Sarah Dessen gets a road trip twist in Emery Lord's debut novel, a summer story of love and true friendship.
"A fabulously entertaining story of friendship, healing, and love." --Elizabeth Eulberg, author
of Better Off Friends and Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O'Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah's 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts.
But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.
A fresh voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord's gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
Reagan and Dee have been friends since they were young, and although their lives are very different, they're still close at 17. Dee, known to her fans as Lilah, is a country music star with a "squeaky-clean" reputation. Reagan may get good grades, but she dresses like a bad girl, drinks, and has an arm in a cast from a confrontation with the boyfriend she met while doing community service. When Dee needs support after splitting with her longtime boyfriend, she invites Reagan on tour; that's where Reagan meets Matt, a former teen sensation who is Dee's opening act. The two plot strands the stresses of Dee's love life, celebrity, and tabloid travails vs. Reagan's struggle to accept her past and shape her future aren't always equally effective; for one thing, it's hard to believe a photo of a kiss (in which Dee appears to be, but isn't actually, topless) would be so shocking in today's Miley Cyrus world. Nevertheless, Reagan's tough, wised-up voice and her burgeoning romance with Matt are the engines that keep Lord's engaging debut moving along. Ages 12 up.