Hi everyone! Today I decided to share my short review of Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington! Jessica was kind enough to send me an advanced copy of the book and I really enjoyed this summer romance young adult contemporary! Check out my thoughts below!
Love Songs & Other Lies
by Jessica Pennington
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.
my quick thoughts
I really enjoyed this contemporary romance and gave it 4 stars.
It’s alternate between Vee (Virginia) & Cam (Cameron) senior year of high school and 2 years later when they’re in a band tour for music reality show.
I thought the characters were likable and the romance both complicated and passionate. I love how it showed we all make mistakes and are broken but how those who love us help us heal. Second chances was a big theme. Because of a difficult past, Cam isn’t a guy who easily opens up to anyone, he just wants to make it through life but music always finds a way to reach to our very souls and help heal.
This is one of those books I’d like to see be turned into a TV movie. I’d love to hear all the songs! I’m always a big fan of music in songs and the touring band YOUR FUTURE X was a lot of fun to get to know and I enjoyed the reality tv aspect. I kinda wish the whole book had been centered around this but it alternated from the present (on tour) to the last year at high school when Vee and Cameron meet.
If you’re looking for a great summer read, check out Love Songs & Other Lies!
About the Author
Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, with her husband Josh and their son, Rory. Love Songs & Other lies is her debut novel. Find Jessica on twitter at @jessnpennington