Boy Band by Jacqueline E. Smith
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sam Morneau is Melissa Parker’s best friend. He’s also a member of The Kind of September, basically the hottest boy band on the planet.
After two and a half years, Mel is all too familiar with the day-to-day occurrences that come with being a member of the band’s inner circle,
including hectic schedules, passionate fans, and gossip-mongering celebrity girlfriends.
Now, with the release of the group’s third album just weeks away, their lives have never been crazier and Mel is doing everything she can to keep up, all the while trying to cope with the ridiculous rumors that follow the band everywhere they go and pretending that she isn’t harboring a secret and hopeless crush on Sam.
It’s weird enough being in love with your best friend. It’s even weirder when the rest of the world is in love with him, too.
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)
First I’d like to thank the author, Jacqueline E. Smith, for sending me a copy of Boy Band in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinion are genuine and all mine!
Now that summer is just around the corner, I thought it would be perfect to read contemporary romance. You won’t usually find me reading this genre, but since I’ve been reading pretty heavy books, it was time to give myself something different and something a little lighter. I’m usually very difficult to please when it comes to contemporary because it’s either a hit or a miss. Boy Band, though, was definitely a hit!
I started and finished this book the same day I received it in the mail. As soon as I read the first chapter, I knew I was going to breeze right through the rest of the book. And was I ever right! What I liked most about this book is how unique it was to me. Now, like I said, I don’t read much contemporary. But I had never read—let alone heard of—a book with/about a boy band. There’s something about books that has celebrities for protagonists that just seriously interests me. Perhaps it’s knowing that I’ll never be a celebrity myself, so it’s exciting to read a book that gives you a glimpse or a little taste of that industry. I love getting lost in a world and a life that I know are miles away from my own.
Right off the bat, we are introduced to the two main characters which are Melissa and Sam. The chapter opens up with a dialogue exchanged between the two. Simply seeing the two interact with each other gave me, as a reader, a glimpse of their relationship and what to possibly expect throughout the rest of the book. The author gets right to the point and doesn’t add unnecessary flowery descriptions. This was one of the many things I truly appreciated about this book. It was super easy to read through and it was a real page turner from the very beginning. I mean, come on, I read it in one sitting. There was no way I was going to put this book down.
There were a lot of things I really liked about this book, the main one being Melissa’s humour and just her personality altogether. Melissa felt like that one person I’d definitely be best friends with if she were real. She was very honest with herself as well and I really loved that. She wasn’t your typical female protagonist in a contemporary romance. She wasn’t in denial about her feelings and she wasn’t whiny (score! That’s hard for me to come by when it comes to contemporary romance). Melissa knew and understood that while she truly does love Sam, it does not define her and the rest of her life. She doesn’t let it consume her. She knows she has other things going on for her and understands that dwelling on her love for her best friend should not be her main focus in life.
I was also very surprised but nonetheless pleased that there weren’t any cheesy romance between Melissa and Sam. I was able to really see and witness them as best friends. I usually have a problem with books that has that “friend zone” (that’s a magical and mythical place that is totally made up, btw) problem. Sometimes its difficult to appreciate the genuine friendship between two characters when the unrequited love overpowers and gets in the way of everything else. I appreciated that Melissa’s feelings didn’t get in the way of other things in her life. Plus, You can really tell that Melissa is genuinely a nice girl. It’s a breath of fresh air to read a contemporary romance in which the protagonist isn’t self centered and selfish and unaware of it because they are blinded by love.
Another thing that I need to acknowledge is how well the characters of the band members were executed by Jacqueline. I loved that each member of the band had their own distinct personalities. So even though there were five of them, it was a little easier to distinguish who’s who. The only thing I wanted more of, though, was more P.O.V.s from the other band members. Perhaps a little more focus on the personal lives of the other four band members (Sam was no problem, we get to know him more than the others because of Melissa). But then again, I understand the lack of different P.O.V.s from the other band members since this book is written from Melissa’s perspective. And quite frankly, I really enjoyed reading from her perspective. So I’m not even going to be picky about it.
In conclusion, the story wrapped up quite nicely in my opinion. Everything flowed together nicely and seamlessly. It truly was like watching a romantic comedy film. Also, THAT CLIFFHANGER at the very last page though! What the WHAT?! I had read someone else’s review mentioning there was a cliffhanger in the end so I was already anticipating one. I just didn’t think it would be what it turned out to be. I had guesses, but definitely none of them were close. Well done, Jacqueline.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to pick up Backstage: the second installment in this series.