Looking for a fun YA contemporary? You’ll want to add More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn to your list.
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I’m actually typing this during my week-long blog break (which happened last week) but I wanted to write out my review while the book was still fresh in my mind.
I really enjoyed most of More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn. The story was great, and I think a good story (with realistic characters) can make or break a book for me. I started the book semi-confused. I’d read the synopsis, but when you first start, it’s like ‘wait, I thought these were teenagers?’ but it feels more like they’re in their early 20s.
That does get cleared up fairly quickly when one of the characters mentions how they’re 18 and still in high school, but that was a bit confusing at first. It took me a little bit to really get into the story, but by 10% I was invested.
I loved that music was such a big part of this story. Vada is a music blogger and would love to write for Rolling Stone in the future. Luke loves to write music, but unlike his famous dad, he has no desire getting up on stage and singing his songs, even though he can sing. The two come together in an unexpected way (not saying the reason, cause it’s a bit of a spoiler) and even though he’s got a huge crush, and so does she, the romance builds slowly.
More Than Maybe was a good book. There were some complex relationships and some great dialogue. I found myself laughing out loud and then crying a few chapters later. This is a YA contemporary that will give you all the feels.
I gave More Than Maybe 4 stars. I really enjoyed it, but I could have done with fewer f-bombs throughout (and normally swearing doesn’t really bother me, but I didn’t love it in this one).
About More Than Maybe
Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.
Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out-of-this-world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: May 12, 2020
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Will you be picking up More Than Maybe when it hits the shelves? What other YA books have you enjoyed recently?
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