Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review : I'm Not In The Band by Amber Garza

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New girl.

He just thinks she's beautiful...



 I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She’s funny, beautiful—even though she doesn’t know it—and my favorite kind of weird. But I can’t tell if she’s into me or just trying to get close to me for a chance with my famous twin brother instead. I mean, it has to be me. I am the better-looking one. But Kassidy has some demons, and she’s not good at letting people in. That happens when you’ve been hurt by someone close to you. I can relate. Trust is a funny thing; it’s hard to gain but easy to lose. I might just learn that the hard way. 
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book includes a snarky heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, crazy best friends, your favorite music, and lots of feels.

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A very cute and sweet YA read!I usually don't read too many YA books these days, but this one's blurb caught my eye and my interest was piqued!And after recognizing the author's name I realized that I'd read a few books of hers.And her book Tripping Me Up was a favorite of mine when I'd read it a few years back!

I'm Not In The Band was also really good and different from the usually boring contemporary YA books.Because,other than a few exceptional books by Kasie West,Morgan Maston, Jenn Bennett,Deb Caletti and such none have really caught my attention.
INitB has refreshing and original characters whom I grew to love!Archer has always lived in his famous brother's shadow and is tired of people coming close to him with an agenda.So he's surprised to meet Kassidy, at one of his brother's concerts, who isn't interested in his brother or him for the benefits.Kassidy has her own issues to deal with from her past, and is quite wary of letting people in.
But they were really cute together!You can expect a little bit of the usual teen drama -  jealousy,ex issues,mean girls,etc- but without too much angst!
Each character had their own set of things to work through, and the author handled it quite brilliantly!I really liked the development of the characters too!So,if you're looking for feel good,cute YA read with refreshing characters and amazing writing, I'd suggest this one!Do give it a try!


He pushes off the van and takes a few steps toward me. 
 We’re so close I can smell traces of soap and mint toothpaste.
“Hey,” I respond.
Way to be original, Kass.
“You made it.”
 He rubs the back of his neck with his hand. I laugh without meaning to.
 “Well, I didn’t really have a choice. It is the first day of school, and I do go here now…” 
The words trail off as I realize I’m being rude. His cheeks redden. 
“Yeah, I guess that was a stupid thing to say. I just meant that you made it early…to meet me…” Shaking his head, he says, “Man, I’m usually so smooth.”
 My head spins. I’m not the type of girl that makes guys nervous. Sophie and Kate make guys nervous. I make them comfortable. It’s why I get friend-zoned so early on. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve liked a guy, thinking they liked me, only to find out later that they had a crush on Kate or one of my other friends, and they were using me to get close to them because I was the approachable one. 
 “Hopefully you’re smoother than this when you spit,” I joke, remembering last night’s text.
 My pulse skitters beneath my flesh. I’m not usually flirty. 
 “Oh. Right.” 
He laughs, running a hand through his hair. 
 “You’re not chickening out, are you?”
 Raising an eyebrow, I cross my arms over my chest. What has gotten into me?
“Never. I just need a minute to prepare.”
 He rolls his shoulders, stretching his neck from side to side as if preparing for a race.
 “Okay. Okay. I think I got it.”
 Bouncing his head up and down, he starts. 
“Uh uh, yo. First day of school, chilling with Kassidy. If I was allergic to hot girls, then I would sneeze. My name is Archer, my rhymes are fire. We can go on a date, if you so desire.”
 My face flames. Is he serious? His teasing smile makes it impossible to tell.



About Amber Garza

Amber Garza currently lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.

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