Famous in a small town

Emma Mills, 1989-

Book - 2019

For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. With her four best friends, she can weather any storm. But when Sophie's beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it's her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town's only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival. The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.... What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.

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Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York, NY : Henry Holt and Company 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Junior Library Guild selection"
Physical Description
312 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250179630
1250179637
Main Author
Emma Mills, 1989- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Small-town life is anything but suffocating for Sophie, who spends most of her time with her four best friends and worries about leaving home for college. In most ways, Acadia, Illinois, is a typical small town. Its one claim to fame is Megan Pleasant, a country singer-songwriter who made it big with sweet songs about her hometown, before turning on it in her latest record. Sophie's stuck on a mission to get Megan to return home to play a benefit that will solve the Acadia Marching Band's financial problems, but that's just one of the quests she and her friends undertake through a summer of change, adventure, and heartbreak. For Sophie, especially, it's all of the above when enigmatic August moves to town; despite their chemistry, he's determined to keep her at a distance. A late-breaking twist, while somewhat out of sync with the rest of the narrative, doesn't diminish the truly genuine, humorous heart of the novel. A comfortable, readable tale of deep friendship, small towns, and big love in all its guises. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Mills (Foolish Hearts) encapsulates small-town life in this eventful romance set in the fictional community of Acadia, Ill. Working at a supermarket, babysitting for the Conlins, meeting up with her tight-knit group of friends, and fulfilling her duty as president of the high school marching band's fundraising committee, narrator Sophie Kemper has her hands full the summer before senior year. Her main goal is to get the town's claim to fame, country star Megan Pleasant, to return home for a performance in order to raise funds for the band's upcoming trip. When Mr. Conlin's younger brother August moves in for an undetermined length of time, she becomes infatuated. August seems to enjoy spending time with her, but Sophie is confused by his sometimes hot, sometimes cold responses and his reluctance to talk about his past. Mysteries surrounding Megan Pleasant and August couple with sharp-witted dialogue to show that the town is more than meets the eye—and that people in tiny communities are as complex as those in big cities. Ages 14–up. Agent: Bridget Smith, Dunham Literary. (Jan.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. With her four best friends, she can weather any storm. But when Sophie's beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it's her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town's only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival. The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return. What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Loving her small community, school and best friends, Sophie develops an unexpected crush on a quiet, alluring new next-door neighbor, August, who seems to prefer keeping others at arm's length. By the author of Foolish Hearts. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Tasked with getting her school's marching band to the Rose Parade, Sophie tries to persuade her small town's only claim to fame, country singer Megan Pleasant, to return to town and help her raise the funds.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.