Here’s to Us, by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
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Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: January 4, 2022
Length: 320 pages
Times Read: Once
Nothing will get in the way of Millie Price’s dream to become a Broadway star. Not her lovable but super-introverted dad, who after raising Millie alone, doesn’t want to watch her leave home to pursue her dream. Not her pesky and ongoing drama club rival, Oliver, who is the very definition of Simmering Romantic Tension. And not the “Millie Moods,” the feelings of intense emotion that threaten to overwhelm, always at maddeningly inconvenient times. Millie needs an ally. And when a left-open browser brings Millie to her dad’s embarrassingly moody LiveJournal from 2003, Millie knows just what to do. She’s going to find her mom.
There’s Steph, a still-aspiring stage actress and receptionist at a talent agency. There’s Farrah, ethereal dance teacher who clearly doesn’t have the two left feet Millie has. And Beth, the chipper and sweet stage enthusiast with an equally exuberant fifteen-year-old daughter (A possible sister?! This is getting out of hand). But how can you find a new part of your life and expect it to fit into your old one, without leaving any marks? And why is it that when you go looking for the past, it somehow keeps bringing you back to what you’ve had all along?
OMIGOD THIS IS FINALLY SO APPROPRIATE YOU GUYS
♥ This is another short little sort of review because I was supposed to write my review weeks ago and like usual I DIDN’T because I am starting 2022 off by continuing on exactly as I have always done with zero improvements.
♥ But THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU IF:
- You love musicals/theater and want to see the world backstage
- You love enemies to lovers
- You’ve enjoyed Emma Lord in the past
- The concept of Mama Mia with a “find my mom instead” twist intrigues you
- You were ever part of musical theater, whether on stage or crew or production, even just in high school, because there is something about about it that never leaves you and you can never forget what it feels like backstage and you bond with everyone, be that being at school until 11 pm every school night for rehearsal or early Saturday morning to build scaffolding. (Why yes I was on stage crew and I did have a headset and I did find that wildly exciting why do you ask?)
- You can’t get enough of a good epilogue because Emma Lord does nothing better than give us one every time that involves every single character.
So READ UP, YA’LL! Millie is a heroine to root for and Oliver is a beautiful little cinnamon roll in a sticky bun wrapping. You can’t see it at first but once you get to the inside of him, hoooooo boy.
“Every conversation with someone who has more power than you is an audition if you squint.”
“The apartment is so quiet the next morning I feel like I’m haunting it.”