Rock Fiction Coveting: Just Sing by Rene Gilley

Posted: November 18, 2014 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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Susan and I are having a debate about this one. She says it’s Young Adult. I say it’s New Adult. She says it sounds like it could be, but a sixteen-year-old protagonist means it’s Young Adult. I ended it by telling her it ultimately didn’t matter. Both YA and NA are tailor-made for Rock Fiction.

She didn’t argue.

Here’s what we’re arguing about:

Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a topnotch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.

When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.

He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.

But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.


I like that Lily wants to sing. She doesn’t want to be a star. She wants to sing, and she’s going to go to school and learn how to do it the right way. But what’s that cliche? Something about life happening when you’ve made plans?

A few more cliches — the teenager rescues the family. Look, it wasn’t that long ago that I was a teen, convinced I could save myself if I saved the world first (hello my first marriage). Crappy self-esteem that others magnify. I get it. I do. I was that kid, too.

I guess I’m looking for something that breaks out of the usual mold.

The early reviews on this one were pretty good, so I’m curious to take a look for myself. YA Rock Fiction is probably my favorite of all the genres the category (see? I’m using Susan’s terms the right way for once) covers, so I’m already halfway a fan. I just wish it wasn’t the same thing, book after book.

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