*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*
Publication Date: December 7th 2021
Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.
On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?
My Rating: all the ⭐’s
I’m well aware that this book doesn’t come out for another 6 months and normally I’d wait to share my feelings until closer to release date but I can’t do that this time around. I loved this book way too much to not shout about it from the rooftops.
If This Get’s Out follows two members of Saturday, one of the biggest boy-bands in the word, who fall in love. That’s by no means all that happens, but that’s all you should need to know.
This book is co-authored by Sophie Gonzales, I’ve heard a lot of good things about her work but never been overly drawn to her books, and Cale Dietrich, whose book The Love Interest I read when it was released but wasn’t a huge fan of. Because of the lack of experience with one of the authors, and a bad experience with the other, I didn’t have overly high expectations for this book but boy was I wrong.
The romance between Ruben and Zach was perfect. I can’t find fault with it. It may be one of the healthiest YA relationships I’ve ever read about. We follow them from their very first kiss, to Zach coming realising and coming to terms with his bisexuality, to them becoming a couple and what that means to them and how they handle it as famous singers whose management is keeping them apart.
This is going to sound ridiculous but the two of them would be facing some sort of conflict in their relationship and I would be loving every second of it, simply because of the way the two characters handled it: the communication and lack of petty drama was everything!!
While Ruben and Zach’s relationship is the main focus of the story, I think the other two members of the band, Jon and Angel, were really well developed and their personalities were heavily present despite being side characters. The friendship and dynamic between the four boys was really fun to read too.
I also really loved the backdrop of them being in this wildly popular band and all this going down while they’re on their European tour. I will read anything and everything regarding fictional singers and actors, especially when the book in question touches on the negative sides of fame which this one did.
Another one of the plot points surrounds the bands management and how controlling they are. The happiness I felt while reading about the boys falling in love, was nothing compared to the anger and frustration I felt towards every member of their management team. I was ready to fight them all. 🥊🥊🥊
That being said though, those feelings of anger and frustration was well worth it for the overwhelming satisfaction I felt upon finishing the book. You know it’s a good read when you turn to the last page with a giant smile on your face and wishing for even just a couple more chapters.
I cannot recommend this enough. It doesn’t come out ’til December but keep it on your radar because it was such a good read. Prepare to hear me talk about from now until maybe forever 😊