This Song Is (Not) For You- Laura Nowlin

“Here’s how to survive high school: find a safe place and then just keep your head down and wait it out.”- Ben, This Song Is (Not) For You

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Title: This Song Is (Not) For You
Author: Laura Nowlin
Publication Date: January 15, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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Bandmate, best friend or boyfriend? For Ramona, one choice could mean losing them all.
Ramona and Sam are best friends. She fell for him the moment they met, but their friendship is just too important for her to mess up. Sam loves April, but he would never expect her to feel the same way–she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Together, they have a band, and put all of their feelings for each other into music.
Then Ramona and Sam meet Tom. He’s their band’s missing piece, and before Ramona knows it, she’s falling for him. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either.
How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?
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I really like the cover for this book. I especially like the title because any book that has to do with music is my kind of book!
2
The beginning of this book was a bit slow for me. I didn’t really get into the story until about 40%. I initially thought that this book was just going to be about three people in a band who eventually catch feelings for each other. But as I kept reading, I saw that this book actually touches upon a number of interesting themes:
Growing-up: Our three main characters have to decide what they want to do as they will be graduating soon high school. Our two main guys, Tom and Sam, actually want to go off and do their own thing and Ramona has to come to terms with the fact that even though she won’t have her two main guys by her side, everything was still going to be okay.
Sexuality: I think this was my most favorite part of this book. I have never read a book where one of the character’s were asexual. It was so REFRESHING! I won’t reveal who because I think you all should find out for yourself, but it was great seeing this character coming to terms with the fact that they were still NORMAL,even if they weren’t sex-crazy! 
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I personally didn’t really connect with any of the characters. I felt that some of them fell a little flat for me, particularly Ramona.
Ramona: I wanted more from Ramona. She just lacked depth as a character. I personally feel like for the most part, things worked out for her and although she is not getting everything she wants, she is getting MOST of them so she really can’t complain.
Sam: Sam was just there, kind of going where ever the wind blew him. He doesn’t really do much throughout the book until the end when he finally confesses his true feelings (THANK GOD!).
Tom: Tom has to be my favorite character in this book. His story was the most interesting and him finding the courage to tell his parents his after-graduation-plans was probably my favorite part of this book.
4
Although there were some great things about this book, I felt that this book lacked an actual plot. There were not MAJOR conflicts in this book. Even the supposed “love triangle” had a happy ending. I’m not sure how I feel about the way they went about resolving the love triangle issue. It was unique, but still not sure about it. 
Overall, this book was an okay read for me. I really feel like the author could have taken this book to a deeper level which could have had more of a lasting impact. I wanted more, so much more!

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-Ari

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