Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein
ABOUT THE BOOK
An aspiring teenage singer finds herself playing a different tune when she falls for a boy who could jeopardize her future dreams in Olivia Wildenstein’s romantic YA novel, Not Another Love Song.
Angie has studied music her entire life, nurturing her talent as a singer. Now a high school senior, she has an opportunity to break into Nashville’s music scene via a songwriting competition launched by her idol, Mona Stone. Discouraged by her mother, who wishes Angie would set more realistic life goals, she nonetheless pours her heart and soul into creating a song worthy of Mona.
But Angie’s mother is the least of her concerns after she meets Reedwood High’s newest transfer student, Ten. With his endless collection of graphic tees, his infuriating attitude, smoldering good looks, and endearing little sister, Ten toys with the rhythm of Angie’s heart.
She’s never desired anything but success until Ten entered her life. Now she wants to be with him and to be a songwriter for Mona Stone, but she can’t have both.
And picking one means losing the other.
This is my first YA contemporary romance from Olivia Wildenstein and it was every bit as captivating as her novel, Feather, a paranormal romance I reviewed last year.
Angie Conrad’s all-consuming love for music is understandable since her father was a musician before he died and she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s her obsession with famous singer, Mona Stone, that has created a rift with her mother, Jade. Jade considers Mona’s personal choices to be reprehensible and doesn’t want Angie to follow in her footsteps; therefore, encouraging Angie to apply to college instead. In addition, Angie doesn’t have time for boys and dating, but the new kid in school, Tennessee “Ten” Dylan and his little sister, Nevada “Nev” have become very important to her. Little does Angie know the secrets they hold will change her life forever.
How could one not love the growing attraction between the capricious and funny Angie and the serious and brooding Ten? Watching Angie break down Ten’s defenses in her no-nonsense and laid back way, is worth waiting for considering Ten is determined to keep his secrets from her. They are a lovable couple and Ten shows his romantic side more than once. Sigh!! As for Nev, she is adorable and Angie and Ten’s fierce protection of her is noble and amazing. Other supporting characters like Lynn “Skittles”, Angie’s vocal coach and piano teacher, and Lynn’s wife Steffi, Angie’s dance teacher, are so supportive of Angie and her dream. Also, Jade, Angie’s mom, is kind and caring and only wants what is best for her daughter. Last, but not least, the beautiful and popular Rae, Angie’s best friend and confidant, is Angie’s sounding board and loving support system.
I read this charming book straight through the night. I can relate to Angie’s joy of music and I loved how she saw music in color. One disappointment was not being able to hear Angie’s wonderful music, but I will settle for the beautiful lyrics instead. If you love YA romances with teenage angst and longing, give this delightful book a try.
Thank you to Ms. Wildenstein for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
- Print copy of Not Another Love Song
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City and earned her bachelor’s in comparative literature from Brown University. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for the writing life, which made more sense considering her college degree.
When she’s not sitting at her computer, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, and attempting not to forget one of her kids in school.
She has a slight obsession with romance, which might be the reason why she writes it. She’s a hybrid author of over a dozen mature Young Adult love stories.