A new favorite!
Can I just scream about how much I loved this book!?!
Title: More Than Maybe
Author: Erin Hahn
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: July 21st, 2020
Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.
Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out-of-this-world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?
I was a big fan of Erin Hahn’s debut You’d Be Mine when I reviewed it last year. However, I think her sophomore effort is even stronger! I usually finish books really fast, but I really savored More Than Maybe—I didn’t want it to end.
Hahn has such a way with weaving music throughout her books, something that I love. Even if I disagreed with some music choices (don’t get me started on Twenty-One Pilots) I was able to put those feelings aside and focus on what I really enjoyed. Any kind of musical element—when done well—just adds so much to a story. Vada and Luke trading songs throughout the entire book, only for them to come back full circle at the end was so clever.
Vada and Luke built this incredible friendship and flirtatious rapport that really made the slow burn romance satisfying. Both main characters held tight on to their beliefs and goals, no one was going to try to convince them otherwise. Especially when it came to Vada. She was such a strong and independent woman who was going to do what ever it took to make her dreams come true. And she deserved it. Vada was a great friend, daughter, and employee, that of course Luke would develop such a crush, willing to do anything to help Vada. I think Luke Greenly is a new favorite book boyfriend—British, sensitive, and a wicked taste in music.
All the characters were just fantastic—well developed and mostly likable even through their mistakes. Hahn established really strong relationships whether they were familial, romantic, or platonic. I mean, who doesn’t want their very own Phil?
Even if you’re not the biggest music fan, still give this book a shot. Definitely on my favorites of the year.
ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.