Money isn’t everything, sometimes loyalty is better…
Genre: New Adult, Coming of Age
Book Length (Est.): 260 Pages
This book is intended for readers age 17 and older due to language and sexual content.
“The poorest man is not the one with no penny in his pocket, but the one who has no dream.” – The Burnouts, Class of ‘99
For two weeks Steve Shrader lived a dream. A dream that he didn’t even know existed until he felt it. For two weeks the kid with no mom had good food, clean clothes and sheets and Christmas. For two weeks he had love – in the form of Hello Kitty bandaids and hot soup and his best friend, MG. Then he screwed up, like he always did, and the dream he was living went away.
Now school is over, MG is gone and he’s headed down the same path as all the adults in his life; drifting along, dodging or dealing with one sh*t-storm after another, numbing themselves with cigarettes, drugs and alcohol. But he’s seen a better life. He’s seen what he wants. He wants MG. The question is how to get to her from where he is now.
MG dreams of living large in New York City. (OK, to tell the truth, it’s her mom’s dream, and she is just along for the ride.) But she’s gonna make it work – in a kick-ass, cool apartment, with a glam fashion job and photo shoots with rich friends in magazines – or not. She left everything she was sure of back home in St. Louis and almost everything she thought she knew about Manhattan and life isn’t turning out to be true.
When her false dreams crumble and fall though her hands she’s left with what’s real. A real life with a real job and real love; and it can all be hers if she’s brave enough to believe in herself and go after what she truly wants.
Their love story started in Burnouts, Geeks & Jesus Freaks: a love story, now it continues in Popstars, Friends & Lovers: a dreamer’s tale. MG, the best friend with a talent for trouble, and Steve, the most laid back hero in romance novel history, are back. With old friends from high school and a crazed array of new ones they go for a win in the game called life.
*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Like Burnouts, Geeks & Jesus Freaks this book covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time. This one, however, has far less drama than the first one. If you read the first book (which I highly suggest reading before this one) you already know Steve and MG and can transition easily into this one.
Steve was the friend with benefits kind of friend. He was the teacher in a kind of way, and luckily they were all friends and no one ever got jealous…even the one he wished would. MG was different; he fell in love with her and his biggest mistake was telling her.
MG was in love with Steve too, but all she could imagine was staying in their small town, getting pregnant and working a go nowhere type of job, and so instead of telling him how she felt she ditched town with her mom and they ran off to New York City without even telling him goodbye.
This book gives you a glancing overview of what happens to each of them as the years pass by and then zeros in on what happens when they reunite and the cause of the reunion. Popstars, Friends & Lovers is filled with sweetness, heartbreak, and tragedy. What I didn’t like about it was there are times when it would go long distances between dialogues causing it to seem more like a narrative.
My Favorite Heart Wrenching Moment: I don’t want to give it away, but there’s something that happens to Steve that’ll just break your heart. Even though I saw it coming a mile away, it still broke my heart when it happened.
“Being laid-back had kept him from ever fully feeling all the disappointment and hurt of his childhood. But this, fuck, this hurt. If physically hurt all over his body, radiating from his chest. He didn’t know if he was having a heart attack or his heart was just breaking.”
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