When Andi attends a music festival with one goal in mind – capture an interview with a famous band so she can pay for college – she gets more than she bargained for in this YA novel about family ties and finding your own way.
Andi Kennedy needs to make money for college, and fast. But her little YouTube crafting channel, while fun, isn’t exactly a money maker. So she’s heading to the world-famous Cabazon Valley Music and Arts Festival with a goal – film a video that will launch her channel into popularity and turn it into a legit money making venture, even if it means selling out her creative vision.
Instead, she finds obnoxious Jay Bankar, the annoyingly hot host of a popular prank channel who is the actual worst. Andi hates everything Jay stands for, which makes the undeniable connection she feels with him really freaking inconvenient. Soon she finds herself competing with Jay for an interview with the festival’s headlining band, which could be the key to turning her little channel directly into college tuition. But she’s starting to discover that there is more to Jay than his jerky on-screen persona, and she has to decide what’s more important – winning, or giving a second chance to a guy who couldn’t be more wrong for her.
Title: This is For Tonight
Author: Jessica Patrick
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
I have been missing music festivals and concerts for the past year and this book really filled that void for me. Plus, who can resist an enemies-to-lovers romance?
This book was a lot of fun. It takes place over one weekend spent at a music festival and follows a girl named Andi. Andi has a big problem. She needs money in order to attend her dream school and her side income, a craft-related YouTube channel, isn’t cutting it. I thought it was great to see how Andi’s problem lended to her character development. The whole weekend she’s trying to focus on finding a new way to make money from her YouTube channel and what she really finds is herself. Awww. Sounds cheesy when I say it, but it’s actually very well thought out.
While Andi was a good character, my favorite character was actually Jay. Jay is the love interest and has a few problems of his own. He is the literal sweetest guy in the whole world. I’m exaggerating here a bit, but he’s really great. He tries so hard to prove himself to Andi, even when she has the worst opinion of him. I admire his perseverance and his courage there at the end. It was great to see his development, as well.
The ending was a little open-ended, but I can see where the book was never meant to extend past this one weekend. Yeah, there are still things Andi has to figure out about her future and Jay has to put into action in his life, but for that one weekend, everything was okay. I liked that.
Overall, I think this book is a must-read for all YA romance lovers. You should especially check this one out if you’re needing a live music fix. Here’s hoping we can jump back into that scene soon!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Jessica Patrick runs a high school library by day, writes YA romance by night, and pets as many dogs as possible in between. She lives in Southern California with her cute family and she has an MFA from Spalding University, an annual passport to Disneyland, and about 75 tabs open on her internet browser. She is the author of THIS IS FOR TONIGHT.
She has also writes as Jessica Love and is the author of IN REAL LIFE and PUSH GIRL.