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Love On The Main Stage by S.A. Domingo
Published By: Hodder Children’s Books
Released: 25th June 2020
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Five music festivals . . . One unforgettable summer! A new clean teen romance from the author of Love, Secret Santa.
16-year-old songwriter Nova is having the best summer of her life. Helping out with her parents’ food truck, she gets to attend not one, but FIVE different music festivals! Things get even better when she meets cute American boy, Sam, an aspiring musician like her. After sharing a magical evening dancing under the stars, Nova never expects to see Sam again. But to her surprise they keep meeting up at music festivals . . .
Nova begins to hope that their romance could become more than just a festival fling. So why is Sam so reluctant to talk about himself? And why does he have access to the VIP backstage area . . .?
I read Love, Secret Santa late last year, so was looking forward to reading S.A. Domingo’s new release Love On The Main Stage. It sounded like the perfect, easy summer read and I was all for that.
This book is an effortless, clean romance, that takes you on a journey throughout one summer and five music festivals. As I was reading I found myself feeling ultra summery and longing for the day when I could go to a gig again (fingers crossed I can next year!). The writing style was vivid and each description of each festival had you feeling like you were there, which in this current climate was needed. I found myself immersed in each setting and was excited to see what festival we would be taken to next. The musical theme also captured my interest and I relished in seeing different music genres portrayed throughout the book. Nova’s passion for it shone through and to be able to see her open up to her dreams of becoming a singer-songwriter was touching. I was rooting for her to gain the confidence to follow them.
Plot-wise, I found the blossoming romance between Nova and Sam to be sweet and a good indication of what it’s like to find young love. Sam’s efforts to charm Nova didn’t go unnoticed, and as time went on you see Nova start to open herself up to Sam, despite having trust issues due to a past relationship. Sam was an adorable character, and the mystery surrounding who he was added some much-needed dimension to the story. Additionally, the fact he was half Cuban added the already great diversity in the book.
Following on from that, I want to mention the diversity within Love On The Main Stage. It was great to see a Black main character and have the element of Nova’s Caribbean roots brought to life through her parent’s love of cooking. The scenes at the food truck and in the restaurant were probably some of my favourite scenes and had me feeling hungry. I also feel like family played a big part in this book, and the close relationship Nova had with her family was inspirational. Her closeness to her brother was touching, and I do enjoy seeing sibling relationships played out in YA; not all siblings argue all the time.
Overall, Love On The Main Stage was a cute, summery read that was full of diversity, family, friendships, food and music. If you want a clean, easy read this summer then this is the book for you.
My Dream Festival Playlist