Ever since Daniel moved to L.A. from Brazil to join the band Mischief & Mayhem, he’s become the tabloids’ bad boy. Paparazzi follow him and girls swoon over him . . . except for Sasha, who hates bad boys. When a chance encounter brings them together, Sasha sees an opportunity to get close to Daniel and write a story that will make a name for herself at the celebrity gossip magazine where she interns. But Daniel is surprisingly sweet and extremely cute—could she be falling for him?
The truth is: Daniel is hiding something. When Sasha discovers his secret, will she follow her heart or deliver the hottest story of the summer?
Title: Bad at Love
Author: Gabriela Martins
Publication Date: August 30, 2022
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
This was the peeeerfect summer read! It had fun adventures in the music industry, a diverse set of characters, and a heart in the midst of it all. Plus, it’s compared to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days!
I love that this book takes place in the same universe as Like a Love Song. We get a glimpse into the lives of some of the characters we fell in love with in that book which is always nice.
Daniel is the sweetest guy ever! Throughout the book, he has a rep as this bad boy musician that is so far from the truth. This man is kind, sensitive, and just the biggest cinnamon roll. He was the perfect opposite to Sasha, our other protagonist. Sasha is on a mission to ruin said cinnamon roll which makes for an interesting story! Sasha and Daniel each go through their own arcs as they try to figure out what to do with each other and what to do with their futures.
There’s also talk of white privilege and how that plays into Daniel (who looks more white) immigrating from Brazil and Sasha (who looks more like a person of color) living in the states her whole life. This, coupled with their personal troubles and growth give this book so much heart and makes the characters incredibly real. I love that we’re able to get this glimpse into their minds and their hearts.
I love the famous person trope so this book was right up my alley. We get some “behind the scenes footage” as Daniel works on his music and with his band in LA. We also get to see a bit of the celebrity industry through Sasha’s eyes as she tries to write the story that will gain her the recognition she craves. I always love being able to spend some time in the entertainment industry through books so this was a real treat for me.
Overall, this was a great read for summer or anytime really! I loved the characters and loved the adventure that I was able to take through them. I would absolutely recommend this book!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
GABRIELA MARTINS is a Brazilian kidlit author and linguist. Her stories feature Brazilian characters finding themselves and love. She was a high school teacher and has also worked as a TED Ed-Club facilitator, where she helped teens develop their own talks in TED format. She edited and self-published a pro-bono LGBTQ+ anthology (KEEP FAITH) with all funds going to queer people in need. When she’s not writing, she can be found cuddling with her two cats, or singing loudly and off-key. LIKE A LOVE SONG was her YA romance debut, and BAD AT LOVE (Underlined/PRH) is her sophomore novel, coming out in summer 2022. She’s also one of the contributors for the Algonquin Latinx Horror anthology OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS.