Monday, June 12, 2017

seriously romantic: i'm not in the band by amber garza

archer devlin's twin brother happens to be the lead singer in the latest music sensation, the playlisters. this is at once the best thing that has ever happened to him, and the worst. he loves his brother, but it's nice to finally have the chance to be away from him and their identical twin-ness. but now, people are noticing him for the wrong reasons, they see him as a way to get to his brother. and so the phrase i'm not in the band takes on some special significance.

when he meets kassidy milton at one of his brother's concerts, he thinks she's just another fan. but when she has no idea who he is or who he looks like or what his brother's band sounds like, he is intrigued. kassidy only showed up to the concert because she promised her sister she would. her whole family has been worried about her hypochondria and general anxiety manifesting themselves as the new school year at a new school approaches.

archer is charmed by kassidy. and she is surprised by her reaction (actually her non-reaction) to him. he doesn't make her nervous. she doesn't want to recoil from his touch. at the same time, she is painfully shy and archer carries enough insecurities due to his brother that his trust issues and her fears pose some significant obstacles that they must overcome in order to work things out.

one of the things i enjoyed about the story was the way the dual point-of-views were formatted. kassidy's chapters are straightforward prose, but archer's are either social media, tweets and facebook posts, or text message exchanges between different characters. the differences in chapters sets the two point-of-views apart, but at the same time helps establish something about their personalities.

this is an enjoyable contemporary ya romance, a fun, quick read to be enjoyed by the pool.

**i'm not in the band will publish on june 12, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/ entangled publishing (crush) in exchange for my honest review.


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