Many thanks to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.
What an adorable story this was. In many ways, it reminded me of the movie Forever My Girl, but with both main characters living the country star life. A sweet, transportive story with song lyrics readers will be wishing they could hear in real life!
Unfortunately, three/three and a half star reviews are the hardest to write. While I enjoyed the book, I wasn’t blown away by it. For me, it was simply okay – making it hard to elaborate much more. It is fair to say You’d Be Mine was a hopeful and quick read to break up the slow monotony I’ve been experiencing in my other current reads. I was impressed by Erin Hahn’s ability to transport me completely into the world’s of these two young country music stars. Even though heavy topics were discussed in this story, like suicide and addiction, the overall tone of this story felt positive and cheerful. The first half of the book held my interest well and I was eager to see where the budding romance between the two main characters would take me.
I think this would be a great novel for younger readers hoping to escape their everyday lives and instead imagine the lives of the rich and famous. Thankfully, the characters were more down-to-earth than one might imagine based on the blurb, making Annie and Clay more likable than I expected. However, I was kind of annoyed by the characters being from Northern states while playing up their deep Southern accents. I understood it was part of the persona, but for me, it detracted from the story.
Overall, I think this was a really cute read for it’s intended audience. I would have enjoyed it immensely myself as a high school reader. As an adult, I appreciated reading a YA book that wasn’t inundated with numerous sexual situations or descriptions. Though both characters were deeply flawed, I think this book set healthier expectations of what girls should look for in a relationship compared to many of the YA books I’ve read recently. Annie’s standards were high and she refused to make the same mistakes as her parents or settle for anything less than she deserved. Kudos to the author for that!
You’d Be Mine releases tomorrow!
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Terrific review, Ashley! I am glad to hear your thoughts on this as it’s been a question mark for me.
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Thank you for reading my review. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a shot.
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