This Song Is (Not) For You

Finished This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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?”

I’ve now read both of Laura Nowlin’s books and I am so impressed with them and with her as an author.

Both of her books would be easy to ruin.  This one, especially, which is sort of the world’s most uncommon love triangle (I don’t want to get too specific but it’s a very unique story)—it would be very, very easy to not do it well.  Instead, every character is completely fleshed out and nuanced, and every character is handled respectfully.

I also love the way that the band in particular and music in general is basically another character in the book.  Ramona, Sam and Tom are all so into music and I always enjoy seeing people be passionate about things.

This book was just a sweet, fast read.  And I cannot wait to see whatever Laura Nowlin writes next. I’ll read it for sure, whatever it is.



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