Erin Hahn is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe is an absolute delight. Music, love, podcasts, and IT TAKES PLACE IN MICHIGAN?? What more could I ask for? I wish I had this book growing up because it would have been so great to read a YA romance that takes place in my state. Now, let’s get to the review!
Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.
Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stoneinternship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out of this world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?
In More Than Maybe, Erin Hahn’s swooniest book yet, Luke and Vada must decide how deep their feelings run and what it would mean to give love a try.
Vada has all her plans figured out for the future…or so she thinks. She has the job she needs to become the badass music journalist she wants to be, she’s learned from her mom’s boyfriend/local legend/father-figure we all want, Phil (I love Phil so much!! But we will get to that later), and she’s going to manage one of the biggest summer concert series in Ann Arbor. With all that experience, she feels sure she’ll get the Rolling Stone internship she wants and get into Berkeley. What could possible get in her way?
Oh, just a dude named Luke Greeley. Luke has a bit of a crush on Vada (wild understatement). He and his twin brother record their podcast at the bar Vada works at and he’s completely besotted. To his infinite luck, he and Vada are assigned to work on a project together at school. Luke’s supposed to write a song for Vada to dance to.
And so it begins…
While they work together, Vada is astonished to discover Luke’s musical talents. But Luke is a behind-the-scenes man. He may have inherited his father’s musical talent, but that’s not his passion. He wants to write songs, not play in front of millions of fans.
So when his brother leaks a song he wrote in secret that happens to be about Vada, he is horrified. And when it goes viral…well, he’s less than pleased. Especially when his father starts shoving music execs at him that he wants nothing to do with.
At first, Luke and Vada’s relationship doesn’t seem to be affected. They become close, swapping music back and forth to express how they feel for one another.
But with everything going sideways in Luke’s life and Vada’s plans for her future starting to unravel, their relationship hits a rough patch. How will they get passed it? IN THE SWEETEST WAY POSSIBLE!
Sometimes, when I read romance, I like one character over the other, but that was NOT the case here. Vada and Luke are equally wonderful. Luke is an anxious bean and Vada is an ambitious powerhouse that I could never have dreamed of being at her age. Their mutual love for music makes me love them even more.
This book is a love letter to rock/punk music and it’s perfection.
Now, let’s talk about Phil. I. LOVE. HIM. He is the father figure we all want, if not need. I wish he was real so he could be my life coach and/or fatherly friend. I cried multiple times due to his kindness which probably says more about me than anything but whatever.’
I also really enjoyed Vada’s mom and Luke’s family once they stopped pushing him onto a path he didn’t want. There’s only one bad parent in this book and they’re only in a few chapters. YAY FOR YA WITH GOOD PARENTS!!
The romantic scenes are also so utterly sweet and fun, y’all will swoon until your heart pops out of your chest. As an old, I was so happy for the youths and their love. I also wouldn’t mind an age-appropriate Luke, thank you very much! lol
More Than Maybe is a must-read. If you love YA romances, music, are looking to read a book that takes place in Michigan, or loved You’d Be Mine, you NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! I am giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I’ll definitely be buying this when it comes out. It deserves a reread.
More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn is out now!
Thank you to Edelweiss and Wednesday Books for the free eARC in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
ERIN HAHN is the author of You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe. She teaches elementary, would rather be outside and makes a lot of playlists. So many playlists in fact, that she decided to write books to match them! She married her very own YA love interest who she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat named Gus who plays fetch and a dog named June who doesn’t.