Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell. Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out-of-this-world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?
I have seen a lot of love for You’d Be Mine online and a lot of excitement for More Than Maybe. I haven’t read You’d Be Mine yet, even though I really want, because I know it’s heavier. But, I knew that More Than Maybe would have a super sweet male main character and that was basically enough for me to want to read. And then I found out there’s mutual pining and I kind of just exploded.
After reading this book, I kind of just want to launch myself right into You’d Be Mine (I will definitely be reading it as soon as I can). I get all the hype surrounding Hahn’s books now. This was seriously incredible. I want to hug this book and I want to seriously shout about how good it is.
I don’t know how I would describe myself when it comes to music. I guess the best way is that I don’t listen to a ton of it. It’s not that I don’t like it, I just don’t listen to it a ton. So, books about music have always been hit or miss for me. But this one really, really touched me. I could feel the love of music and what it can give you in Vada and Luke. I got it, I got what music meant for them and I could feel their passion for it. It was really cool and I really liked being able to connect with the book and the characters that way.
Speaking of the music, I want to hear Luke’s songs. If Erin’s books ever get made into a movie or TV show, everybody in the theater will just collectively faint when they here her songs. I could almost here them myself, but it would be so seriously awesome if they were actually produced.
Honestly, my thoughts about this book are just long lines of keyboard smashing. Vada is such a great character. I loved her. She has such passion for what she’s doing. She dreams big and she works harder to make those dreams come true. Luke is shy, awkward, adorable, and sweet. He has his own passions, but he feels his in a way that seems quieter than Vada, but no less powerful. Zack, Luke’s best friend, is dating his twin brother, Cullen. That relationship is seriously adorable. And Meg is a fantastic best friend.
I also loved Phil and when I realized what the dedication of this book meant, my heart just kind of turned to mush. It is so freaking sweet and so freaking cute and just so many words to describe how good it is. Most of the parents in this book were really cool. I liked how they were a bigger part of this story than I was expecting and they turned out to be really good people who helped out.
The mutual pining in this book was not what I was expecting, but it was still very, very good. It felt like a realistic, normal teenage crush that grew into something more. It was a relationship that developed. Plus, they’re both dorks, which I really loved haha.
Also, there’s You’d Be Mine Easter eggs (I could find them even without reading it!), which I thought was really clever.
This book feels like it’s full of love. Love for music, love for the characters, the characters finding different kinds of love, them pursing what they want to, them becoming more comfortable with what they want. I loved Cullen and Luke’s podcast, I loved Vada’s blog, I loved the bar. I really loved everything about it. It’s such a good book.
Thank you for reading!