Thursday, April 4, 2019

You'd Be Mine - Review

You'd Be Mine

By: Erin Hahn

Publication: April 2nd 2019 by Wednesday Books

304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--"Witty and charming, with an off-the-charts, irresistible blend of romance, humor, and characters who steal your heart from page one. Erin Hahn is an author to watch." - Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

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.

Erin Hahn’s thrilling debut, You’d Be Mine, asks: can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

When I first read the description of You'd Be Mine, I was reminded of When it's Real by Erin Watt. I enjoyed that book, and while I always hope similar sounding books to those that have appealed to me in the past will also be winners, sometimes expecting a book to be like another can end up hurting my overall thoughts of the new one. In this case, I enjoyed You'd Be Mine for being unique in its own right even though it did end up having similarities.

So what are the similarities between these two books? Both revolve around the music industry and a bad boy who needs the girl to fix his image. How are the two different? In You'd Be Mine, Annie is also a musician. She has quite a tragic past that has kept her from the music industry until now. Annie and Clay are in the country music industry versus more rock/pop of When It's Real. Clay also has some tragic events spurring his bad choices whereas Oakley didn't have as much history (some, but not as much) driving his bad boy image.

Annie was a sweet girl. She's been through a lot in her young life. Her parents were both country music stars and seeing what the industry did to them kept her from pursuing her own music for a long time. Yet she couldn't stay away because music is in her soul. She's not a solo artist. Her cousin and her best friend complete her band. She does seem to have an insta-attraction to Clay, but the two don't have a fast path to a relationship. There's definitely a slow build.

Clay struggles with being who the world wants him to be and who he really is inside. He's on a downward path and no girl can save him from himself. Thankfully I appreciated this being the case. While we certainly have people in our lives who help us on our way, the work is always ours to do on our own.

In the end, You'd Be Mine was an enjoyable read for me. It was exactly what I needed at the time. I've been in a slump for a couple of months and I needed a relationship driven book to move me forward. You'd Be Mine gets 4 Stars. Have you read You'd Be Mine? What did you think? Let me know!

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