Author: Nikki Godwin
Release Date: August 29, 2013
- Nothing life-changing. Okay, this isn’t the type of book that you read because you want to alter your perspective on life. You can’t go into it expecting to be profoundly moved or anything like that. It’s just not that type of book (and it doesn’t try to be) – it’s about a boy band, for heaven’s sake! Is it terribly realistic that the band needs to stay on lockdown with them for security reasons? No, not really – but this is total wish-fulfillment fantasy here, not necessarily realism. Still, what this book does, it does so well that I totally fell in love!
- Witty and expressive writing. I swear that I highlighted half of this book! There were so many lines that made me laugh or smile, and I just LOVED Godwin’s writing style. She found beautiful, fun and interesting ways to describe just about everything and I was completely taken in by her metaphors. Just her descriptions of the (pretty much constant) butterflies in Chloe’s stomach were so much fun – by the end it felt like they were a character in the book! It was pretty much impossible not to fall in love with Chloe, considering the unique ways she described things!
- The romance. Everything about this book was pretty much sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic. I mean, let’s face it, what teenager hasn’t at some point dreamed that a rock star, or famous actor, or boy band singer would somehow fall in love with them. I loved that Chloe thinks at first that she’ll be immune to the boys’ charms (after all, her little sister is in love with them, not her!) and then she totally falls for Milo! He’s pretty much the perfect book boyfriend – swoony, talented and sweet. Their romance is full of stolen moments and midnight rendezvous where they share their love of music – and fireflies. 🙂
- Friends. Not only does Chloe find romance when the boys come to stay with her, but she gains an amazing friend too! I thought that Chloe’s friendship with Noah was easily as endearing as her romance with Milo. Can I be his friend too?
- Family. Yay!!!! A YA book that includes a whole family – and the parents aren’t completely messed up or uninvolved in their kids’ lives. What a refreshing change! Chloe’s little sister Emery manages to be sweet and realistically annoying both at the same time, while her other sister Aralie is moody and hot-tempered (but also realistically so – I’m wondering if we’ll get to see more of Aralie’s story in a future book?).