Happy Thursday, part two!
Today, we're reviewing the upcoming book Sing by Vivi Greene.
Guys: this book is exactly what you think it's going to be: Cute Taylor Swift-esque pop star rethinks life after break-up, and meets the one. Inspiration strikes; drama occurs.
But that's what I liked about it. Sing is a charmingly breezy and pleasant book about the difficulties of living life under the spotlight, and a nice summer beach read.
Expected publication: May 31st 2016 by HarperCollins
Format read: ARC via publisher
Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same):
1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.)
2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.)
3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.)
But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys.
That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel-but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose.
(I mean, just look at the cover, Hey, Taylor!)
Now that we're ready to go, let's talk about Sing.
Author Vivi Greene introduces us to Lily, America's most popular pop star. After her latest public break-up, Lily swears off boys and decides to head off to an isolated island for the summer with her two best friends. She's planning to recuperate and prepare for her upcoming album/tour.
But fate finds Lily again, in the form of a cute boy that she isn't sure she'll be able to resist...
So let's get this out of the way: yes, Sing is exactly what you think it's going to be. It's a fluffy book about a Taylor Swift-esque pop star, who becomes introspective after experiencing many of the same relationship problems that Taylor Swift has experienced in real life.
However, that's what I liked about this book. It's not pretending to be something that it's not; instead it fully embraces the idea that it's a book about a wealthy pop star, who has many of the resources and advantages that an average person would never have.
But with that foundation in mind, Greene begins exploring the human side of Lily's struggles, including the notion that she seems to be addicted to relationships with questionable guys. While Greene could have easily played Lily's need for relationships off as a typical diva pop star who likes to take advantage of whatever hot guy wanders across her path, Greene actually spends the book building strong points about Lily's background.
There are several nice moments of realization when Lily is helped by friends and family to understand that she's spent much of her life giving and sharing aspects of her personality with others, and how she turns to less than ideal relationships to try and fill that void that's been created by losing so much of herself to the public eye. It's actually a very intelligent lessons for any young person getting into a relationship, and I applaud Greene for taking the story there.
Though the book ends exactly how you think it will end, it's a worthwhile journey that helps us not only understand the mind of someone who is constantly scrutinized, but also just the mind of a young teenaged girl as well.
Lily's journey is a simple one; it's about a girl who is learning to find her value beyond her public image, and take genuine stock in what she wants in career, relationships and how she wants to relate to the world-at-large. It's about a girl who is learning how to genuinely grow up, without the constraints of stardom around her.
It's a charming fun read, and perfect for beach reading this summer. Strongly recommend for someone who wants a breezy book.