The best songs come from broken hearts.
Sixteen-year-old Bird Barrett has grown up on the road, singing backup in her family’s bluegrass band, and playing everywhere from Nashville, Tennesee to Nowhere, Oklahoma. One fateful night, Bird fills in for her dad by singing lead, and a scout in the audience offers her a spotlight all her own.
Soon Bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music video shoots. Her first single hits the top twenty, and suddenly fans and paparazzi are around every corner. She’s even caught the eye of her longtime crush, fellow roving musician Adam Dean. With Bird’s star on the rise, though, tradition and ambition collide. Can Bird break out while staying true to her roots?
In a world of glamour and gold records, a young country music star finds her voice.
Description taken from Goodreads.
I don’t remember exactly who it was, but I heard about WILDFLOWER from one of my best blogger friends at the time. The book was hyped up a lot, and when I finally got my hands on a copy, I was really excited to try it.
Then I started reading the book and things were…
Well they were…
If you really, genuinely enjoy hardcore country music, then I would recommend this book to you. If you’re a so-so fan of modern country music, then you probably won’t like the country music jargon assorted throughout this book. WILDFLOWER focuses a lot on bluegrass and fiddles and traditional country.
That was the first thing. I’m not a huge country fan. Sure, I like some, but it’s not my favorite genre. I wasn’t in love with the music from the beginning, and the music was the kind where every line seems to have to rhyme. There are authors, and then there are songwriters, and very few are both. This is not one of those ‘both’ stories.
Then there’s the characters.
My problem with the characters really tied into the writing. For me, books that are written primarily in the style where I’m constantly being told something are an automatic downer. This is one of those stories, and that’s why I couldn’t fall in love with the characters. They were incredibly one-dimensional and fake, and the romance and the relationships felt forced.
On top of that, Bird is one of those do-no-wrong characters. Almost no one criticizes her in the entire book, and everyone loves her because she’s just so talented and speshulll.
All in all, I think there are much better stories than this about the challenges of fame and music. I would recommend AMERICAN GIRL ON SATURN by Nikki Godwin, JESSE’S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally, OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord and THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales. 1.5 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 336
Series: Wildflower #1