEY THINK! if its your soul just do it... CMON LETS SING! AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS! AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD! AT THE HIGHEST PITCH! BECUASE NOTHING... Stops us! We'd move mountains... IF WE HAD TO! ta get ta tha stage! CUZ NUTHIN'LL STOP US! ta get ta the stage... JUST GOTTA... LET IT ALL OUT! OUR HEARTS FILL US WITH BLOOD... our soul fills us with joy... our brain fills us with intellig-ENCE! What does our spirit do? IT FILLS US WITH SONG! what does song do? IT MAKES US HUMAAAAAN! SO DONT GET LEFT BEHIND! IN THE hu-MAN RACE! Dont get left behind... be yourself divine... JUST SING YOUR HEART OUT! ( next song at live again res 1)