Book - 2020
When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it's a complete disaster. The members of Nina's haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she'd hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life. The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it a...ll off Nina's family is on the brink of some major upheaval. Everything feels like it's spiraling out of control--but maybe control is overrated?
The radio broadcasting class is supposed to be one of the best electives you can take senior year, so Nina signs up. Of course, her interest is more than passing—her dad is a radio host in California, and since her parents split up when she and her two sisters were young, listening to his show from her home in Indiana is the best way Nina can feel close to him, especially now that her mom is remarrying. But her class radio team just can't seem to get it together. Their show (Sounds of the Nineties) has next to no listeners and they just aren't meshing as a group. It doesn't help that one of the team members is Jamie, Nina's neighbor—they were close until a middle-school falling out, and Nina would really rather avoid him. Mills (Famous in a Small Town, 2019) employs buckets of humor in her supporting cast and peppers Nina's down-to-earth narrative with moments of deep heart. A terrifically appealing venture through the fraught task of connecting with other people. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.Review by PW Annex Reviews
Wanting her final semester at Meridian North High to be as painless as possible, Indianapolis high school senior Nina signs up for a radio broadcasting class, "reportedly one of the most fun electives you could take." Though her absent father hosts his own radio show in California, Nina has little knowledge of the field. Taking on the task of producing her group's program proves disastrous, especially when she's stuck working with a wooden-voiced host—and Jamie, a childhood friend, with whom she's felt awkward ever since their potential romance soured in the eighth grade. Meanwhile, her mother's upcoming marriage to dentist Dan is bringing unanticipated changes to Nina's family. Proving once again that a teen's life is anything but simple, veteran romance writer Mills (Famous in a Small Town) delivers a well-crafted, bittersweet comedy of errors filled with realistically flawed characters and taut, witty dialogue. The book's frenzied climax and splashy resolution, showcasing an unexpected hero, sharply depicts the pain of betrayal and power of effective teamwork. Ages 14–up. (Jan.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly Annex.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 9 Up—Even though Nina is the daughter of a semi-famous radio host, her own radio show is a mess. Created as part of her high school's broadcasting class, her show Sounds of the Nineties has a wooden host, a catalog of obscure '90s songs, and an average listenership of three people. Charged by their teacher with improving their station, her team—comprised of practical Sasha, prankster Joydeep, and Nina's childhood crush Jamie—unintentionally hits upon a solution when they play several tracks in a row by '90s grunge band Existential Dead and build an instant following among their fanbase. Capitalizing on this success, they start planning a ticketed fundraiser with Nina's dad as the surprise guest. The only problem is that the "hints" they're tweeting out have the Internet convinced that the guest is either Tyler Bright, the reclusive frontman of Existential Dead, or Lucas Kirk, member of the hit boy band This Is Our Now. Meanwhile, Nina is trying to sort through her feelings about her mother's engagement and their impending move from a historical apartment building that has always been home, while also rekindling her friendship-and-maybe-more with Jamie after a falling-out years earlier. The book is rich with Mills's signature witty dialogue, close-knit friend groups, and gentle romance, which will delight fans of her earlier titles. However, the pacing feels rushed, with many scenes ending abruptly. Still, the radio plot is fun and fresh, and the warm, realistic sibling dynamics pleasantly evoke Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. VERDICT As usual, Mills delivers a charming romance with nuanced supporting characters and exceptionally good dialogue. Hand this to fans of Jenn Bennett or Brigid Kemmerer's contemporary novels.—Elizabeth Giles, Lubuto Library Partners, Zambia Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.
A high school senior’s decision to take a radio broadcasting class is complicated by the very different approaches of her broadcast team and the presence of a childhood former friend she had hoped to avoid. By the author of Foolish Hearts. Simultaneous eBook.Review by Publisher Summary 2
With the warmth, wit, intimate friendships, and heart-melting romance she brings to all her books, Emma Mills crafts a story about believing in yourself, owning your mistakes, and trusting in human connection in Lucky Caller.When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.The members of Nina's haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she'd hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina's family is on the brink of some major upheaval. Everything feels like it's spiraling out of control—but maybe control is overrated?