Rating: 4 Bookworms
America’s most famous pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine—only to fall for a local boy and be faced with an impossible choice at the end of the summer: her new guy, or her music.
Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same):
1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.)
2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.)
3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.)
But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months until her fall tour starts-three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys.
That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel-but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose.
This book was super cute! It’s lighthearted and fun; the perfect pool/beach read. I was able to read this book in one sitting because it reads really well. I was originally drawn in by the cover and was sold once I read the synopsis. I love books about superstars falling in love with normal people although maybe that stems from me wanting that to be reality (heyyy Dwayne Johnson).
Lily is just a regular girl, who happens to be a pop icon, looking for love. Just when she thinks that she’s found the one he breaks up with her out of the blue leaving her devastated. After a suggestion from her best friend she decides to take a break and takes the summer off. There’s only two things she needs to focus on while she’s gone: 1. write a new album (the old one was all her, now failed, relationship) and 2. NO BOYS. However for Lily these things are easier said than done.
I think that every girl is going to be able to relate to not only Lily’s heartbreak but her recovery (for lack of a better word). Lily always keeps it real and even though she makes mistakes along the way she always owns up to them. Her life is a mess and she is getting pressure from all sides to write a new album and stay away from boys but she somehow navigates her way through it, all while learning some valuable lessons along the way.
After their mother runs away Noel makes the ultimate sacrifice and comes back from college in order look after his little sister and help his dad with his fishing company. Noel is just a simple country boy that is startles when he discovers Americas favorite pop star in his hometown. After their initial spark Noel is captivated by Lily. Although she’s super famous she also happens to be down to Earth and fun to be around. He takes her fishing and on picnics and it’s easy to forget who she is to the rest of the world. That is until word gets out of where she’s at and the paparazzi start swarming. On top of the paparazzi mayhem her impending tour is a constant thundercloud over them. When a family secret is exposed a relationship with Lily, and constantly being in her limelight, seems impossible.
Noel is just a simple small town guy; super laid back but hardworking and dedicated to his family. When his simple life is disrupted by the hurricane that is Lily’s fame he starts questioning things and with Lily going on tour soon is he willing to leave his family and his life behind? Noel’s character is pretty stable throughout the book. He doesn’t transform into someone else, even with all of the craziness surrounding Lily (and by association, him) he remains the same. In a way Lily frees him of his mundane life that seems to be going nowhere.
Overall, this is probably my top beach read for this year! My tastes in books tend to go a bit darker but every once in a while I want something light and fun and this was the perfect book for that.
About The Author
Vivi Greene is a pop-culture addict and lives year-round on an island off the coast of New England. (This is weirdly the only info available on her)