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 new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
I started this weekend in the mood for a fun summer read before the start of fall. Most of my teacher friends start back at school tomorrow, and I realized that I hadn't really read a summer book this summer. A few weeks ago, I'd checked out Open Road Summer from the library, so it was all ready for me to pick up. I'm so glad I did! This book was perfect for what I was looking for! I officially have a new Book Boyfriend by the name of Matt Finch. So sweet, so understanding, so flexible -- and he's hot! And he sings! AND he writes songs about his girlfriends!! Sign me up! I thought that Matt and Reagan were perfect for each other. The fact that they both came with baggage made it easy for each of them to relate to the other and bring out the best in each other. Dee was absolutely adorable, and I loved her friendship with Reagan. Infinity pinkie lock? Perfect!
As some of you may know, I am a HUGE fan of my favorite bands, so another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the setting. I enjoyed reading about life on the road, and I really liked the different songs and how they fit into the story. I found myself making up melodies for them in the my head and then humming them at random times. True story. Can "Open Road Summer" be a real, recorded song? Because the version in my head is fantastic! I've had a recent conversation about the fact that paparazzi will take a picture of a celebrity after she's just had lunch and then claim she's pregnant, so I just had to LOL when that came up in the book. I'm glad Emery talked about that ridiculousness though.
Admittedly, I didn't like Reagan at first. But that was because I was seeing the image of herself that she was trying hard to present, with her short shorts and high heels. But the more I got to know her and see that she was more than that, the more respect I had for her. As I mentioned before, I loved Dee and I loved Matt. Jimmy was also great.
I believe this is Emery Lord's first book, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!