You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
TW: drug abuse, suicide mentions, & alcoholism
Initially, I was a little unsure of this book. I had heard some so-so reviews and didn’t want to get my hopes up. I ended up reading it anyways, and wow, am I glad I picked it up. This book follows Annie Mathers, a humble country western star on the rise with a tragic past, and Clay Coolidge, the bad boy of the country music scene, as they go on tour all over the US together for the summer. As the tour goes on, Annie wins over the crowds and supercharges her fanbase becoming the next Country Mega-Star. This book has some highs and some lows and basically everything in between too.
What I Did Like:
- I loved the setting of this book. Maybe it’s just me, but I really enjoy books with touring plots. The constant change in setting keeps you on your toes and keeps you entertained.
- Also, I really enjoy all the country-ness of it all. It was just the right amount, without being too much.
- I really like when books centered around music include the lyrics to some of the songs “written” by the character. It adds an extra layer of detail that I appreciate.
- I hope on the audiobook that the lyrics are actually sung. That would be really cool.
- Annie’s backstory is revealed in bits and pieces, which adds a little mystery/puzzle to the plot, which I enjoyed.
- Okay, the bandmates are seriously my favorite part of this book. They are just the right amount of silly, sarcastic, and weird. The fill out the secondary cast quite well.
What I Didn’t Like:
- The flirtation-ship between Annie and Clay is cute, but in reality, Clay is a giant douche and Annie is unrealistically nice. It just rubs me the wrong way when then interact in their polar opposite states.
- I would have like to see more interaction with Clay and Annie’s families. They set up some really good characters and just didn’t really flesh them out much.
- Some things in this book are just a bit much for me. I’m going to leave it at that because I don’t do spoilers.
Overall, You’d Be Mine is a quick, cheesy, country read. It’s a great YA version of the county-themed novels the romance genre is generally known for. Annie and Clay have great chemistry, except when they’re furious with the each other, and the friends/bandmates add a profound sense of camaraderie to the tour. You’d Be Mine is a great read as long as you don’t dwell on the details too much.
P.S. Doesn’t Tree make a great Annie Mathers? She’s my go-to model.
*Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*