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Eighteen-year-old Barrie Krumholtz is a super-tall optimist hell-bent on a single goal: securing a slot on Pop University, a reality show for singer-songwriters helmed by her #1 musical idol. When she humiliates herself on national TV and loses a spot in the finals to smug balladeer Ava Alvarez, the door to Barrie’s well-hidden dark side swings open. Never a quitter, she uses her bitter envy of Ava to shape a bold new artistic direction, and people love it. But when Ava ropes her into a secret collaboration, it sparks feelings neither girl expected—feelings that might threaten their creative identities and distract them from their professional goals. Can love and ambition live side by side? Is happiness an art-killer? They’ll figure it out with the help of a blue guitar named Fernando, a keyboard named Rosalinda, and a few new friends who feel like home.
FANS OF HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART: Brandon and Abel are BACK! They have the B-plot in this book, and I loved hanging out with them again. They’re ten years older here. Not much wiser. But I think they’re gonna be okay.


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  1. Adele says:

    Hiya I loved this book. It made my heart lighter in a time in my life where all I can see is blackness and nothing to hope for. So thank you so much for that.
    Was wondering if you think you’ll realise paperback copies of A&B so I can add it to my bookcase with How To Repair a Mechanical Heart. Hope you are having a good week so far. And you week continues to get better <3

    • J.C. Lillis says:

      Hi Adele! I’m so happy you enjoyed A&B and that it brought a little light in a time of despair. (I know what you mean–I’ve been feeling really down too.)

      To answer your question, YES–I’m definitely planning on releasing a paperback version of A&B in the next few months. Stay tuned; I’ll announce it here when it’s available.

      Thanks for reading! <3

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