Saturday 1 September 2018

Review: Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

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 seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

*Review copy received via netgalley*


Full-Length Novel

First person - Dual pov.







No... But Vee has an annoying habit of hitting Cameron when annoyed that wasn't intended as abusive but over time I'd have serious issues with.

Love Songs and Other Lies was one of those books that sucked me in from the beginning and kept me happily turning the pages until it's over and I was left wondering why I enjoyed the book so much but unable to deny that I really really did enjoy it.

There was so much that could have annoyed me about it but it just didn't.
For example, Vee's bitchiness and inability to forgive Cameron. Cam's refusal to reveal his 'secrets'. Logan and his weird not-boyfriend boyfriendyness (< it could be a word!). Vee's special snowflake status... I could go on but it doesn't matter.

None of it mattered because this book was catnip and I was a cat.

I wanted to roll around in it forever and just enjoy the high.
It made me smile. It gave that happy, floaty, butterfly feeling you get when falling in love.
It's a book about second chances and chasing your dreams.
It's optimistic and it's hopeful.
It was an awesome summer read and even though I'm unlikely to re-read it, I know I'll remember the feeling it evoked.

If you're a fan of YA/NA contemporary romances then definitely give it a read!

I adore this cover!
It feels like first love and joy. It makes me smile and made me really want to read the book.

“Sometimes you don't know what you want until you just do. It hits you like a wave, knocks you underwater, and when you surface, all you want is this one thing. It's like gasping for air.”


“I wonder if this is what falling in love sounds like. Like butterfly wings in my ears and trumpets in my stomach and like the pound of bass in my chest.”


“You were the missing lyrics to a song I didn't even know I was writing.”



  1. Sounds like a good read. Catnip for the cat. lol

  2. I loved this book, and that grand gesture made me smile.

  3. "...the pound of bass in my chest" - to this I can relate! Seems like it would be a good summer read.


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