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I lied my way into a band, humiliated them on stage, and got my heart broken by the bassist. Now…we're on tour together.
Of course my dad, who I haven't seen since he kicked me out, makes a surprise visit the day before we leave. Spoiler alert: It doesn't go well. I have to quit the band and go to college or he's cutting me out of his life for good.
This tour is the best opportunity we may ever have – and it's already a disaster. We're broke. We can't stop fighting. And being in such close quarters to Sean isn't exactly helping me get over him. Even though we're just friends now, every time our fingers brush or our eyes catch, my heart betrays me. He's the kind of distraction I can't afford to have right now…no matter how much I wish things were different.
This is one road trip that will be hard to forget…
I was drawn to this book by the blurb. After the first chapter, I looked up the author and realized that this was a sequel to another book so I stopped to read that one first. Thankfully I did, otherwise I think I would have been a little lost with Encore.
This book follows C-Side on a two-week tour as an opener for a more popular band. From the very beginning of the book, the conflicts were present and didn’t wane for nearly the entire book. I felt the full range of emotions while reading this story. The real-life issues that this story touched on were done in a realistic and thoughtful way. Not many authors can write about mental illness, bullying, and assault in a way that decreases stigma and shows how these things are really experienced but this author did an amazing job with these issues.
This book shouldn’t be read as a standalone. I really liked all of the characters in this story and am hoping that there are more books in this series!
*This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*