There are too many secrets in eighteen-year-old Bailey’s life. Not just the obvious one: that she told her grandfather she was going on a date, and instead is playing fiddle in a Nashville bar. There’s all the stuff that makes it worse. Like how her younger sister, Julie, was offered a recording contract, and her family is terrified that Bailey is going to mess the deal up. Like the way that Bailey has been acting out. Like the way they’re all mad at her, even Julie.
Bailey’s parents don’t want her playing any gigs at all, but when they leave her with her grandfather in Nashville for the summer so they can tour with Julie, he lands her a music job that’s beneath the radar, playing old country songs in cheesy costumes at a local mall. That’s where she meets Sam. . . .
Sam’s got big plans that don’t include playing backup while his alcoholic dad scratches out a living as a Johnny Cash sound-a-like. He intends to take his high school garage band to the big time, and as soon as he hears Bailey play, he knows she’s just what he wants. That really ticks off Charlotte, the drummer for the band and Sam’s ex-girlfriend, while bassist Ace just wants to keep everyone happy.
Bailey isn’t at all sure where she stands with this boy who has a lust for music and life, and who may or may not have a lust for her. Something tells her that with Sam, there could always be a catch. And yet, suddenly, her life is no longer about what might have been, and a whole lot about where she will choose to go.
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult and new adult romance novels in 2013, with many more of her teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her on the web at Jennifer-Echols.com.
I liked this story, but didn't love it. For most of the book, it just felt like any other... then near the end it picked up for me.
The author attracted me to the story initially. I have read rave reviews about her work, and most having love in the air, it was just what I needed at the time. Something a little light and fluffy to make me happy.
The characters were love-hate for me. Sam is a total douchebag and the fact Bailey liked that bothered me immensely. It was hard for me to warm up to what I consider to be flaky character flaws. I wouldn't be around people like that in real life, then again, I'm not in high school anymore.
Still, with all that said, I know a lot of you will think otherwise.