Hey friends! I have a super fun post today as I am lucky enough to be on the blog tour for Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.
About the Book:
An aspiring teenage singer finds herself playing a different tune when she falls for a boy who could jeopardize her future dreams in Olivia Wildenstein’s romantic YA novel, Not Another Love Song.
Angie has studied music her entire life, nurturing her talent as a singer. Now a high school senior, she has an opportunity to break into Nashville’s music scene via a songwriting competition launched by her idol, Mona Stone. Discouraged by her mother, who wishes Angie would set more realistic life goals, she nonetheless pours her heart and soul into creating a song worthy of Mona.
But Angie’s mother is the least of her concerns after she meets Reedwood High’s newest transfer student, Ten. With his endless collection of graphic tees, his infuriating attitude, smoldering good looks, and endearing little sister, Ten toys with the rhythm of Angie’s heart.
She’s never desired anything but success until Ten entered her life. Now she wants to be with him and to be a songwriter for Mona Stone, but she can’t have both.
And picking one means losing the other.
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About the Author:
USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City and earned her bachelor’s in comparative literature from Brown University. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for the writing life, which made more sense considering her college degree.
When she’s not sitting at her computer, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, and attempting not to forget one of her kids in school.
She has a slight obsession with romance, which might be the reason why she writes it. She’s a hybrid author of over a dozen Young Adult love stories.
Not Another Love Song Review:
I didn’t really know what to expect from Not Another Love Song, but I thought it would be a fun and light read. And to an extent it was, but I just really didn’t like the main character, which hindered my enjoyment a lot. However, I enjoyed the secrets in this book. It’s a sweet story about distinguishing dreams and reality.
- The main character, Angie, was super nosy. She always demanded to know very private and person things, acting like she had a right to know everyone’s business. She would demand to know the private lives of her mom’s clients, other students at her vocal classes, and even her Ten’s past before they were even friends. I understand she was left in the dark a lot, but all the things she wanted to know largely had nothing to do with her, and it just cam across extremely insensitive.
- I loved the themes of anti-bullying, coming out from your shell, not taking things at face value, etc. But the part that resonated with me was the theme of family. Angie is a typical teenager except for the fact that she absolutely loves her mother and shows IT. She doesn’t hold grudges. She has her rebellious moments, but you can tell she cherishes her mother more than anything in the world, even if she doesn’t agree with everything she says and does (like most teenagers).
- The singing aspect of this book was pretty cringe-y. I usually don’t read books where the main character sings because I find the lyrics to be hard to read and cliche, and this book was no exception. Luckily, there weren’t that many lyrics throughout the book, but I didn’t enjoy the scenes where the main character was singing.
- The romance felt a bit underdeveloped. I felt like nobody grew as a person, and everyone stayed the same in terms of character arcs, but I did like Ten as a love interest and he had some really lovable scenes
This was a super quick read, and while I had a few issues with this book, it was still a fun and entertaining time!
Thanks for being on the tour! 🙂