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As y’all are painfully aware, I’ve been very neglectful of my blog recently. Something I’m going to try and rectify over the next few weeks. I have been fairly active on my Bookstagram account though, so if you’re missing daily Tay Tay content, click here and give me a follow!
If you’re already following my Booksta, you know that I posted a rave review for Erin Hahn’s sophomore novel More Than Maybe on pub day (June 21, 2020), which I was fortunate enough to read early thanks to the fantastic team at Wednesday Books. Read on to see why this music-infused novel is a MUST for contemporary romance fans!
More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn
Title & Author: More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Series Details: Standalone
Page Count: 336 pages
Opening Lines: “I don’t believe in fate. I believe in music.”
Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major unrequited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.
Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out of this world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?
In More Than Maybe, Erin Hahn’s swooniest book yet, Luke and Vada must decide how deep their feelings run and what it would mean to give love a try.
Thank you so much to Wednesday Books and Erin Hahn for providing me with a physical arc in exchange for an honest review.
“Are you there, God? It’s me, Smitten.”
And I am, y’all! I’m one smitten kitten. Between devouring the pages of Erin Hahn’s sophomore novel, More Than Maybe, and downloading 80+ tracks from new-to-me artists sprinkled within the text, I spent a big chunk of Monday falling hard for this contemporary.
I read and enjoyed Hahn’s debut You’d Be Mine, back in 2019 and I wondered if More Than Maybe would be able to live up to the hype. And I’m thrilled to report it blew me away. I know these are strong words, but Luke & Vada are my new music-themed endgame.
Between their lyric-infused texts, adorkable flirting (read: the dinosaur joke on pg. 263), romantic grand gestures, and genuine understanding of each other’s needs, Luke & Vada are a couple I’m delighted to cheer for. Their innocence coupled with the burdens placed upon them by their fathers made their found joy — and family — hit that much deeper. I absolutely adored their support network of siblings, coworkers, and an adorable pixie pal (complete with her own set of wings), and I’m going to miss them now that the final page has been read.
To put it simply: 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞. You don’t know yet how many times you’ll return to it, or how it will connect you to fellow fans, but you do know that in this moment you experienced something special. Something unique. Something worth celebrating.
“Lyrics do that sometimes. They find their home at just the right time. Like a secret message in a bottle, floating on a current for decades, only to wash up at someone’s feet when the words are needed.”
This book hit shelves last month, and I hope you’ll pick it up and give it a chance.
Erin Hahn is the author of You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe. She teaches elementary, would rather be outside and makes a lot of playlists. So many playlists in fact, that she decided to write books to match them! She married her very own YA love interest who she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat named Gus who plays fetch and a dog named June who doesn’t.
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