Love Songs & Other Lies

Love Songs & Other Lies

It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seem...

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Title:Love Songs & Other Lies
Author:Jessica Pennington
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Love Songs & Other Lies Reviews

  • Jessica Pennington

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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington is a whirlwind of a story that combines drama and music in a unique reality show concept. The characters are super relatable and the use of dual timelines and dual points of view give lots of dimension to the plot.

    If you are a fan of dramatic plots and reality TV, this is the book for you. There is a lot going on in terms of turmoil, as one might expect, in a book that features a reality show. I love how Pennington tells the stories of Cam and Ve

    Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington is a whirlwind of a story that combines drama and music in a unique reality show concept. The characters are super relatable and the use of dual timelines and dual points of view give lots of dimension to the plot.

    If you are a fan of dramatic plots and reality TV, this is the book for you. There is a lot going on in terms of turmoil, as one might expect, in a book that features a reality show. I love how Pennington tells the stories of Cam and Vee’s past and weaves it into a TV show that sometimes takes place on a tour bus with very tight quarters. There is always something happening, and it makes you want to keep reading to find out what is going to go down next.

    There is a cast of characters in Love Songs & Other Lies that are easy to connect with. They are flawed and likeable, as well as interesting. Vee is my favourite character because her story is so full of angst. She is trying to carve a mark for herself in the world and I love how music helps her define who she is. Her devotion to her grandma is also quite sweet and I really enjoyed reading this part of the storyline.

    The novel has dual perspectives and timelines set during college years, and it also flashes back to high school. I really appreciated the layout of the book, as it is clearly defines which era the chapter is in and whether we are reading Cam or Vee’s point of view. I love how each part of the narrative is slowly woven in and how things just all come together towards the end.

    Love Songs & Other Lies is an upper YA novel that will be a perfect addition to your summer TBR. There is a little bit of everything in this contemporary that has a unique concept and wonderful characters. It is a road trip that will most definitely take you on an emotional ride.

  • Jaime Arkin

    I loved everything about this book, and it’s honestly no surprise to me. It has all kinds of elements that I love… second chances, best friends, something of a summer road trip… and a little bit of drama.

    Vee’s best friends just landed a coveted spot on a battling bands reality show, and Logan, the lead singer, has talked her into joining them and getting some much needed experience in PR and marketing. How can she turn down spending the next three months with her friends and the rest of the ban

    I loved everything about this book, and it’s honestly no surprise to me. It has all kinds of elements that I love… second chances, best friends, something of a summer road trip… and a little bit of drama.

    Vee’s best friends just landed a coveted spot on a battling bands reality show, and Logan, the lead singer, has talked her into joining them and getting some much needed experience in PR and marketing. How can she turn down spending the next three months with her friends and the rest of the bands on the tour?

    Then she finds out that her first love… and first heartbreak, Cam, is on the bus… and sleeping across the aisle from her.

    This is written in alternating timeframes… from the past when she first meets Cam and the story of them falling in love and in the present the story of them connecting again and learning to forgive.

    I found myself immediately loving Vee so much. She’s always been in the background of the band… whether it was managing them or helping them write songs, she wasn’t one to want to be on stage, the center of attention. She’s super talented though and I loved that the band appreciated that and didn’t take advantage of her.

    Cam, Cam, Cam… you know immediately that he has demons that he’s trying to out run. Even Vee knew he was hiding things, but she couldn’t stay away even if he wouldn’t share the things that were haunting him with her. Watching them fall in love, though, begs the question “can you really love someone you only know bits and pieces of?” Because that is all Cam was sharing with Vee, and it was hard knowing bits of his story and knowing she was so completely in the dark about it all.

    I really loved how Pennington weaved in the battle of the bands / reality TV part of the story… the constant presence of the cameras and the added drama of her on the bus even though she wasn’t a band member … and the even bigger drama of the reality TV fans added an element of fun and stress on the characters that was definitely needed. Plus the music and the performances and songwriting were just so well done!

    The end of this book had me swooning my face off…

    I could honestly read another 30 chapters of these characters and their story… seriously. There is just so much depth to these characters and the story that as soon as I turned that last page, I was immediately missing them.

    If you’re a fan of sweet, heartbreaking, second chance love stories… stories that are filled with emotion and bit of drama, then look no further. You’re definitely going to need to put this on your TBR list … I know it doesn’t come out for forever, but this one will absolutely be worth the wait!

  • Karlita | Tale Out Loud

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    Both feeling alone, consumed by their guilt, fear and anger, Cameron Fuller and Virginia Miller found comfort and solace in each other. Music became the bridge between the gaps that render a strong note in every lyrics of each songs they shared making them vulnerable and exposed to something, more than the intensity of a first love high school romance.

    But when

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    Both feeling alone, consumed by their guilt, fear and anger, Cameron Fuller and Virginia Miller found comfort and solace in each other. Music became the bridge between the gaps that render a strong note in every lyrics of each songs they shared making them vulnerable and exposed to something, more than the intensity of a first love high school romance.

    But when fear was confused with white lies of wanting to start a new life with zero baggage in a new town where people didn’t know the tragedy of the past, the truth and reality eventually came out. It was too much for Cam to take that he left Vee with her heart broken.

    Two years after, Vee's best friend, Logan, called her to join

     on a tour as a part of the PR and Marketing of their band. Little did she know that the person she least expected to see was part of the same band that she will be working with for the next three months.

    I didn’t understand Cam at first. But as the story progress, I finally knew why he blamed himself for what happen, that whenever something triggered his memory, he got scared. His guilt and pain caused him too much denial that the only way he knew to stay out from the shadows of his past was to run away even if it means breaking the heart of the woman he loves.

    On the other hand, Vee is like a guitar, the sound that comes out from it could be loud, bold, fierce but it can also be sweet, calm and gentle. It was so easy to like her character. She patiently waited for Cam to open up because she always cares even if she knew she would get hurt. And in the midst of confrontation, she handled her pain so well and faced her heart breaker fearlessly.

    , the characters' pasts were perfectly in sync with the events happening in their present. It flows smoothly and the story just sucked me in like I was a part of Cam and Vee's tiny imperfect world.

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    band members, Logan, Anders and Reese to Tad, Nonni and Grace, I love how the bond of friendship was formed or how family was involved in this story. With special mention, I would like to give the

    to Logan because he somehow played cupid for Cam and Vee to get back together. As a friend who cares, he knew that he has to do something even if it was in the most awkward possible way.

    that I couldn’t stop myself to breathe a sigh of relief. It was momentous where there’s some kind of flashback formed in your head like those happened in the movies when unexpected events just rolled out in sequence because you didn’t know that behind every scene, someone is keeping their promise of looking after you, happy that they’re doing it even without you knowing it.

    Jessica Pennington has written

    She was also able to give a glimpse on the true nature of Hollywood's prominent talent shows behind the scenes and highlight the influence of social media for people to gain a platform of fame.

    Love Songs & Other Lies is a summer romance charged with music, adventure and friendship that will make your heart beat out of your chest,

  • Katie McGarry

    Loved!!!

  • Katerina Kondrenko

    Another book from work. I would love this story about 10 years ago, when I was into music-bands and such. The only thing which helped me through was Cam's mystery. And even this turned out to be a deal as big as it seemed to be. If you love music related stories mixed up with romance, which is all about misunderstandings, then you'll be delighted, I guess)

  • Fafa's Book Corner

    Updated mini review:

    I received this E-ARC via Macmillan-Tor/Forge and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Last year I read the excerpt from Netgalley and fell in love! This was one of my most highly anticipated contemporary release of 2018. I am utterly disappointed.

    I'll start off with my likes. Logan was honestly so sweet. A bit stupid but well intentioned. The writing style was good. The point of view and timeline switches were well done. The mystery aspect kept me reading as well as s

    Updated mini review:

    I received this E-ARC via Macmillan-Tor/Forge and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Last year I read the excerpt from Netgalley and fell in love! This was one of my most highly anticipated contemporary release of 2018. I am utterly disappointed.

    I'll start off with my likes. Logan was honestly so sweet. A bit stupid but well intentioned. The writing style was good. The point of view and timeline switches were well done. The mystery aspect kept me reading as well as somewhat entertained. And that would be it.

    I found Cameron to be a stalker. When I had read the excerpt it was endearing. That however didn't remain the same as the book went on. He also blamed himself for everything. Yes a lot of the fault falls on him but not all of it. This certainly didn't make me like him more.

    Virginia was a hypocritic, judgmental, and petty. She successfully holds onto a grudge for two years. She doesn't even make that much of an effort to hash it out with Cameron. Which was surprising seeing as the two are stuck together for 3 months. Nor does she apologize for her behaviour.

    The reality tv aspect brought on a lot of drama! I felt that this book could've been much better had it either been longer or simply not had the past aspect. Due to the timeline and point of view shifts everything felt rushed. And I honestly stopped caring about everything. The romance was either uncomfortable or dysfunctional to read about.

    While I am utterly disappointed her other book sounds better, so I'll likely be reading that. I don't recommend this book.

    Mini review:

    I received this E-ARC excerpt via Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review. I had heard about this book through Netgalley. It sounded really cute and funny! I didn't hesitate to request it. I didn't realize until after I requested it that it was an excerpt and it isn't coming out until next year (January 30 2018)! I was expecting it to be about 60-70 page. But instead it was 216 pages.

    I don't want to mention too much as it isn't coming out until next year. I will say that it's really cute and fluffy! I enjoyed it quite a bit. I can't wait for the book to come out next year! I will definitely be buying myself a finished copy.

    Highly recommend for contemporary and music fans.

  • Taylor

    2.5 Stars

    A few months back I read the first 5 chapters of this then/now contemporary and was one smitten kitten. Around 4:30 this morning (thanks to jet lag) I finished the completed novel and need to sort out my thoughts. There were parts I loved, lines I adored, and some slight swooning. However, there was also unnecessary side stories, rehashing of addressed issues, and a sense of overall whomp whomp. I don't know if it's because I finished this while sleepy, but I'm going to need a

    2.5 Stars

    A few months back I read the first 5 chapters of this then/now contemporary and was one smitten kitten. Around 4:30 this morning (thanks to jet lag) I finished the completed novel and need to sort out my thoughts. There were parts I loved, lines I adored, and some slight swooning. However, there was also unnecessary side stories, rehashing of addressed issues, and a sense of overall whomp whomp. I don't know if it's because I finished this while sleepy, but I'm going to need a minute to process the pros and cons to see where I end up on this one.

    Have you read this? What were your thoughts??

    "It's a tiny lie...

    ...Those never come back to haunt us, do they?"

    I am so invested in this music-infused storyline. Told in alternating POVs that flash between the past and the present, this contemporary left me feeling hooked. I was only able to read the first 5 chapters via a Netgalley excerpt, but I can't wait to get back into the story come April.

  • Lola

    Meet Cam, he is a stalker.

    What can possibly be so sexy about guys following girls around? I, for one, don’t want to have someone observe my every move and eavesdrop on me. I live in a free country, so let me enjoy my freedom, thank you very much.

    At the same time, it’s somewhat possible to like Cam because he is very sweet, but I certainly do not

    Meet Cam, he is a stalker.

    What can possibly be so sexy about guys following girls around? I, for one, don’t want to have someone observe my every move and eavesdrop on me. I live in a free country, so let me enjoy my freedom, thank you very much.

    At the same time, it’s somewhat possible to like Cam because he is very sweet, but I certainly do not condone his propensity for stalking the girl he likes, even if this eventually becomes part of a school project. Sidebar: Why would you make someone your ‘‘school project’’ if you don’t want them to find out you’re stalking them?

    Vee then proceeds to explain, in more detail, what she means by ‘‘terrorist,’’ which she is doing to justify her use of the word. How often are we required to justify the words we use? Not often, because we only do so when we find it necessary. The author knew this word would cause frowns, and yet chose to include it anyway.

    Really, since when is it okay to throw such a word around so casually? Would it be okay for me to call people who prefer light coloured fruits to darker fruits ‘‘racists’’?

    No, it would not be acceptable. You’d think an adult would know better than to include such a passage, but that just proves that ignorance touches every age range.

    I did not like Vee. She is immature, holds grudges, and judges others. Those are not things I want to see in my contemporary heroines. When someone refuses to give another person a second chance, without straight-forwardly explaining why, it gets old fast.

    The story alternates between Cam and Vee, and past and present, to explore why these two’s relationship deteriorated, and that, too, gets old fast. I don’t care for a mystery in my supposedly light beach romance read. If I want to read one, I will choose a great mystery novel without a lot of romance to overshadow that aspect of it.

    Decent writing and love interest – stalking propensity aside, although it is hard to overlook it – but an annoying heroine and even more annoying cast of secondary characters. Ever heard of respecting women, Logan?

    A fully grown female author wrote this without noticing how it reduces girls to objects to look at and treat as boys please. Shame.

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