Title: More Than Maybe
Author: Erin Hahn
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: July 21, 2020
“We want to be moved and changed and knocked over and pieced back together. We want to swoon and taste and cry and scream to the sky, Yes, this. We want ninety minute relationships encompassing a lifetime of feels. We want the fantasy, the reality, the immortality, the salvation … we want to be seen.”
This was such a great story with a cute romance, and strong family moments. More Than Maybe follows Luke Greenly as he struggles behind the shadow of his punk rock father and keeping his love of composing a secret because his love of music doesn’t translate to a love of the stage. Vada Carsewell has grown up appreciating music, working as a music blogger she has earned a respectful followling. After Luke’s brother Cullen releases one of Luke’s songs on their podcast, Luke’s not so secret crush on Vada will become public knowledge if anyone can connect her as the mystery girl he’s singing about.
I wasn’t expecting Luke and Vada to be friendly before the romance developed, but I thought it made the story all the more satisfying. You really get to see them interact a lot and build a relationship that turns into a romance. I appreciated how connected to music both were, the story demands a playlist and Vada and Luke sharing special songs with each other to convey feelings feels very them.
The religious undertones connected to Vada’s best friends faith was probably my least favorite part because it’s just not my thing, but it was never over the top or preachy so I could still appreciate it. And the end conflict was telegraphed from a mile away, but predictability isn’t a big issue with me for romances, because I expect certain tropes and formulas in the story.
Ultimately this was a satisfying story with a lot of heart and charm. I always love a story with music in it – it adds a freshness that makes the story one I can’t put down. And while the romance was adorable and I appreciated the strong family moments that were at the core of the story from Luke’s relationship with his twin brother Cullen and dad, to Vada’s tumultuous relationship with her own father and her growing one with Phil, her boss at the Leaping Lizard and her soon-to-be-step dad there’s so much here to love!
I received a copy of the arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.