I'm Not In the Band

I'm Not In the Band

by Amber Garza


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I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She

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ISBN-13: 9781546872108
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/24/2017
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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I'm Not in the Band 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's the perfect blend of fun, sweet and sexy for a YA book. It's definitely worth the time it takes to devour it! I love these characters. Kass has just gone through some type of crisis at her old private school and has moved to the public school. We don't learn too much about it besides her wanting to avoid old friends and a panic attack. I like her even though there is some mystery of why's. She's trying new things and making new friends. She has a sense of doing what's right about her and cares about people. She runs every morning and is seeming to deal with her issues. But there is a powerful fear that holds her and we don't learn the truth of all of it till the very end. And I was surprised by that truth. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. And that just doesn't happen a lot to me. So yay! I loved Archer so much. His twin is an up and coming rock star and he's learned that most girls are using him to get to his brother. His issues are a lot more transparent than Kassidy's but they still needed to be resolved. I like that he was caring and he like Kass for who she was. The girls that kept trying to get his attention just didn't have a chance. He let it all just roll of him. And I loved his social media presence. The book is dual point of view but we only see Archer from his social media posts and his texts. He's close with his brother despite the girl issues. And the boy has a ripped chest! The story is great. These two both have issues to resolve and a senior year to survive. They go together like summer and flip flops. What was best about this very fast read was how things played out. The issue between them is authentically teen and resolution feels genuine. I just kept smiling as I read. It was enjoyable and entertaining. Great summer read for teens and adults alike, I really enjoyed this one.
Cctheday More than 1 year ago
This was such a sweet book. It was a fast and easy read. Archer and Kassidy were so cute with their flirting in the beginning and I liked how the relationship slowly worked its way out. I felt like I really got to know the characters. I took one star off because it sometimes felt like character that were seniors in high school were acting a little like they were in middle school. They seemed a little more innocent then I expected. I do hope that there will be another in the series.
Standardgirl4u More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book via Net-Galley. This is not your typical rock star book, actually its not a rock star book at all. Its about the brother of a rock star that is being used to get close to his brother, and he is dealing with that. I loved this book, It was a quick read. I loved Kassidy and Archer. Kassidy goes to a concert with her sister, where she meets Archer. I love how the first thing he says is I'm not him. She was so confused as she didn't know who he was talking about. Kassidy is struggling with who she is, she was always the one to make her best friend Kate happy no matter what, and at all costs. Now she is finding out who she really is. Archer is the twin brother of famous singer Ross. He is tired of being liked for who his brother is and not for who he is. Both Kassidy and Archer have trust issues both like each other but is it enough? Is what they have real or are they using each other. Kassidy because he is Ross's Brother and Archer because he doesn't want her to be after his brother but thinks she might be? I loved the dynamics of the characters. There is more to this story then I thought it would be. I do hope we get other books from the characters in the book. I would love the rock star story of Ross as well! Great story!
Steph_B More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! This was such a cute book. I wish the two main characters would have had a little more happy time other than the drama on both sides. That being said there wasn't much drama to begin with. The characters were loveable with flaws and insecurities which always makes them feel more human. And the texts were a nice added touch to this. I honestly hope this will be a series so we can find out more about the brother and sister. It would be fun watch them find love too. I recommend this read as a fun fast afternoon read.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
archer devlin's twin brother happens to be the lead singer in the latest music sensation, the playlisters. this is at once the best thing that has ever happened to him, and the worst. he loves his brother, but it's nice to finally have the chance to be away from him and their identical twin-ness. but now, people are noticing him for the wrong reasons, they see him as a way to get to his brother. and so the phrase i'm not in the band takes on some special significance. when he meets kassidy milton at one of his brother's concerts, he thinks she's just another fan. but when she has no idea who he is or who he looks like or what his brother's band sounds like, he is intrigued. kassidy only showed up to the concert because she promised her sister she would. her whole family has been worried about her hypochondria and general anxiety manifesting themselves as the new school year at a new school approaches. archer is charmed by kassidy. and she is surprised by her reaction (actually her non-reaction) to him. he doesn't make her nervous. she doesn't want to recoil from his touch. at the same time, she is painfully shy and archer carries enough insecurities due to his brother that his trust issues and her fears pose some significant obstacles that they must overcome in order to work things out. one of the things i enjoyed about the story was the way the dual point-of-views were formatted. kassidy's chapters are straightforward prose, but archer's are either social media, tweets and facebook posts, or text message exchanges between different characters. the differences in chapters sets the two point-of-views apart, but at the same time helps establish something about their personalities. this is an enjoyable contemporary ya romance, a fun, quick read to be enjoyed by the pool. **i'm not in the band will publish on june 12, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/ entangled publishing (crush) in exchange for my honest review.
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
I'm not in the band is a sweet teen read. It is perfect for the age group it is aimed at (12-16). Kassidy is wanting a fresh start and is moving to a new school. Just before she starts, she attends a music concert where she meets a cute boy. Lucky for her he offers to show her around her new school. Archer is a twin. He has always felt like he lives in his brother's shadow. He wants Kassidy to be the one thing that is truly his. He's been used before to get to his brother, but Kass seems different. Now all he has to do is pluck up the courage to ask her out. This is a sweet clean read about a boy with a famous twin. I really enjoyed I'm not in the band and would recommend it. My favourite thing about this book is the modern writing style. It fits perfectly, and I think it will appeal to the desired teen age group. This book uses texts and social media to enhance the story. Both characters are likeable, and the storyline is engaging. 5 out of 5. Spot on! *I received this book in exchange for a fair review*
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
This was a super sweet young teen romance about the new girl in school and the twin brother of a teen pop sensation. Kassidy Milton has some issues, undisclosed at first, which have made her family tread on eggshells around her and have necessitated her changing schools in her senior year. Her older sister Sophie takes her to a pop concert (am I showing my age) for a group called the Playlisters, although Kassidy is not a fan, hasn't even heard their music truth be told, Sophie is the world's greatest fan. Wandering off to try to find some 'healthy' snacks, Kassidy bumps into Archer Devlin, twin brother of the lead singer of the Playlisters. Expecting a rabid fan girl, Archer is amused and flattered that Kassidy not only doesn't think he is his famous twin, she doesn't even like his music. Kassidy has spent her life to date in the shadows, the less popular girl, the nerd, the DUFF if you like. She can't believe that this handsome popular boy wants to know her. For his part, Archer can't believe that Kassidy likes him and not his famous brother. There are secrets and jealousies and mean girls. I loved it, but I wonder if this is a book that moms like for their daughters. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
onemused More than 1 year ago
“I’m Not in the Band” is a cute YA romance about Kassidy and Archer. Archer has been forced into the shadow of his identical twin brother, who is the lead singer for a popular boy band, and resents (although he loves his brother) the unwanted attention- as girls only want him as far as it takes to get to his brother. Kassidy has some issues of her own to work through- we know there was some kind of event at her old school that really changed her life, and she was transferred from private to public school as a result; we don’t learn more about the event until about 80% of the way through the book. She also appears to have some undiagnosed psychiatric disorder(s), potentially anxiety, which manifests primarily as fear of illness/”germs,” and maybe also an eating disorder (not entirely clear, but extremely strict about eating and exercise, so maybe/maybe not). Anyway, cue the meet-cute, where Kassidy is at Archer’s brother’s concert with her sister, who is a big fan, and they literally run into each other. At hearing Kassidy doesn’t even know who his brother is, Archer’s all about her and gets her phone number right away. Kassidy is loving the attention she’s getting from the attractive stranger. This doesn’t feel like insta-love, just lust, as the obsession is not immediate and they don’t go crazy. They exchange numbers, he thinks about asking her out, and they text- but not too much, as Archer is coached by his friend Mac, a self-professed ladies’ man (and seeming jerk/womanizer). The plot alternates between Kassidy’s point-of-view in first person traditional prose and Archer’s point-of-view told entirely through texts, tweets, facebook posts, and the occasional script-like conversation. The differences in the types of writing were really interesting and add something unique to your typical boy-meets-girl story. They both have their hang-ups, and these were set as main plot points, and I think they may have been over-exaggerated for some teenage-style drama- particularly on Archer’s side, so much lead up to the issue and then minimal resolution (but could be the limited POV from his side of just conversations). My biggest concern here is for Kassidy’s psychological well-being. It’s pretty clear she’s not coping extremely well with the event (that we learn about at the end), and the care is fairly minimal- it’s mentioned that she’s seen a psychologist but not much more- seems like she would need more consistent care. I feel that this a little overlooked in the plot and maybe should have been a bigger point, but on the other hand, we only get small amounts, so a diagnosis (if necessary) is unclear. However, since her family is all clearly concerned and pointing out she’s not coping well, this leads me to believe that it is a big issue/should be addressed. I think it would have been helpful to hear about her going to regular therapy, as this sets a good example for younger readers of someone getting the help they need. The romance was cute, and they spend a decent amount of time getting to know one another. I liked their relationship and the overall fast pace of the book- it’s a very fast read! I have some reservations overall, but I would be curious to see more from this author/world (if they do a Playlisters series). Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.