Fiction – Young Adult
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.
I have been a country music lover for as long as I can remember. Something about it just resonates with me. So, naturally, when I heard that You’d Be Mine is a story about two country singers, my interest was piqued.
The two main characters, Clay and Annie, are kind of like your modern day Johnny and June. Both went through some excruciatingly hard things in their younger years and have carried around baggage because of it. The result was two individually broken people with some amazing musical talent.
Some of my favorite things about this book were the song lyrics and details of the performances, along with watching the characters become self-aware and realizing their need for change. I would love to see this book made into a movie!
One thing I wanted more of was the chemistry and unfolding story of Annie and Clay. I just felt like I wasn’t getting the entire story in its full glory. I am a huge sap and love a good love story so I guess I just wanted a bit more from that aspect.
Overall, this was a wonderful book and I would absolutely recommend it.
Thank you to Wednesday Books for my finished copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
♫ Song playing in my head throughout this book: “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield ♫
P.S. I just found a spot on Erin Hahn’s website where she has a playlist that inspired You’d Be Mine. Check it out!