This laugh-out-loud debut is filled with hilarious awkward encounters, a supportive LGBTQ organization, and too many cheesy lyrics to count—all with the compulsive readability of Audrey, Wait! andBoy Meets Boy. Junior Nattie McCullough has always been that under-the-radar straight girl who hangs out in the cafeteria with her gay-straight alliance friends. She’s never been the girl that gets the guy, let alone the girl that gets a hit song named after her.
But when last summer’s crush, smoking-hot musician Sebastian Delacroix—who has recently hit the mainstream big-time—returns home to play a local show, that’s just what she gets. He and his band, the Young Lungs, have written a chart-topping single—“Natalie”—which instantly makes Nattie second guess everything she thought about their awkward non-kiss at that June pool party. That it was horrific. That it meant nothing. That Sebastian never gave her another thought.
To help keep her mind off of Sebastian and his maybe-about-her, maybe-not-about-her song, Nattie throws herself into planning the school’s LGBTQIA dance. That proves problematic, too, when Nattie begins to develop feelings for her good friend Zach. With the song getting major airplay and her once-normal life starting to resemble the cover of a gossip magazine, Nattie is determined to figure out once and for all if her brief moment with Sebastian was the stuff love songs are made of—or just a one-hit wonder.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.70(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Blair Thorburgh writes stories about teenagers with a sense of humor. A graduate of the University of Chicago and of Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children and young adults, she lives in Philadelphia. Her first novel, Who’s That Girl, was named a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. To learn more about Blair and her love for both Catullus and Joni Mitchell, visit her online at www.blairthornburgh.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this synopsis so much and I sort of breaks my heart to say 3 stars might be too high of a rating. Nattie was a decent enough MC. Her inner monologue was rough for me to settle into and I'm not sure I ever really did. There were a lot of secondary characters, but they all felt flat and clichéd. I struggled with Tess and Zach because I didn't get to know them: it was pretty much all Nattie, all the time. Plot wise, I straight up loved the idea. I think it was the execution that didn't work for me. Nattie is so obsessed with the song and trying to stay anonymous that she just draws attention to herself. Instead of it being cute or charming, I found it annoying. Especially the extra loud talking whenever she heard it play. I know it sounds like I hated it, but I didn't. Overall, there were some cute parts and bits of excellent dialogue, but I found myself skimming parts just to see how it ended. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**