Title: Boy Band
Author: Jacqueline E. Smith
Publisher: Wind Trail Publishing
Pub Date: April 21, 2015
Source: Review Copy
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sam Morneau is Melissa Parker’s best friend. He’s also a member of The Kind of September, basically the hottest boy band on the planet.
After two and a half years, Mel is all too familiar with the day-to-day occurrences that come with being a member of the band’s inner circle, including hectic schedules, passionate fans, and gossip-mongering celebrity girlfriends.
Now, with the release of the group’s third album just weeks away, their lives have never been crazier and Mel is doing everything she can to keep up, all the while trying to cope with the ridiculous rumors that follow the band everywhere they go and pretending that she isn’t harboring a secret and hopeless crush on Sam.
It’s weird enough being in love with your best friend. It’s even weirder when the rest of the world is in love with him, too.
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.
“I tell you, sometimes I think life would be so much easier if I’d just fallen in love with an accountant.”
I’m reeling from this ending, you guys. I’m picking up the second book right away, so I apologize in advance if this review seems rushed!
The writing was so easy to read. I felt like I was listening to one of my friends telling me a story. We’re sitting cross-legged on the couch and I’m almost falling off my seat in pure anticipation. Boy Band hooks you in like the freshest piece of weekend gossip on a Monday morning in high school. Does that make sense? I hope so.
I loved how the characters were described right off the bat so I could perfectly imagine each one while I’m reading. You really get a sense of each of the boys and all of the important people in their lives (Mel and Joni included). Each character is distinct and has their own quirks, which is really important when you have a story centred around a large group of people.
In regard to plot and originality, you know exactly what you’re getting into when you pick up a book like this. There is some predictability, but it’s the cross-your-fingers-and-pray-to-God-that-your-favourite-characters-end-up-together kind of predictability. You might know how things are going to end but that doesn’t make the story any less exciting. And there’s always a chance of those pesky little plot twists. The last page of this book was a good example of that.
Bring on book two!
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