I’m not quite sure what I expected when I read this book, but boy it certainly wasn’t this. It’s intense, dark, yet hopeful, filled with places we’d rather not visit but is a stark reality in the world today. The only thing I can describe it as is Taylor Swift meets A Star Is Born. I gobbled up this book in 3 days.
Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
Content warning: Drug and alcohol abuse, suicide (discussion of)
Title: You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release date: April 2, 2019
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, romance
Length: 304 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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.”
I really loved everything about this book. It was dark in ways I didn’t think it would go, yet there were always these bits that gave you hope for both Clay and Annie. This book just felt perfectly summery and had me longing (a bit) for my teenage days. If I had this book when I was a teenager, I have a feel it would have resonated with me more profoundly than it does now. There were times the plot did become repetitive, and that was just due to the nature of the summer tour. But the author allowed Annie and Clay to disappear, together or separate, as they revealed parts of themselves to each other. You saw their connection slowly creeping up on the both of them, and how they wanted bits and parts of each other but was still not quite sure. It was great to read, although Clay made me mad quite often, lol.
I did think some parts were unbelievable, especially in terms of Clay’s more illicit and illegal activities. I think some of this was glossed over, and I felt like we didn’t get enough of the meat of the issue. I wanted more showing scenes instead of telling scenes.
I loved all the characters! I loved Annie, Jason, and Kasey’s friendship; the growing romance between two side characters; and Annie and Clay together, not just as musicians but the blossoming friendship and romance between them as well. I found it really endearing and their notions about each other heart-breaking. Y’all know I’m a sucker for a good backstory and Annie and Clay have such heart-wrenching ones, I got teary-eyed when they both got emotional about their pasts! 😭 Annie was embraced by a warm family after what happened to her parents, which she didn’t take for granted. Clay, on the other hand, started out well, but wasn’t able to face the demons. Despite everything that happened to him, he was able to crawl out of it and know his boundaries.
This book was such an enjoyable read. Hahn takes you into the bright and dark lights of country music. I loved how she captured grief and healing. She didn’t leave us broken and hopeless either. As I said before I read this book in 3 days, which tells you how much I enjoyed it and how much of an easy read it was. This book has the perfect mix of things I wanted when I was a teenager (maybe not so much the country music part), and it really makes me feel a bit nostalgic for some reason.
Check out these other reviews:
- Mari from Musings of a (Book) Girl has gushed about this book everywhere, so of course I had to include her review!
- Ellie at BookAHolicEllie was part of the book blog tour and gave the book 4.5 stars.
- Jordyn provided such an in-depth review with beautiful pictures to boot!