Hi, this is the next stop of the Songs to Get Over You (Playlist #2) blog tour! Find below my review of the book–with bonus comments and partial review of the first book, Songs of Our Breakup (Playlist #1). There’s also a Giveaway at the end of the review. Read on!
It’s harder to get over someone who was never really yours.
They say rock stars get all the girls. But Miki knows that’s not always true. He, for one, though the guitarist of popular indie band Trainman, just can’t seem to get the girl. It’s kind of his fault, really. No one told him to fall in love with Jill. No one told him to stand still and watch as she moved on from a terrible breakup into the arms of another guy—a Japanese celebrity with the face of an angel and the body of a god.
So when someone else comes along, someone who finds him cute, smart, and funny (sometimes in the haha sort of way), will Miki finally move on? Or will he continue to pine for Jill?
To be able to fully appreciate this book, you should have read the first one, Songs of Our Breakup (Playlist #1). Only then would you understand the depth of Miki’s internal turmoil. In the same way, I could not review this book in isolation, so I will be doing so, citing events that were featured in the first book from time to time.
Miki has always kept his love hidden, so his best friend Jill could have her love stories with the guys in her life—first Kim, then Shinta. Miki was also a guy in her life, but he has always been the guy friend she could turn to when things turned sour. Miki always made Jill his number one priority even if it hurt.
But now, there’s Ana . . . a girl who sees Miki as THE guy, a man . . . someone to choose, rather than just someone to run to and depend on. Miki is attracted to Ana, but Jill . . . well Jill is just a hard habit to break.
Jill and Miki have serious history together. They’ve been friends since college and they’re bandmates (both guitarists, writers and singers of the band, Trainman) on the verge of stardom, along with Kim (Jill’s ex and first love, who is the band leader, writer and lead singer/guitarist), Son (bassist) and Nino (drummer). They share most of the same passions and they know each other inside out.
Enter Ana, A CPA who loves her corporate life, who is more analytic than creative. She and Miki seem poles apart until they find common ground. Ana tries to appreciate Miki’s music, his friends/bandmates, and his work. And Miki, in turn, tries to understand Ana’s life and passion for her work. They have chemistry, undoubtedly.
But Jill is always there, not because she tries to get between them—she is having her own issues with her hot boyfriend Shinta—but because Miki’s love for her is just too ingrained in him that he is having a hard time letting go.
To be honest, in the first book, although Jill got over Kim and moved on to Shinta, I was secretly rooting for her to finally SEE Miki and fall in love with him. But Miki just couldn’t compare to a down-to-earth gorgeous hunk of a Japanese actor, and so Shinta got the girl.
I loved how Ana and Miki evolved from the first few awkward dates, to a real connection. I felt that Miki’s internal struggle was real and very honestly written. I felt Ana’s pain during that one crucial scene when it became apparent to her that Miki’s love for Jill was just not going away that easily. And I loved that in this book, love is defined more as a decision, a day-to-day commitment.
There is an all-consuming love that sweeps people off their feet. But there is also a love that creeps up on you, and coupled with the commitment to sustain it, builds into a solid love that can rival an all-consuming love any day.
While Songs of Our Breakup (Playlist #1) was the story of healing for Jill and finding love again with Shinta, Jill was portrayed as this tall rock goddess moving from the band lead singer to a Japanese celebrity—there is still that fairytale quality in it just by virtue of the lead characters. It is more aspirational—getting the hot lead singer, or getting the hot Japanese celebrity, or being this tall rock chick. But in Songs to Get Over You (Playlist #2), Miki and Ana are very relatable. They’re more accessible. Miki’s the guy who can’t seem to get the goddess and was just okay to be her best friend (and I think that was why I was rooting for him in the first book—it would have been a win for the common man), while Ana, well Ana can be every woman. It’s not because I myself am a CPA who loves corporate life too, or who loves learning. I also remember taking MBA classes and having to do those reports and presentations. But don’t get me wrong, Miki and Ana were written with their own complexities and I love how these complexities tied them together in the end. Miki finds other possibilities in his life because of Ana, and vise versa. And I believe that is what true love is, finding something more to what you know and are used to, and having the courage to pursue it.
Miki and Ana are ordinary people finding love in less than ordinary circumstances and I love that in the end, Miki finally finds new inspiration to write a song that is hopeful and true.
Songs to Get Over You (Playlist #2) will be released on Amazon on February 29, 2016. See the links below:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, JAYE E. TRIA
Hi! I’m a writer of contemporary Young Adult and New Adult romance. These days I’m writing paranormal/fantasy too, and it’s a fun exercise. I’m often inspired by daydreams, celebrity crushes, a childhood fascination of Japanese drama and manga, and an incessant itch to travel.
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