BOOK REVIEW: YOU’D BE MINE

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.


reviewSlightly let down. But the fault is entirely mine!

First things first, the plot. It was nothing pathbreaking. Two musicians are forced by circumstances to go on a tour together. Cue ‘Opposites attracts’ romance. And of course both of them have experienced some tragedies, both a bit broken. A little cliche.

The romance wasn’t something I was 100% sold on. There were comparisons to Johnny Cash and June Carter’s love story. But that crazy, intense and epic love kind of love is not easy to pull off, not with teenage characters like Clay and Annie. I could definitely see a little of June on Annie and even Johnny on Clay. Except the dark tragic past part bits, of course.

I might not have been sold on the romance, but I definitely was drawn towards the characters and their individual arcs. I even liked the initial equation between Clay and Annie, their friendship and conversations. It was all really cute. But I just couldn’t find myself being invested in their romance. And the music.

I recently read “Daisy And the Six” and I can’t express how deeply I was affected by the music in that book. Sure, it was not a perfect book but music had its own role and life in that book. Having read this one so soon after that, I couldn’t help compare how the music in this book failed to invoke any emotions in me. I know it’s a lot to ask of a YA book. But I just couldn’t help the comparison.

You’d be Mine is definitely an enjoyable read. I think that I was let down when it didn’t turn out to be what I was subconsciously expecting it to be. If you like cute YAs then this one’s for you.


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★★★☆☆