Thursday, February 8, 2018
Review: The Song in Our Hearts
Title: The Song in Our Hearts
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Publisher: 48fourteen Publishing
Year published: 2017
How I got this book: I got sent this for free from the author, in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 3 stars
High school junior Charlie Blake has never seen anyone quite like Micah Jacobs in her small town of Grand Lakes. With his carefree spirit, rough-around-the-edges personality, and handsome grin, Charlie is transfixed.
But Charlie's been burned before with her first crush, at the hands of an ex-friend and a cruel joke. Because of those scars, Charlie keeps her guard up when it comes to boys. But a class project - that may or may not involve kissing for the camera! - forces her to not only confront Micah, but her true feelings.
While prepping for the assignment, Charlie finds herself in Micah's car accompanied by the music og Journey, Elvis, The Cars, and Peter Gabriel. Between slushies, burning rafts, pizza, and great music, Charlie and Micah bond as she learns the importance of letting go of the past and opening herself to new people.
When their project comes to an end, Charlie wonders if she should finally confess everything she's been denying before she loses the chance. When words fail, will the songs in her heart be enough?
I had no expectations going into this book, as this honestly isn't my favourite genre, and that way I wouldn't be disappointed. And I wasn't. With this book, what you see, is what you get. Though, that is my opinion on this genre in general, and not just this book.
We follow the main character, Charlie, and her journey with Micah, and how her feelings for him affects her. It was obvious that Charlie is younger than me, as I could not relate to her feelings or her reactions to what happened around her, though I understand why she did that. I liked Charlie as a character, though I disagreed with her quite a lot, but I don't feel the need to agree with characters to like them. I also liked Micah, and how the relationship between them evolved throughout the book.
I found it quite funny that they were working on Frankenstein for their school project, as I am currently reading that for school as well, but it didn't really affect my thoughts and feelings on the book. It's just one of those coincidences that you think about when reading the book.
This is a cute book. It's a sweet story that you can fly through. I got the feeling that the main message from this book was to not care what other people think or say about you, because they don't really matter. Those that really do matter, won't care anyway, and I think that is a great message to send. Considering that this is a YA book, it's important to remind young readers of that. The romance is sweet and innocent, and I really liked that it mainly focused on their friendship first, on not just on the romantic aspect.
If you enjoy reading light, fluffy YA books, this is definitely the book for you. You get what you expect, and I don't think every book needs to be more than that. It is an enjoyable read, and that's really all you need. I gave it 3 stars, mainly because this isn't my favourite genre, and not because of the book in particular. That's why I highly recommend it if you think this sounds like something that's right up your alley.
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