Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a top notch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.
But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.
Overall Rating: 5 Sensational Stars
Just Sing mixes in music and love to form one spectacular book. I have not been a fan of YA books due to the fact that some plots are just so normal and they're making a big fuss about it but this book wasn't what I expected.
This book was just so perfect! I loved that music was incorporated in this book and it reminded of High School Musical.
Between the arrival of her rich new neighbors and the cancelling of her school's vocal program, Lily is sure her summer is going to suck. She never thought that a simple friendship with the neighbor's son would give her the strength to walk away tried-and-true plan and follow her dreams.
Lily was a great heroine who loves her family very much and will do anything to though one major flaw she has was being very gullible. There was one scene in this book where someone showed her something that made her angry and sad and instead of confronting the person who she thought made the mistake and listen to his side of the story, she went sulking.
To be honest, I really did not like Aiden. He was very bipolar, his anger was sometimes very misplaced and he had so many secrets. Though I feel that he is somewhat a good guy, currently I am rooting for Jeremiah a character which will be introduced in the latter part of the book.
This book inspires individuals to believe in their selves and do anything (legal) to achieve their dreams in life.
Received digital copy from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
By day, René Gilley works as a portfolio manager for a Fortune 50 company, but her nights and weekends are spent writing young adult and new adult romance books. Her brain never shuts off—always dreaming up new situations her characters can get into.
Her California home is often the backdrop for her books. Her debut novel, Just Sing of the SEVEN OAKS SERIES, was years in the making. Like her character, René seeing Just Sing being published is a dream come true.
Just Sing evolves mostly around Lily’s struggle with her family, the reality of her dreams, and her first relationship issues with the neighbors’ son Aiden. Honestly Lily is a truly amazing... She is strong-willed and her loyalty and love for her family is admirable. -Between Dreams and Reality Blog
With the popularity of shows like American Idol and The Voice, Gilley's Just Sing promises to bring high engagement to any YA reader who dreams of the stage, lives the stage, or enjoys the stage as a spectator... -Fictionally Yours Blog
Just Sing was a complete and pleasant surprise. There's not many YA novels out there that can capture my heart and soul wholly. And this book is definitely one of them. -Goodreads Review
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