Book Reviews

Not with the Band by Kelli Warner

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 359
Stand alone
Genre: YA, High School
Published: May 5, 2017
Rating: 3 stars


Drama. Jerks. Another new school. Those are three things Kassidy Perry vows to avoid her senior year of high school. Unfortunately, it looks like the Universe didn’t get the memo. When her mom marries the football coach from a rival high school, Kassidy’s forced to move (again), enroll in a new school (again) and adapt to life with three stepbrothers, including the school’s star quarterback who’s barely said two words to her. And what’s up with her incredibly hot-yet-cocky neighbor who’s developed a weird habit of climbing the trellis to her bedroom’s balcony? Nothing about her senior year is turning out the way Kassidy planned-and that’s before a revealed family secret drops the biggest bombshell yet. Jordan Lawson could care less about football, even though he’s starting his senior year on the radar of college recruiters. He just wants to play music with his band, win a national contest with a record label and pursue his dream of being a musician. When those plans are threatened, his saving grace lies in the hands of his new stepsister. But how can he ask Kassidy for a monumental favor, when he’s partly to blame for derailing her life? And what if getting what he wants puts her dreams in jeopardy?


Kassidy and Jordan have found themselves living in the same house. Both are having issues in their lives and the move shifts everything they know and understand. Jordan just wants to play music but his father wants him to focus only on football. Kassidy has to change schools and find a place at yet another new school. Kassidy and Jordan must learn to lean on each other and go through the changes that have turned their lives upside down.

I love the communication in this book. There are many times in YA that the relationships the character has with other people aren’t always healthy. I really liked this book. It was going to be a four-star for me but the drama between Lucas and Kassidy just didn’t feel right with where these characters were at. It felt more like the drama needs to happen so throw it in at the wrong time. But it did turn out for the better.