Three weeks into the school year music junkie Casey Barnes gets a second chance with the mysterious ex-boyfriend whose name she has not even been able to say. In hopes of saving studentkind from the hell that is high school, Casey has been slipping song playlists to fellow students while working in the library.
When she gets another chance with her ex, she schemes to win him back by giving him one of the lists. Her plan works, but not quite in the way she hopes, and she realizes that truly winning him back will be a lot harder than choosing some killer songs.
Namely, she will need to get the attention of the whole school in a way no one has ever done before.
I don’t often accept review pitches for self-published books (especially ebook only ones) but E.A Rigg wrote such a nice email that I agreed to give it a go.
I really grew to like Casey Barnes, she’s a flawed, spiky, quick-talking girl, and probably the most ‘teenagery’ of teenagers I’ve come across in books recently. Her sarky comebacks, and somewhat poor decision-making skills, make for a lot of the humour in the book (and some of the more cringe-worthy moments it has to be said!)
Casey’s also a ‘proper’ music fan with quality being far more important to her than popularity, and she likes to educate her classmates by slipping them specially crafted playlists. Music plays a huge part in the book, both in Casey’s playlists and the plot. Casey’s ex is in the most popular band in the school, and she’d love to live the ‘rock’ dream as his girlfriend. It’s clear E.A. Rigg is a music lover herself, so interwoven is it to the story.
I challenge you to make it though the book, with out mentally adding tracks to your own playlist!
Casey’s also dealing with her best friends problems. Leigh, rarely steps out of line (unlike Casey) but when she does, she does so, spectacularly, and the fall out from this one, ends up larger than either of them realise. She also ends up with some new friends in Ben and Sukh, with whom she starts a band. Will they be able to make it to talent show? Will that impress the ex?
Or will Casey realise she needs to pick a different playlist for herself?
Despite finding some of the flashbacks a little confusing early on, I actually ended up quite enjoying this one. For a book that’s currently less than 2 quid, I’d say it’s definitely worth it.
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