Title: The Songs In Our Heart
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Genre: Young Adult: Contemporary
Publication Date: 19th September 2017
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
High school junior Charlie Blake has never seen anyone quite like Micah Jacobs in her small town of Grand Lakes. With his carefree spirit, rough-around-the-edges personality, and handsome grin, Charlie is transfixed.
But Charlie’s been burned before with her first crush, at the hands of an ex-friend and a cruel joke. Because of those scars, Charlie keeps her guard up when it comes to boys. But a class project – that may or may not involve kissing for the camera! – forces her to not only confront Micah, but her true feelings.
While prepping for the assignment, Charlie finds herself in Micah’s car accompanied by the music of Journey, Elvis, The Cars, and Peter Gabriel. Between slushies, burning rafts, pizza, and great music, Charlie and Micah bond as she learns the importance of letting go of the past and opening herself to new people.
When their project comes to an end, Charlie wonders if she should finally confess everything she’s been denying before she loses the chance. When words fail, will the songs in her heart be enough?
Thank you to Chantal Gadoury for sending me her book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It’s such a cute high school love story, and discusses about friendships, family and life in general. I adored Charlie and Micah’s relationship, as they grew from friendship to a more intimidate relationship. They are so compatible for each other and you could see the chemistry between the two. I loved how even though Micah was “aware” of Charlie’s crush, and though he teased her about it, he didn’t push her to the point of her being extremely uncomfortable.
I loved the exploration of friendship in this novel, as I found myself loving the strong friendship between Charlie and her two best friends, Rachel and Jennifer. We can never have enough healthy female friendships in young adult books. I even loved how Charlie was good friends with her brother’s friends, and they all looked out for her as if she were their sister. They teased her and gave advised her, as older brothers do, and it’s so refreshing to see good older brother roles, where they are not completely overprotective.
I loved how the school project and music brought Charlie and Micah together, and the ending was so satisfying. I liked how a playlist of songs were included, if you read it, you’ll understand. I was almost crying at how cute it was (yes, I cry at cute moments ahah).
However, I found the plot to be slow at times which made it hard for me to focus on it. Sometimes I would find myself skimming paragraphs because I wasn’t interested in what was happening. Also, I despise Samantha with a passion. I honestly don’t like bullies or people who intentionally hurt others. And I would’ve liked if she apologised sincerely to Charlie.
Anyways, I would recommend picking this one up if you are interested in reading a cute love story with a happy, sweet ending. It’s not too long, so it wouldn’t take too long to read either.