Okay. How cool is it to have a soundtrack to a book?! Seriously! I wish I would’ve come up with that idea! Maybe because music and books are my two most favorite things in this world. Both offer so much support, comfort and love. They do that separately. But the combination of the two of them is just beyond awesome! You should read the book. If only to experience this bombastic combination!
I’ve read and loved the Slammed books by Colleen Hoover and am also quite fond of Finding Hope. So, when I heard that she was going to publish a new book AND combine it with a soundtrack, it was 100% clear that I would have to buy and read it. And that’s exactly what I did last night. I don’t know what it is with me and reading at night, but somehow books are just so much better when I’m supposed to be sleeping. 🙂
When we first meet the protagonist Sydney, she is sitting on her suitcases in the rain after having punched her now ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend in the face. Finding out that the two people who you love most are hooking up with each other behind your back is quite harsh. Doing just that on your 22nd birthday is even worse. But what would a good book be with a big portion of drama.
So, Sydney is sitting in the rain with no place to go, when her neighbor Ridge takes her into his apartment. The two of them had been secretly crushing on each other for quite a while. Every day at 8pm Ridge would sit on his balcony and play the guitar while Sydney would sit on her balcony, pretend to do homework and come up with lyrics to his melodies. After she moves in with him they soon develop an intense friendship. They keep creating music together and the more time they spend with each other the more obvious it gets that their feelings are way deeper than friendship. Problem is that Ridge is in a relationship of 5 years. Knowing what it feels like to be betrayed, Sydney tries to fight her feelings for him, but at some point it is just no longer possible. They find themselves in a situation that seems to have no way out. So you basically have all the drama that you need right there. Ready to evolve. To come and get you. But somehow it didn’t get me.
I don’t know what it is about the book that didn’t grab me the way I wanted it to. The characters somehow lack some depth and there are points in the story where it just seems to drag on. I was contemplating putting the book away again somewhere in the middle, but I didn’t. Partly because I was a tiny bit curious how things would evolve, but mainly because I hate leaving a book unfinished. And I’m thankful for that. Because it really does get more interesting in the end and the fact that the book has its own soundtrack makes it all okay again. Griffin Peterson did an amazing job and the lyrics really do reflect all the emotions and situations of the characters in the book.
What the book does do really good, is show how we can’t control our feelings. We can’t choose who we fall in love with. Sometimes these things just happen. If you develop feelings for someone there is nothing you can do to stop them. They will always be there. The only thing you can do is deciding whether or not to act upon them. That part is up to you. But we probably all know how hard it is to simply ignore our feelings. Especially if they are passionate and strong. And nevertheless, we keep on feeling and life goes on. Feelings are something beautiful, and I love the way the book shows how they can be right and wrong at the same time. How they can feel good and still hurt. How they can be something we never want to let go and how we would still do everything to get rid of them. Only to take them back the moment we manage to do just that.
“My entire body is battling itself. My left brain is telling me this is somehow wrong, my right brain is wanting to hear her sing again, my stomach is nowhere to be found, and my heart is punching itself in the face with one arm and hugging itself with the other.”
All in all the book was okay. Probably not my favorite one of all time and nowhere as good as Slammed, but I still think that it is worth picking it up. Because the music going along with it makes reading it such an unique experience that you just can’t miss it. I really hope that more authors will pick up Colleen Hoover’s idea and come up with soundtracks for their music!!!!!!!