(𝐀𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧’𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐀𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐁𝐑 𝐱𝐃.)
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Seriously. Emma Mills is one of the best authors when it comes to contemporaries.🥰
I have yet to find one I didn’t like—
although I probably shouldn’t jinx it. Nope that’s impossible. I can’t imagine hating one of her books.😍
Sophie and her friends are part of their small town school’s band and they’ve been chosen to march in the upcoming Rose parade. Of course, Sophie wants to be able to get them all the way to Los Angeles, but the problem is that they need to be able to fundraise enough money for their town’s festival.
Megan Pleasant is a super famous singer that came from their town, Acadia, so Sophie’s hoping that she can get Megan to sing at the festival. Little does she know that Megan will never come back……..
What I love most about her books are the relationships between her characters, especially the friendship between the MC and side characters. Sophie, Brit, Flora, Terrance, and Dash all have such a beautiful friendship together. They all even made their own group char called, “Where Would You Spend Eternity?” and every time someone would ask that, another would have to answer. The answers were taken really seriously too most of the time.
New guy, August, comes to town and soon he’s starting to fit in with their group. August was such a sweet and quiet guy. Perfect for Sophie, who’s all caring and truthful.💕
Oh and the bantering between them all was so funny.😂
August grinned. “Does she have a song about murder? Or one that implies having witnessed a murder?”
Brit’s eyes widened. “She does actually.”
“Yeah. ‘Murder Creek Murder: The Knife Is Behind That Rock.’”
“Okay, you were the one who suggested murder—”
“There’s a follow-up single too,” I said. “It’s called ‘Remember the Time There Was That Murder? I Do, and It Haunts Me.’”
“By Megan Pleasant,” Brit continued. “All rights reserved. People and events represented are entirely fictional, except for the murder—that part’s real.”
Though they all sometimes fight with each other, in the end they’ll stick up for the other when their in need of help. Brit acted like a huge jerk to Sophie, and I didn’t like her for awhile, but she really is such a good friend.🥺 Especially with what she said to August:
“Everything’s important to Sophie. She cries when people get voted off reality shows.” She shook her head. “But she would never let you see her crying when someone gets voted off a reality show, because then you might feel sad or uncomfortable, and she doesn’t want anyone to feel anything less than happy all the time. She’s … the strongest person I’ve ever known.”
August paused. “Is that a joke?”
“What about her would make you think that was a joke?”
“Not Sophie, you. You just … usually make jokes.”
“I can take shit seriously,” she said. “I would jump off a bridge if she asked me to. Because I know she wouldn’t ask without a really good reason.”
Awwww that’s true friendship right there.🥰
You have been warned……………
I was super shocked when it was revealed that Sophie’s older sister, Ciara, was DEAD this whole time throughout the book?!!!??? In between the chapters before, there’d be texting between Sophie and Ciara —-> it made it look like it was happening in the present!!! NEVER would I have thought that these were all texts that happened in the past.
Reading the news that she died many years ago got me so sad.😖😭
SPOILERS END HERE!!!!
Although Foolish Hearts will forever remain my favourite contemporary of hers, I really liked this! I can and will not ever get over the relationships in her books.💙
She leaned in, dropping down to a whisper: “Where will you spend eternity?”
“I don’t know where, but I know how.”
“How I’ll spend it.”
“And how’s that?”
“Loving you guys,” I said, taking her hand and giving it a squeeze.
𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕗𝕒𝕧𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕖 𝔼𝕞𝕞𝕒 𝕄𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕤 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕠𝕣 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕗𝕒𝕧𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕖 𝕔𝕠𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕞𝕡𝕠𝕣𝕒𝕣𝕪 𝕚𝕟 𝕘𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕣𝕒𝕝? 𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!😏