Blog Tour: Love on the Main Stage

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Today, I’m honoured to be taking part in the blog tour for Love on the Main Stage. Thank you so much to Becci Mansell and Hachette Children’s Group for including me and sending me a copy of this uplifting, hopeful book in exchange for an honest review.

16-year-old songwriter Nova is having the best summer of her life. Helping out with her parents’ food truck, she gets to attend not one, but five different music festivals! Things get even better when she meets cute American boy, Sam, an aspiring musician like her. After sharing a magical evening dancing under the stars, Nova never expects to see Sam again. But to her surprise they keep meeting up at music festivals . . .

Nova begins to hope that their romance could become more than just a festival fling. So why is Sam so reluctant to talk about himself? And why does he have access to the VIP backstage area . . .?

TW: cheating, divorce, alcoholism

My Thoughts:

This was a really fun and entertaining read that transported me straight to summer and reminded me of the magic of music. Summer feels like this stretch of time where anything could happen, which Domingo capitalises on with this romantic, feel good read.

I really loved how much food there was in this book, with all of the vivid descriptions sounding mouth-wateringly good. The fusion of food and sheer variety of flavours were so delicious, I could practically smell them. I really loved how Domingo explored the link between food and culture, with Nova’s parents using their culinary magic to keep aspects of their culture prevalent in their family life. Food, when done right, evokes so many memories and you often associate it with a time or place, something which Domingo utilises to full effect.

Similarly, music is such an emotional tool in our lives and it is music that is at the heart of the sweet, natural feeling romance that the book centres around. Music draws Sam and Nova together, giving them confidence and expressing their feelings in such a powerful and eloquent way. Nova felt like such a star in the making, initially shy and lacking confidence in her skill. She slowly blossoms out of her shell and is just incredibly likeable and relatable.

I really liked Domingo’s style of writing, as it was just so engaging and bingeable. This was the case with Love, Secret Santa and it happened again here! I flew through the majority of the story within an afternoon, getting wrapped up entirely in the summer that might’ve been. The general tone of the book is light and fun, but it also delves into tougher topics of privilege, gentrification and the effects of alcoholism and broken families.

Love on the Main Stage is a really cute, endearing summery read that will leave you dreaming of your own dream festival.

On that note, as part of this blog tour, Team BKMRK have encouraged us to create our own dream festival playlists. I really liked this idea and had to restrain myself from including too many songs, so I’ve mainly streamlined it to my favourite songs from each artist that I would definitely lose my voice singing along to.

My Dream Festival Playlist:

Thank you again to Becci Mansell and Hachette Children’s Group for including me and sending me an eARC of this sheer ray of sunshine in exchange for an honest review. Please check out the other amazing bloggers and their stops on this tour!

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