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Book Review: Love Song (Sophia Bennett)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Chicken House Books

Pages: 384

Release Date: April 7th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

A million girls would kill for the chance to meet The Point, but Nina’s not one of them.

She’s the new assistant to the lead singer’s diva fiancée, and she knows it’s going to suck. She quickly learns that being with the hottest band on the planet isn’t as easy as it looks: behind the scenes, the boys are on the verge of splitting up. Tasked with keeping an eye on four gorgeous but spoiled rock stars, Nina’s determined to stick it out – and not fall for any of them …

Review:

This was a lovely little read, and I can see it being one of those ‘feel good’ books of the summer.

Love Song reads a bit like a fan girl’s biggest daydream – only happening to the wrong person. Nina’s sister, Ariel, is a big fan of the band The Point, but it’s Nina who is chosen to be the new assistant to the lead singer’s fiance. While she may not be their biggest fan, she soon warms to them as she gets to know the band as people, rather than egotistical rock stars.

I’ve never really fallen in love with a boy band the way people seem to do today – One Direction for example – but I did see and understand the attraction through Nina and her sister’s eyes. This book appeals a lot to my inner teenager and I can see it being really successful, especially in today’s world of fan culture.

Nina is a great protagonist. Despite not being too enthralled with the boys to start with, even she has to admit they are gorgeous and talented and probably most girls dream boyfriends. But not hers, or not to start with at least, which, according to the band’s manager, makes her the perfect person to look after them. I loved how grounded Nina was: she didn’t really show off about her new position, even though it would have impressed/made everyone at school extremely jealous. She wasn’t after the boys for their fame or good looks or money, and she stood her ground when certain moral resolves were tested.

This is a real feel good read, filled with drama and surprises, and fulfills a daydream that most of us have had secretly at least once. It’s also a great example of ‘Happy YA’ – something talked about on Twitter recently – proof that not all YA is dark and disturbing. I’d definitely recommend picking this up if you want a book to make you smile and feel warm inside.

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