ARC Review: This Song Is (Not) For You-Laura Nowlin


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synBandmate, best friend or boyfriend? For Ramona, one choice could mean losing them all.

Ramona and Sam are best friends. She fell for him the moment they met, but their friendship is just too important for her to mess up. Sam loves April, but he would never expect her to feel the same way–she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Together, they have a band, and put all of their feelings for each other into music.

Then Ramona and Sam meet Tom. He’s their band’s missing piece, and before Ramona knows it, she’s falling for him. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either.

How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?

review3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Sourcebooks

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re looking for an unconventional love triangle
  • You like multiple POVs.
  • You’re into unique, innovative music. 

PROS:

  • Features a character struggling with asexuality and the inability for people to understand that love is possible without sexual attraction. This is the first time I encountered a fictional character that identified as asexual and it was life-changing. Many make assumptions and/or dismiss that asexuality exists, the sheer lack of empathy or even attempting to understand is appalling. I actually loved this about Tom. He was insecure about it but accepted it as a part of who he is. His issues stem from fear that others would no longer be friends with him or reject him and the worst is when others assume that it’s an issue of not wanting to admit to being gay. Sigh. His anxiety about it is touching to read, you truly experience his internal agony. Confessing is a risk and it shouldn’t be.
  • Each character is quirky and totally themself. Ramona is a spastic, energetic girl so vibrant and full of life. She’s intoxicated by simply being.  Sam is thoughtful and amused, he goes with the flow and turns like a flower towards Ramona’s sunshine. Tom is an activist. He’s possibly the most bizarre character I’ve come across, maybe ever. He is who he is. That’s what makes these characters so likable. You’ll want to know their stories. They’re unabashedly themselves. They’re all struck by passion.
  • The romance is expected but shocking, mainly because it’s so out of the norm. You see it coming, all the cues are there and yet, because of this preconceived notion about what is an acceptable relationship, to see it come to life and work was startling. The love is there. There’s more than one kind of love. That’s what this story is about at its core. You can love someone deeply, wholeheartedly, you may want to kiss them or hold them and it can be more than one person at a time that you have those feelings for. You can adore someone, every single thing about them, is that not also love? The romance will open up your mind and make you ask questions about the nature of love and whether it has limits or only what society places upon it. 

CONS:

  • There aren’t many descriptions and there’s a whole lot of telling. Sections read almost like a diary or stream of consciousness that come in short bursts of ALL THE FEELINGS.
  • It was hard to connect. The back stories are there. You learn about their parents, their exs, their friendships, philosophies and music tastes and yet, it feels like you’re looking in from the outside, the emotional kinship isn’t there. 
  • Secondary characters felt like a distraction and didn’t function much in the story. It’s more like the idea of them that had any true impact. They weren’t particularly memorable. When competing with the bold personalities of the main characters, you almost forget they exist. 

NOTE:

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

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Pleasant reading, 

Jordan

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