I’m back from the dead again! And hopefully I’ll be really, truly back from the dead in a week (once I’m out of school and have more time). Today I’m on the blog tour for It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland. Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me! You can find the rest of the tour schedule here.
pub date: May 18, 2021
In Miel Moreland’s heartfelt young adult debut, It Goes Like This, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak.
Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they’ve been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school, never expecting to headline anything bigger than the county fair.
But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens’ band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste’s starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl…of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best-friends back together. As they prepare for one last show, they’ll discover whether growing up always means growing apart.
Content Warnings: primary trigger warning – Misgendering and none of it is done maliciously (although it’s still obviously harmful to the non-binary character) and hospitals / Minor mentions of: biphobia, homophobia, substance addiction, eating disorders/body image, grief/loss of a parent.
Miel Moreland writes character-driven contemporary Young Adult novels. Born and raised in Minneapolis, she has a Midwestern heart but wandering feet. When not making pop music references and celebrating fandom, she is likely to be found drinking hot chocolate and making spreadsheets. She currently resides in Boston.
I loved this book very very much, so without further ado, here are my top 5 reasons why you should read it (eve though there are many many more):
- It leaves you with a sense of nostalgia and wonder similar to that of Almost Famous (but more queer—which is always better).
- The friendships! My queens. I’m a sucker for a good friendship, and boy does this book have it.
- Starry eyed romance amirite. It’s literally in the blurb, and wow is it accurate. This book has something for the romance lovers out here.
- It fills you with that intoxicating feeling of being on stage—the one i in turn love and hate. There’s something about having all the attention on you that’s incredible (and terrifying). This book just makes it feel incredible.
- the idealized, inclusive music industry and kind media
- Character development is KING. People actually change in this book! It’s great. There are grand realizations about who they are and what they want and it’s wonderful and sweet and satisfying.
I didn’t actually mean to write six. It just sort of… happened. Anyways, you should read this book. I loved it. I made time to read it all in one sitting in the middle of my absolutely wild schedule. I’m out of time because I have to write my final paper for English, but I’ll see y’all again when I have something resembling time.
How have you been?
Have you read this?
Do you plan to?