Book Review: Backstage (Boy Band, #2) by Jacqueline E. Smith

26807369Title: Backstage
Author: Jacqueline E. Smith
Publisher: Wind Trail Publishing
Pub Date: December 8, 2015
Format: Paperback
Pages: 190
Source: Review Copy
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Melissa Parker might just be the luckiest girl on the planet.

She’s just turned twenty-one. She’s best friends with The Kind of September. And she’s dating Sam Morneau, everyone’s ultimate celebrity crush. Of course, no one is supposed to know about that.

As it turns out, no one is supposed to know about a lot of things that happen behind the scenes of life with the planet’s most popular boy band. Now, what should be Happily Ever After for Mel and Sam is turning into a series of secrets, manipulation, and potential heartbreak… Just in time for The Kind of September’s world tour.


My review:

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion of the work.

“All those romance movies would have you believe that once you find that one perfect guy, everything else just magically falls into place. The real problem with stories like that is that they end before the Ever After part actually begins.”

First off, the dedication page in this book is hilarious and made me chuckle so I feel like that should be acknowledged.

Secondly, ohmygoodness why am I such a fiend for this angsty romance stuff?

It does not matter how old you are. Angst makes for a good read, and this book is no exception to that rule. I especially like that the characters are around my age. Don’t get me wrong, I love YA novels (they are my first love and my current obsession) but it’s nice to have a break from reading about 16 and 17-year-olds… Not that those additional few years makes these characters exempt from all the drama that comes along with secret romances and bad friendships. Now put that drama on a “worldwide” stage because we’re talking about a boy band here!

The writing is fantastic and fun to read! Melissa is such an easy protagonist to like, which is great because I find myself quite easily annoyed by YA heroines these days. Her narration is just so likable. I don’t know how else to explain it. In regard to the characters in this sequel, we have some of the boys being cute and charming as per usual, and some of the others–specifically two of them–acting like idiots (and bad friends) over a girl who is definitely not worth the drama. That’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to be a Sally Spoiler.

Again, there is the predictability that comes along with plotlines like this, but that does not take away from the book’s overall entertainment value. The reader can expect that things will blow up eventually; they just have to keep waiting and waiting for that explosive moment. So exciting!

I know I’ve only read book 1 and 2, but I can confidently say that this entire series is so fast-paced and hard to put down! Each book ends on an intense moment, so you can’t help but start the next one! Fortunately, I started out with all three books in my possession (Thank you, Jacqueline) so I did not have to freak out about not having the second book after Boy Band‘s cliffhanger.

This shouldn’t surprise you at all, but I’m starting to read Worldwide right away. You can expect the review in a couple of hours.

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