Hello and welcome to my stop on the Songs to Get Over You tour! I can't wait to tell you guys why you should read this book (and you should!).
It'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?
I read this without reading Songs of Our Breakup, the first book in the series. I think this affected my reading a little, because I did not understand why Miki is in love with Jill! Sure she's always endearingly late and is such a good friend, but she's not the girl you fall in love with, you know? I didn't see why she was so special to him. One of the first things the reader sees between Miki and Jill is how he's already totally in love, and we're just sort of forced to accept that fact. In fact, I think I disliked Miki at first because he was so hung up over Jill, despite going out with Ana. It took me a second to find out the circumstances behind Jill's relationship with Shinta (I think it was only mentioned later in the book by Ana that he's a Japanese actor), her former relationship with Kim, and Miki's involvement then.
But let's talk about Ana, because I loved her instantly! She's an unapologetic go-getter, who isn't afraid to push her way into things because that's how she grew up. I admired her a lot, and the way she made herself fit into Miki's life without compromising much of who he was. I could tell that Miki really, really wanted to be with her, that he wasn't forcing himself. He had a lot of fun with Ana, and she really brought out something in him that made him seem more than just this guy hung up on this girl.
Now do you see why I had a problem with Jill? Plus she used to be with Kim? How? I loved Trainman's dynamic, how they didn't take everything too seriously, but are close friends before they are bandmates. I loved their journey as a band, and it's similar to the journey that local bands here in Manila are going through as well. As a fan of local bands and having never stepped into a gig, I think this book made me want to go even more (now if only I had a Miki to go with). I laughed when Miki imagined Shinta in a wet t-shirt, only to have Ana in that same predicament later. I loved the East Genesis Project reference (Hi Tara!) and I loved the lyrics of the songs.
As far as books go, I definitely enjoyed this. While I recommend reading Songs of Our Breakup (descriptions of Shinta in STGOY alone made me want to do it, really) before reading Songs to Get Over You, it's totally worth your time.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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abOUT THE auTHOR
Hi! I'm a writer of contemporary Young Adult and New Adult romance. These days I'm writing paranormal/fantasy too, and it's a fun exercise. I'm often inspired by daydreams, celebrity crushes, a childhood fascination of Japanese drama and manga, and an incessant itch to travel. NEW RELEASE: Songs to Get Over You | That Thing Called Closure #WriteBreakupSongsAbout Also by Jay: Blossom Among Flowers | Songs of Our Breakup | Majesty Official site: www.jayetria.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Wattpad: jayetria This tour was brought to you by the wonderful ladies of the Bookish Diaries Book Tours. I received and advanced copy of this novella to review. This does not affect how I read it and how I reviewed it. Thank you!