May 31, 2016
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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.
Lily Ross is a famous pop star, known not just for her songs but for falling in love. And getting her heart broken. She has been able to deal with it - throwing herself into her music, making sure to spin the story just right, putting on a smile even when she didn't mean it - until now. After her most recent breakup and with her tour just three months away, she needs to get away.
The stay at her friend's cabin on a small island in Maine is supposed to be the break, the recharge that she needs. No boys, no falling in love, no drama, just Lily and Sammy and Tess.
But Lily's never been one to stay away from romance.
Can she fall in love and still accomplish what hse meant to? And what about the end of summer and her tour?
For whatever reason, I really love reading novels about fictional celebrities, Sometimes they remind you of real singers, actors, whatever in certain, broader aspects, probably Taylor Swift, at first, with this one. But as yo read, if it's done right, they become their own characters with their own stories, personalities, troubles and loves. Though we focus mostly on the here and now with Lily, I liked that we got some peeks at her past, growing up in Madison, what her parents were like. It definitely made her more than just 'pop star Lily Ross.'
Her friends a re a nice addition to the story and to our view of Lily's life. Most of the focus is on Lily (and Lily and Noel) so we don't see a lot of Sammy and Tess except for how they interact with and assist Lily, but that works.
Sing is a young adult book but the characters' ages, what they're trying to decide about their futures, their responsibilities and love also has an NA feel to it. Strictly NA readers might think it's a little too sweet but readers of both YA and NA should give Sing a try.
This was a sweet and cute read that still had some depth, a fun summertime read. Lily's character loves her music, but can't seem to help falling in love - now she has to figure out how to manage both.
finished copy received, from publisher, for review consideration