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I Gotta Sing About It And Make A Record Of My Heart

In The Secrets of Attraction, Robin Constantine whips up a frothy romance between a brooding musician and a girl who can't get serious.

I Gotta Sing About It And Make A Record Of My Heart

BOOK REPORT for The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

Cover Story: PDA
BFF Charms: Roger Murtaugh, With Benefits
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said
Bonus Factor: I'm With The Band
Relationship Status: Summer Fling

Cover Story: PDA

Why bother finding models who resemble the characters if you're just going to put them in a pose like that? Because this cover will NEVER see the light of day, y'all.

The Deal:

What do you get when you cross a commitment-phobic flirt with a brokenhearted musician? The answer is plenty of sparks... and an aching amount of uncertainty.

When Madison and Jesse connect at a local coffeeshop, the former is dealing with some surprising family news while the latter is trying to get over the fact that his ex-girlfriend is dating his ex-drummer. Neither is looking for love, but their hearts just might lead them to it anyway.

BFF Charms: Roger Murtaugh, With Benefits

Madison is, as my grandmother would say, a hoot. Blazing with impish confidence, she's vivacious and fun, and her passion for art and architecture gives her a creative zing. I liked her plenty, but when it came to the opposite sex, Madison drove me BONKERS. She's afraid of letting guys get close, and while I completely understand that fear, it doesn't justify putting on a one woman Hot 'n' Cold routine. Girlfriend is rough on Jesse, not to mention her boy toy, Zach, and I'm too old to be face palming so frequently. That shizz can lead to arthritis.

You know I wish that I was Jesse's girl, da-na-na-na-nah. (Sing it with me, now!) I'm not saying I would marry the dude, but I certainly wouldn't mind being his groupie. His brooding hotness turns into sweet earnestness as he gets to know Madison, and then it blazes back up the minute he hits the stage and growls into the microphone. Sure, he's still a teenager, so he can be kind of an ass, but for the most part, he's a really, really good guy. Plus, he can make a mean chai latte.

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

The shifting narration between Madison and Jesse's perspectives builds their growing attraction to each other in a way that feels natural and deliciously fraught with uncertainty. Jesse, a true romantic, does the heavy lifting in this department with both small and grand gestures, including the ultimate move-- writing a song about his crush. There's plenty here to send your heart aflutter, but I had to knock off a point for Robin Constantine's abuse of the word "tongue," because like a kid learning to French, there was just waaaaay too much of it.

Talky Talk: She Said, He Said

As I mentioned above, the chapters alternate between Madison and Jesse, and their distinct voices carry a casual, familiar tone. Constantine's easy breezy style and even pacing make this novel as effortless to consume as a margarita by the pool.

Bonus Factor: I'm With The Band

Given the number of books I've read recently that feature a high school rock band, I'm starting to wonder if this is the new vampire/dystopia of YA. And by wonder, I mean hope, because I love being one of the cool kids without having to practice. 

Although I didn't feel so cool when I read this passage about Jesse learning "Sweet Child O' Mine" for his ex-girlfriend:

The song was Hannah. It wasn't our song or anthing, and I hadn't been learning it to impress her-- she would have been like, Guns and Roses who? She always joked about my love for classic rock that I'd picked up from my father.

"Guns and Roses who?"!!! CLASSIC ROCK?!

Casting Call:

Dove Cameron as Madison

Jamie Blackley as Jesse

Thanks to If I Stay, we already know he can play a dynamite musician!

Relationship Status: Summer Fling

Book, thanks for offering me a pleasant dalliance with no strings attached. Since my brain is currently on vacation, it's nice to meet a read that's not complicated or demanding, and I appreciated your harmless fun. (Even though you did make me feel a little old.)

FTC Full Disclosure: I received my review copy from Balzer + Bray. I received neither money nor cocktails for this review (dammit!). The Secrets of Attraction is available now.

Posh Deluxe's photo About the Author: Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).