Published by Wednesday Books
Published: July 21, 2020
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Growing up under his punk rocker dad's spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn't in front of a crowd, it's on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.
Vada's got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom's boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil's music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley's prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor's summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out-of-this-world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Recently I read Erin Hahn’s debut You’d Be Mine and I really enjoyed it. It hit all of the notes I love in a good YA book. It had music and road trips and good friends and relationship drama. I immediately became a fan of Hahn was I was really excited to have More Than Maybe to look forward to. Another book dealing with music and family relationships? Sign me up. And I can report not only did it also hit all the notes, it hit me straight in the feels.
More Than Maybe is a delightful story about Vada and Luke. Vada has been checking off things on her 5 year plan and almost exactly where she wants to be. She is working at the job she wanted, she is writing music reviews on the blog she was determined to take over and get into UCLA’s music program. She is well on her way to her dream of getting an internship at Rolling Stone. And then there is Luke. Luke knows one thing, he has no interest in being a punk rock legend like his father and is happy writing songs and doing his podcast with his twin brother. Everything is going right for Luke and Vada until it isn’t. Between Vada’s horrible father making life harder for than it needs to be and Luke going viral thanks to his brother, the two of them end up leaning on each other more and more. Suddenly what starts out as a crush becomes something they could never have dreamed of.
Full disclosure, I didn’t start out loving More Than Maybe. I actually struggled a lot in the beginning. It wasn’t clicking for me and I didn’t find myself wanting to read more. And then I hit 20% and the magic happened for me. Luke and Vada had a genuine conversation and I was hooked. Suddenly I was in love with everything about the book (minus one random part about religion I didn’t understand the point of) and I didn’t want it to end. And it wasn’t just Luke and Vada I loved. It was Vada and Luke’s boss Phil, and Luke’s twin Cullen and Cullen’s boyfriend Zack. It was Vada’s mother Mary and her best friend Meg. It was Luke and Cullen’s parents. Everyone in this book made this story what it was and made me fall in love with it. All of these characters supported each other and owned up to mistakes and just loved one another and it was perfect.
In the end More Than Maybe was a gem of a book I was hoping for but not expecting. It was heartfelt and smart and entertaining. It was a perfect character driven story and I loved what it made me feel as I was reading. Make sure you pick this one up so you can fall in love with Vada and Luke like I did. Highly recommend this one.