Title: The Melody of You and Me (Lillac Town #1)
Author: M. Hollis
Release Date: September 29th 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT
POV: third person
After dropping out of university and breaking up with her girlfriend of three years, Chris Morrison’s life is now a mind-numbing mess. She doubts that working at the small neighborhood bookstore is going to change that. The rest of her time is spent mostly playing guitar and ignoring the many messages her mother keeps sending her about going back to college.
But one day, an adorable and charming new bookseller waltzes her way into Chris’s life. Josie Navarro is sweet, flirty, and she always has a new book in her hands. The two girls start a fast friendship that, for Chris, holds the promise of something more. But is she reading too much into this or is it possible that Josie feels the same way?
“She wishes they could stay like this forever. Just the two of them; telling stories and sharing secrets without a care in the world.”
The Melody of You and Me is the wholesome, adorable WLW novella the world needs.
I loved everything about Chris and Josie’s relationship. At first, Chris didn’t know if Josie was into girls. Seeing Chris tip toe around Josie was so adorable when it was obvious from an outside pov that she was totally checking her out. Chris and Josie were so supportive of each other. When Josie asked for help, Chris was always there. Josie encouraged Chris to follow her dreams.
There was some great representation. Pansexual representation is really rare, and often, it is ignored as it isn’t apart of the short ‘LGBT’ acronym. Having Chris explicitly state that she was pansexual, was so awesome. In a lot of the books I’ve read, sexualities aren’t explicitly stated. Characters are often implied to be bisexual or pansexual, but they never actually state what they are. Using words is so important. However, I would have liked there have been some elaboration on what Chris defined being pansexual as. There is a lot of murky water with pansexuality and bisexuality because some people define it as the same thing for themselves personally but use different words. Explicitly stating why Chris identified as pansexual would’ve been a nice addition. In the end, I was just happy that at the least words identifying sexuality were used.
The Melody of You and Me addressed a lot of other important social issues. One of the biggest definers of New Adult is the main character’s journey to find their direction in life. College is seen as such a mandatory thing today, that a lot of people go just because it is something that everyone does. Chris dropped out of college because it wasn’t what she wanted to do. She felt pressure from her parents and then girlfriend to stay in. I liked that she overcame that and made her own decision. It was cool to see growth and later on in the novella, Chris finding her passion. There was also commentary on how female masturbation and sexuality are stigmatized. We also get to see Josie’s passion for ballet, and her drive to make a safe space and encourage inclusivity in ballet, which is known for being a very privileged, white sport.
Overall, I wish the plot was more drawn out. Novellas will never leave me fully satisfied. At times, The Melody of You and Me felt rushed. Again, that is really just a consequence of it being a novella. I am totally okay with reading a 400 page romance novel just to get the slow development. That’s not to say that it the pacing in this was a deal breaker. The Melody of You and Me is still great. I just personally wish it was longer.
If you need a pick-me-up and love bookstore settings, I would definitely recommend The Melody of You and Me.
“Then we have all the romance bookshelves that take most of our space,” she adds.
“With good reason,” Josie says around a laugh. “Who doesn’t love to get lost inside unrealistic ideals of romantic love?”
“She didn’t actually have anything concrete planned for her life at that point. After graduating high school, she just went straight to college and never stopped to think about the future.
Why do they never let young people stop to think?
Why is it unacceptable to take a little time to figure out what she wants to do for the rest of her life?”
I read this for the 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge Bingo.