My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
I was sent this book via Net Galley from the publisher Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews are spoiler free.
Meet Stella, she’s an aspiring photographer and a triplet. Along with her siblings, she is a former high school graduate. To get her sick sister, Cara the greatest birthday present ever – signed merchandise from her favorite band, The Heartbreakers. Stella and brother, Drew drive to Chicago to make that happen. Even though they’re not very fond of the band; Stella especially.
When they stop at a Starbucks, Stella meets a cute guy and they end up bonding over her camera. Little does she know…he is Oliver, the lead singer of The Heartbreakers! which they discover when they get to the signing that they’re unable to get into.
When they think they’ll never get Cara the perfect present, Stella and Drew end up staying at the same hotel as The Heartbreakers. Stella rides the same elevator as them and insults their music, Oliver just wants more. Stella and Drew are invited up to have a fun-filled night with the band. Shortly, romance ensues between Stella and Oliver.
Alec (one of the band members) takes a look at some of Stella’s photography. Soon after, she is offered a position to run the band’s photo blog that shows them being themselves. She develops a deep friendship with the bandmates: Oliver, JJ, Alec and Xander. We get to know the boys characters throughout the story and understand their lives.
This story doesn’t just focus on the romance side. It also focuses on Cara‘s cancer and how the family is dealing with it. Cara was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer a couple of years ago and it’s getting very bad. Stella is constantly revolving her decisions around Cara’s cancer.
I thought the ending was tied up very nicely and Stella made the best decision. I really enjoyed this story because I could relate to Stella a lot. I had been an aspiring band photographer when I was in high school and I really enjoyed reading a character who is one. Also, Drew mentions that Stella has a bad temper and I could definitely relate to her in that sense.
If you’re a fan of 5 seconds of summer or just boy bands in general, this is definitely the read for you! I highly recommend this book.