*ARC provided by the publishers in exchange for an honest review*
I’m not going to lie I absolutely freaked when I saw the email for this Blog Tour. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I’m so thrilled I got to read it!
Publication Date: 21st July 2020
Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. 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?
About the author:
ERIN HAHN is the author of You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe. She teaches elementary, would rather be outside and makes a lot of playlists. So many playlists in fact, that she decided to write books to match them!
She married her very own YA love interest who she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age.
She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat named Gus who plays fetch and a dog named June who doesn’t.
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
More Than Maybe is the whirlwind story of: mutual-pining, the complexities of fathers, totally in love nerds, and the magic of music with a considerable amount of Teen Wolf references that had my fangirl heart beating through the roof.
Last year I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Hahn’s debut novel You’d Be Mine a book I loved and since then I’ve been highly anticipating whatever she writes next and let me tell you this sophomore book did not disappoint.
Besides from amazing writing that sucks me in, characters so well written and uniquely developed that I can’t help but fall in love with them and plots that make me cry both with tears of joy and tears of deep pain
(You’d Be Mine I’m looking at you. That book had me sobbing), but it’s so clear to me that Erin Hahn loves music and her love and passion for that translates incredibly into the stories that she writes.
Lets start with our main characters: Vada Carswell, budding musical journalist with some daddy issues, and Luke Greenly, son of a famous punk rocker with his own love for composing and song writing.
As you may have guessed a romance blooms between these two, infact they’ve been totally gone for each other for years … except the other one never knew. That’s right: MUTUAL PINING!! I love to see it. We follow alternating perspectives between them both and, I’m paraphrasing here, but their inner monologues were both along the lines of:
Luke: She’s beautiful. I’m finding constellations in her freckles … but no this is just for school.
Vada: Why are his lips so perfect? I want to feel him up in the bathroom … but no this is just for school.
They’re basically waxing poetic about how amazing the other person is and flirting through song lyrics that mere mortals like me have to look up to understand (which I did. I made playlist). Their romance made me giddy which is everything I want when I read something like this.
Side Note: Luke has a British accent something that made me go “ooo” with interest for approximately 5 seconds before realising that I too have a British accent. Why did I get so excited about that?
Not only are the main characters and their romance the highlight of this book but the side characters too are incredibly likeable. We have both a gay twin brother Cullen (yes I thought of the Cullen’s every time he appeared don’t judge me) who Luke runs a podcast with and a gay best friend … who are dating each other and are possibly the cutest thing ever. They bake together to celebrate their anniversary for crying out loud!
And also an adorable best friend called Meg who has multicoloured hair and wears actual fairy wings out and about. I would die for Meg.
I said above this book, in a way, is about fathers, and it is. On one hand we have Luke’s father, a retired famous punk rocker who doesn’t understand why his son would choose to write from the side-lines instead of being up on stage soaking in the limelight. On the other hand we have Vada’s deadbeat of a dad and her boss and pseudo-father-figure/boss Phil who’s supportive and lovely and deserves the world. I really liked this aspect of the books highlighting different fatherly relationships and dynamics.
It’s currently 1am. My dads up and making ready-break because he can’t sleep. I’m up and writing this review because I’m high on the effects of this book, and really, that’s when you know a book is just that good and I highly, highly, recommend you check it out!!
Thank you again to the publishers for sending me an ARC and letting me be part of this blog tour. This book was everything I knew it would be and so much more. It definitely did not disappoint.