ALL THE STARS!!!
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I am so in love with characters that are realistically flawed. Both Annie and Clay have been through trauma that impacts how they function in the world. They mess up, they get emotional, and they handle things pretty poorly at times. With all that, the message of this book still comes though loud and clear; you are capable of overcoming your traumatic experiences, even though it can be hard as hell.
Seriously, this book is a damn emotional rollercoaster in the best way. Annie Mathers is messy and kind and caring. Clay is a complete mess, but just trying to find his way. I may have hated him a couple times, but it never stuck. They both have a strong support system, but the way they utilize them is another story. The characters pull at your heart strings, that’s for sure. I don’t want to give to much away, but if you’re looking for a book that makes you feel all the emotions, this is the one for you.
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Special thank you to St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books, and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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Main Characters’ Ages: 18-19
Social/Emotional: Family: Death of Parents (Suicide, Overdose, Cancer), Death of Sibling (Military), Friends as family, Supportive Family Social: Social expectations, Mending Friendships, Empathy, Change, Judgement, Underaged Drinking, Alcohol Abuse, Attention Seeking Behavior, Unhealthy Relationships, Sex, Virginity, People Pleasing, Childhood Trauma, Building your own Support System
College/Career: Navigating Career with Fame, Personal Life Impacts Career, Responsibility, High School Dropout, Back to College
Happy Ever After (HEA)