Hello everyone! Hope all of you are doing good.
Today is my stop on the blog tour of Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein. The tour is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and I’m so glad to have the chance to share my thoughts on this beautiful book with you guys!
An aspiring teenage singer finds herself playing a different tune when she falls for a boy who could jeopardize her future dreams in Olivia Wildenstein’s romantic YA novel, Not Another Love Song.
Angie has studied music her entire life, nurturing her talent as a singer. Now a high school senior, she has an opportunity to break into Nashville’s music scene via a songwriting competition launched by her idol, Mona Stone. Discouraged by her mother, who wishes Angie would set more realistic life goals, she nonetheless pours her heart and soul into creating a song worthy of Mona.
But Angie’s mother is the least of her concerns after she meets Reedwood High’s newest transfer student, Ten. With his endless collection of graphic tees, his infuriating attitude, smoldering good looks, and endearing little sister, Ten toys with the rhythm of Angie’s heart.
She’s never desired anything but success until Ten entered her life. Now she wants to be with him and to be a songwriter for Mona Stone, but she can’t have both.
And picking one means losing the other.
My thoughts on the book :
I haven’t read a lot of YA books this year, so I was really looking forward to reading Not Another Love Song. This was also the first book I read by Olivia Wildenstein, and I’m really impressed.
Sweet and cheesy love stories are my jam. So is country music. When I realized that this book is set in Nashville, and the female lead is an aspiring teenage singer, the “Hannah Montana and Taylor Swift” fangirl part of me literally screamed in happiness. That happy feeling stayed with me throughout the book.
Books which center around High School life are pretty cliched nowadays, and generally follow the ‘new guy enters the scene, boy and girl fall in love’ storyline. Not Another Love Song surprisingly added a new perspective and depth to this trope, and made me fall in love with romance books all over again. I loved how this book was not only about romance between Angie and Ten. Family, friendship, dreams, hope and heartbreak ~ each of these aspects were significant parts of the book.
The romance had the perfect amount of angst and I really liked seeing how it developed between Angie and Ten throughout the story. I kinda wished that things didn’t fall in place for them so easily, but that’s honestly the dramatic side of me speaking, cause I want love stories to be full of struggles, hehe. I am weird, I know.
The most important part of this book was definitely how Angie approached and dealt with the connection between fame and dreams She discovered her truest self along the way, and I loved seeing her journey.
Overall, this book was really sweet and adorable, but had the perfect touch of emotional depth and reality. My heart is full.
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USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City and earned her bachelor’s in comparative literature from Brown University. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for the writing life, which made more sense considering her college degree.
When she’s not sitting at her computer, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, and attempting not to forget one of her kids in school.
She has a slight obsession with romance, which might be the reason why she writes it. She’s a hybrid author of over a dozen mature Young Adult love stories.