I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic drama featuring two teen country singers. I felt as though their passion, drama, and developing interests were relatable and kept the pace of the book moving steadily along. Annie Mathers, our protagonist quickly falls for bad-boy musician Clay. The foreshadowing is heavy handed enough to see where the complications are going to lie for the two of them.
Emotional pitfalls, as to be expected from teen singers, abound. They each have complicated trauma histories of their own. Annie with her country singing parents, who tragically committed a double suicide, Clay with his dead brother, trauma played a key role in the two acting out their emotions and deciding what paths they want to walk moving forward.
This book was actually surprisingly compelling and satisfying. The ending was somewhat unexpected, and therefore much better than I could have hoped. *SPOILERS AHEAD* It’s not a simple ending where the two are in love, the end. Rather, there is the suggestion of further growth and self improvement with the promise of long term love and romance.