High school senior Angie isn’t usually a secretive person, but when her idol launches a songwriting competition which her mother forbids her from entering, Angie decides to do it anyway. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity… possibly her lucky break into the music industry.
When Angie meets Nevada, who has an extraordinary voice, she’s convinced that they’ll win if they work together. But Tennessee, Nevada’s older brother, is wary of Nevada’s friendship with Angie — especially when he learns about the contest.
Can Angie convince Tennessee that she’s interested in his family for the right reasons—or will her dream of becoming a songwriter crumble before her eyes?
*Thanks again to Olivia Wildenstein for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Even though it took me three weeks to finish Harshville, I still have to say that it was a pretty quick read because whenever I actually felt like reading the book, I really flew through the chapters. The only problem was that it just wasn’t interesting enough to make me want to finish it in like a week or so. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun story and seeing a character like Nev – who has a rare medical condition – in a young adult novel was very interesting and it’s important to see more of that in literature. But most of the plot was very cliché and so was the writing. A lot of phrases the author used were some I’d just heard so many times before.
What I really liked about Harshville though were the characters and the romance. Angie and Ten were an adorable couple and I loved following their story. I just think there was a bit too much back and forth between the two and the story dragged on a little before the novel ended way too abruptly.
But overall, Harshville was a cute read which I enjoyed for the most part. It just wasn’t anything special and way too cliché for my liking but I’ve definitely read worse books which is why I decided to still give it three stars.