Series: Backstage Pass #4
Author: Suze Winegardner
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Published: July 14th 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 183
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
★★★★ (4/5) Stars!
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I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!
I'll start this off by saying that when I first started Anya and the Shy Guy I felt pretty disappointed. While Anya and Matt's story was great and I did end up enjoying it...that was actually the problem. It was Anya and Matt. If I'm reading a series I tend to avoid blurbs of subsequent books in the series because I always like to be surprised with what's going to happen next. I went in expecting to read the story of an adorably shy boy band member coming out of his shell. Or even get inside his head and see how he coped with being in the spotlight and being so shy. Instead I ended up with a not-so-shy twin trying to pretend he was so. Even now that I've finished and enjoyed it as much as I did, there is still some lingering twinges of disappointment.
I think what I loved the most about this book was Anya's character. She really tugs at your heart. Abandoned and homeless since she was fifteen it was hard to not fall under her spell. She's spunky, sweet and strong and has a huge heart. The girl even made a few tears escape me at the end of the book. She had such a heartwarming and inspiring story.
I feel kind of bad saying that I was disappointed because, truly, Matt was a really fun character. It was never anything on him, he just wasn't what I was expecting. I liked how he couldn't help but be himself, Matt, whenever he was around Anya. How this guy who seems very confident and bold would end up being tongue tied almost and a bit cheesy when he was trying to be smooth and charming with her. It left me cracking up on occasion the things that'd come out of his mouth that would...not....go over well with her.
As always, it was also very awesome to see the rest of the guys from Seconds to Juliet again. See them at their worst and at each others throats and yet in the end they still all come together and you see that bond that's as strong as any real family. See them support and look out for one another.
Overall, once I really got into it, this addition to the Backstage Pass series was a lot of fun. It was sweet, the romance was beyond swoony and it was a quick read that was hard to put down. I can't wait to get to Nathan's story and watch the final member of the band fall in love.