This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin (Book Review)


Ramona and Sam are best friends. She fell for him the moment they met, but their friendship is just too important for her to mess up. Sam loves April, but he would never expect her to feel the same way-she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Together, they have a band, and put all of their feelings for each other into music.
Then Ramona and Sam meet Tom. He’s their band’s missing piece, and before Ramona knows it, she’s falling for him. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either. How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publishing Date: January 5, 2016

I was kindly provided with an eArc by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

I practically flew through this book, I read it all within a couple of hours and that does not happen when I don’t like a book. I think Nowlin‘s style of writing is very easy to get into. Her language is relatable and her chapters short, funny and succinct. All her characters, Ramona, Sam and Tom, are equally passionate about what they do and that’s what I liked most about them. It really goes a long way when an author can portray people who truly care about something or someone, because it’s almost as if those characters can infect you with their passions.

However, the book wasn’t a 5-star read and that was for a couple of reasons. Sam was probably the character I could relate to most, Ramona was a bit of a selfish drama queen and Tom just too extreme in his art for me sometimes. As I said above, I can appreciate passion, but I don’t like hypocrites. A lot of the time I felt like it was them against the world, but they did all the things they hated about other people. They were a very exclusive clique – like the rebel version of the popular kids – and they were very snobbish about their music. Not everyone has the same tastes, but they were judging the people because of it, even if they didn’t want to be judged themselves. Also, I did not get Ramona’s feud with Emmalyn, because in my eyes she started ridiculing that girl first.

But that was enough of a rant, because in the end, I really enjoyed reading This Song Is (Not) For You, even if it had some flaws. I’ve rarely encountered such an open and unique view on what love is supposed to be like, especially with characters this young. I definitely don’t want to give away the ending, let’s just say that I am not entirely sure that the band is mature enough to make it work over the long run, but I truly and sincerely hope it for them. Also, I very much enjoyed reading about an asexual character for once and having that person be depicted in such an honest and positive way.

Last but not least, I just want to appreciate what an awesome band name “Vandalized by Glitter” is! I love it!

Fazit: 3.6/5 stars! Very fast paced read with an interesting perspective on love!

So, I definitely was quick working on my December TBR, hopefully the rest of the month will be just as good in terms of reading! Are you interested in This Song Is (Not) For You?

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