Just a Girl: A Novel

Just a Girl: A Novel

by Ellie Cahill

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ISBN-13: 9780425284582
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 471,752
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.

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Just a Girl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. I almost gave up on this one partway in because it was slow starting. I'm glad I didn't. It got better and I absolutely loved the ending. I'll definitely try other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sweet, well written, realistic novel. I've enjoyed everything that I've read by this author so far and this was no exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters in this book! The story moved along well and the inevitable problems (the course of true love never did run smooth) were believable and as in real life, dealing with them is an ongoing process. If you need something sweet and funny to pick you up, this is a winner.
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Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Presley comes from a musical family and found success with her band until they decided she was overshadowing them and fired her. She returns home to work in her parents music shop, and meets guitar teacher Paul. They begin to hook up and Presley starts to become friends with Paul's friends and band. When the group's lead singer is called to serve in the national guard, they ask Presley to fill in. Both Paul and Presley have a lot of baggage to overcome to find their happy ending.. This is a great example of an angst-filled, fairy tale that stars a sexy rockers with great supporting characters. I got sucked into the story and had to stay up into the night to see how it ended. Overall, I enjoyed the story and would recommend to fans of rock and new adult romance. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Genni More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I had a really hard time trying to write a review for this book. I don't really dislike or like this book, so I initially thought I didn't have much to say. However, I did a pros and cons list and saw that there were several things I wanted to talk about. First, let's talk about the pros. Presley has a great relationship with her best friend, Liv, and her parents. I always am so happy to see relationships that actually seem genuine in a genre that so often pits girls against each other and avoids the parents altogether. Just A Girl has a strong musical aspect, and I really loved how that played such an important role in the book. There were playlists throughout the book and I loved checking out the music that was featured. I liked experiencing how Presley fell back in love with music and performing. I felt as if I was able to connect to her more since I am a performer myself. I found myself caring about what happened to Presley's music career as I read. The book was entertaining the whole time too, and I never found myself getting bored. Now, the cons. Though I didn't find myself getting bored, I found myself getting frustrated. The relationship between Presley and Paul seemed very one dimensional. There aren't really any deep conversations between them and their "cutesy" moments were non-existent. They all a lot of sex, but the romance just skimmed the surface and didn't go deeper. This led to me not caring that much about the relationship and how it ended. I felt as is they didn't have much chemistry and were unhealthily codependent on each other. Along with that, I felt as if there were both too angst-y. Presley and Paul are adults, not teenagers. I would expect this amount of push and pull in a YA novel, but not a NA novel. Eventually the conflicts seemed repetitive and didn't hold that much power. Like I said before, Just a Girl did keep my interest piqued the whole time. While I had my issues, I think this is a solid NA novel. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see some of my friends loving this book. Though there are books with musical aspects that I have enjoyed more, Just a Girl is an okay read. Would I recommend it? Not to everyone, but I would to some. With that, I give this book 3 out of 5 Stars!
TDB005 More than 1 year ago
I've got to admit, this was a fun read. Not only did I love both of the characters, but I loved the overall quirky charm that this story had. The only thing that I found I didn't enjoy was the formatting, and I'm chalking that up to this being an ARC. The text conversations were the worst part of that formatting issue making them difficult to read, but I think it was the Twitter posts that annoyed me the most. It really dates a book including that or other social media sites, but that's just my opinion. Maybe the author didn't want a timeless story. *shrug* What I did like and found to be unique, was the playlists. I always adore when an author does that, and Presley had excellent taste in music if I do say so myself. So her relationship with Paul comes fast on the heels of her departure from her previous boyfriend/band, but I think the author did a great job with the transition to make it believable. I kind of wish her old band mates made another appearance in the book to see how happy and how well she meshed with her new band, but I can't have it all, right? lol Anyhoo, these two have amazing chemistry and a connection that totally works for me. I also loved her relationship with her parents and the musicians that pop into the story. The book really had a great cast of secondary characters that made the story all the better. Between the music, sexiness, and characters, Just a Girl was a wonderful read. I can't wait to read more from this author in the future.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Presley was in a band called The Luminous 6 . Two labels had offered a good deal for Presley but not the band so she wouldn’t take them. But the the band felt Presley was holding them back and they kicked her out and her boyfriend who was in the band dumped her also. It was Presley and Brendan who had started the band and she had been his girlfriend on and off for three years. All Presley had loved and worked was the band and it was gone now. Presley ended up leaving L A and going back to her parents home and back to their music store. Presley had been born in the music store literally and grew up in it after all it was her parents and called Continental. Continental was a local legend and local musicians as well as well known musicians returned when in or around town. Then a young man came in that Presley didn’t know his name was Paul and he taught guitar at the music store. Presley was attracted to Paul and he to her. Paul was in a band called Jukebox Bleu. But Paul had terror inducing stage freight with panic attacks. But Presley liked Paul and he her. Great Story, I absolutely loved it. The plot was great . I felt like I was there with Paul, and Presley and James and Kenzie and the rest of the characters.The story had me after the first couple of pages and I didn’t stop reading until the last page and this wasn’t a novella. I loved the ups and downs in the story. But I really loved the ups and downs Presley and Paul went through. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
I adore books set within the music industry, and I read another one of Ellie's books recently (Call Me Maybe) which I enjoyed, so I jumped at the chance to read her latest release. Just a Girl is a mostly-sweet read about finding your true path in life and marrying personal and professional commitments. We meet Presley as she's being dumped by Luminous 6, the band she co-founded with her boyfriend Brendan. Presley's star shines bright and they are clearly jealous. She's distraught and at a loss what to do with herself so she says goodbye to LA and heads home to live with Mom and Dad again. Presley's parents are famous musicians in their own right and they run an iconic music emporium in town. After a period of moping, she is cajoled into returning to the store and there she bumps into Paul. Paul is one of the guitar teachers and they are instantly attracted to one another. I adored the romance between our couple and though it moved quite quickly it was realistic. Paul is a refreshingly different male lead, and I enjoyed how he was written. Paul suffers from crippling performance anxiety, and I really felt for him. He has tried various methods to overcome it but it still devastates him. This is a sensitive subject, and to give this trait to the leading male could have been risky. But Ellie carries it off with aplomb. I never felt that Paul was weak or anything less than strong and swoon-worthy, and if anything it endeared me to him more. Presley is a great character. She has her flaws but she is also a fun, kooky sort and she was the perfect complement to Paul. I loved the way this book was written with playlists and twitter threads. It really fit the world and the style of writing and it added an extra special dimension. All the secondary characters were great too and the plot moved along at a great pace. At times, it lacked a little emotional depth, and I hated the decision Presley made toward the end. I also felt the last few chapters were rushed and a little abrupt. But overall this was a great read. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book by Ellie Cahill. Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music store. Instead of belting out powerhouse vocals to sold-out crowds in L.A., she’s stocking shelves and inspecting rental violins. But the shop isn’t all bad: When she’s vacuuming up late one night, she bumps into the guitar teacher with the smoldering amber eyes and the killer tattoo. And that’s when things take an interesting turn. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Three and a half stars. Presley Mason is the daughter of music legends, brought up in a music store frequented by some of the most revered singers and musicians of past, present and future she can't quite believe it when her band, The Luminous 6, kick her out after three years - apparently it's her fault that record producers keep offering her solo contracts! And to add insult to injury her on-again, off-again boyfriend the guitar player does nothing to defend her, in fact he seems to agree. Wounded Presley leaves L.A. and returns to her parents' home in Wisconsin, can she be more humiliated? Working in her parents store as if she were a teenager again, getting sex advice from her hippy parents, and reading about how she parted ways with her old band over artistic differences. She's even dyed her blonde hair red to try to avoid being recognised. The Luminous 6 have achieved some recognition and Presley is recognised by musicians. Presley starts to come out of her funk when she meets one of the music teachers who give lessons at the music store, Paul. Presley soon meets Paul's room-mates and sister and learns that Paul is in a band called Jukebox Bleu. But Presley doesn't want to make the same mistakes over again, it's the boy or the band, never both again. Ellie Cahill uses a variety of different written media to tell her story, partly told in first person POV by Presley, we also get playlists to listen to when feeling the same emotions, texts between Presley and her best friend, tweets on band websites, on-line reviews of live band performances etc. It's hard to say whether this works or not, TBH the novel works without them, because the formatting in my advance copy was not finalised and therefore some of the alternate formats didn't look good - something that will no doubt be rectified in the final version. What did I like about this book? A lot. Both Presley and Paul were refreshingly down-to-earth. Although Presley's parents are musical royalty they still work in a music shop and embarrass Presley with their free love, open discussion of their past. Paul has an issue, not one of the trendy issues so prevalent in NA/YA, in fact I don't recall reading about someone with this issue before. Presley tries very hard to do the right thing and be a professional when she gets the opportunity to sing with Paul's band. Presley and Paul get into a lot of embarrassing situations, most of which felt very 'real' - they weren't sex video released on-line kind of embarrassing, just everyday embarrassing and I found that really refreshing. What didn't work so well for me? Well honestly all the other storytelling devices, I felt that they took up too much time and space which could have been used to develop either the beginning or end of the novel. I wanted to see more about how The Luminous 6 were doing before they dumped Presley and I wanted to see more of how Jukebox Bleu performed on the road. But overall, this was a refreshingly different YA/NA novel about music and musicians with believable and likeable characters.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A fun read, especially if you like music. A romance between Paul and Presley, even though Presley was not sure if she wanted another musician in her life. I liked how Paul over came his fears. Presley's parents were a hoot!! Loved how Elie put in the song titles on how the characters were feeling. Brought back many memories from the songs that were listed.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
This is my second book by this author and I absolutely love her writing style! Presley is in a band with her boyfriend trying to break out into fame in LA when she dumped by both of them after yet another offer to go solo. Unable to see where she's going to go from here, Presley returns home to her parents' record store. On her first day back she meets Paul. Paul teachers guitar and plays in a band. After their lead singer gets called to active duty overseas, Presley joins the band as the interim lead singer. I loved Presley and Paul together. They are both funny, smart characters but there were definitely times that I wanted to yell at them for being so dumb both with themselves and each other. I loved the Twitter feed and text conversations between chapters. It definitely gave insight into both characters that weren't officially introduced in this story and some that played pivotal roles in the story. This was a light, quick, fantastic read! *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Tami217 More than 1 year ago
This review is based on an ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. Ms. Cahill's book had Twitter tweets and online chats for some of it's dialogue and plot development. It was a very nice contemporary romance that showed some very painful moments of stage fright.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I so wanted to love this one but it really was just an ok read for me. The concept was original and intriguing but I never felt the connection to the characters. Presley just seemed to let life happen to her rather than going after what she really wanted. I did really like Paul. His struggle to overcome his stage fright had me cheering for him! However, the two together never really gave off sparks for me. The writing is good and the overall story is good but it was just a little too flat for me.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from May 30 to 31, 2016 Book Info ebook, 224 pages Expected publication: June 21st 2016 by Loveswept ISBN 0425284581 (ISBN13: 9780425284582) Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS In this pitch-perfect novel from the author of When Joss Met Matt (“One of those books that make you forget everything around you.”—Sophie Jordan), a rock ’n’ roll diva must choose between her career and her heart. After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music store. Instead of belting out powerhouse vocals to sold-out crowds in L.A., she’s stocking shelves and inspecting rental violins. But the shop isn’t all bad: When she’s vacuuming up late one night, she bumps into the guitar teacher with the smoldering amber eyes and the killer tattoo. And that’s when things take an interesting turn. Presley soon finds that Paul Kellerman is as good in bed as he is on guitar. So why isn’t he stoked to share his band, Jukebox Bleu, with her? Turns out Paul has crippling stage fright, which he’s been self-medicating without much success. But when Jukebox Bleu’s lead singer gets called for military service, the other members beg Presley to front them. Even though she swore never to mix men with music again, the temptation to perform is almost as intense as her chemistry with Paul. Now Presley must decide what’s more important: a second chance at love . . . or rock stardom. Praise for Ellie Cahill’s When Joss Met Matt “Hands down one of my favorite New Adult reads . . . Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!”—New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack “This is one of those books that make you forget everything around you. Prepare to be consumed by this story.”—New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan “Fun, sexy, and full of amazing chemistry, When Joss Met Matt is an entertaining escape that will leave you smiling with every turn of the page.”-Cassie Mae, author of No Interest in Love Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title. My Thoughts At barely 21 Presley Mason is the front singer for her band Luminous 6, a band she and boyfriend Brendan created together. She is blindsided by her band mates when they kick her out, replacing the talented blonde with a male singer. Licking her wounds Presley comes home to her parents in Wisconsin, whom after a short period of letting her mope around the house convince her to come work in their renowned music store The Continental. Returning to a place that defined her childhood is just what Presley needed. It is also leads to a turning point that she never expected nor was looking for. A charming, realistic, wholly entertaining story all from Presley's POV. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I always love Ellie's books, so I don't even read the synopsis, I just request. I liked Presley well enough. She's a bit dramatic and that got old really quick, but I did like how she wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted. Paul and the band were an interesting dynamic. The highlight of the entire story was Presley's parents and the after hours showcase they did. This book moves pretty fast and maybe that's where it lost me. I would have liked it to be a little more fleshed out. Overall, it was a quick read with a great epilogue. **Huge thanks to Loveswept and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**