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#PlaneBae meets Gilmore Girls in this hilarious and heartfelt story about the addictiveness of Internet fame and the harsh realities of going viral. Macy Evans dreams of earning enough income from her YouTube channel, R3ntal Wor1d, to leave her small, Midwestern town. But when she meets a boy named Eric at a baseball game, and accidently dumps her hotdog in his lap, her dis #PlaneBae meets Gilmore Girls in this hilarious and heartfelt story about the addictiveness of Internet fame and the harsh realities of going viral. Macy Evans dreams of earning enough income from her YouTube channel, R3ntal Wor1d, to leave her small, Midwestern town. But when she meets a boy named Eric at a baseball game, and accidently dumps her hotdog in his lap, her disastrous “meet-cute” becomes the topic of a viral thread. Now it’s not loyal subscribers flocking to her channel, it’s Internet trolls. And they aren’t interested in her reviews of VHS tapes—they only care about her relationship with Eric. Eric is overly eager to stretch out his fifteen minutes of fame, but Macy fears this unwanted attention could sabotage her “real-life” relationships—namely with the shy boy-next-door, Paxton, who she’s actually developing feelings for. Macy knows she should shut the lie down, though she can’t ignore the advertising money, or the spark she gets in her chest whenever someone clicks on her videos. Eric shouldn’t be the only one allowed to reap the viral benefits. But is faking a relationship for clicks and subscribers worth hurting actual people?


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#PlaneBae meets Gilmore Girls in this hilarious and heartfelt story about the addictiveness of Internet fame and the harsh realities of going viral. Macy Evans dreams of earning enough income from her YouTube channel, R3ntal Wor1d, to leave her small, Midwestern town. But when she meets a boy named Eric at a baseball game, and accidently dumps her hotdog in his lap, her dis #PlaneBae meets Gilmore Girls in this hilarious and heartfelt story about the addictiveness of Internet fame and the harsh realities of going viral. Macy Evans dreams of earning enough income from her YouTube channel, R3ntal Wor1d, to leave her small, Midwestern town. But when she meets a boy named Eric at a baseball game, and accidently dumps her hotdog in his lap, her disastrous “meet-cute” becomes the topic of a viral thread. Now it’s not loyal subscribers flocking to her channel, it’s Internet trolls. And they aren’t interested in her reviews of VHS tapes—they only care about her relationship with Eric. Eric is overly eager to stretch out his fifteen minutes of fame, but Macy fears this unwanted attention could sabotage her “real-life” relationships—namely with the shy boy-next-door, Paxton, who she’s actually developing feelings for. Macy knows she should shut the lie down, though she can’t ignore the advertising money, or the spark she gets in her chest whenever someone clicks on her videos. Eric shouldn’t be the only one allowed to reap the viral benefits. But is faking a relationship for clicks and subscribers worth hurting actual people?

30 review for Not Your #Lovestory

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Might be more of a 2.5. I was SO charmed by Hartl's debut, Have a Little Faith in Me , that I couldn't help but to request this one for review when I saw it available on NetGalley. Unfortunately, this didn't pull me in nearly as much as her previous book and I am big sad about it. I loved her previous book because I felt like it really captured an authentic and fun teenage experience, but this one didn't really feel that way at all to me. This book revolves really heavily around social media, Might be more of a 2.5. I was SO charmed by Hartl's debut, Have a Little Faith in Me , that I couldn't help but to request this one for review when I saw it available on NetGalley. Unfortunately, this didn't pull me in nearly as much as her previous book and I am big sad about it. I loved her previous book because I felt like it really captured an authentic and fun teenage experience, but this one didn't really feel that way at all to me. This book revolves really heavily around social media, but all of the actual tweets that were in the book felt like they were written by someone who has never actually seen twitter before (#think #lots #and #lots #of #hashtags). With all that being said, this book wasn't terrible, it just.. didn't deliver the way that I was hoping it would after loving Hartl's debut and I am so bummed about it. TW: slut shaming, domestic violence, violating a restraining order, child abuse, death of a child, severe guilt, suicidal thoughts

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    Brilliant, heartfelt, incisive, romantic, and full of empathy. Sonia Hartl's writing is EVERYTHING. Longer review close to pub! Brilliant, heartfelt, incisive, romantic, and full of empathy. Sonia Hartl's writing is EVERYTHING. Longer review close to pub!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I loved Sonia Hartl's debut, Have a Little Faith in Me , and was so excited to read her sophomore follow up. And it was awesome. Like, I probably won't be able to put into words how completely I fell in love with this thing, but I'll go ahead and give it a shot. ►Gotta admit, I was in love with the characters from the actual first chapter. No lie, first note I made on my phone. Tha You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I loved Sonia Hartl's debut, Have a Little Faith in Me , and was so excited to read her sophomore follow up. And it was awesome. Like, I probably won't be able to put into words how completely I fell in love with this thing, but I'll go ahead and give it a shot. ►Gotta admit, I was in love with the characters from the actual first chapter. No lie, first note I made on my phone. That is remarkable, frankly, because usually it takes me a hot second to warm up. But nope. And while I absolutely adore Macy, the whole gang was perfect. From Macy's friends to her family, they were just *chef's kiss*. ►Speaking of family, can we talk about how awesome Macy's was? It's a three-generational household full of the best, feistiest, badassiest women ever. Macy's mom had her very young (and fine, maybe I had a wee mental breakdown over the fact that a parent in a YA book was younger than me, but shh), but the book totally shatters "teen mom" stereotypes because Macy's mom is the best. And yeah sometimes she's worried that Macy will repeat her mistakes, but that feels only natural! And don't even get me started on my love for Macy's grandma! She has a quilting group and they are an absolute riot. She reminded me of my grandma, also my mom's mom (who incidentally was also a teen mom and rocked it), and I miss her so much, this just warmed my heart. ►It's super sex-positive, and full of feminist messages. I mean, what else is there to say, it's perfect! ►The romance owned me. Truly, the love interest was kind of awesome. I am a complete sucker for the nice guy (who is an actual nice guy) and this whole romance was awesome. ►Macy's friends were fabulous too. Like I want to hang out with them too! And frankly, I was so glad that Macy had so, so many amazing people in her corner, because she deserved it. ►The whole "viral meet-cute" was a complete comedy of errors, in the best way. I cackled, not going to lie, because it was just so.... honest. This is absolutely the kind of absurdity you'd find on the internet, especially social media, and I think that it's also a good message about the perils of getting too caught up in views and followers and such. Bottom Line:  I truly don't have the words to express how much this book owns my heart. But it does, so you should give it a go.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Hartl

    I wrote this book! It’s got all my favorite things, friends to lovers, enemies to friends, complicated family feelings, a small town setting, quilting bee full of sassy Golden Girls-esque ladies, ‘oh, no, there’s only one tent’, and bunnies! At the heart, this is a story about privacy and consent and how people are so much more complex than they are often boiled down to be on social media. Some trigger warnings to be aware of: Death of a child (discussed between characters, not on-page) Suicide ide I wrote this book! It’s got all my favorite things, friends to lovers, enemies to friends, complicated family feelings, a small town setting, quilting bee full of sassy Golden Girls-esque ladies, ‘oh, no, there’s only one tent’, and bunnies! At the heart, this is a story about privacy and consent and how people are so much more complex than they are often boiled down to be on social media. Some trigger warnings to be aware of: Death of a child (discussed between characters, not on-page) Suicide ideation (discussed between characters, not on-page) Light drug use (on-page) Alcohol use (on-page) Intimidation with the threat of assault Poverty shaming (called out) Slut shaming (called out) Anxiety related to going viral on social media Please take care while reading ❤️

  5. 5 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    1.5 Stars "I felt like a runway model wearing six-inch heels. Sure, the shoes were great, but everyone was really just waiting for me to fall on my ass." *ARC received from Page Street, all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was not the #Lovestory for me... SUMMARY Macy Evens has YouTube channel where she reviews old movies in cosplay. The monetisation from the videos isn't much, but those savings are her only chance at a future. When her "meet-cute" with a boy at a baseball game is splas 1.5 Stars "I felt like a runway model wearing six-inch heels. Sure, the shoes were great, but everyone was really just waiting for me to fall on my ass." *ARC received from Page Street, all thoughts and opinions are my own* This was not the #Lovestory for me... SUMMARY Macy Evens has YouTube channel where she reviews old movies in cosplay. The monetisation from the videos isn't much, but those savings are her only chance at a future. When her "meet-cute" with a boy at a baseball game is splashed all over Twitter, her channel grows ten fold. The only issue is that people are more interested in her love story than her actual content. The trolls begin slut shaming her, the potential relationship she was building with a fellow coworker is on the rocks, and her "meet-cute Boy" is desperate to flesh out his fifteen minutes of fame. Macy needs to decide what matters more, her fame or herself. REVIEW I don't really want to spend a lot of time talking about why I didn't like this book because... why dwell? Allow me to start with how it was an utterly juvenile novel with characters acting in unbelievable ways for a contemporary. I have a YouTube channel, and I found that they way it was talked about to be unrealistic. Also the way she handled her channel in the end seemed lack luster and made the whole story feel pointless. The characters were flat and acted way too juvenile. You can tell the author was trying to make each person super unique, but it just gave you a mish-mosh of one-dimensional character. Paxton, the love interest, was cute but his dark/tragic backstory felt too forced and unnatural. I felt bad for him and do check out Trigger Warnings. Also... this book had one of the worst sex scenes I have ever read. This book is a YA novel trying to be NA, but drowned in the process. On a positive note, I liked the f/f rep and Macy's family dynamic. It was really sweet and she had such a wonderful support system. Overall, I don't think I will check out anything else by this author. However, a lot of the reviews for this book are glowing, so make your own choice.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Contos

    I am completely in love with this book! In Hartl's follow-up to her hilarious and moving debut, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME, she takes on the messy and double-edged reality of social media viral fame. Macy's dreams of creating a future for herself outside her tiny, rural town nearly come true when a bystander creates (and live-tweets) a fake romance between Macy and a stranger at a baseball game. But fame turns ugly, and Macy has to decide if she's giving up more than she's getting. Hartl deftly po I am completely in love with this book! In Hartl's follow-up to her hilarious and moving debut, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME, she takes on the messy and double-edged reality of social media viral fame. Macy's dreams of creating a future for herself outside her tiny, rural town nearly come true when a bystander creates (and live-tweets) a fake romance between Macy and a stranger at a baseball game. But fame turns ugly, and Macy has to decide if she's giving up more than she's getting. Hartl deftly portrays the benefits and drawbacks of viral fame, while taking a deep look into the darker side of social media and its very real impact on the people behind the screen names. Mix in a beautiful portrayal of Macy's relationship with her mom and grandma, a nuanced and complicated depiction of rural poverty, a bit of heartbreak, a friends-to-lovers romance, and a cast of layered side characters, and this book is definitely one to add to your pre-order list. PS: There are bunnies.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Bennett

    Thank you to the publisher for a copy to review. All opinions are my own. The blurb for this one sounded really interesting and I was lucky enough to get an arc. YA Contemporary Romance can be a hit or miss but this one landed right in the middle. I really liked that this book starts off talking about baseball. As a big baseball fan it really stuck out to me. The rest of the setting mostly takes place in a smaller town that still has a VHS store. It was nice to see the main character, Macy, be fro Thank you to the publisher for a copy to review. All opinions are my own. The blurb for this one sounded really interesting and I was lucky enough to get an arc. YA Contemporary Romance can be a hit or miss but this one landed right in the middle. I really liked that this book starts off talking about baseball. As a big baseball fan it really stuck out to me. The rest of the setting mostly takes place in a smaller town that still has a VHS store. It was nice to see the main character, Macy, be from a place like that because I think it really played into her struggles of wanting to play a role in wanting to reap the viral benefits. She saw it as a ticket out. Macy doesn’t live an extravagant life and as mentioned above, she would like to leave her small town eventually. There are struggles that her grandma, mom, and even her face. Obviously the book focuses on Macy but I liked that the others were mentioned so we get a sense of her family life and what it’s like living in a small town. She definitely knows what she wants and even when she thinks things are too good to be true, she still goes along with it even if it could potentially blow up in her face. It made her feel realistic and I always look for that in characters. *Spoilers Maybe? Read at Your Own Risk!* (view spoiler)[Eric was a dillweed from the start. There are times I did feel like Macy who wanted to give him a chance because he would seem not so bad but sometimes people are just really good at acting. There are relationships that are formed and it wasn’t with who I was I expecting. I guess I should have known but oh well, it made for a nice surprise, ha. I will say that I didn’t really feel the connection when it came to Paxton and Macy. Their relationship moved rather quickly. I understand that they have known each other for quite some time but we didn’t get to see that in the book. There were a few moments between them and so it just wasn’t enough time to build up their relationship. (hide spoiler)] I think that there are a lot of good messages inside this book: consent, safe sex, the toxic internet, and the price of fame. It was a good reminder as to why I don’t have a twitter and why I don’t use my facebook much either. People have too much time on their hands and will do anything for their 15 minutes of fame. Overall, it was a good read and I think that this will appeal to a lot of teens.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    This book has my heart. The characters are nuanced, messy, and lovable badasses. The story (revolving around the dark side of going viral) is timely. Sonia Hartl's books are some of my favourites. She makes me laugh and cry--often on the same page. This book has my heart. The characters are nuanced, messy, and lovable badasses. The story (revolving around the dark side of going viral) is timely. Sonia Hartl's books are some of my favourites. She makes me laugh and cry--often on the same page.

  9. 4 out of 5

    April Sarah

    *ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review* video review: https://youtu.be/NAdhDAOuSFg This is the story of Macy, who runs her own youtube channel that does reviews of videos. She decides to take her mother on a birthday trip to a Royals game where she accidentally spills her hot dog and drinks on a very cute boy. During this baseball game, a complete stranger decides to document their "meet cute" and it goes viral. As this meet cute goes viral, her youtube channel starts to take *ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review* video review: https://youtu.be/NAdhDAOuSFg This is the story of Macy, who runs her own youtube channel that does reviews of videos. She decides to take her mother on a birthday trip to a Royals game where she accidentally spills her hot dog and drinks on a very cute boy. During this baseball game, a complete stranger decides to document their "meet cute" and it goes viral. As this meet cute goes viral, her youtube channel starts to take off and Eric, the boy from the game, proposes that the two of them play it up for social media so that they continue to get the clicks and the views. At the same time, Macy is starting to develop feelings for a local boy and questioning everything that she's doing for clicks. Now at first, I thought I was just going to get a simple romance read where a girl likes a boy, and things kind of fall out in a tumbling fashion with a little bit of tension thrown in. Yet still, something that is sweet, quick, and very easy to dive into. What I got was a lot deeper than that and I very much appreciated that. I will note that there is talk of suicide and other mental disorders, in case that is triggering for anyone. It dives into a lot of deeper commentary on social media and how we can judge people on something that complete strangers may post and how that will affect other people's lives. The character development of Macy and her family is absolutely amazing. I love the dynamic between her and her mother and her grandmother and just the look at the town in general. She comes from a small town and because of that, it affects the way that people interact with each other. This book could have easily had cookie-cutter characters but each of the characters seems to hold up on their own and they each have a deeper backstory. A lot of it takes some very deep look into a lot of social issues. This book has a lot to say and I think it says it very well. It makes you stop and think about what the internet is doing to us mentally and how crazy we can get for that validation of complete strangers' likes. It also looks a what those negative comments from complete strangers can do to us mentally. Now the writing in this book can get a little repetitive at some points, we were given a lot of detail that didn't feel like it had a lot of relevance. It was mostly filler. But it was very easy to get into and latch on to what the book was saying about social media. There is a little bit of romance as well. This is what I would call a new adult read because the main character is 18 and it takes a deep look into her relationships. Overall I really did enjoy this book. I think it had a lot of good commentary on social media and just relationships in general. So if you are looking for a read that dives into social media and has a little bit of romance on the side, I highly recommend this read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Holly Hughes

    Thank you to Canadian Manda Group for providing me with an ARC. This does not affect my review, which reflects my honest opinions. "We’d gotten what many people tried for and only a few attained. Instant, viral fame. And playing it up, stretching it out, to meet our own ends didn’t make us good or right, but we did it anyway." 3.5 stars My full review can be found here! Without a doubt, Sonia Hartl has crafted a story that is compulsively readable, and poignant. It’s the sort of book that can, a Thank you to Canadian Manda Group for providing me with an ARC. This does not affect my review, which reflects my honest opinions. "We’d gotten what many people tried for and only a few attained. Instant, viral fame. And playing it up, stretching it out, to meet our own ends didn’t make us good or right, but we did it anyway." 3.5 stars My full review can be found here! Without a doubt, Sonia Hartl has crafted a story that is compulsively readable, and poignant. It’s the sort of book that can, and undoubtedly will, be devoured in a single sitting. Hartl managed to squeeze so many important discussions into such a short book. As a narrator, Macy is tenacious and feisty and so, so easy to root for. She is driven, and funny, and an absolute joy to read. This saying goes for the majority of the characters in Not Your #Lovestory, with a special shout-out to the Bees (a posse of equally grumpy and hilarious elderly quilters). Hartl also has a knack for writing the softest and most endearing of love interests, and Paxton was no exception. I appreciated that Hartl used their relationship as a means through which to have ongoing discussions surrounding consent, and sexuality. This continued in the same welcoming vein as Hartl's debut, Have a Little Faith in Me, where sex (and pleasure) is never stigmatized. I also love when the settings in a story feel as real and palpable as the characters who inhabit them, which describes Honeyfield (and it’s community) perfectly. Honeyfield functions adeptly as the backdrop through which Hartl explores—and challenges—small town plights, most prominently classism and poverty. At it's core Not Your #Lovestory offers very needed discussions about the internet, privacy, and mental health—and how damaging the former can be to the latter. Macy’s decision to go along with the lies for clout on social media felt completely reasonable, even though both she (and you as the reader), can see all the ways it could—and ultimately does—go awry. The book does an incredibly strong service to bring awareness to the lesser known qualms of the online world, especially to youth. But. No amount of care can distract from the book’s largest shortcoming: a generational gap that points to misunderstandings in how Hartl’s target demographic use social media (especially Twitter). No teen uses that many hashtags, regardless of the clout they’re chasing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 4 ⭐️ Trigger warning: mentions of violence, mentions of abusive behaviour/child abuse, PTSD, cyberbullying, doxxing, slut-shaming, misogyny A love story rooted in today's obsession with social media. I have to admit, I wasn't in the right frame of mind when I started reading this book. The beginning, with the trolling and doxxing, gave me some major anxiety. But once the story started rolling and M I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 4 ⭐️ Trigger warning: mentions of violence, mentions of abusive behaviour/child abuse, PTSD, cyberbullying, doxxing, slut-shaming, misogyny A love story rooted in today's obsession with social media. I have to admit, I wasn't in the right frame of mind when I started reading this book. The beginning, with the trolling and doxxing, gave me some major anxiety. But once the story started rolling and Macy's life became more than social media, I did enjoy the rest of the story. It's a bit exaggerated on some levels. The tweets are over the top with the amount of hashtags, and the dynamics felt off once in a while. Some jokes didn't land as well as the author wanted them to, but there were some gems in there. Notably Macy's family calling their backyard "the Hamptons", Macy imagining her mom going through the streets in search of her lost virginity and the light-hearted trolling between coworkers at the video store. I did love the fact that Macy wasn't a virgin and her having sex wasn't the be-all-end-all of her relationship. And the scene itself had clear consent and included foreplay, which we rarely see in YA. It's one of the few non-graphic sex scenes I've read that sounded truly realistic for a young couple. I wish Jessica and Eric got the full blow they deserved, but this ending was good enough and put Macy on a higher moral step, which still gave some closure. It's not the book of the year, but it follows a refreshing twist on YA romances I've seen this year. Those stories are more and more about fighting back against the patriarchy and how women are seen by society. I, for one, love that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Giard

    Lots of things about this story are so much fun. Macy is spunky and surrounded by fierce and loyal friends and family members. I liked the circle of quilters her grandmother was part of best of all, I think. NOT YOUR #LOVESTORY doesn’t shy away from the gross awfulness that the internet can be. Macy becomes obsessed with her social media feeds and the need to boost her income from her YouTube channel even further. As her story with Eric goes viral, the trolls come out in droves, insulting her clo Lots of things about this story are so much fun. Macy is spunky and surrounded by fierce and loyal friends and family members. I liked the circle of quilters her grandmother was part of best of all, I think. NOT YOUR #LOVESTORY doesn’t shy away from the gross awfulness that the internet can be. Macy becomes obsessed with her social media feeds and the need to boost her income from her YouTube channel even further. As her story with Eric goes viral, the trolls come out in droves, insulting her clothes, her looks, and shaming her for things they assume she did. Her friends rally around her, but it’s clear they’re not fans of the fake dating relationship with Eric. Like it or not, though, her internet fame has changed things between them, and Macy has to figure out how much of her real life she’s willing to give up for her YouTube stardom. Underneath the explorations of the cost of social media fame and the pressure of growing up poor in a small town, this is a simple story about a girl falling in love with her best friend. I think readers who enjoyed WILD AND CROOKED by Leah Thomas will enjoy the small town setting and exploration of harmful assumptions. Fans of Hartl’s first book, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME, will find another sex-positive, spicy romance layered with social issues. Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erin (erinevelynreads)

    I loved Macy’s unapologetic way of speaking her mind and being very direct. She cares so much about her friends and family and goes out of her way to make them happy. The story is told entirely in the first person from her perspective and she’s just so endearing and kind. I also loved Paxton, her sweet friend who clearly is in love with her. He raises rabbits for the county fair and is so unbelievably wholesome and genuine. I rooted for him the entire time. If you are a fan of YA that deals with I loved Macy’s unapologetic way of speaking her mind and being very direct. She cares so much about her friends and family and goes out of her way to make them happy. The story is told entirely in the first person from her perspective and she’s just so endearing and kind. I also loved Paxton, her sweet friend who clearly is in love with her. He raises rabbits for the county fair and is so unbelievably wholesome and genuine. I rooted for him the entire time. If you are a fan of YA that deals with feminist issues in a smart way, Not Your #Lovestory is for you!

  14. 4 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    3.5 stars Not your #lovestory is indeed a sweet love story about meet cute and how social media can influence the lives of the ones implicated in it. There are much more deep feelings and discussions in here, much more than one is expecting and while the cover and blurb is setting up for an easy read, this is not the case. The characters are well described and i enjoyed it overall but maybe i wanted a bit more from the actual romance and how that develops into something more steady and beautiful 3.5 stars Not your #lovestory is indeed a sweet love story about meet cute and how social media can influence the lives of the ones implicated in it. There are much more deep feelings and discussions in here, much more than one is expecting and while the cover and blurb is setting up for an easy read, this is not the case. The characters are well described and i enjoyed it overall but maybe i wanted a bit more from the actual romance and how that develops into something more steady and beautiful for the future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    In theory this sounded like a me kind of book. Sadly we didn’t mesh well. There were things in it that just didn’t work for me personally. I did really like Paxton and some parts of Macy. But overall it just wasn’t a book for me. It’s a me thing not a book thing so I recommend making up your own mind. I will say it is a quick read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Young

    I tore through this one. I loved every moment of it! Well, I loved reading it, but I was defintiely feeling emotions and frustration at the main characters during several parts, haha! It was a perfect blend of romantic comedy, warnings against viral online presences, as well as family and small town dramas. Highly recommend to anyone who needs a good read with a slight bit of fluff. Thank you NetGalley and to the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    4.5 Not Your #Lovestory was a great read and if you enjoy YA, I highly recommend it. The pitfalls of social media. Abusive relationships. Slut shaming. Internet fame. This book was that perfect mix of funny and serious that I look for in a good YA. I received an advanced copy in exchange for my review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    I think the lesson of the story here is very clear: Don't talk to strangers. (And don't enter into fake social media relationships too.) The plot was predictable, but I liked Paxton so I got through it. I think the lesson of the story here is very clear: Don't talk to strangers. (And don't enter into fake social media relationships too.) The plot was predictable, but I liked Paxton so I got through it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gina Adams

    Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an early copy! Maybe 2.5 in reality. Honestly, this is a disappointment :( it wasn’t a bad book, but it feels like a sophomore slump in comparison to Have a Little Faith in Me. The pacing was a little disjointed and the characters didn’t feel as fleshed out as they could have been. I liked the portrayal of being poor. The scene was set super well and felt realistic to small town life. The family dynamic was sweet and there was decent f/f romance rep. Now Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an early copy! Maybe 2.5 in reality. Honestly, this is a disappointment :( it wasn’t a bad book, but it feels like a sophomore slump in comparison to Have a Little Faith in Me. The pacing was a little disjointed and the characters didn’t feel as fleshed out as they could have been. I liked the portrayal of being poor. The scene was set super well and felt realistic to small town life. The family dynamic was sweet and there was decent f/f romance rep. Now that I think of it, I don’t remember any POC being mentioned, but I don’t always remember descriptions very well. The romance was sweet, and even though the romance seemed decently paced, the I love yous seemed to come way too soon and we didn’t see enough of them before their first date to know what kind of chemistry they had. The Twitter drama commentary was pretty realistic. Just the issues with going viral and the morality of posting about strangers’ lives and what you do to them by doing so. The different viewpoints people on the internet take when stuff like that happens. The media headlining it for a day then never bringing it up again. It felt pretty genuine. Also Macy’s YouTube career felt pretty believable numbers wise. Often views and followers/subscribers on social media in books are either overshot or undershot, but Macy talked about how much money she made with certain amounts of views and it felt like good research had been done. The love interest had a tragic backstory that seemed WAY too heavy for the tone of the book, and it didn’t play a big enough part in the story to warrant being so intense. I really didn’t like that addition. I can tell there was a lot of heart put into the story but it just wasn’t all there for me. The old ladies that hung out in the main character’s kitchen had more personality than the love interest. He was very sweet but he felt so flat. The best friend also just felt like a placeholder, with her girlfriend being more prevalent in the story. Overall, I just found a lot to pick apart in this one, and it makes me sad because it was highly anticipated. Oh well!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sujin P.

    The voice! It's everything. I just finished Alisha Rai's Girl Gone Viral before reading this and some of the high-level themes are similar, but the author takes it in a different direction. Hartl's book is fresh and funny— if you love contemporary voicey stories, definitely pick this up. Oh, and the VHS store— hilarious. The voice! It's everything. I just finished Alisha Rai's Girl Gone Viral before reading this and some of the high-level themes are similar, but the author takes it in a different direction. Hartl's book is fresh and funny— if you love contemporary voicey stories, definitely pick this up. Oh, and the VHS store— hilarious.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I received an ARC from Page Street Kids in exchange for an honest review. My spoiler-free thoughts can be read here: https://twincitiesgeek.com/2020/08/no... I received an ARC from Page Street Kids in exchange for an honest review. My spoiler-free thoughts can be read here: https://twincitiesgeek.com/2020/08/no...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    Not your #LoveStory was a genuinely lovely read. This is a story about a girl who grows up with social media. All positive and negative sides included. This is also a girl who feels trapped in her tiny hometown where everyone knows everything about everybody else. She is constantly subjected to her mother's own fears for her and her grandma and her friends. So there are opinions and advice coming from all directions. The lovely thing about that though, is that it is so very obvious how much eve Not your #LoveStory was a genuinely lovely read. This is a story about a girl who grows up with social media. All positive and negative sides included. This is also a girl who feels trapped in her tiny hometown where everyone knows everything about everybody else. She is constantly subjected to her mother's own fears for her and her grandma and her friends. So there are opinions and advice coming from all directions. The lovely thing about that though, is that it is so very obvious how much everyone cares for each other. I loved Macy and her love for old movies. I loved her group of friends, who were as chaotic and odd as she was and at a first glance, they didn't even necessarily fit together. But it worked. Paxton was charming through and through and I was just happy whenever he came on. Her mum and grandma and the entire sewing club were just a delight, honestly. The whole town (with a few exceptions) just felt like a community and I loved it. The thing is this. As positive and amazing the internet is (I mean, I honestly love it for being able to share my love for books alone), it has it's dark patches. One of those is that we're all able to take pictures of anyone at anytime and for some reason it's become acceptable to post these on the internet. Publically. Without consent. (Remember Alex from Target? Imagine having someone take a picture of you at your work and posting it online. For whatever reason. #nightmare). So I was all for this premise. I was all for being mad and being furious and I loved how this was dealt with. That it's deeply problematic how we as a society get roped into discussing the lives, actions and looks of people who have been photographed without their consent. Our ability to cyberstalk so well that someone will always find their house and their work and their school. It's deeply unsettling and this book dealt with it beautifully. Because a false claim leads to turning this online love story into a tirade of slut shaming for Macy and it becomes very obvious how deeply she is affected. As she should be. As we all should be. I think this is a very important book to read. Not only for the adorable love story which I enjoyed very much, but because it makes you think about our online culture in general. I literally urge everyone to read this. And to have a think about how you personally behave online. It's what I did and I had to face some truths that were a little uncomfortable. So a huge thank you to Sonia Hartl for this unapologetically honest book. What a great read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Medha Upadhyay

    Not gonna lie, this was a hooking premise. I really like the unique idea of a third party bystander faking a relationship between two random people, but this book let me down. First off, it feels like it was written by someone who lacks a basic understanding of social media. If Macy genuinely wants to make YoutTube her career, her way out of poverty, she needs to post more than reviews of fifty year old movies. I genuinely have never heard of anyone “making it” in YouTube by cosplaying as charac Not gonna lie, this was a hooking premise. I really like the unique idea of a third party bystander faking a relationship between two random people, but this book let me down. First off, it feels like it was written by someone who lacks a basic understanding of social media. If Macy genuinely wants to make YoutTube her career, her way out of poverty, she needs to post more than reviews of fifty year old movies. I genuinely have never heard of anyone “making it” in YouTube by cosplaying as characters from Dirty Dancing. You can’t make that your career. Macy isn’t passionate; she’s just stubborn. She refuses to post things that will do well, but she also clings to the hope that her YouTube will magically become big enough to allow her to leave home and live in Chicago. Second, if Macy wants to make her YouTube viral, she should take advantage of this newfound fame. Just because she went viral for a fake relationship doesn’t mean that everything she posts has to be about that one incident. It is difficult, but totally possible, to take one viral incident and launch a chole career (Danielle Bregoli, anyone??). Macy has no semblance of balance in her life; she is unable to take advantage of her opportunities without absolutely losing her mind. A pity, really. The characters themselves are sweet, if extremely one-dimensional. Throughout the book, Paxton’s dark past is hinted at. It was a shocking reveal, but it didn’t exactly justify his visceral reaction to Macy’s internet fame. Macy’s coworker, Midnight, gets a dramatic past as well, but it just felt expected by the time we finally hear it. Eric is overly villianified, and doesn’t ever feel like a real person. Overall, it was really hard to get behind Macy because she seems confused about what she wants. Her final decision also struck me as odd, and an absolute waste. Though the book is built off an interesting idea and the characters gel together very well, the plot was ultimately disappointing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Greco

    Thanks, as always, to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC! I can't say if it was because it was shorter than most books out these days or if I just secretly really loved it, but I finished this book in just a few short hours. It was unexpected, but I found I couldn't really put it down. Macy wants to run a successful YouTube channel on movie reviews in order to escape her small town. She loves her family, but a part of her doesn't want to turn out like her mother: pregnant and left alone at Thanks, as always, to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC! I can't say if it was because it was shorter than most books out these days or if I just secretly really loved it, but I finished this book in just a few short hours. It was unexpected, but I found I couldn't really put it down. Macy wants to run a successful YouTube channel on movie reviews in order to escape her small town. She loves her family, but a part of her doesn't want to turn out like her mother: pregnant and left alone at the age of sixteen. When an opportunity arises after a freak incident at a baseball game, she has her chance to be a viral success. Begrudgingly she takes the chance, even if it means she might ruin some of her relationships. It leads to instafame, but she soon begins to realize it might not be as worth it as she thought, especially if it means she might lose out on her newfound love. There were parts of this book that felt too short while others felt drawn out. I felt I didn't get the whole picture of who Macy really was. Even after reading, I'm unsure if she was still in school or if this was the gap year she had talked about. However, the way she had described the gap year made it seem like they hadn't had it yet. While it was enjoyable to have a sex scene, it felt undeserved and too drawn out compared to other moments. I felt much could have been done between Eric and Macy that just wasn't and that relationships between characters could have been give more details. I don't feel as if I knew many of them as well as I should have. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter is similar to this, but while Kanter gives redemption ARCs and great detail, Hartl fell short. On the contrary, the story idea was refreshing and handled with tact. There were several opportunities for it to fall apart or misread a situation, but it handled them well and it led to an overall enoyable story. If it wasn't, I wouldn't have devoured it in a day.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Carpenter

    This book is Sonia Hartl's second YA book- and it does not seem like it. This book has all of the things that kids and adults love about YA: intrigue, dynamic family structure, love, and deceit. ​This book is a perfect summer romance: think Gilmore Girls meets Gossip Girl in modern day. The twists that are introduced by Hartl are unexpected and very believable.In an age of social media, it is not difficult to imagine how we would all react to a viral twitter feed that documents a strangers persp This book is Sonia Hartl's second YA book- and it does not seem like it. This book has all of the things that kids and adults love about YA: intrigue, dynamic family structure, love, and deceit. ​This book is a perfect summer romance: think Gilmore Girls meets Gossip Girl in modern day. The twists that are introduced by Hartl are unexpected and very believable.In an age of social media, it is not difficult to imagine how we would all react to a viral twitter feed that documents a strangers perspective on a meet cute and how they can manipulate reality. This story follows Macy as she lives through the most complicated week of her life, beginning on a high note of bringing her mom to a Royals baseball game and meeting a boy while there, to the lows of being publicly slut shamed for something she never did. This story shows both sides of viral stardom how it can help some people and damage others. While exploring such important issues of the digital age, the author also allows the readers to see what love really looks like in a person's true moment of need. Macy does not know how she will follow her dreams if this viral twitter feed follows her forever, and how messy life can get because of social media. This was truly a quick, fun book to read. I would suggest it to any of my students who wanted a little romance and a little reality to spice things up for a great read. I wish it came out over the summer for kids to enjoy! Not Your #Lovestory by Sonia Hartl comes out in September of 2020. http://kaitlynrcarpenter.weebly.com/p...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily Thiede

    I was excited to read this book, because of how much I enjoyed Have a Little Faith in Me, but I still wasn't prepared for how much I loved it! I FLEW through Not Your #Lovestory. There were moments that made my heart ACHE, and SO many that made me laugh out loud. The dialogue is wickedly funny, and I absolutely loved the motley crew of video-store employees who tease each other mercilessly in the way only long-time friends can. Plus, the Bees are the most wonderful, hilarious, give-no-crap posse I was excited to read this book, because of how much I enjoyed Have a Little Faith in Me, but I still wasn't prepared for how much I loved it! I FLEW through Not Your #Lovestory. There were moments that made my heart ACHE, and SO many that made me laugh out loud. The dialogue is wickedly funny, and I absolutely loved the motley crew of video-store employees who tease each other mercilessly in the way only long-time friends can. Plus, the Bees are the most wonderful, hilarious, give-no-crap posse of grumpy quilting grannies I never knew I needed. Not Your #Lovestory is genuinely funny and romantic, but also wrestles with issues of classism, power, consent, and internet fame, all woven through the story with so much cleverness and care that it never feels preachy. Sonia Hartl has a gift for crafting characters who are flawed and human in unexpected ways, and stories that go beyond the confines of one genre. Once again, she's written a book that will leave a lasting impression on any reader lucky enough to pick it up.

  27. 5 out of 5

    TBHONEST

    Not Your #Lovestory is a profoundly relevant and timely read that is very easy to connect with and invest in as you can imagine it happening in society today. An original story that will appeal to social media users young and old that keeps you hooked with it's relevance, honesty and strong characters, Not Your #Lovestory is a profoundly relevant and timely read that is very easy to connect with and invest in as you can imagine it happening in society today. An original story that will appeal to social media users young and old that keeps you hooked with it's relevance, honesty and strong characters,

  28. 5 out of 5

    Auriane Desombre

    I started reading this book on a busy day, intending to read only the first chapter, but when I looked up, three hours had passed and I'd read the whole thing. I sold my heart to Macy right away, and I just want to live in this book forever. I started reading this book on a busy day, intending to read only the first chapter, but when I looked up, three hours had passed and I'd read the whole thing. I sold my heart to Macy right away, and I just want to live in this book forever.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Reviewed for Booklist! Reviewed for Booklist!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Park

    Review to come!

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