You’d Be Mine is one of those books which is going to be perfect for the transition to summer. It’s summer festivals, country music, and making s’mores.
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.
TW: alcoholism, drug use, suicide
You’d Be Mine is a story about passion, fear, and deciding who you want to be. If you’re in the mood for a carefree summer romance, You’d Be Mine delivers more than that – a story about obsession, doubt, and expectations. Both Annie and Clay struggle with figuring out who they want to be whether it be Annie’s fear of turning out like her parents, or Clay’s intense grief over the death of his brother.
Because while I do love my light summer romance books, You’d Be Mine sheds light on the fear of becoming, or being, someone else. It’s about our terror of a passion, an obsession, overwhelming us, while also celebrating a supportive love of vulnerability and support. Our passionate music loving teens are surrounded by expectations of who they should be, their image, their legacy, and You’d Be Mine asks us to do the hard work. To wake up every day and go against the image of the person people want you to be.
It’s about finding the strength to be someone you may not be at the moment, but someone you want to be. There are song lyrics that I can’t wait to listen to in audiobook format and Annie and Clay’s narrative personality come off the page so well. We need a love that doesn’t allow excuses, a supportive love that knows when to push, and when to support. It’s a book that acknowledges our mistakes, our self-destructive tendencies, and our fear of an all consuming love that burns us up.