Published: Feb 29, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
SynopsisIt's harder to get over someone who was never really yours.
They say rock stars get all the girls. But Miki knows that's not always true. He, for one, though the guitarist of popular indie band Trainman, just can't seem to get the girl. It's kind of his fault, really. No one told him to fall in love with Jill. No one told him to stand still and watch as she moved on from a terrible breakup into the arms of another guy—a Japanese celebrity with the face of an angel and the body of a god.
So when someone else comes along, someone who finds him cute, smart, and funny (sometimes in the haha sort of way), will Miki finally move on? Or will he continue to pine for Jill?
ReviewNote: I was given an ARC for review, but this did not influence my opinion in any way.
This might make me sound horribly conservative, but I used to hate books where the girl chased after the boy.
Songs to Get Over You by Jay E. Tria changed my mind.
Both the characters in this book stole my heart in one fell swoop. Let’s start with Ana, the driven accountant who makes a bid for Mikki’s heart. If this were some other book or some other heroine, I would’ve hated her in an instant.
But this is Ana we’re talking about.
She was the fearless girl who went after the one person she wanted. Instead of coming across as a doormat, she was portrayed as brave, putting her heart on the line without even thinking twice about it. No, she wasn’t perfect, but she was real. I admire Jay E. Tria’s writing for making me fall in love with a character I would’ve normally hated.
It’s time to talk about Miki, the fictional male character who made me realize that I may have a thing for boys in bands. Where do I even begin talking about him?
For the past couple of years, Miki has been in love with his best friend Jill, carefully nursing one-sided feelings that he was never brave enough to act on. He’s basically the type of guy you swoon over in fiction, but he's also real enough to make you wonder if you’ve ever friendzoned someone similar in real life. By the middle of the book, I was torn between a) wanting to steal him away from both Ana and Jill and b) inviting him for a drink at some seedy bar so we could discuss how he could possibly get his shit together.
I kind of wished Trainman, the band Miki and the other characters belong to, existed in real life. First of all, their song lyrics were kind of fantastic and made me wish this book had a soundtrack. Second of all, I loved their inside jokes, especially the way their support and love for each masqueraded itself as mockery. Kind of like my friends and I.
In the end, I loved Songs to Get Over You so much that I downloaded the first book in the Playlist series, Songs of Our Breakup, before I even finished reading it. Jay E. Tria’s writing is fun and funny, but ready to hit you with an emotional punch in all the right places. I can’t wait to read more of it.
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About the Author
NEW RELEASE: Songs to Get Over You | That Thing Called Closure #WriteBreakupSongsAbout
Also by Jay: Blossom Among Flowers | Songs of Our Breakup | Majesty
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