Love Songs & Other Lies: A Novel

Love Songs & Other Lies: A Novel

by Jessica Pennington

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Overview

It's summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you'll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

Breaking Vee’s heart was never Cam’s plan. All he wanted senior year was a new life, in a new town, uninterrupted by the tragedy he left behind. Then Vee swept him into a whirlwind of friendship, musical adventure, and a love he didn’t expect or want. Now, he has a second chance to make it right. But things get complicated when ratings-crazy producers, cameramen, and fans are involved. Can he rewrite their love song with the whole world watching?

Sometimes the last note is just the beginning. Love Songs & Other Lies is the debut romance from Jessica Pennington that Katie McGarry calls "fun and full of heart with a hero who stole my heart!”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765392299
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 417,133
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

JESSICA PENNINGTON is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. A serial entrepreneur with a BA in Public Relations, Jessica has a passion for grassroots marketing. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, where she owns more YA novels than many teens and spends most of her time on a laptop, rather than a beach. Love Songs & Other Lies is her debut novel.

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Love Songs & Other Lies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
tracygib More than 1 year ago
Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington was a very deep, emotional and raw account of young love and adult circumstances. Going into this book, I expected a nice, quick and laid back easy read with the typical young adult flirtatious, impulsive and adolescent plot. I realized after the first few chapters that the characters had a lot of substance and the plot intrigued me as much as the characters, I was surprised to find that I couldn't put the book down. While young Virginia tries to put her heartache behind her seeking solice in a warm, carefree, no-holes-barred exciting summer, her hot, young adversary to whom she had sworn off forever is led back in to her life, altering her original excitedment-filled summer plans. Get ready for some emotional turmoil!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington Publisher: Tor Teen Publication Date: April 24, 2018 Rating: 2 stars Source: Review copy sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget. Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps. What I Liked: I think this is a case of "it's not you, it's me". I probably never should have picked up this book in the first place. I usually hate second-chance romances and I'm not really a YA contemporary person, BUT, I am most certainly a romance person, and this one didn't sound too bad in terms of the romance aspect, so I thought I'd be safe. Plus, there are so many positive reviews on Goodreads, by trusted friends and other reviewers. Sadly, I think I should have kept my distance. This book is told in a "Then" and "Now" type of timeline, in Cameron's POV and Virginia's POV. That should have been my first red flag - I don't like reading split timelines. I love dual POVs, but reading then and now chapters doesn't work for me. For me. It starts in the "Now", with Virginia boarding the tour bus with the band - her friends Logan and Anders, a bandmate named Reese... and the fourth band member, Cameron. Virginia and Cameron have history, from two years ago, and it ended badly. But she has to put aside her broken heart and hurt feelings, because she's with the band on an internship in publicity, and the band is going to be followed around by cameramen, getting footage of the band as they compete across the nation. Everything is about to exposed, including Virginia's ever-present feelings for Cameron, Cameron's attempts at reconciliation, and secrets that were never meant to be uncovered. Things I liked: Cameron. He's a sweetheart. I understand he broke up with Virginia two years ago, and supposedly that should make him the villain of this second-chance romance, but I wasn't buying that. Him breaking up with her had nothing to do with her, and her acting like a complete b***h to him in present times was so not called for. Cameron is a decent guy with a good heart. He had a crappy hand dealt to him. He's a good person. I really can't think of anything else I enjoyed about this book. I guess there was a happy ending, but when you don't like the girl, is it really a happy ending? Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one a lot overall! I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. This review is for an ARC, and reflects my honest opinion. Full disclosure: I signed up for the Love Songs & Other Lies Street Team (before I received a review copy), and I’ll be promoting this book. So go read it! Now onto my review… The book was told from ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ timelines, but we also got dual POVs for Cam and Virginia/Vee. I adored Vee’s character. She was easy to relate to, which is always a good thing for a main character! I was rooting for these two from the very beginning. And now for Cam’s character: I also adored him…for the most part. He seemed really sweet, but because of his past, he had a hard time opening up about anything personal. I knew he cared for Vee a lot, but I felt a bit bad for her since he was keeping her in the dark. The ‘Then’ parts might have been my favorite. We saw them reunited after two years, and honestly I just wanted to squish them together before telling them to kiss and make up haha. Vee was standoffish for very good reasons, but Cam wasn’t having any of that. He was trying to pick up where they’d left off, trying to win her back. Without being spoilery about what happens, let me just say that I adored the epilogue, and I am so happy with how their journey “ends” in this book; I know amazing things are going to happen for these characters! I could easily read another 200-300 pages of their story. I also really liked some of the secondary characters (band and crew members, Nonni, etc.). They just made the book that much more entertaining, and amazing. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I really liked the glimpses we saw of Reese; I wouldn’t mind seeing a book focusing on him. Check out this lovely debut book, especially if you’re a fan of books featuring music, second chance romances, or (sort of) summer road trips!
Theresajs More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!! It's a great swoony read about a second chance romance! Here are some of the things that I liked: ~that music played such a huge part in this book! Seeing Vee work through her emotions by writing songs (plus playing her guitar and singing) and finding herself. ~Watching Cam and Vee's relationship develop and the banter between the 2 of them ~Having all them on a bus tour reality show was fun and different! ~The beach town, the mood there was captured so perfectly! ~Vee's grandma was the best! ~Going back and forth in time - seeing Vee and Cam in the past and the present helped put things in perspective. ~Logan's and Vee's relationship - this was something I could really relate to as I had also dated a best friend only to realize we are better off as friends. Yes, just like them, it was a bit awkward at first but many years later, we are still really great friends. ~the drama and the flaws, it all just felt real! even after reading the ebook a couple times and then listening to the audio, I still teared up at parts in the book, even though I already knew what was going to happen.
Sarah Cleverley More than 1 year ago
I won an ARC of this earlier this year in a Debut Author Giveaway and have worked with Jessica on her Street Team! You can see my Dream Cast on my blog (link in bio)! This book was so much fun to read. It's filled with love and heartbreak. I really enjoyed having two point of views and Jessica did a great job of alternating not only between the two POV's but also between past and present. It was very well done and I never felt like I got lost at all while reading. I really enjoyed Vee and Cam's love story. Both of them have secrets and have to learn to cope with certain things that are happening in their lives when they first meet. Through their love for music their connection only grows but are the secrets too big for them? Go on tour through the past, present, and multiple cities along the way while reading this YA Contemporary! You won't be disappointed and if you love a good love story surrounded by music, friends, and the unknown than you'll enjoy this book! It is now out in the world so make sure you go pick it up!
Sarah Cleverley More than 1 year ago
I won an ARC of this earlier this year in a Debut Author Giveaway and have worked with Jessica on her Street Team! You can see my Dream Cast on my blog (link in bio)! This book was so much fun to read. It's filled with love and heartbreak. I really enjoyed having two point of views and Jessica did a great job of alternating not only between the two POV's but also between past and present. It was very well done and I never felt like I got lost at all while reading. I really enjoyed Vee and Cam's love story. Both of them have secrets and have to learn to cope with certain things that are happening in their lives when they first meet. Through their love for music their connection only grows but are the secrets too big for them? Go on tour through the past, present, and multiple cities along the way while reading this YA Contemporary! You won't be disappointed and if you love a good love story surrounded by music, friends, and the unknown than you'll enjoy this book! It is now out in the world so make sure you go pick it up!
TheCandidCover More than 1 year ago
Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington is a whirlwind of a story that combines drama and music in a unique reality show concept. The characters are super relatable and the use of dual timelines and dual points of view give lots of dimension to the plot. If you are a fan of dramatic plots and reality TV, this is the book for you. There is a lot going on in terms of turmoil, as one might expect, in a book that features a reality show. I love how Pennington tells the stories of Cam and Vee’s past and weaves it into a TV show that sometimes takes place on a tour bus with very tight quarters. There is always something happening, and it makes you want to keep reading to find out what is going to go down next. There is a cast of characters in Love Songs & Other Lies that are easy to connect with. They are flawed and likeable, as well as interesting. Vee is my favourite character because her story is so full of angst. She is trying to carve a mark for herself in the world and I love how music helps her define who she is. Her devotion to her grandma is also quite sweet and I really enjoyed reading this part of the storyline. The novel has dual perspectives and timelines set during college years, and it also flashes back to high school. I really appreciated the layout of the book, as it is clearly defines which era the chapter is in and whether we are reading Cam or Vee’s point of view. I love how each part of the narrative is slowly woven in and how things just all come together towards the end. Love Songs & Other Lies is an upper YA novel that will be a perfect addition to your summer TBR. There is a little bit of everything in this contemporary that has a unique concept and wonderful characters. It is a road trip that will most definitely take you on an emotional ride.
Heart-of-a-Book-Blogger More than 1 year ago
~~~Review posted on The Heart of a Book Blogger~~~ Love Songs & Other Lies is told through alternating POVs and timelines. Vee has everything planned out—she knows what college she’ll attend, what major she’ll choose, and what career she’ll pursue. She’s a talented songwriter and is perfectly fine with staying off the stage and managing her best friend’s band. Cam, on the other hand, has no plan other than to make sure no one finds out the real reason behind why he moved to the small town of Riverton, Michigan. As Vee and Cam become friends and more, Cam pushes Vee outside of her comfort zone by helping her form her alter ego, Dakota Gray. Vee tries to uncover the real Cam, but soon the guilt from his past is too much to handle and he suddenly leaves Vee in the middle of their senior year. Two years later, Vee joins her best friend’s band on tour as they participate on a Battle of the Bands reality tv show. The downside of what should have been an awesome summer? Her ex-boyfriend that she hasn’t heard from in two years is in the band. Vee is still angry about Cam’s disappearance and wants nothing to do with him whereas Cam will do anything to try to earn her forgiveness. The novel switches back and forth between past and present as Vee and Cam’s story unfolds, falls apart, and comes back together again. I loved the alternating timelines aspect of the novel. I couldn’t get enough of both stories and was so enthralled by what would happened next in both timelines. The way different aspects of Vee and Cam’s story is revealed is timed perfectly, and I loved seeing what characteristics were different in their older selves and what aspects stayed the same. Both settings are fantastic. In the past chapters, the story is set in a small town in Michigan with many late nights taking place on the beach. In the present chapters, the city is constantly switching as the band travels to new concert venues. The tour bus is a fun setting and the cameras add a new level of drama to awkward situations. The glimpses of the other bands and production team were great details and made the filming of the tv show feel real. Overall, I adored Love Songs & Other Lies and it will be making a home as a new favorite on my bookshelf. Full of love, heartbreak, and music, this is one debut novel you do not want to miss! *This ARC was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.*
kcmmp13 More than 1 year ago
This book was such a fun read. I loved the characters Vee and Cam, and the premise of the battle of the bands competition. It was a fun world to dive into. At times it was heart wrenching, but it just made their story seem more real. The time jumps back and forth also added an interesting layer to uncovering Vee & Cam's stories. The secondary characters were great too, they helped the story progress & added yet another layer to the the lives of Vee and Cam.
MinaTheFangirl More than 1 year ago
**Originally posted on My Fangirl Chronicles** The lyrics within the story was a very nice touch and made the band feel more genuine. I like it when we're given a glimpse of the kind of music the band plays in these types of stories because it gives me a better idea of what their music sounds like. There were some songs that I really wish I could hear in real life because the lyrics sounded so cute, especially the duet. Both Vee and Cam's grandmothers were so endearing and I loved the close relationship they had with them, especially Vee whose grandmother encouraged her right from the beginning to live life to the fullest and take risks. It's always heartwarming to see a close and positive relationship between the younger characters and their elders, even more so if the latter are sassy and have some fun bantering with and teasing the former. I appreciated how the 'reality' of reality TV is portrayed in this book, and how most of the drama is created intentionally for entertainment purposes. The moment Vee and her friends meet the film and production crew, I already knew what was going on in their minds and, yeah, it was predictable and cliche and something I've read in so many fanfiction stories, but it's one of those troupes that I can't get enough of. Haha Maybe it's because it reminds me of some of the fanfiction I used to read that I liked those parts. This wasn't my first time reading dual POV's, or even alternating timelines, but for some reason on the last third of the book I started getting confused, particularly about Vee's fluctuating feelings towards Cam. In the POV's set in the past, it shows how Vee and Cam first meet and fall in love, which then eventually leads to their breakup. Then in the POV's set in present time, they accidentally find each other again, Cam persistently attempts to reconcile with Vee while she struggles to hold on to her grudge against him. Somewhere between their relationship going downhill back "then" and it being in limbo in the "now", I kept switching Vee's feelings around and ended up confusing myself. It may have just been a personal issue, nothing really to do with the writing, but there you have it. Right off that bat, we're introduced to the mystery that is Cam's backstory and are given little bits and pieces of it throughout until we can finally put the whole picture together. In doing so, we also find out the extent of its effects on Cam and how it affected his relationship with Vee in the past. I was surprised and really empathized with Cam, and understood why he was such a mess, but I couldn't understand why Vee didn't. Even after everything, it seemed really awful of her to still hold a grudge against Cam especially when she already knew what happened. I also felt that Vee's "secret" appeared out of nowhere at the last part of the story. It was just briefly mentioned after her breakup with Cam, so I thought that was that, but then later resurfaced on a larger and more serious level than I expected. It would have flowed better if there were more hints of it during the present timeline, at least then the scale of it would have made more sense in the end instead of feeling like a "Oh! How convenient!" quick fix. This book was fairly enjoyable and I really liked the whole battle of the bands aspect, but I was hoping for more and felt that it fell short. I didn't fall in love with the story or its characters, but I did find it entertaining enough, despite some issues I had.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
I have a thing for contemporaries with music in them. I just always pick them up, and the don’t usually disappoint. I liked Long Songs & Other Lies, but I know it’s going to be a forgettable read for me. While I did really enjoy the Then-Now format and the history it brought to the story, and I always love a good RomCom contemporary, I just didn’t get invested in this. The main problem I had with the story is that my interest started waning and just kept fading the more I read. By the end of the story I didn’t care about it at all anymore and I just finished it because it was so easy to read. This isn’t bad by any means, it just didn’t really do anything for me either. I received a copy of the book from Tor Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.