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BOOK REVIEW-YOU'D BE MINE

I'll start by saying that I do not typically read contemporary, but the cover and description of this particular book piqued my interest. Someone mentioned parallels to A Star is Born-which I loved and have been obsessed with. I agree with this comparison, the vibes are totally there, but it is definitely still its own story. Another detail that I loved was the influence of Johnny Cash and June Carter. That was a detail that slipped my attention until I was about 30% into the book. Annie Mathers, one side of our duo is the daughter of two mega country stars, making her Nashville royalty. Naturally talented, beautiful, and destined for stardom because of her heritage, the first twist is finding her hiding out on a farm in Michigan. While performing is in her blood, she has been reluctant to take on the stage since the death of her parents. As she puts it, she was fully prepared to ignore her destiny and go to college and lead a normal life. The death of Annie's parents was one of the first details I liked about this book-which sounds weird. But I thought it was really refreshing that they weren't offered sainthood just because they were dead. Annie's mom is described as having the success of Prince, while her father is described as having a pill problem and a mean streak. Though they don't play an active role in the story, they are still fully fleshed out characters who influence it in a unique way. Our other POV character is Clay Coolidge, a teenage delinquent masquerading as a country star. It is probably cruel of me to call Clay a delinquent, but when we first encounter him, he isn't doing himself any favors. Obviously he has talent and is certainly swoon worthy. Who doesn't like a cowboy who can sing? However, Clay was probably one of the first things that bothered me about the book. He has his own tragedy, a brother who died at war. At the beginning of the book we find Clay displaying the typical behaviors we have come to expect from this type of character: drinking, fighting, avoiding loved ones, and barely hanging on to his career. It was all a bit cliche, though not enough of an offense to keep you from reading the book. Hahn does it right, but there was still a bit of a nagging feeling for me. I don't want to give away any major spoilers, so I will just give you this: 1) The author has a strong grasp on language, description, and dialogue. She makes you feel your surroundings from as mundane as a sound check, to as interesting as a historic Nashville bar. DEFINITELY got A Star is Born vibes in that scene. 2) Whether or not any of the characters are cliche, they are likable and I did care about them. I particularly liked that Annie had connections other than Clay and that her friends/bandmates were a part of this story. I really liked Kacey's character. 3) This book is written for teens-this is not a knock against it. I applaud the author for handling tough topics in a way that kept the youthful POV in mind. 4) This book has been described as "swoony" by others and I would agree with that statement. SO should you read it? If you have any inclination toward romance or contemporary I would say yes. I think you will enjoy this one. Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday books for the opportunity to read it early.

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