Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins

Hi All! It’s Becky. I will read any fake date book; it’s my favorite troupe. I eagerly devoured Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins that was a cute love story.  

Title: Like a Love Song
Author: Gabriela Martins
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Natalie’s dreams of becoming a famous singer have come true. Natalie is a chart-topper, award-winning, best-selling artist just like she always wanted. Natalie’s dream bubble pops when her perfect boyfriend dumps her backstage at an award show, and their break-up becomes a viral meme. Natalie is desperate to save her career, even if that means paying William, an up-and-coming actor, to be her fake boyfriend. The plan was for their “romance” to stay strictly professional, but as the two spend time together, their fake feelings start to feel real.

Review: I spent some time trying to put into words my reaction to Like a Love Song, and finally, the only way I can describe this book is adorable.

Martins took the familiar fake dating troupe and dove deeper with her characters to make the book more than I expected. Natalie is a superstar singer, she has money and fame, but she also has insecurity and anxiety issues. Martins made her main character more than the average teen girl romantic lead, which enriched the novel. Also, with Henry, the author crafted a charming love interest for Natalie. Henry is sweet and quirky, and I enjoyed the moments we got to see them together. I also enjoyed the way Martins represented different groups in this book. Natalie is from Brazil, and several of the characters are LGBTQ. The other seamlessly included this representation which making it feel forced. The characters and their relationships make the book worth reading.

However, I did have an issue with the romance. Natalie and Henry follow the expected path found in fake dating books. Their arranged relationship begins to develop into a real relationship; this evolution is expected in a fake date book, but in Like a Love Song, the evolution felt rushed. We are told the characters spend time together, but we don’t truly see their feelings grow. I would have been more invested in their relationship if there had been more interactions between Natalie and Henry.

Like a Love Song is a charming YA romance with strong characters that fans of the genre will enjoy.

Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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