Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I didn’t do much. I just worked on my new WIP, read a little and did some baking. This review might be a little shorter than usual because I did a pretty in depth review on Goodreads (at least more in depth than my Goodreads reviews usually are) so I thought I would just add to it a little rather than doing all of my different categories for this one.
Anyway, I was very very kindly gifted this in exchange for an honest review on NetGalley. As always this will not sway my opinion on the book whatsoever, as always my thoughts are all my own.
Now that that’s out of the way let’s hop into my review.
Title: Love on the Main Stage
Author: S.A Domingo
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication Date: 25th June 2020
Pages: 336 pages
When I Read It: 14th June 2020
Goodreads Rating: 4.00 Stars
Five music festivals . . . One unforgettable summer! A new clean teen romance from the author of Love, Secret Santa. 16-year-old songwriter Nova is having the best summer of her life. Helping out with her parents’ food truck, she gets to attend not one, but FIVE different music festivals! Things get even better when she meets cute American boy, Sam, an aspiring musician like her. After sharing a magical evening dancing under the stars, Nova never expects to see Sam again. But to her surprise they keep meeting up at music festivals . . .Nova begins to hope that their romance could become more than just a festival fling. So why is Sam so reluctant to talk about himself? And why does he have access to the VIP backstage area . . .?
My Goodreads Review:
June 12, 2020 – 9.0% “Early days but I don’t hate it so far. I also don’t adore it. The characters havent grabbed me but they could develop. I was super excited to see what would happen at this party, but it was completely cut out which I was disappointed by. I want more drama 😂
**Side note that’s unbook related, my kindle copy I was sent has there really annoying page numbers that appear mid page – really distracts from the read”
June 13, 2020 – 29.0% “Sam is definitely hiding something – pretty sure that not his name ( I think he’s a famous and pretending not to be but we’ll see)
Nova is growing on me, I like how she’s so devoted to family.
Gemma is probably my favourite because of her exuberance, but then sometimes she gets really irritating and lessens the importance of a scene which I don’t like.
It’s picking up but it’s still not grabbed me – slow burner!”
June 13, 2020 – 35.0% “That last chapter picked up a bit. I enjoyed this more as physical description wasn’t mentioned as much, left it more up to your imagination which I like cause I am so bad for imagining myself as the MC so when their like I touched my blonde hair and I’m like eww I’m not blonde 😂😂”
June 14, 2020 – 50.0% “It’s just so darn predictable. Normally I can cope with the predicability of a book if there are other great feature but this is just meh. The plot still hasn’t grabbed me and I don’t think it will since I can guess the big surprise of the novel is the Sam is FlightPath guys son. The characters aren’t bad but they’re not great either. The romance seems forced. I can’t believe I still have half to go.”
June 14, 2020 – 63.0% “Nova is getting more and more irritating my the minute. She’s super jealous, completely clueless to the blindingly obvious and not to mention she likes Frida Kahlo 🤮
I don’t know how much more of her I can take!”
Finished – “This wasn’t the best read but let’s start with the positives. I loved the setting! I’ve been loving music themes in my reads recently so this was super up my street. I also really liked most of the characters, especially Gemma – she was so likeable and sweet and just all round a great way to brighten up the mood of the book. But she also had a deeper level to her and some family drama which I really liked. Nova’s family were extremely sweet and great too read. I also really liked Sam. He was funny, caring and super patient. All his actions were super logical and I felt sorry for him being lumped with Nova. I really got a sense of the importance of family from this. It was clearly very central to every characters life and I enjoyed reading that cause I’m close with my family too. Not every family is perfect and this book got that across really well in a way that wasn’t forced or offensive. It also had some decently funny moments so that gets some up votes in my eyes.
And now for the elements I didn’t like. There were really only two real issues I had with this book, that ultimately really ruined it for me. Firstly, I really disliked the main character Nova. After been cheated on she was very untrusting and jealous to characters that hadn’t done anything to deserve this treatment; which I didn’t like reading, it honestly made me feel uncomfortable at times. Coupled with this she was completely clueless about the deception going on around her. This ties into my second reason for disliking the book, it had no intrigue. I guessed the plot twist exactly after only 30%. It made it super dull to read because I knew what was coming and there were no surprises. This ties back into Nova because she’s completely untrusting of everyone and yet she lets this extremely obvious plot twist fly right by – I do not by that. It felt fake and manufactured to further the books progress. Just not great.
My last gripe…that’s not really a gripe but more of a personal vendetta is that Nova loved Frida Kahlo and as someone who was forced to study her art for years it only made me dislike Nova more 😂😂 but to be honest at that point there wasn’t anything Nova could have done to redeem herself.
Overall it wasn’t my favourite read but there was definitely some redeemable features – mainly Gemma and her well-founded obsession with glitter and books 😂”
My Favourite Quotes:
- “Nova, that is not the point of getting dressed up. You dress for you -” she tapped the centre of her chest earnestly as she spoke “- so that you’re feeling your absolute and most fabulous inside and out! You get me?”
Damn Gemma! With wise words like that you deserve so much more!
- Gemma rolled her eyes. “Oh, my new boyfriend is sooooo good-looking I’m upset” She mocked laughing.
- “OK,” she said, “but I’m not letting you pick the swimsuit. Skimpy bikini is a no-go.” “What if I wore one, too?” He asked with a grin.
If you couldn’t tell this wasn’t my favourite read. I really was dragging my heels and pushing through so it wasn’t a DNF, ultimately Gemma really salvaged it for me. As always, if you’ve read this or you like the sound of it tell me below what you thought of it. Have a great day, see you tomorrow!