Release Date: 04/02/2019
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: You’d Be Mine is a gripping, realistic, and thoroughly entertaining read that will make you fall in love with country music.
“That’s the glorious thing about music. It speaks to the very heart of things in the most absolute and obtrusive way.”
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Gun Violence, Panic Attacks, Depression, Suicide, (Drug) Addiction, Alcoholism, PTSD //
– Premise –
You’d Be Mine follows Annie Mathers, the daughter of two country music rockstars who died tragically when she was a kid. Clay Coolidge is a country music bad boy, but when his drinking gets him into trouble, he needs Annie to join him on tour to get back on the label’s good side. But as fans talk and sparks fly, Annie must decide whether she should follow her heart and risk ending up like her parents, or play it safe and focus on her career as a rising star.
“He’s just as damaged as I am. He’s got heartache and grief and loneliness, and if i can’t survive him, he sure as hell can’t survive me.”
– Setting –
I’m absolute trash for books involving famous singers and actors, and this book is no exception. I love the look behind the scenes, of what it’s like being on tour and constantly on the move. This book is truly unique in that it also highlights the culture of country music, a culture that I admit, I typically avoided. However, You’d Be Minecompletely changed my opinion of it. It’s view on country music, artists, and the fans made me appreciate more than I ever thought I could. From the small country farms to the crowded concerts, I found myself immersed in every scene and location.
“This song is a confession and a condemnation in one; regretting something that was over before it even began. But I know, I know, it would have been big. It would have been real and true and sappy as hell.”
– Writing & Plot-
So, I expected this book to be fun and summery, and while it definitely is, Erin Hahn packed so much more into this story. It tackled a lot of subjects I really didn’t expect (alcoholism, addiction, grief, and trauma), and handles them all extremely well. I was 100% not prepared for the emotional rollercoaster this book took me on, but I’m so grateful for it. The pace itself was fast, with plenty of drama and angst to keep you sucked in. And the writing was both fun and witty, while allowing for dark and emotional moments.
“So, she sings like an angel, plays like the devil, pitches championships, and slays amusement park games. Is there anything you can’t do?”
– Characters –
All of the characters in this book were well developed and interesting. No one seemed flat or boring, I found myself invested in all of their lives. Naturally, Annie and Clay stood out. They were both so deep and captivating, with notable flaws. Their development and individual arcs were amazing to watch. They both have a lot of issues to work through, and this book never shies away from it, nor does it offer a “quick fix”. I especially love that no one is fixed by being loved or falling in love and that they actually have to put in the work to heal and grow.
“Everything in me speaks music with a fluent tongue.”
– Conclusion –
Pros- Great writing, lots of depth, fantastic characters
Cons- If you don’t like country music, this will make you like country music. Beware.
Overall- 5/5 stars.
You’d Be Mine is a charming read that is perfect for the summer months! You won’t want to miss this amazing debut!
*All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change*