4.5 Hearts · Entangled Crush · YA Contemporary

I’m Not in the Band by Amber Garza

I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She’s funny, beautiful—even though she doesn’t know it—and my favorite kind of weird. But I can’t tell if she’s into me or just trying to get close to me for a chance with my famous twin brother instead. I mean, it has to be me. I am the better-looking one.

But Kassidy has some demons, and she’s not good at letting people in. That happens when you’ve been hurt by someone close to you. I can relate. Trust is a funny thing; it’s hard to gain but easy to lose. I might just learn that the hard way.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book includes a snarky heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, crazy best friends, your favorite music, and lots of feels.

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in Exchange for an Honest Review

Another Entangled Crush series. I actually was sad when this one ended. It was sweet, honest, and had character depth. The two many characters each struggled with their own insecurities. If they continued with another book in this story I would totally want to read it. So enough with my gushing, here is some of the overall synopsis of the book.

Kassidy is about to begin her senior year at a new school. It’s not due to her family moving or for getting kicked out of her private school, it was because of an emotional obstacles that has been haunting her regarding her old friends. Her only friend as of late is her sister Sophia. Which isn’t too bad except for her taste in music. Sophia drags Kassidy to a local band boy concert, which is already a struggle for Kassidy. While at the concert Kassidy is on a mission looking for something edible, when rounding a corner she literal runs into a guy. Not being noticed to her she runs into a guy that ends up helping her overcome the road blocks in her life.

Archer is a twin. Not in a cool way either. His identical twin brother is the lead singer of a hot boy band. He has a few problems: 1) being mistaken for his brother and 2) People using him to get close to his brother. He has been burned by one too many girls and struggles living in the shadow if his famous rock star of a brother. Meeting a hot girl that doesn’t know who Ross DAVIS is, is like hitting the jack pot. Finding out that she is going to be attending your high school this year, just puts icing on the cake.

The two of them struggle to understand the attraction they have for one another and how to be honest without revealing all their insecurities. Which becomes problematic. Once the doors of a relationship open it becomes difficult to filter what to let in and what to keep out. Both Archer has to learn to trust Kassidy and lean that not ever girl wants to use him for his brother. While Kassidy needs to learn to cope with the loss of friends that has now paralyzed her ability to overcome her new fears.

This story is lovely and fun. The texting banter, twitter and Facebook post that Archer and his buddies write is classic. I like that the author added those special conversations in, because that helps us as readers know what becomes common knowledge and what is still private to the couple.

I think Kassidy has some beautiful scenes of overcoming her fears. It shows the trust and growth that a person can make when they meet someone that makes them feel comfortable and safe. Her family was so support of during all her struggles. Kassidy’s mother was so funny. Trying to use common teen lingo, and say Hashtag about all sorts of things. Just added nice comic relief.

On Arthur’s end, because the guy was so intense, it was good that his BF Mac was always willing to be the joke of any line. He reminded me of that awkward friend we all have that just makes you laugh at their stupidity, but know they are such a good person.

The story is told from alternating POV’s and lots of social media conversations. Hello it is a Teen Book, got to have that stuff.

Well Lovers, I hope your summer is going well and so far we are off the a great start with all these amazing new books that are available to read, while we relax out in the soaking sun.

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Parental advisory: Active Swearing, a few make out swoon worthy kisses, jealousy, teenage death, OCD/Anxiety disorders

 

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