Hola, Book Dragons! I’m excited to be participating in the blog tour for the book, More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn. A big thanks to the publisher, St Martin’s Press, for the ARC and for allowing me to participate in the blog tour.
Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.
Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out-of-this-world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?
In More Than Maybe, Erin Hahn’s swooniest book yet, Luke and Vada must decide how deep their feelings run and what it would mean to give love a try.
Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Luke and Vada, two teens with a deep love for music, and a secret, unrequited crush on each other. Introverted Luke writes and records songs in secret. He runs a podcast with his twin brother, Cullen and when Cullen broadcasts the song Luke wrote and sang for Vada in secret, oh boy, it opens a whole can of worms.
If you know me or follow my blog, you know how much I love music. So this book was right up my alley. Add in an introverted, gorgeous guy, I’m all done for. Luke was super shy and super introverted. Now for a guy like that, singing in front of crowds is an excruciating ordeal. But he was talented and he had a gift for song-writing and singing. So where did that leave him? I felt bad for him, over his struggles, and his feelings for Vada.
Vada had her own struggles, worrying about money for college with a deadbeat dad. It sucks when the parent isn’t there for you, when they force you to be the adult. Add in the psyche manipulation and a girl’s got a lot of issues to deal with. That’s where the music comes in, as the best outlet for all the unhappiness, frustration, and rage inside.
I love how the author crafted such intense emotions to show how music makes us feel. That intensity showed in Luke and Vada’s feelings for each other. The first half of the book grabbed me by the throat. That first non-date scene? Holy cow, I was awed. The only complaint I have is the slow-burn aspect of the relationship. I wanted more intensity like the first half of the book showed.
Except for that, More Than Maybe was everything I feel about music, how the lyrics and melody of a song can get inside of me and shake my heart.
ERIN HAHN is the author of You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe. She teaches elementary, would rather be outside and makes a lot of playlists. So many playlists in fact, that she decided to write books to match them! She married her very own YA love interest who 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 Ann Arbor, Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat named Gus who plays fetch and a dog named June who doesn’t.