Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher

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Everyone else in the tiny town of Enfield, Texas calls fall football season, but for the forty-three members of the Fighting Enfield Marching Band, it’s contest season. And for new saxophonist Anna James, it’s her first chance to prove herself as the great musician she’s trying hard to be. When she’s assigned a duet with mellophone player Weston Ryan, the boy her small-minded town thinks of as nothing but trouble, she’s equal parts thrilled and intimidated. But as he helps her with the duet, and she sees the smile he seems to save just for her, she can’t help but feel like she’s helping him with something too. After her strict parents find out she’s been secretly seeing him and keep them apart, together they learn what it truly means to fight for something they love. With the marching contest nearing, and the two falling hard for one another, the unthinkable happens, and Anna is left grappling for a way forward without Weston.

I was looking forward to this book the second that I finished Amelia Unabridged. That became one of my favorite books, and Ashley became one of my favorite authors. I was ready to read anything that she wrote next. When all I knew was that it was about band kids and loneliness, I was eager to read it that very second. And then I found out it’s about first love, and how special it is even when it’s gone.

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