Expected publication: April 2nd 2019 by Wednesday Books
Okay, so I just got done watching A Star is Born and reading this book in parts for the past two days, and I think my emotions were sky high because this book and that movie are like peanut butter and chocolate so this is going to be a FIVE STAR review.
From afar this appears to be a simple story of two teenage rising country stars who go on tour together, laugh, cry, and fall in love. But when you get a little closer, you see that this is really a story of heartache and grief and the coping mechanisms some use to see themselves through it.
Meet Annie. She is the daughter of two country music legends who died tragically. Annie has talent beyond her years, yet is fearful of following in her parent’s footsteps. In comes Clay. He’s a borderline alcoholic who lost his brother in Iraq and has his own personal demons to contend with. When Clay’s label threatens to drop his due to his booze-filled antics, he’s forced to recruit Annie for his summer tour. Together, they form a songwriting duo that captures the country’s hearts. But the past sneaks on the both of them, threatening to stall them where they stand.
I was all on board with Annie and Clay from the first two chapters. I am not a fan of country music save for Garth Brooks, and maybe some Carrie Underwood (Blown Away is the most epic song ever) but this book had me pulling out the old Johnny Cash albums that my husband and I used to take cross-country road trips to and losing myself in the nostalgia. These two kids are broken yet together they find themselves whole. I read this book and imagined it as a movie, and honestly, it should be.
This is one I would probably buy even though I received an e-arc from the publisher and Netgalley. I cannot wait to see what Erin has in store for us next.