More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn ARC Review with Playlist

*I had received an ARC of this book through a giveaway hosted by the author, this doesn’t effect my opinion of the book*

Synopsis:

“Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell. 

Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stoneinternship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out of this world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?

In More Than Maybe, Erin Hahn’s swooniest book yet, Luke and Vada must decide how deep their feelings run and what it would mean to give love a try.”

Review:

5 Stars

If you like: 

  • Slow Burn, Organic Relationships 
  • Podcasts
  • Music Lovers and Musicians

Then this is the book for you!

This is Erin’s second book following her debut You’d Be Mine which I read last year and absolutely love. 

More Than Maybe could easily be in the top 5 favorite books of 2020! It was a no brainer that I wanted to read this book because Erin is a fabulous writer. I feel like she’s one of the few authors who doesn’t sugar coat the story of the teenagers between the pages of the covers and writes and describes things as a high schooler who see or feel instead of toning it down and making us seem so one dimensional. 

Let me just go ahead and write about Luke for a moment. Y’all listen, Luke took my heart and ran with it. First off I LOVE an accent Australian, country, you name it because there’s something so beautiful about hearing other voices. But I absolutely love a British accent like for me it tops all others, so Luke was automatically in my good graces from the very beginning. Then, the boy has blonde hair, wears glasses, speaks the language of music, and can write and sing. I was gone. My heart is now branded with Luke Greenly’s name. Oh and I forgot he’s a highly functioning introvert, so even more points going to Luke. 

“He seems relieved as he finishes [talking], even capping it off with a little affirmative nod as if congratulating himself. Smooth, we are not.”

Vada is a fresh of air. She keeps is real (not like either of the characters acted like anything other than themselves). Vada knows what she wants and is going to get there no matter what. She works at her mom’s boyfriend’s dive bar studying the musicians and bands that comes in to play, and she runs a pretty popular music blog that has caught the eye of a well known company looking to get her to write for them. Vada wants to make a name for herself in the music industry as a reviewer, and she has the ear for it thanks to Phil who’s been teaching her since she was young. 

“Music is my obsession, my life’s blood. It runs through my veins, coloring my skin… Every waking moment I’m not doing stuff for school, I’m at the Loud Lizard absorbing it all in.”

Luke and Vada’s is so adorable that I had to literally close the book before I either cried, squealed like a fangirl catching a glimpse of their favorite band, or just passed out because to be honest, I need what they have. They’ve always had a crush on each other but never had the courage to really do anything (because hello, it’s nerves racking to take the plunge from crush to something else), but through Devine intervention aka class projects Luke’s music class has to work with Vada’s dance class to come up with a song and dance routine.

After that, we get to see the awkwardness of having to actually talk to your crush and the progression of friendship to something more throughout the book. There was always the deep connection of living and breathing music between the two that facilitated them when they couldn’t say it themselves or when something was so big that the song enhanced the moment. 

It was so much fun to see Luke and Vada’s text messages in the book because it showed them having those moments of deciding to send the messages and those agonizing moments of waiting for a response.

I also love how Vada rates the bands she reviews on her blog with eye closing moments because there’s a magic that happens at concerts where you really do want to close you eyes, absorb that energy of the songs, and just live in the moment with the other people around you even when you’re in your own little world. 

There’s also deeper parts of this story than Vada and Luke’s wonderfully awkward and swoon worthy relationship. Luke’s retired British rocker dad wants Luke to follow in his footsteps and be a musician since Luke has the gift of not only being able to sing but compose songs while Vada has to deal with her father who likes to get drunk and rub it in her face that he won’t help with college (not like he was ever a dad before). 

Then if that’s not enough Cullen (Luke’s brother) plays Luke’s song on their podcast where Luke was singing about being in love with a girl, and it literally becomes a overnight hit bring Luke in the spotlight when he wants to be the one in the crowds at a performance and not being the one on stage.

In the dual POV book, you’ll get to experience just how powerful music is and get to read one of the sweetest love stories I’ve read so far this year!

Playlist:

  • Nervous by Shawn Mendes
  • Lover by Taylor Swift ft. Shawn Medes
  • Girl Almighty by One Direction
  • Babe, Can I Call? by The Hunna 
  • Ring of Fire by Jonny Cash
  • Girlfriend by Charlie Puth
  • All About You by McFly
  • Meet You There by 5SOS 
  • Rescue by Hunter Hayes
  • Life of the Party by Shawn Medes

Please note that the quotes in my review are from the ARC and could have been changed before the finished version was released. 

Happy reading until next time,

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