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Sparks Fly by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Take every love-at-first-sight movie; add to that every romantic movie of falling head-over-heels in love with someone in a ...

Hammers, Strings, and Beautiful Things by Morgan Lee Miller

⭐⭐⭐★

We are in a quandary about this book. On one hand the writing is phenomenal inasmuch it draws you into a world and environment so much that you can actually feel it all and the chemistry between the romantic leads is insane. On the other hand, we disliked the main protagonist intensely.

At twenty-four, Blair Bennett’s star is on the rise. She’s written songs with immensely popular artistes and her band, Midnight Konfusion is on the verge of a big break since they are the opening act for the biggest pop star of them all, Reagan Moore. But personally Blair is a mess. A long-term user of weed, cocaine and alcohol, she is using much more to avoid properly dealing with the death of her grandfather. Reagan is warm, funny, approachable and clean. On the extended tour in the USA, Blair and Reagan grow closer and closer even though they’d decided that things between them would remain at ‘just sex’. Blair’s irresponsible behaviour put Reagan’s standing, tour and reputation in a jeopardy and their relationship could possibly unravel.

The book focusses on Blair. In the very first scene, she is high on coke and breaking up with a beautiful girl who has held Blair through five months since her grandfather’s passing. Blair is completely selfish and self-obsessed without giving a thought to anyone else including her family, friends and girls she is involved with. Her emotions are tepid at best because when she has questions about where her relationship with Reagan stands, she quickly – and without qualms – picks someone else to sleep with. IRL a relationship with this kind of a person would be toxic because she is weak and doesn’t show any indication of realisation of her destructiveness and is therefore unlikely to change. She’s shown to have started using without any real cause and is likely to continue doing so. And to top it all, she wears victimhood as her armour and expects everyone else to take care of her.

Our dilemma comes from how well the book is written. It is engrossing and immersive. There are some great moments and dialogues. Also, Reagan is a great character.
Like we said, we are in a quandary about this book. This will always remain a book we'll want to re-read because of Reagan but will never pick up again because of Blair.

⭐⭐⭐★

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