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BOOK REVIEW: You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

Title: You’d Be Mine

Author: Erin Hahn

Format: eBook

Published: April 2, 2019 by Wednesday Books/Macmillan

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Reading Period: December 10 – 18, 2018

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.

Erin Hahn spent the first half of her life daydreaming in a small town in northern Illinois. She fell in love with words in college when she wrote for the campus paper, covering everything from drag shows to ice fishing and took way too much liberty with a history essay on the bubonic plague. 

She started writing her own books when her little sister gave her shade about a country music-themed Twilight fanfic. By day, Erin gets to share her favorite stories with her elementary students. By night, she writes swoons. She married her own YA love interest whom she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She lives in Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat, Gus, who plays fetch.

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Thank you Wednesday Books for approving my request to read You’d Be Mine thru Netgalley. (Note: This does not affect my opinion of the book.)

Clay Coolige is a celebrity, a well-known singer with a bad boy image. His label challenges him to invite Annie Mathers, daughter of legendary singers, to be part of his summer tour or they’ll drop him. However, Annie is not a fan of limelight and exclusively performs in her Youtube channel with her band.

You’d Be Mine is one of my most anticipated books in 2019. After reading its synopsis, it intrigues me a lot and decided to request the book thru Netgalley. Once approved, I couldn’t conceal my excitement and instantly read it. 

Clay is cool, hot and has alcohol problem. But most of the time I don’t get him. I can’t connect with him. I don’t know if he is grieving or not. I understand Annie was traumatized of what happened to her parents, but she acts opposite of what she is saying. Characters are okay. I don’t hate them, but I don’t like them either.

I enjoy reading slow-burn romances but this one did not do some justice to it. Clay and Annie’s push-pull drama is not to my liking. I couldn’t feel the chemistry between them. It did not touch to my heart that much. In addition, I don’t know if it’s part of my adulting but I discover some problems to be silly or small. That Clay and Annie make a big deal on that. And those major or serious problems that needs to be addressed was ignored. Plus, this book includes overmuch drama. And it is too much for me.

On the bright side, I love the lyrics of each song that Clay and Annie composed. This book also reminds me of A Star is Born. Further, You’d Be Mine introduces me to listen to songs of Johnny Cash and June Carter. 

“But someone once told me if I didn’t want to end up a certain way, to just don’t.”

“Sometimes you write something you know is meant to be shared.”

“DON’T LET HISTORY DEFINE YOUR CHOICES.”

“Just because your family is gone doesn’t mean that you are. Your identity is tied to who they made you into, not who they were.”

“Life is loss. Love is loss. You can’t tell me any different. Eat, drink, and be merry until you die from it all. What’s the point of living if you aren’t enjoying every moment to the fullest?”

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