**Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
Title More Than Maybe
Author Erin Hahn
Release Date July 21, 2020
Description from Amazon
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 grabbed an ARC of this book at YALLFEST 2019 and honestly, I hadn’t even heard of it. Someone else on the line with me was like, “aww, you’re so lucky, I wanted that one.” I looked it up and it sounded good, but it didn’t totally grab me right away. However, as my review will demonstrate, this book was so much more than I expected. I loved every page.
Some Things I Liked
- Vada’s blogging. As a blogger myself, I loved the connection I felt with the main character. I also loved the snippets we got to see of her writing. I loved how she described connecting with music because it reminded me of how I feel about books.
- The texting. Luke and Vada’s texting game was next level. I loved their shared playlist as well as their banter.
- Luke as my new book boyfriend. Last, and certainly not least, I think I’m also in love with Luke. He was perfect and perfect for Vada but I’m insanely jealous. Erin Hahn knows how to write a love interest for a captivating lead.
I would read a million more books about Vada and Luke. I loved them so much and I want more of their amazing playlists.
Similarly, I think there is tons of potential for spinoffs set in this world. I’d also really enjoy reading more about Meg. I think she sounded like a fun character and I’d be interested in her gap year and her west coast travels.
I was in a total book slump when I started this one. I’m really glad that I read this book. It knocked me out my slump and reminded me why I love contemporary books.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – if you liked the social media aspects of this story, try Tweet Cute (coming out next week).
- What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter – this one is coming out in April, but it’s so worth the wait. If you liked the concept of the main character finding not only her voice, but herself, as well as a super cute romance, check out this upcoming release.
- Lucky Caller by Emma Mills – if you liked the music industry aspects of this story as well as the development of the romance, give this January 2020 release a try.