G. Bianco, 2019
A great read for music and book lovers alike, Tehlor Kay Mejia’s novel Sammy Espinoza’s Last Review (which comes out today) shares what life is like when you’re trying to look towards the future, even if you haven’t fully reconciled with your past.
Sammy Espinoza’s life is a raging dumpster fire. Her desperate attempt to win back her singer ex-girlfriend has landed her in hot water at work, and she has one last chance before her editor cuts her column. Luckily, Sammy has a plan to redeem herself, but it won’t be easy. Rumor has it that Max Ryan, the former rock god, is secretly recording his first-ever solo album years after he dramatically quit performing. And it just so happens that he and Sammy have history: Right before Max got his big break, he and Sammy spent an unforgettable night together. Exclusive access to Max’s new music would guarantee Sammy’s professional comeback and, even better, give her the opportunity to serve some long-awaited revenge for his traumatic ghosting. But Max lives in Ridley Falls, Washington, and Sammy has history there as well: a family that never wanted her and a million unanswered questions. Going back would mean confronting it all—but what else does she have to lose?
I don’t think Sammy’s story can be classified as strictly a romance because there were just so many moments of self-discovery for her to go through before getting to the actual love protein of the book.
While I found myself wanting to just throw my book across the room and knock some sense into Sammy, I still appreciated her journey as a person and seeing her reconcile her past with her present.
The full cast of characters was really well developed and I’ll admit to shedding more than a few tears at the ending.
Overall, this was a great adult debut and if your looking for a pseudo-coming-of-age adult romance novel, then this is a great choice!
*I received an ARC from Random House in exchange for my honest opinion.
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