Today I’m delighted to participate in the blog tour for This is for Tonight, a sweet YA romcom by Jessica Patrick.
This Is for Tonight
by Jessica Patrick
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 4th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
When Andi attends a music festival with one goal in mind – capture an interview with a famous band so she can pay for college – she gets more than she bargained for in this YA novel about family ties and finding your own way.
Andi Kennedy needs to make money for college, and fast. But her little YouTube crafting channel, while fun, isn’t exactly a money maker. So she’s heading to the world-famous Cabazon Valley Music and Arts Festival with a goal – film a video that will launch her channel into popularity and turn it into a legit money making venture, even if it means selling out her creative vision.
Instead, she finds obnoxious Jay Bankar, the annoyingly hot host of a popular prank channel who is the actual worst. Andi hates everything Jay stands for, which makes the undeniable connection she feels with him really freaking inconvenient. Soon she finds herself competing with Jay for an interview with the festival’s headlining band, which could be the key to turning her little channel directly into college tuition. But she’s starting to discover that there is more to Jay than his jerky on-screen persona, and she has to decide what’s more important – winning, or giving a second chance to a guy who couldn’t be more wrong for her.
I love a good YA rom-com and enemies-to-lovers is one of my favourite tropes, especially if the author includes lots of banter and makes the protagonists relatable! Jessica Patrick did and I can definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested notonly in YA romance, but also in questions of identity, authenticity and social media, family dynamics, grief, forgiveness, and second chances. The setting of a music festival was such a bonus, as there is always something magical about letting yourself forget all your worries for a few days and enjoy live music with its fantastic energy.
Andi Kennedy and her twin brother Jordan are very close, so Andi is desperately hoping she can get a scholarship to attend the same college where Jordan, a talented basketball player, is heading to. This college has a special significance for both of them as this is the place where their parents met and fell in love. Andi is a vlogger, but her channel focuses on crafts and is unlikely to suddenly begin making her the kind of money that would help her pay for her college tuition. When Jordan brings two tickets for Cabazon Festival of Music and Arts, Andi and Jordan are thrilled. Perhaps, Andi can find a way to make her videos go viral. At the festival Andi has a romantic meet-cute with a sweet guy called Jay, only to find out he and his brother specialise in prank videos. I don’t want to give the story away, but I feel the question of identity and what it is shaped by on and off-camera is very pertinent to our world where social media play such a huge role. While Andi has Jordan and can’t imagine her life without him, Jay also has a brother, dedicated to making their channel financially successful, only the way he does is offends and hurts other people. Family ties are important, but there comes a moment when you need to take a closer look at what you are and what you want to be in future.
The book is very easy to get immersed in and you will root for Andi to find her HEA or at least HFN (more realistic considering she is in her final year of high school). If you are a music lover, you are going to enjoy the festival atmosphere with on-stage and off-stage events and spicy pizza at all times.
A great romantic escape with some serious issues raised- definitely recommended.
Thank you to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours, NetGalley and Swoon Reads for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
JESSICA PATRICK runs a high school library by day, writes YA romance by night, and pets as many dogs as possible in between. She lives in Southern California with her cute family and she has an MFA from Spalding University, an annual passport to Disneyland, and about 75 tabs open on her internet browser. She is the author of This is for Tonight.
Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- Print copy of This Is for Tonight
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