Book Review; This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
7 January, 2016
Title: This Song Is (Not) For You Author: Laura Nowlin Publisher: Sourcefire Books Published: January 5th 2016 Pages: 224 Format: Paperback Source:: Netgalley Copy Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository
Summary: Bandmate, best friend or boyfriend? For Ramona, one choice could mean losing them all.
Ramona and Sam are best friends. She fell for him the moment they met, but their friendship is just too important for her to mess up. Sam loves April, but he would never expect her to feel the same way–she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Together, they have a band, and put all of their feelings for each other into music.
Then Ramona and Sam meet Tom. He’s their band’s missing piece, and before Ramona knows it, she’s falling for him. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either.
How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. It sounded interesting and fascinating and unique. I was incredibly excited, and so it was very disheartening when it wasn’t everything that I’d hoped it would be. Which, I understand, is entirely my fault and no one else’s. I still enjoyed this book and am very glad that I took the time to read it but it just wasn’t the book that I had wanted it to be. I would definitely still recommend it to others, especially if you’re after an interesting, unique book but with a warning that it’s not as deep as you may hope it to be.
This book is about a very different kind of relationship trio and that is what makes it unique and intriguing. But, unfortunately, for me, this relationship felt like it was constructed and not organic which made it that little bit harder to read. It felt circumstantial and used mostly as a plot point and nothing more. There was an interesting dynamic between the characters and I still thought it was quite addictive to read, it just didn’t feel completely right to me. And I have nothing against that kind of relationship happening in real life, it just felt too put together for the book. Which is a shame but I still think it’s good that the dynamic was used in the first place.
There were three main characters in this story but I am going to struggle to tell you my favourite. While they all have unique and wonderful personalities that made them who they were, I didn’t feel able to truly connect with any of them. They felt light and simplistic, and everything just seemed to fall so easily in their lives, which is just another aspect of this book that I struggled with. I think that Ramona was probably the character I connected with the most. She’s fiery and passionate and knows what she wants; the kind of person that I really hope to one day be. But none of the characters really spoke to me, and that is probably half the battle with this book, unfortunately.
I wanted to fall in love with this book. I wanted to love the words and the characters and feel like it was a magical and wonderful book. So I definitely think I put too much pressure on the book. I did like this book. It was interesting and unique to read, quick and easy too. But I was hoping for a book with depth, one that explored the relationship further but this book was light and fluffy, and I’m really not a light and fluffy person. So all in all, this book is worth a read but it just wasn’t a book that took my breath away.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **