Author: Robin Constantine
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Balzer & Bray (April 28, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars
Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine's debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.
Madison Pryce thinks she's got everything figured out—she's working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie's life upside down.
Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.
Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse's band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.
I really enjoyed Constantine's debut novel last year and I was hoping that this second edition set in the same world, would be just as much fun as the original and the good news is that, it was. In fact, I liked this even better than the first.
Jesse and Madison where just...I don't know, endearing maybe. I liked them from the get go and even though I didn't always agree with the way Madison treated Zach, I still loved her and understood what she was going through.
The very fact that we still got Gray and Wren from the first book (who I actually like even more now), and some new additions as well (Tanner!), I am really loving Constantine's writing and stories and she completely sold me on her work.
This was such a fun endearing read that kept a smile on my face the whole way through. I just loved Jesse and Madison together, their friendship, their spark, and the way they worked together to get through some difficult things in their lives. They just worked well together, and come on now, who doesn't love a hottie in a rock and roll band?
I am seriously hoping Constantine visits this world again in her next book and gives us more of Jazz ad Tanner. I would just love to see them together.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*