It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.
Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.
Breaking Vee’s heart was never Cam’s plan. All he wanted senior year was a new life, in a new town, uninterrupted by the tragedy he left behind. Then Vee swept him into a whirlwind of friendship, musical adventure, and a love he didn’t expect or want. Now, he has a second chance to make it right. But things get complicated when ratings-crazy producers, cameramen, and fans are involved. Can he rewrite their love song with the whole world watching?
Sometimes the last note is just the beginning. Love Songs & Other Lies is the debut romance from Jessica Pennington that Katie McGarry calls “fun and full of heart with a hero who stole my heart!”
Praise for LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES
“Reading Cam & Vee’s past and present romance reminds me of This is Us! This is going on my keeper shelf.” ―Simone Elkeles, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author
“Fun and full of heart, with a hero who stole my heart!” ―Katie McGarry, author of Long Way Home and Pushing the Limits
“Boys in bands, second chance romance, and pitch-perfect chemistry. Love Songs & Other Lies hits all the right notes!” ―Gina Ciocca, author of Last Year’s Mistake
“A music-infused romance about a pair of perfectly imperfect teenagers who will have readers rooting for their happily ever after. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, contemporary young adult fans won’t be able to put this debut down!” ―Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden
You know that teen movie that makes you smile, yell at the main characters, and sing along? You know the kind I’m talking about. They tug at the heartstrings while strumming the guitar strings. It’s the type of movie that has a great soundtrack and has you putting on the captions so you can sing along.
I’m not talking about High School Musical or Band Camp here. I’m talking about Jessica Pennington’s Love Songs & Other Lies.
This is one of those contemporary feel-good books that makes me want a movie adaptation. And I don’t usually ask for that in contemporary books. It has love gained, lost, forgiven, and music. Even though I don’t know the music with the lyrics, I found myself hearing something in my head. Maybe it was me wanting a soundtrack.
Either way, the book is about teen loves, Vee Miller and Cameron Fuller. Vee is a girl with a plan. If something doesn’t follow her plan, she freaks. The only thing her family asks her to do is live. Cameron is a boy who lost everything. He only wants to hide and disappear, but he finds living possible in Vee.
I found myself turning the pages quickly and though I’m not a huge contemporary fan, I am a fan of this book. I definitely have a few people in my head who would love this book and I definitely recommend it for readers. Now, all I’m left to do is wait for the news of movie rights, a movie, and the soundtrack.
I will probably buy the soundtrack in a heartbeat.
Final Rating: 4/5
Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, with her husband Josh and their son, Rory. Love Songs & Other Lies is her debut novel.