Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Book Review: This Song is (Not) for You

Title This Song is (Not) for You

Author Laura Nowlin

Release Date January 5, 2016

Bandmate, best friend or boyfriend? For Ramona, one choice could mean losing them all.

Ramona and Sam are best friends. She fell for him the moment they met, but their friendship is just too important for her to mess up. Sam loves April, but he would never expect her to feel the same way--she's too quirky and cool for someone like him. Together, they have a band, and put all of their feelings for each other into music.

Then Ramona and Sam meet Tom. He's their band's missing piece, and before Ramona knows it, she's falling for him. But she hasn't fallen out of love with Sam either.

How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?

This Song is (Not) for You was a bit strange. I was perfectly fine with the elements of the story that make this book unique (polyamorous relationship, asexual character). I think the strangeness comes from lack of direction. I guess This Song is (Not) for You could be a coming of age story and, therefore, could pass without as solid of a plot, but... eh, I don't know. I'm not sure that really works here.

The POV switches so frequently (there's three different POVs), I don't feel like we're given sufficient time to connect with any of the characters. I do believe that each character had a solid and distinct voice, so that was definitely a plus. I just wish we were given an opportunity to really connect with and care about these characters.

Decent book with potential to explore some interesting elements, but lack of plot and disconnection from the characters left me wanting more.


3 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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