Famous in a Small Town
For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.

Famous in a Small Town Details

TitleFamous in a Small Town
Author
ReleaseJan 15th, 2019
PublisherHenry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-139781250179630
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Famous in a Small Town Review

  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    full review postedI wish I was smart enough to take notes //while// I was reading bc I have SO MANY thoughts and I have no evidence to support them, thanks a lot past may, you’re a wonder to work withemma mills basically figured out the secret to making me instantly stan a book and it basically consist of:- wholesome group of friends - soft boys - actual, genuine humour - a relatable mc that I mistake for myself sometimes that was just my thesis statement, now let me bring proofs to support my a full review postedI wish I was smart enough to take notes //while// I was reading bc I have SO MANY thoughts and I have no evidence to support them, thanks a lot past may, you’re a wonder to work withemma mills basically figured out the secret to making me instantly stan a book and it basically consist of:- wholesome group of friends - soft boys - actual, genuine humour - a relatable mc that I mistake for myself sometimes that was just my thesis statement, now let me bring proofs to support my argument the whole group of friends - there are five of them in the group: brit, flora, terrance, dash, and our main character, sophie and THEY ALL HAVE SUCH DISTINCT VOICES and unique PERSONALITIES, it’s gorgeous- they’ve basically known each other since they were infants so their relationships are so wholesome and close, they’re like family to each other- brit is a firecracker and she’s one of my favourite characters. she’s outgoing and no-nonsense in the way that she’ll tell you if your shoes look ugly and honestly i aspire to be like when I grow up- they have this group chat where they just spew nonsense at each other and it’s the most entertaining thing I’ve ever witnessed the soft boy - august is such a well written character (im not just saying this bc he’s absolutely hilarious,,,,,,,or maybe I am)- he has this backstory that tragic but not tooooo tragic and you know me, I got to have realistic backstories- he READS children books to his 6 year-old niece in a SCOTTISH accent and sleeps with the pink-and-white rabbit quilt that she gave him, how SOFT can this boy possibly get?- i found his personality to be very realistic, like everyone else in the book, there are things that motivate him and things that make him hold back and this nagging thought that is stopping him from accepting his life and I REALLY felt for his character - that’s not to say, he’s still a teenage boy and yes teenage boys mess up a lot, but he’s trying his best and we love him for that “Were you eating cold lasagna?” I asked, scooping pasta remains into the Tupperware while he wiped up the trail of sauce.“Yeah?”“But the microwave is right there. Love yourself.”“I like it better cold.”“What?”“Warm lasagna is too”—he waved a hand—“disorganized.”“What?” I repeated.“It holds together better cold. It’s more cohesive.”“Are you working on some kind of seminar about this?”“Yup. Yeah. I am, actually. I’m the world’s foremost cold-lasagna scholar.” 👆that is some gideon-prewitt-soggy-cereal-energy right there and i wholeheartedly support it the humour: - everyone in this book in a comedian, the parents, the neighbours, the main squad, everyone. and while you might think this to be very unrealistic,,,,,,,,,,,,i don’t really care “No, screw that,” Brit said. “People who ask for samples in general. There are fourteen flavors. There have been fourteen flavors there for the last, like, fifty-seven years. Really? You want to sample strawberry? Do you really need to try strawberry?” - there were scenes that had me clutching-my-sides laughing and giggling like an 4 year old “Now where are we going?” Dad said when I asked, looking up from his paper. He and my mom did crossword puzzles like they were an Olympic sport. “I am going to Jake Weaver’s house.”He raised an eyebrow. “Do we know Jake Weaver?”“He’s from school.”“Oh, from school. That clears it up. Take my keys. And my debit card too, let’s give Jake Weaver from school free rein over our bank account.” relatable mc - sophie is the kind of main character that feels so REAL and RELATABLE- it’s like emma mills could see inside my head and made a character based off that and it just HIT ME RIGHT IN THE HEART, im so emo “I get it. Just … seemed important to Sophie.”“Everything’s important to Sophie. She cries when people get voted off reality shows.” - she’s the mediator of her group and she takes everything to heart and she’s SUCH A GREAT MAIN CHARACTER i love her sm (I’m running out of words to describe how much I love this book, i know)- she babysits two little girls and in those precious scenes I was like I FEEL HEARD!!!!!!!! But you care about people. Like … more than most people do.”“How do you know?”“You make Cadence mac and cheese on the stove.”“What does that have to do with anything?”“The microwave kind is so much faster. The kind from the box means you have to boil the water and cook the pasta and make the sauce and mix it together. It takes longer and it tastes a thousand times better and that’s the kind you make for her, because you care.” Basically this was me throughout the entire book:i know this review is a disaster but that's how it left me feeling, so at least it's accurate5 stars!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~it's freezing and snowing, so naturally i have to read the most summer-y book i can get my hands on ✌️ that's just an excuse btw, i'm emma mills trash and i've been waiting for this book SINCE I KNEW IT EXISTED AND IM SO EXCITED
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    somebody......please..........give me this booki'm a good person kind of. i deserve it, or at least would like it a lot and be excited and stuff so it'd be nice of you to grant me that experience.2019 IS TOO FAR AWAY THANKS!!!!!
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    My first read of 2019!I love Emma Mills books, they are just so cute & adorable.
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    So. many. feels.Has there been a single Mills book that hasn't made me cry my eyes out? Survey says : haha you funny. I went into this blind and I want you to, too. All you need to know is that it's Millsy. It's YA. It's feelsy. It's friendshippy. And it's freaking lovely. Sophie might be one of my new favourite lady-leads because.. gah. Reasons. I'll admit this was nowhere near as funny as FOOLISH HEARTS but there's a scene in chapter five that literally had me lol'ing all over my couch for lik So. many. feels.Has there been a single Mills book that hasn't made me cry my eyes out? Survey says : haha you funny. I went into this blind and I want you to, too. All you need to know is that it's Millsy. It's YA. It's feelsy. It's friendshippy. And it's freaking lovely. Sophie might be one of my new favourite lady-leads because.. gah. Reasons. I'll admit this was nowhere near as funny as FOOLISH HEARTS but there's a scene in chapter five that literally had me lol'ing all over my couch for like a solid three minutes and another, later in the book, that sent me into a total fit of giggles (I wish I remembered the chapter seeing as I'm not giving out any quotes, whoops). I'll definitely be rereading this when it's released, because I'll be buying a finished copy (because are you seeing that stunning cover what the hell it is art), and maybe I'll redo this review once I've reread. Maybe. Who knows. Despite all the fabulous, I'm not quite able to round this one up (it was so good, though, for real). But. But. That might change in the reread, too.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    now can we look at THIS beauty
  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    The designer of her book covers should win a damn prize! I can't even 😍😍😍
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    I love how Emma takes an aspect of high school/teenage life and weaves it into all her stories, there's something for everyone in her novels. In Foolish Hearts it was the drama kids and in this novel it's the band kids. I don't relate to either-which may be why the fanfic centered This Adventure Ends is my favorite of hers-but I still love her stories. One thing that Emma does REALLY well is write family dynamics and friend groups. I will say, I missed a bit of the family dynamic in this story b I love how Emma takes an aspect of high school/teenage life and weaves it into all her stories, there's something for everyone in her novels. In Foolish Hearts it was the drama kids and in this novel it's the band kids. I don't relate to either-which may be why the fanfic centered This Adventure Ends is my favorite of hers-but I still love her stories. One thing that Emma does REALLY well is write family dynamics and friend groups. I will say, I missed a bit of the family dynamic in this story but the friend group was on point, as always. I should be clear, there is a GREAT family-centered story regarding our love interest in new to town mystery man...but not our MC. That family story was heartwarming and beautiful! The story centers around a band trying to raise the funding to play at the Rose Bowl and the way the MC wants to go about this is by petitioning a small town success story from their town who won an American Idol type contest. Honestly, this is the ONE aspect of the story that I couldn't get behind. It never made sense to me and the way it played into the story at the end was very mehhhhh. Again, as in all her books, we have friends who fight (realistically) and who talk through conflict and I love that. It's a real slice of life kind of book and I freaking adore everything about it. Emma Mills will forever be an autobuy author for me and holy crap her book covers are just STUNNING! She hit the lotto with her cover design team/person. If you love a good coming of age ya contemporary with light romance and heavy friend group/found family/family dynamics this is going to be for you!
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  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    Her books just keep getting better and better!! Mills just writes friendship so amazingly well that i want to climb into the pages and be a part of these characters lives. absolute perfection!! Full review to come!
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    January 1, 1970
    Of course Emma Mills made me cry again. What else is new??!?Though, seriously Famous in a Small Town is another gut in the punch (in a good way.) I cried so much but I also laughed at all the joyous moments. This book made me feel kilig. It's a Filipino word which I don't want to give any English translation because it's kilig on its own. It's that feeling when you're reading a really good book and you get these flutter kicks in your heart - like there's butterfly swirling in your stomach. That' Of course Emma Mills made me cry again. What else is new??!?Though, seriously Famous in a Small Town is another gut in the punch (in a good way.) I cried so much but I also laughed at all the joyous moments. This book made me feel kilig. It's a Filipino word which I don't want to give any English translation because it's kilig on its own. It's that feeling when you're reading a really good book and you get these flutter kicks in your heart - like there's butterfly swirling in your stomach. That's what I felt while reading Famous in a Small Town. I have few reservations because I've reread all of Mills's books countless of time; I was afraid nothing could compare. However, this book can hold on its own. It's magical, authentic and it feels too close to home. I highly recommend it. Full review to come. 
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  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    i actually moved this wow full review to come!
  • Joshee Kun (조수아)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Macmillan, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.You won't stop meaning something to us just because you think you're temporary. —SophieAfter reading a bunch of fantasy novels, it's nice to finally return to reality. Also, it's been a while since I gave a contemporary book four stars. Ugh, most YA contemporary novels these days do not hit the mark. With that in mind, I'm thrilled that my first Emma Mills novel did not disappoint me. If you want to read a b Thank you, Macmillan, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.You won't stop meaning something to us just because you think you're temporary. —SophieAfter reading a bunch of fantasy novels, it's nice to finally return to reality. Also, it's been a while since I gave a contemporary book four stars. Ugh, most YA contemporary novels these days do not hit the mark. With that in mind, I'm thrilled that my first Emma Mills novel did not disappoint me. If you want to read a book that is equally serious and hilarious, you're in for a treat.Compared to its peers, this book is less about romance and more about friendship. Gleaning from the book's title, Sophie is a girl who lives in a small town. Her social circle is unsurprisingly tiny, but its members (Terrance, Dash, Brit, and Flora) are undeniably priceless. After knowing each other since childhood, Sophie and her friends have become thick as thieves, practically siblings. One day, a new guy named August moves into town and gradually becomes a part of their tight-knit group. And even though he seems so detached and unwilling to form meaningful connections, Sophie wishes that he's here to stay.I gave Famous in a Small Town four stars mainly because of Sophie's very amusing conversations with her friends. I think I started laughing as early as page 3. The author's dry, sarcastic humor complemented the personalities of her relatable characters. I particularly resonated with Sophie's goal-oriented approach to her education, Dash's serious demeanor, and August's reserved attitude. Moreover, the dialogues were written in such a casual way that it was like watching a slice-of-life anime. If this book had 400+ pages, I probably wouldn't notice the length because I would be too busy smiling and chuckling.In light of its genre, I didn't expect this book to have plot twists, let alone remarkable ones. One of the conflicts involved a country star named Megan Pleasant, and I immediately assumed that she had a history with August, who often became quiet or nonchalant when Sophie and the others talked about her. I laughed when I learned that my hunch was so far from the truth. The second plot twist was much more confounding. Several chapters were about Sophie's interactions with a particular character, whom I had assumed was still...alive. Hahaha. Kudos to the author for deceiving me through the format or sequencing of her work.Regardless of my enjoyment, I couldn't disregard the relatively shallow romance. Indeed, I liked that it wasn't the highlight of the story. Still, Sophie's decision to "like" August was too quick (page 52). It came to the point that she took hold of the reigns and initiated a DTR moment. When August kindly placed Sophie in the #FriendZone, I didn't feel sorry for her at all. She should've taken more time to evaluate the depth of her feelings instead of rushing to enter a romantic relationship. As for August, it would have been better if he had been clearer about his intentions. That way, both of them could've avoided emotional turmoil. In totality, Famous in a Small Town is a fascinating story of friendship. It delineates how it's better to have a few best friends than a multitude of mere acquaintances. You can look forward to meeting a charming cast of characters who will make you laugh and reflect on important things. If you don't mind the instalove, you'll enjoy the book more than I did.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve always enjoyed reading novels by Emma Mills, and I can’t say that experience was any different with Famous in a Small Town. This newest novel is about Sophie and her friends over the course of one summer in their small town of Acadia, including the arrival of a new boy next door, and the pressure to raise enough money to send her marching band to California. I enjoyed Emma’s writing, as always, and flew through the pages of this tale. The small town vibes (which reminded me so much of my ow I’ve always enjoyed reading novels by Emma Mills, and I can’t say that experience was any different with Famous in a Small Town. This newest novel is about Sophie and her friends over the course of one summer in their small town of Acadia, including the arrival of a new boy next door, and the pressure to raise enough money to send her marching band to California. I enjoyed Emma’s writing, as always, and flew through the pages of this tale. The small town vibes (which reminded me so much of my own hometown in the Philippines, and evoked a strong longing for it), the tight-knit group of friends (which made me feel all warm and fuzzy, and I particularly enjoyed that they were very distinct individuals) and the banter were fun. However, despite all of the things I liked, I didn’t quite get on with this one the way I did with This Adventure Ends and Foolish Hearts. There was something a little clunky to the writing, the plot was pretty average and I didn’t quite fall in love with the characters as much as I’ve done with her other stories. Still, I’m glad to have read Famous in a Small Town, and I still look forward to reading more of her work.Find me (and more bookish thoughts) online:Blog | YouTube | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Cori Reed
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars! I love Emma Mills.
  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    So.... I had been putting off reading this because I thought it was going to be about a girl who lives in a cute little town and falls in love with a celebrity who comes to film a movie or hide out from paparazzi or something. I have read a ton of YA with that premise and I just wasn't looking forward to yet another one.But this book was NOT about that at all. Yes, there was a famous person and a small town. But this was something quite different.And I really liked it. Full review on my blog!Rea So.... I had been putting off reading this because I thought it was going to be about a girl who lives in a cute little town and falls in love with a celebrity who comes to film a movie or hide out from paparazzi or something. I have read a ton of YA with that premise and I just wasn't looking forward to yet another one.But this book was NOT about that at all. Yes, there was a famous person and a small town. But this was something quite different.And I really liked it. Full review on my blog!Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds!Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Emma Mills has quickly become one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. She excels at writing dialogue and at creating characters who truly feel like real teenagers. I went into Famous in a Small Town fully ready to fall in love again, but unfortunately, this one just didn't do it for me.For the first 100 pages or This review originally appeared on Novel Ink. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Emma Mills has quickly become one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. She excels at writing dialogue and at creating characters who truly feel like real teenagers. I went into Famous in a Small Town fully ready to fall in love again, but unfortunately, this one just didn't do it for me.For the first 100 pages or so, this was shaping up to be a five-star book. I mean, it has all of the things I love: small town coziness, friendship feels, witty dialogue, marching band, and country stars! However, while I love all of these pieces on their own, I don’t feel that Mills was able to pull all of these disparate elements together in a cohesive way.As always, I loved the characters in this story. Sophie, in particular, was such a wonderful MC. Her group of friends was a lovable crowd of band nerds who felt a lot like my group of friends in high school, which was fun. The friendships in Mills’s books always deliver, and Famous was no exception on that front. I did like August, Sophie’s love interest, overall, though I felt like he acted like a jerk on multiple occasions. His behavior felt like teenage mistakes, though, as opposed to actual being-a-jerk (does that even make sense???). In fact, all of the friends make mistakes and hurt each other, but they always learn from and apologize for the hurt they cause. The romance was a sweet friends-to-lovers pairing.The dialogue, too, was a highlight of Famous (as it is with most of Mills’s books!). All of her trademark snark and wit are present. I found myself laughing out loud every few pages because of a line or a comeback that completely took me by surprise.A large issue I had with this stems from the pacing, I think. After reading the first third, I started to get a little worried, because it… didn’t feel like anything was happening? And, don’t get me wrong, I love a good slice-of-life contemporary, but Famous wasn’t exactly that, either. It almost felt like there were too many competing plot points happening at once, and because of this, Mills didn’t have the time to give any of them the development they needed. For example, the Meagan Pleasant plotline– which to me, was one of the main draws of this book. However, it’s hardly mentioned after the first 100 pages, and it almost felt as though Mills forgot about it until the end and was forced to hastily pull together an ending in the last few pages.My main issue, though, has to do with a “plot twist” that’s thrown in toward the last third of the book. It felt really cheap, not to mention unnecessary to the story or the characters. Honestly, it threw me so much that it truly dampened my enjoyment of the remainder of the book. I simply do not understand why this was included in the book at all, if I’m being honest.Overall, though I’ll continue to pick up whatever Emma Mills writes in the future, Famous in a Small Town missed the mark for me.
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  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    It's 2017 right now. Someone please tell me how on earth Emma Mills and Macmillan expect me to wait until 2019 to read this book because that's exceedingly rude. How am I supposed to live through 2018 knowing I don't get a new snark-filled slow burn romance from the mind that brought us First & Then, This Adventure Ends, and Foolish Hearts?? [insert dramatic di Caprio "how am I supposed to live" gif here]
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  • Ishmeen
    January 1, 1970
    Did someone say ice cream
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Every book she writes makes me love Emma Mills more and more. I swear, she writes books just for me, because each one leaves me warm and fuzzy and in a state of elation. And, yes, she did it once again with Famous in a Small Town.I am not even sure where to start here, because I loved so many things in this book, but it is my firm belief that it's the characters that standout the most in Mills' stories.As always, Mills assembled a cast of characters, who were interesting, witty, relatable, and e Every book she writes makes me love Emma Mills more and more. I swear, she writes books just for me, because each one leaves me warm and fuzzy and in a state of elation. And, yes, she did it once again with Famous in a Small Town.I am not even sure where to start here, because I loved so many things in this book, but it is my firm belief that it's the characters that standout the most in Mills' stories.As always, Mills assembled a cast of characters, who were interesting, witty, relatable, and essentially, people I would want to be friends with. But the strength was not in their individually, but rather in the friendship dynamic that existed between them. It was always a special treat, when Sophie and her whole squad were on page together. From the way they interacted and joked around, to they way they deeply understood each other was a thing of beauty. There was fun and snappy banter and lots of shenanigans, but there were also these really deep parts, which may or may not have caused me to shed a tear or two.Several different storylines are woven together in this book, and one of my favorites was Sophie's quest to get Acadia's most famous citizen, Megan Pleasant, to help their marching band raise money for the Rose Parade trip. This mission had her re-creating the week in Acadia per Pleasant's famous song, as well as searching for the reason Megan had not returned "home" in so long. I was pretty surprised by what Sophie discovered, and it was a lot of fun tagging along with the gang as they searched for the answers.There was another big reveal, which made me gasp out loud. I did NOT see it coming, and was so surprised by the revelation, and yes, once again, I cried. Well done with this one, Emma Mills, because it packed such a punch in the feels for me.And, because you know I am all about the romance, I have to talk about Sophie and August. They hit it off right away, but August kept his distance. My heart broke a little for him, when I learned why he was trying to keep Sophie at arm's length, but I was still shipping these two. Let me tell you, they were adorable and precious and so much fun to see together. Their banter was fantastic, and I wore a stupid grin almost every time they interacted with each other. Other things that made me smile:• Fries with friends• The girl in the blue boots• Macaroni and cheese, the good kind, that you make on the stove• The texts between Sophie and her sister• Mullets!• Teen Zone 2• Rollin in the Cutlass• Uncle August and his nieces ❤️Overall: Another outstanding Emma Mills book, filled with family, friends, humor, and feels, lots and lots of feels.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    January 1, 1970
    This book was nothing like I expected-and that’s both a good and a bad thing! The friendships were off the charts in terms of addicting, in my opinion, the story was strong-even if I could give a f*** about the pop star from their home town (only thing I didn’t like about this book)-and the surprising emotional devastation followed by the feels of how cute Sophie and August’s relationship was-it was a lot to take in! And I truly loved it ❤RTC This book was nothing like I expected-and that’s both a good and a bad thing! The friendships were off the charts in terms of addicting, in my opinion, the story was strong-even if I could give a f*** about the pop star from their home town (only thing I didn’t like about this book)-and the surprising emotional devastation followed by the feels of how cute Sophie and August’s relationship was-it was a lot to take in! And I truly loved it ❤️RTC
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    Emma Mills has yet to disappoint me with her books. Every book of hers manages to charm me in every way and Famous in a Small Town was no different.Mills' biggest writing strength is friendship. I have adored one of her main characters so far, but for me, what take her books to the next level are the depictions of friendships. Sophie and her group of friends were a joyous and interesting bunch, who were all so well-developed. As we get to know Sophie, we also get to know her friends and their im Emma Mills has yet to disappoint me with her books. Every book of hers manages to charm me in every way and Famous in a Small Town was no different.Mills' biggest writing strength is friendship. I have adored one of her main characters so far, but for me, what take her books to the next level are the depictions of friendships. Sophie and her group of friends were a joyous and interesting bunch, who were all so well-developed. As we get to know Sophie, we also get to know her friends and their impacts on her life. I also love how true Emma Mills' books run true. I may no longer be a teenager, but the natural chemistry between the characters, the ups and downs they go through and just the flow of their conversations was very reminiscent of my teen days. I love that even though I'm moving further away from my teen years now, I can still very much relate to the characters and their circumstances. Sophie herself as the main character was a delight. She had me smiling at her sarcasm and had my heartwarming with the love that she had for her small town. I feel like in a lot of these books that take place in small towns, the characters can't wait to get out, so it was sweet and refreshing to see Sophie speak about how much she loved her town and how far she was willing to go for it. As with Emma Mills' other books, we have another great slow-burning romance between Sophie and the new boy next door, August. He was quiet and shy, but so adorably precious. I loved watching him and Sophie interact and become close to each other. It was 100% one of the sweetest teen romances I have ever read. There was also a thread about a country star and her secrets that Emma and her friends slowly discover throughout the book, but I won't delve too much into that as I have to leave something for you all to look forward to! :) All in all, Famous in a Small Town was a book that had me compulsively turning the pages, which isn't something that hasn't happened to me in a long time. Fans of Emma Mills will not be disappointed with this read!
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  • Wing-yee (bibliomeds)
    January 1, 1970
    If someone anyone has an arc for this and don't mind passing it on HIT ME UPPP
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this was an adorable contemporary, exactly the kind of book that I like. This group of friends, I loved them SO much <3Full review coming soon!Buddy-read with the amazing Taasia <3My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'
  • Fatma
    January 1, 1970
    OMG I DIDNT EVEN KNOW THE COVER WAS GONNA BE REVEALED TODAY ITS SO BEAUTIFUL AND MATCHES THE REST OF EMMA MILLS' BOOKS !!!!! I NEED THIS BOOK YESTERDAY
  • beth
    January 1, 1970
    hello can i have this book right now? i will give a kidney for an arc LITERALLY
  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    I am sobbing, I love this book and this author and these characters so goddamn much.
  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    January 1, 1970
    See this review and more on Books and Ladders!Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.I can't believe how many things Emma Mills can make me feel with each of her books. I think this is her best one yet.
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  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    January 1, 1970
    I can't believe I'm saying this, but Famous In a Small Town is by far my least favorite Emma Mills book. It was missing all of the magic that makes her novels so unique. For the first 50 pages or so, I thought this had all the makings of a 5 star read and a new favorite. However, things never properly came together in any significant way, and the individual pieces weren't strong enough on their own. Friendship groups and family dynamics are usually the hallmarks of an Emma Mills novel, and both I can't believe I'm saying this, but Famous In a Small Town is by far my least favorite Emma Mills book. It was missing all of the magic that makes her novels so unique. For the first 50 pages or so, I thought this had all the makings of a 5 star read and a new favorite. However, things never properly came together in any significant way, and the individual pieces weren't strong enough on their own. Friendship groups and family dynamics are usually the hallmarks of an Emma Mills novel, and both were severely lacking in Famous. I'd even go so far as to say that my opinion of the main friend group (including MC Sophie and love interest August) ranged from ambivalence to annoyance. There is a "reveal" towards the end of the book that felt so cheap and unnecessary that it actually made me angry. I also thought the country star Meagan Pleasant subplot would be a stronger feature, but it's almost as if Mills completely forgot about it until the last 30 pages and just threw together an ending that didn't make much sense. While Mill's trademark banter and snarky teens had me in tears from laughing so hard at times, Famous In a Small Town felt painfully average in every other way. I fully expected to love this novel, but instead it left me disappointed.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, to everyone who recommended Emma Mills books, I finally see what you’re talking about. This is peak YA contemporary right here, and I cannot wait to binge the rest of her books.Instead of telling you what it’s about, I’m just going to quote the blurb: “Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.” It sounds silly and cheesy, but I can’t think of a better way to sum up this feel good story.This boo Okay, to everyone who recommended Emma Mills books, I finally see what you’re talking about. This is peak YA contemporary right here, and I cannot wait to binge the rest of her books.Instead of telling you what it’s about, I’m just going to quote the blurb: “Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.” It sounds silly and cheesy, but I can’t think of a better way to sum up this feel good story.This book does everything you could possibly want in a YA contemporary novel. There is such a strong friendship aspect in this one, and even the romance is nothing short of sweet, and I can be a stickler for YA contemporary romance.The humor here is fantastic as well. I would be willing to bet money that Emma Mills is a massive Gilmore Girls fan, because I swear I could hear Lorelai and Rory saying a good portion of this dialogue. It’s this back and forth banter that is just excellently written.Emma Mills also captures a teenage voice with ease. I was easily able to buy into this friend group, with their group chats and inside jokes, their texting sprees that actually sounded like actual teens rather than an adult shortening every word so it looks like another language.There’s also some really heartfelt aspects as well - it’s not all fluff. There’s some strong analysis of small town life and the characters are going through complex things, all of which I felt was handled pretty well.I did feel in the beginning that we were sort of plopped in the middle of this group of people, and I would liked a bit more development into each subplot, but wanting more is a pretty minor qualm in my book.Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. I flew through it, and I imagine anyone who enjoys YA contemporary would as well. Can’t wait to read more from this author!
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  • Ginger at GReadsBooks.com
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first Emma Mills book to read & certainly won’t be my last. What a beautifully raw & enchanting story about friendship, the uncertainty of the unknown, & not being afraid of full honesty with the ones you love. There is so much goodness packed into this novel, the kind that felt realistic yet poetic. This is what contemporary YA is all about — feeling with your whole heart as you read.
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  • Kael
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI should just give Emma Mills access to my bank account so she can take my money whenever she writes a new book.
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