March 25, 2019

Review: You'd Be Mine

You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Grade: B-
Release date: April 2, 2019
An e-galley was provided by Wednesday Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things. 

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Thanks to Taylor Swift and Emery Lord's Open Road Summer, I'm super interested in books about young country music stars. You'd Be Mine seemed super promising. However, it's not as optimistic and earnest as either the cover implies or early T-Swift, which I think means it won't be great for a lot of readers.
Clay is not a main character I could relate to in the slightest, and his chapters were only interesting when they included Annie.
I wanted more of Annie's music. We just get a lot of descriptions of her band being on-stage and her resisting following in her parents' footsteps. There's also a lot of repetition of her resisting a particular record label that's courting her.
I liked that some of Annie's and some of Clay's songs were included, and I could picture everything as actual music.
Lastly, that ending felt a little too wish fulfillment, like something that would be in a fanfic.

Content warnings: underage drinking, drug use, references to family members' suicides, a character describing finding her deceased parents, foul language

The Verdict: If you've been looking for something like Open Road Summer, Erin Hahn has you covered.

Will I be adding this book to my library?: Maybe.

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