Monday, June 17, 2013

Review: Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not? by Thompson Square and Travis Thrasher

Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?
Daniel and Casey were an unlikely couple back in high school when they came together to write music for a school event. Struggling against their differences, they dated during college, but their relationship never seemed quite right. Yet despite their personal conflict, as songwriters they had undeniable chemistry—and several hit songs. Eventually they went their own ways, both trying to make it in the music world and find true love.

Years later, both Daniel and Casey are at rock bottom, still trying to find success. But when they connect again as old friends, they realize that what they needed was right in front of them all along: each other.

From Thompson Square, a married twosome who knows a little something about what it’s like to overcome years of struggle in the music business and find love, Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not? is a charming and humorous love story about coming of age, knowing where you belong, and finding the perfect person to share life with.
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication Date: June 4, 2013

Kat's Review
I want to start this review by pointing out the cover- it's beautiful.  It reminds me of being a teenager and climbing out my bedroom window to the roof over the garage and hanging out with my next- door neighbour Andre, who would throw rocks at my window to get my attention.  I'm a sucker for a good book cover, and this one drew me in.  I'm also a music fanatic, and hung out with the kids in rock bands back in high school, so the synopsis also caught my attention.  I went into this one with high expectations.
The book follows the story of Daniel and Casey, from when they meet in high school until their mid-thirties.  The story jumps from past to present and everywhere in between, and from Casey's to Daniel's perspective.  I didn't mind that too much, but if you like your stories linear, this one might drive you nuts.   Daniel is the rocker musician, whose dream is to become a rock star, while Casey is a country girl at  heart.  When they are thrown together at school for an extra-curricular project, they write a song together, thus beginning the magic of their shared song writing. 
There are a few things that I had a hard time overlooking in this book.  Casey and Daniel are in high school in the mid-90's, but there are some cultural references that are a bit out of place.  At one point there is a reference to one of their teachers writing lyrics to a Lady Gaga song, which doesn't make sense for the time period.  Also, I found both characters to be likeable as teens, but much less likeable as adults.  Certainly some of that is due to the hardships both face over the years, but some of it I can't account for.  There are a lot of references to how old they are, and to be honest I almost felt as though they were characters in their mid to late forties in the present.

However, the storyline is a love story, and does portray some of the realistic aspects of becoming an adult.  The difficulties Casey and Daniel faced while trying to maintain a long distance relationship in college, the realization that your life isn't working out the way you hoped it would, relationships that last longer than they should out of a sense of obligation- all these are problems faced by real people.  I liked the music references, and rooted for Casey and Daniel to make it in the end.

Rating: Worth a Look

I think the book could have been stronger, or perhaps more tightly written and a bit shorter, but overall there is a good story here.  It's a bit of a nostalgic trip through time if you were a high school student in the 90s.  There are also several country music references that will be enjoyable to fans of the genre.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

Purchase: AMAZON

1 comment:

  1. Awesome lyrics! I'll sing this to my sweetheart! I love the music and always wanted to hear something like that. Now I'm trying to purchase discount Thompson Square tickets from


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