Love Songs & Other Lies
It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

Love Songs & Other Lies Details

TitleLove Songs & Other Lies
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 24th, 2018
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139780765392275
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Love Songs & Other Lies Review

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Mini review: I received this E-ARC excerpt via Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review. I had heard about this book through Netgalley. It sounded really cute and funny! I didn't hesitate to request it. I didn't realize until after I requested it that it was an excerpt and it isn't coming out until next year (January 30 2018)! I was expecting it to be about 60-70 page. But instead it was 216 pages.I don't want to mention too much as it isn't coming out until next year. Mini review: I received this E-ARC excerpt via Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review. I had heard about this book through Netgalley. It sounded really cute and funny! I didn't hesitate to request it. I didn't realize until after I requested it that it was an excerpt and it isn't coming out until next year (January 30 2018)! I was expecting it to be about 60-70 page. But instead it was 216 pages.I don't want to mention too much as it isn't coming out until next year. I will say that it's really cute and fluffy! I enjoyed it quite a bit. I can't wait for the book to come out next year! I will definitely be buying myself a finished copy.Highly recommend for contemporary and music fans.
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  • Jessica Pennington
    January 1, 1970
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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    If there is one book that you are going to want to add to your summer TBR, Love Songs & Other Lies is it. There is something for everyone in this super sweet story that has the right amount of drama mixed in with a little bit of rock and roll. The characters are instantly relatable and the tour bus/reality show theme make this novel so enjoyable. <3Full review to come!
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  • Katie McGarry
    January 1, 1970
    Loved!!!
  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    I loved everything about this book, and it’s honestly no surprise to me. It has all kinds of elements that I love… second chances, best friends, something of a summer road trip… and a little bit of drama. Vee’s best friends just landed a coveted spot on a battling bands reality show, and Logan, the lead singer, has talked her into joining them and getting some much needed experience in PR and marketing. How can she turn down spending the next three months with her friends and the rest of the ban I loved everything about this book, and it’s honestly no surprise to me. It has all kinds of elements that I love… second chances, best friends, something of a summer road trip… and a little bit of drama. Vee’s best friends just landed a coveted spot on a battling bands reality show, and Logan, the lead singer, has talked her into joining them and getting some much needed experience in PR and marketing. How can she turn down spending the next three months with her friends and the rest of the bands on the tour? Then she finds out that her first love… and first heartbreak, Cam, is on the bus… and sleeping across the aisle from her. This is written in alternating timeframes… from the past when she first meets Cam and the story of them falling in love and in the present the story of them connecting again and learning to forgive. I found myself immediately loving Vee so much. She’s always been in the background of the band… whether it was managing them or helping them write songs, she wasn’t one to want to be on stage, the center of attention. She’s super talented though and I loved that the band appreciated that and didn’t take advantage of her. Cam, Cam, Cam… you know immediately that he has demons that he’s trying to out run. Even Vee knew he was hiding things, but she couldn’t stay away even if he wouldn’t share the things that were haunting him with her. Watching them fall in love, though, begs the question “can you really love someone you only know bits and pieces of?” Because that is all Cam was sharing with Vee, and it was hard knowing bits of his story and knowing she was so completely in the dark about it all. I really loved how Pennington weaved in the battle of the bands / reality TV part of the story… the constant presence of the cameras and the added drama of her on the bus even though she wasn’t a band member … and the even bigger drama of the reality TV fans added an element of fun and stress on the characters that was definitely needed. Plus the music and the performances and songwriting were just so well done!The end of this book had me swooning my face off… I could honestly read another 30 chapters of these characters and their story… seriously. There is just so much depth to these characters and the story that as soon as I turned that last page, I was immediately missing them.If you’re a fan of sweet, heartbreaking, second chance love stories… stories that are filled with emotion and bit of drama, then look no further. You’re definitely going to need to put this on your TBR list … I know it doesn’t come out for forever, but this one will absolutely be worth the wait!
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    "It's a tiny lie......Those never come back to haunt us, do they?"I am so invested in this music-infused storyline. Told in alternating POVs that flash between the past and the present, this contemporary left me feeling hooked. I was only able to read the first 5 chapters via a Netgalley excerpt, but I can't wait to get back into the story come April.
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  • Katerina Kondrenko
    January 1, 1970
    4 out of 10 Another book from work. I would love this story about 10 years ago, when I was into music-bands and such. The only thing which helped me through was Cam's mystery. And even this turned out to be a deal as big as it seemed to be. If you love music related stories mixed up with romance, which is all about misunderstandings, then you'll be delighted, I guess)
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  • Shaila
    January 1, 1970
    I've fallen in love with Cam. Yep. You can't have him! :DThis was a beautifully written, romantic, and poignant second-chances love story, and it grabbed my heart from the start! The story unfolded in a way that drew me in and wouldn't let go well in to the night. Chapters alternated from past to present, and it felt like two stories in one. I loved it! Cam and Vee stole my heart, and I can't wait to read more of their story! <3 Please tell me there's a sequel!!!!(I was given an ARC for my ho I've fallen in love with Cam. Yep. You can't have him! :DThis was a beautifully written, romantic, and poignant second-chances love story, and it grabbed my heart from the start! The story unfolded in a way that drew me in and wouldn't let go well in to the night. Chapters alternated from past to present, and it felt like two stories in one. I loved it! Cam and Vee stole my heart, and I can't wait to read more of their story! <3 Please tell me there's a sequel!!!!(I was given an ARC for my honest review.)
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  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    January 1, 1970
    So, this story is kind of post high school with flashbacks from before, but I'm still considering it YA because there was honestly nothing that really made it feel like it wavered into new adult territory. But it was nearly unputdownable. I know a lot of readers don't like flashbacks, but I love that you get a more well-rounded idea of a character, seeing what they were like before and how they've changed. Seeing where everything went wrong and that they're being given a second chance. I also lo So, this story is kind of post high school with flashbacks from before, but I'm still considering it YA because there was honestly nothing that really made it feel like it wavered into new adult territory. But it was nearly unputdownable. I know a lot of readers don't like flashbacks, but I love that you get a more well-rounded idea of a character, seeing what they were like before and how they've changed. Seeing where everything went wrong and that they're being given a second chance. I also love that music was integral to this story. And though I'm not a fan of reality TV in general, I actually enjoyed that aspect, as well. The manipulations and machinations of all involved made the story that much more interesting.
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  • Katy Upperman
    January 1, 1970
    Jessica Pennington’s Love Songs & Other Lies is a music-infused romance about a pair of perfectly imperfect teenagers who will have readers rooting for their happily ever after. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, contemporary young adult fans won’t be able to put this debut down!1. Characters to cheer for. I'm a fan of both Vee and Cam -- how passionate they are, how vulnerable they are, how screwed up they are, and how much they care for each other. From the very beginning, all's I want Jessica Pennington’s Love Songs & Other Lies is a music-infused romance about a pair of perfectly imperfect teenagers who will have readers rooting for their happily ever after. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, contemporary young adult fans won’t be able to put this debut down!1. Characters to cheer for. I'm a fan of both Vee and Cam -- how passionate they are, how vulnerable they are, how screwed up they are, and how much they care for each other. From the very beginning, all's I wanted for them was a happily ever after.2. CHEMISTRY. I mean... I could feel it from the first moment Vee and Cam interacted. I'm a sucker for the second chance romance trop, and this debut pulls it off beautifully.3. Before and after. The perfect format for this angsty romance. I loved seeing how Vee and Cam came to fall for each other, how they fell apart, and how they slowly worked their way back to a place of understanding. All the swoons for this upcoming debut!
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  • Karlita
    January 1, 1970
    Updating my review soon.Given that this was just an excerpt I read, I really love every single moment of it. It's very easy to be caught up in the moment and before I knew it, the free pages were over. I was left torn, hanging and all I could think of was what's gonna happen with the rest of the story.I could say that the first five chapters were powerful enough for me to make this one of my anticipated read this year. It's consistent, engaging and exciting. I'm very much looking forward to read Updating my review soon.Given that this was just an excerpt I read, I really love every single moment of it. It's very easy to be caught up in the moment and before I knew it, the free pages were over. I was left torn, hanging and all I could think of was what's gonna happen with the rest of the story.I could say that the first five chapters were powerful enough for me to make this one of my anticipated read this year. It's consistent, engaging and exciting. I'm very much looking forward to read what the story can offer to readers but I'm sure Love Songs and Other Lies left me a good impression.And now I am patiently waiting for Cam and Vee or any Your Future X related news.***Thank you NetGalley, Tor Teen and Jessica Pennington for the EXCERPT copy of Love Songs and Other Lies.
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was all kinds of adorable! I loved the dual POV between Vee and Cam, and I loved the dual timelines that played throughout. Pennington did a wonderful job of having convincing and correlating character arcs separated by 2 years and 2 main characters. I highly recommend to fans of boy bands, redemption arcs, and the magic of reality TV. Guaranteed to make your heart feel warm and fuzzy!
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    I have a thing for contemporaries with music in them. I just always pick them up, and the don’t usually disappoint. I liked Long Songs & Other Lies, but I know it’s going to be a forgettable read for me. While I did really enjoy the Then-Now format and the history it brought to the story, and I always love a good RomCom contemporary, I just didn’t get invested in this. The main problem I had with the story is that my interest started waning and just kept fading the more I read. By the end of I have a thing for contemporaries with music in them. I just always pick them up, and the don’t usually disappoint. I liked Long Songs & Other Lies, but I know it’s going to be a forgettable read for me. While I did really enjoy the Then-Now format and the history it brought to the story, and I always love a good RomCom contemporary, I just didn’t get invested in this. The main problem I had with the story is that my interest started waning and just kept fading the more I read. By the end of the story I didn’t care about it at all anymore and I just finished it because it was so easy to read. This isn’t bad by any means, it just didn’t really do anything for me either. I received a copy of the book from Tor Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Erin Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this one. Full review to come.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    This is a second chance romance that weaves the past into the present by alternating chapters of Then and Now. We also get both Vee and Cam's perspectives throughout, all of which just makes everything more intense and emotional and sweet and heartbreaking and heartwarming. Aaaahhh. So much FEELING in this book, and the song writing and performing just adds to it all. I was also impressed with the pacing of how information about each character was revealed through both timelines. I sympathized w This is a second chance romance that weaves the past into the present by alternating chapters of Then and Now. We also get both Vee and Cam's perspectives throughout, all of which just makes everything more intense and emotional and sweet and heartbreaking and heartwarming. Aaaahhh. So much FEELING in this book, and the song writing and performing just adds to it all. I was also impressed with the pacing of how information about each character was revealed through both timelines. I sympathized with both of these characters, which doesn't always happen with these types of stories. I just wanted so much for them to be happy. This book comes out in forever but it is one to definitely put on your list!
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  • Amelia Brunskill
    January 1, 1970
    Love, music, heartbreak and reality tv come together in this absorbing story. Alternating between the past and present of both members of a fractured relationship, Love Songs & Other Lies is a sweet, funny and, at times, sad story about first love.
  • Jennifer Shanahan
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC sample of this book from NetGalley. I LOVED this sample and I can't wait to read the rest of the book. I don't know if I can hold out until next year! I love books written in first person alternating between the two main characters and this book was exactly that! Vee and Cam seem like really great characters and I can't wait to read their entire story.
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    That was so good! I seriously loved the characters, the story, the writing, all of it. Exactly my kind of story. Can't wait for others to read this wonderful debut. Review to come!
  • Jordin
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing!! I loved the romance, the songs, the then and now storytelling. It had so many feels! I definitely teared up at various sad and happy points.
  • Irisheyz77
    January 1, 1970
    This one started off really slow for me and I was worried that even though it had all the things I love in a story that it wouldn’t work for me. But something happened around the halfway mark, probably around the time that secrets started to be revealed, I became invested. I grew to love these two characters, Cam and Vee, and really hope and pray that they’d find their way back to each other. I’ve never been a fan of “the big secret” trope in books but I do love second chance stories so in the e This one started off really slow for me and I was worried that even though it had all the things I love in a story that it wouldn’t work for me. But something happened around the halfway mark, probably around the time that secrets started to be revealed, I became invested. I grew to love these two characters, Cam and Vee, and really hope and pray that they’d find their way back to each other. I’ve never been a fan of “the big secret” trope in books but I do love second chance stories so in the end this one won me over and I’m a little sad that it’s over. Here’s hoping the author decided to write a few companion books because Logan totally needs a HEA of his own.
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  • A.V. Geiger
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read an advance copy, and I loved this book! It's all about first love... and music... and touring with a band... and healing from tragedy. SO MANY FEEEEEEELS! For some reason, the whole storyline from both Cam and Vee's perspective made me think of the song Amnesia by 5SOS (one of my favorites because of its raw heartbreak, full of regret). If you like teen romance with a side of angst, this is the book for you!
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  • Tiffany Brownlee
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book sooooo much! It made me swoon, it made me sigh. It made me laugh, it made me cry. And I didn't want it to end! If you're looking for a YA romance that will tug on every heartstring you have, then this is the novel for you!
  • Kelli Spear
    January 1, 1970
    I made a mistake when I chose this. Yes, you read that correctly. Let me explain. I was looking for something to read, something light and easy, in order to fall asleep. Joke was on me, because I was hooked after one chapter. And I didn't put the book down until I'd finished. The whole thing, that is. I didn't know much about this going in. Just that it was a second chance romance. Friends to lovers to enemies to lovers. And since those are my favorite tropes—SOLD. I cared about nothing else. It I made a mistake when I chose this. Yes, you read that correctly. Let me explain. I was looking for something to read, something light and easy, in order to fall asleep. Joke was on me, because I was hooked after one chapter. And I didn't put the book down until I'd finished. The whole thing, that is. I didn't know much about this going in. Just that it was a second chance romance. Friends to lovers to enemies to lovers. And since those are my favorite tropes—SOLD. I cared about nothing else. It's no surprise I loved it for those reasons. However, it IS a surprise when it comes to the rock star trope. That's probably my least favorite thing to read in a contemporary. But, I dunno what it was exactly. This time around, I was shook. The way this story is told is masterful. Past and present. But more than that is the way Pennington packs so much emotion into everything. I could feel the sadness, the hate, the love...and the hope. I was mad for Vee. I was sad for Cam. I wanted them to work through their past and try again. And the angst! I haven't had my heart gripped so tightly in a very long time. The ups and downs. The secrets. I could barely stand it, yet I couldn't stop myself from reading. What's craziest though, is that I forgot how old the characters were. It doesn't feel like a typical YA contemporary. They feel older and wiser. Mature. And most of that probably has to do with what they'd gone through. I just know I was thankful the author didn't write them in a way that had them coming off as idiotic or immature or other descriptive words that people use when belittling teens. They felt REAL. And true. This is a beautiful tale of love and loss. Secrets and lies. Redemption. It's easily become one of my all-time favorites. And it will DEFINITELY remain on my best of 2018 list. Just read it.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    I read the first 2 chapters of this book in Buzz Books 2017 Fall/Winter and I am HOOKED! I cannot wait to finish the book when it comes out! The authors use of imagery makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. I can't wait to see where the story goes! So excited for this book!!!
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  • Jaclyn Shelton Hamer
    January 1, 1970
    A YA book that is a delight for all ages— I fell in love with these characters from the very first page. The story is told over two different timelines and is unveiled masterfully.
  • Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
    January 1, 1970
    This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.Love Songs & Other Lies is told through alternating POVs and timelines. Vee has everything planned out—she knows what college she’ll attend, what major she’ll choose, and what career she’ll pursue. She’s a talented songwriter and is perfectly fine with staying off the stage and managing her best friend’s band. Cam, on the other hand, has no plan other than to make sure no one finds out the real reason behind why he moved to the This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.Love Songs & Other Lies is told through alternating POVs and timelines. Vee has everything planned out—she knows what college she’ll attend, what major she’ll choose, and what career she’ll pursue. She’s a talented songwriter and is perfectly fine with staying off the stage and managing her best friend’s band. Cam, on the other hand, has no plan other than to make sure no one finds out the real reason behind why he moved to the small town of Riverton, Michigan. As Vee and Cam become friends and more, Cam pushes Vee outside of her comfort zone by helping her form her alter ego, Dakota Gray. Vee tries to uncover the real Cam, but soon the guilt from his past is too much to handle and he suddenly leaves Vee in the middle of their senior year. Two years later, Vee joins her best friend’s band on tour as they participate on a Battle of the Bands reality tv show. The downside of what should have been an awesome summer? Her ex-boyfriend that she hasn’t heard from in two years is in the band. Vee is still angry about Cam’s disappearance and wants nothing to do with him whereas Cam will do anything to try to earn her forgiveness. The novel switches back and forth between past and present as Vee and Cam’s story unfolds, falls apart, and comes back together again.I loved the alternating timelines aspect of the novel. I couldn’t get enough of both stories and was so enthralled by what would happened next in both timelines. The way different aspects of Vee and Cam’s story is revealed is timed perfectly, and I loved seeing what characteristics were different in their older selves and what aspects stayed the same.Both settings are fantastic. In the past chapters, the story is set in a small town in Michigan with many late nights taking place on the beach. In the present chapters, the city is constantly switching as the band travels to new concert venues. The tour bus is a fun setting and the cameras add a new level of drama to awkward situations. The glimpses of the other bands and production team were great details and made the filming of the tv show feel real.Overall, I adored Love Songs & Other Lies and it will be making a home as a new favorite on my bookshelf. Full of love, heartbreak, and music, this is one debut novel you do not want to miss!*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.*
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  • Karole Cozzo
    January 1, 1970
    Congrats to Ms. Pennington on such a strong, captivating, and enjoyable debut novel!To me, it had just the right balance of angst (give it to me! Give me alllll the angst!) and sweet romantic charm that, come on, admit it, we all look for in contemporary YA (ehem, grand gesture FTW). Vee is relatable and Cam is easy to love, past mistakes or no past mistakes. I love the powder keg that was created on tour with such close sleeping quarters and cameras on at all times - great romantic tension!But Congrats to Ms. Pennington on such a strong, captivating, and enjoyable debut novel!To me, it had just the right balance of angst (give it to me! Give me alllll the angst!) and sweet romantic charm that, come on, admit it, we all look for in contemporary YA (ehem, grand gesture FTW). Vee is relatable and Cam is easy to love, past mistakes or no past mistakes. I love the powder keg that was created on tour with such close sleeping quarters and cameras on at all times - great romantic tension!But I must say, while I have a habit of glossing over back stories, Pennington did a remarkable job of weaving in their history and making it every bit as compelling as their time together on tour. Their sweet start may have been my favorite part. My favorite lines: I wonder if this is what falling in Love sounds like. Like butterfly wings in my ears and trumpets in my stomach and like the pound of bass in my chest...And I know; this is exactly what falling in Love sounds like. Love Songs and Other Lies is definitely a hit in my list, deserving a spot at the top of the charts - highly recommended.
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  • Christy Pennington
    January 1, 1970
    Read the first chapter. Already hooked, trying to riddle out what path I'll be going down with Cam and Vee. Plus the reality show part of it is intriging.
  • Andrea Tinkey
    January 1, 1970
    Can't wait to read this!!!
  • Cassie Jastrzembski
    January 1, 1970
    Can’t wait to read!! So excited!
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