For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friendsloving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask forshe can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.
The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.
What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everythingalong with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.
|Publisher:||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
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Writing: 4 Plot: 4.5 Characters: 5 A beautifully written book about the strength of friendships. Sophie loves everything about her small Illinois town of Acadia — the Yum Yum Shoppe with its fourteen flavors, the school marching band, and the music of their one famous singer / songwriter — Meagan Pleasant. Most important is her close friend group, encapsulated in their WWYSE (where will you spend eternity) group chat — though newcomer August is a pretty intriguing addition. There is plenty of plot — some romance, some adventure, and some revenge planning along with a well-paced unfolding of surprising secrets. However, the real attraction of the book lies in the characters themselves — likable kids dealing with the realities of life in ways that are focussed, but not dripping with drama. The dialog is natural and (very) funny. There were several points where I teared up reading inspired descriptions of the importance of friendships and family in life. While there is little of the grit present in some urban YA novels, it doesn’t shy away from elements in the environment that today’s teens may be exposed to: blended families, drug use, casual sex, single mothers, open sexual preferences, and even relatives in jail. Acadia isn’t a fairytale locale but a very real place where teenagers are simply trying to grow up and understand what is important to them.
Emma Mills always manages to make me laugh and cry when reading her books. This story focuses on Sophie trying to catch the attention of a now famous musician, who grew up in her town, to come back and raise money for her school's band to play in the Rose Parade. The story also focuses on Sophie and her group with a slow burn romance between her and the neighbors' brother who just moved to town. The banter between August and Sophie is quick, clever and the characters are so cute with each other. The story deals with loss, friendships, and explores non-traditional family relationships. If you enjoy contemporaries, definitely pick this one up!
Whenever there's a new Emma Mills I add it to my TBR with no question. And this one was no different! I don't even remember if this one had a title when I added it, but I did because it had her name on it. And as usual, Mills did not disappoint! Sophie and her friends live a small town life and they are all incredibly happy. Until they are selected to march in the Rose Parade with their high school marching band. Sophie knows she'll have to help out with the fundraising if she thinks they'll actually get to go. And what better way to do that than getting their small town's country singer back to Acadia. Along the way there's so much unexpectedness and more, including a romance that will sweep you off your feet! First off, I LOVED the characters and how they interacted with each other. From the friend groups to the family groups. Her family and friend relationships are always so real Mills definitely has a gift with making them so believable. I found myself wanting to yell at certain people when they did certain things and hug them at other times in the book. All signs of me falling for all of them. As for the romance, to put it simply, I loved it. It had everything I love about a contemporary romance. There was the slow agonizing burn, the snark filled swoony moments, and my least favorite part that happens in all romances. I seriously loved this one though because there was so much more to this story than just the normal troupe of: They meet, they fall in love, they fight, and they make up. I think that was my favorite part of the whole book. Although it's pitched as a contemporary romance, it's so much more than that. The only reason I couldn't give it five stars is the pacing was a little slow to me in the beginning. At times I had to put it down and read other things because it felt like it was dragging. But once I got past all the introductions (and got over one of her friends because I felt like she was so rude!) and getting to know the story, I found myself getting swept up in it. After reading this I am kicking myself for not having read This Adventure Ends! But after finishing this beautiful book, I think I may have to go back and fix that. I need more of Mills' words! This stunning tale of romance, snark, family, and friendship was EXACTLY what I needed and more!
3.5 Stars This was my first Emma Mills book and she's definitely a distinct contemporary voice. This was an interesting read indeed. It was heartwarming and definitely had that small town feel. I loved the setting and how the love story unfolded. It tackled a lot of important issues, from grief to guilt and what a family truly is. This one didn't blow me away, thought the twists at the end did enhance this read for me. It was a good contemporary, but nothing that absolutely blew me away. I think it's a great read if you're in the mood for a solid contemporary, but it won't find a place on my favorites shelf. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
I loved this from the opening page- it's trademark Emma Mills, the way she writes friendships and these fully realized characters. Their dialogue sounds like I'm eavesdropping on real people and I love that. I loved that it was a group of friends who lived near each other and knew each other since childhood. And I really liked the neighbors she babysat for and her burgeoning friendship/relationship with August. That being said, something was slightly missing for me the more I read, although there was a lot more kissing than her previous books which I loved of course!! And there were a few sad things I didn't expect that bothered me. But I will read everything Emma writes, forever :) Her friend groups are unparalleled.