Here's the summary!
Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a topnotch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.
But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.
Publication Date: June 5th, 2014
René Gilley is a young adult and new adult author. She's a mom, wife, and breast cancer survivor. A portion of René's book profits will go to support breast cancer patients, awareness, and research.
JUST SING, her debut young adult book, will be available in ebook and paperback, June 5, 2014. Published by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House.
Now, today I'm gonna post my review on this awesome book. I hope you enjoy this review and I especially hope you pick up a copy of this book as soon as it comes out!
Lily loves to sing. Singing is all that matters to her except for her family and friends. She would do anything to sing. It doesn't matter that her family doesn't have much money. She just wants to sing; her whole live revolves around her singing. Her high school is the perfect school for her. It has an award winning vocal ensemble, but one day the school decides to have some cuts and the ensemble is taken away forever. Now all of Lily's hopes at getting into a college vocal program are shot.
But then she meets Aidan. Aidan is damaged and broken, just like her. They become friends and maybe something more. Lily might have found a way to accomplish her dream. All seems perfect until Lily learns she might lose her home. Now she must deal with her feelings for Aidan, her love for music, and the love she feels for her family.
I love books that have music involved. It might be because I'm not musically inclined and I just like to read books about amazing singers. Lily's whole life is about singing. Her dream of becoming a professional singer has been ruined because of her music program being shut. But that doesn't stop her. I found Lily to be brave as she never gave up on her dream, no matter how impossible it seemed to be to her.
Lily is an awesome character. She's strong-willed and she never gives up, no matter how much she wants to. She never puts guys in front of her family. Yet Lily is selfless when it comes to her family. When she has to make a decision between music and her family, Lily would always choose her family. Lily never loses sight of her dream except when she has to sacrifice everything for her family.
I felt connected to Lily and as if I was her at times. She was just so caring, even to family members she didn't really like. She helps others even when it inconveniences her.
I didn't particularly like Aidan. He made me want to strangle him most of the time, though I guess that did give him an appeal. It made him seem more lifelike as he acted just like an actual teenage guy would act. At times, he seemed to blow her off with a flippant excuse. And, of course, Lily, the forgiving person she is, just accepts these excuses, no matter how much she may doubt him. Lily knew her love for him was strong enough not to be ruined by doubts.
This is a well written book and I found it entertaining. I definitely want to read more about Lily and more from this author.
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