A Sweet Tale of Music and Romance: More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn Review

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Expected Publication: July 21st, 2020 by Wednesday Books

Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance

Recommended to: those who love cute romance about music



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?

RATING: ★★★★☆

How do you deal with the grief of fictional character death? If you’re me, I would say read something cute and fluffy. I was really devastated by the death of one of my favorite characters in the book I read before this. I wanted something that would make me forget and squeal in happiness. More Than Maybe seemed cute enough so I moved it to the top of my reading list.

When I read the first chapter in this book, I knew that I would like it. Mutual pining and assuming feelings are unrequited? It’s one of the tropes I live for.

Luke is the son of a former member of a punk rock band but doesn’t want anything to do with the spotlight. He loves writing songs but doesn’t like performing them. Being an introvert myself, I understand his reservations. When I started this, I assumed he would be smooth when it comes to girls but smooth, he is not. He was actually kind of awkward and nervous when it comes to Vada and it was really cute.

Vada is a music blogger who also harbored a secret crush on Luke but denies it. It was really fun reading their feelings for each other and them going back and forth between thinking it’s unrequited and not. It makes you remember that huge crush you had in high school that makes you giddy and nervous, when you didn’t need to consider a lot of things and all you ever wanted was for them to like you back.

You can tell a lot about someone by what they listen to when no one is watching.

Although I liked the mutual pining in this book, it was a slow and steady progress. I think it makes it realistic but I would have preferred it if they got together earlier. I feel like the journey was really long and I wanted them to have more moments as a couple. But that’s just my preference and they were still cute, with all the texting and sending songs to each other.

If you love music, I think you will like this more. Music is a huge aspect of this book and I listened to all the songs to feel the moment. There was a scene that mentioned the song He Didn’t Have to Be by Brad Paisley and it really touched me because of its lyrics. You can listen to the songs in the Spotify playlist made by the author, Erin Hahn.

This book was an easy read because I finished it in one day and I didn’t even realize it. If you are looking for a cute and fluffy story that makes you feel warm inside and doesn’t stress you out, try this.

A free copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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