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This debut paperback original romance follows a Latina teen pop star whose image takes a dive after a messy public breakup, until she’s set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend. Fake boyfriend. Real heartbreak? Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humil This debut paperback original romance follows a Latina teen pop star whose image takes a dive after a messy public breakup, until she’s set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend. Fake boyfriend. Real heartbreak? Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating—it could end her career. Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Nati reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy—not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top with a sweet and surprisingly swoon-worthy boy on her arm, she starts to fall for William—and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart?


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This debut paperback original romance follows a Latina teen pop star whose image takes a dive after a messy public breakup, until she’s set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend. Fake boyfriend. Real heartbreak? Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humil This debut paperback original romance follows a Latina teen pop star whose image takes a dive after a messy public breakup, until she’s set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend. Fake boyfriend. Real heartbreak? Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating—it could end her career. Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Nati reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy—not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top with a sweet and surprisingly swoon-worthy boy on her arm, she starts to fall for William—and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart?

30 review for Like a Love Song

  1. 5 out of 5

    anna (½ of readsrainbow)

    rep: Brazilian mc, Jewish bisexual li, lesbian Pakistani American side character, bisexual Brazilian American side character, Black side character, Brazilian side character the wholesomest of books!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rosabel

    I have no idea how to start this review, I just want to say I'm really happy about the Latin representation and yes, I know this is the second MF in a week, but I had my sights on this for a while, so I have reasons! 🤣🤣🤣 Anyways, my brain has no power for a proper review, so I'll just share my thoughts. Aquí vamoszzzzz! "Not Latin Artist of the Year. Female Artist of the Year, period". This hasn't happened yet actually, me thinks. Anyway the main girl is called Natalie, wich I thought was an homa I have no idea how to start this review, I just want to say I'm really happy about the Latin representation and yes, I know this is the second MF in a week, but I had my sights on this for a while, so I have reasons! 🤣🤣🤣 Anyways, my brain has no power for a proper review, so I'll just share my thoughts. Aquí vamoszzzzz! "Not Latin Artist of the Year. Female Artist of the Year, period". This hasn't happened yet actually, me thinks. Anyway the main girl is called Natalie, wich I thought was an homage to Natti Natasha (a real singer from brasil), then I learned that the main girl is 17 years old and that idea died instantly, Natti Natasha doesn't make music for teenagers. Nope! Also I almost dnf when I learned she was 17, but then I learned the boy was 17 too, so I kept going. And I kept my hopes of the horizontal tango far away too. 🥲🥲 Continuo! "But sometimes I feel things so strongly, it’s difficult not to react. In elementary school, I got suspended because I grabbed a girl by her ponytail and swung her around". As I said I've seen this happen, like at least once a year in high school. But not all girls do that though. 🤭🤭 "He’s just…very white. His cheeks are pink, like he’s flustered, and his eyes are a deep green, with long dark eyelashes". Yep, we rarely get them like that around here, but our boys have their own charm. 🤣🤣🤣 "Don’t say third-world country. It’s extremely elitist, and honestly, you’re putting yourself, as an American, above folks that have been colonized.” Preach it!!! We are just a little behind on some things that's all. And also, we don't care. 🤷🏻‍♀️💁🏻‍♀️ "Hold your horses, love.” Bobbi frowns. “Not a man. A boy. You’re seventeen.” This is why I kept reading. 👏🏻👏🏻 "It’s Natalie,” I say, forcing the American accent. “That’s my name.” Oh honey, nop! And don't force the accent, be yourself! "(Hint: the whole world says football. Get with the program, Americans.)" OMG 🤣👏🏻🤣👏🏻🤣👏🏻🤣👏🏻🤣👏🏻🤣👏🏻 "Nah. It’s always the same. Plus if the plane is going down, we’re probably dying anyway.” Bitch! That's not what u say to someone who is afraid of flying!!!! *gets secondhand anxiousness if that's a thing* "This other time, but this was early on, right when we’d moved to the States, Mom took me to an office barbecue and this woman dead-ass asked Mom if she could cook chimichangas. When Mom gave her a blank stare, she specified: Because you’re, like, Brazilian, right?” Yep, Mexico is just a tiny part of Latin culture. The rest of us don't know how to cook their dishes, ok some may know, but what we do know is how to eat them. 🤷🏻‍♀️ "It felt like a Brazilian thing, to deal with pain and stress through jokes" It's not Only a Brazilian thing, we do it too. 🥲🥲 "I want people to see my hair the way it is.” This is actually a struggle that a lot of Latinas and African-American women go through. Personally, my sister has curly hair and she straightened it until she was in her 30, now she just let's it loose. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ but it was a struggle. "Brazilian moms are always right". They are, Latin moms do budu shit and they know stuff and they tell u the stuff and when u don't do what they tell u to, hell breaks loose and they judge u, like: how can u be so stupid when you came out of me AND I JUST TOLD YOU SO! Scary... I still don't do what she says sometimes. 🥲 "I want to return home for the holidays. I feel ashamed that I haven’t returned in years. My stomach sinks". Gurll, If I could go back!! *gets dramatic* "If I’ve learned to pronounce Gwyneth and Sean, and spell Kathryn, Katherine, Catherine, and so on in a thousand different ways, you can learn my name.” Yaaaasss, preach it!!!....... Since Latin people can't pronounce my full name this doesn't apply to me. BUT PREACH IT GURL!!! 👏🏻👏🏻 "I have a song for that specific moment when you kiss someone one morning and it feels like you’ve waited for that kiss your whole life". At 17years old? 😐🤨 okaaaay. "So? You’ll be the first. Start a legacy. Other Latinx singers have been doing it with Spanish for ages. It’s time a Brazilian did it, too.” True, and their language is so beautiful I love it. I watched Brazilian telenovelas growing up and the accent was so soothing. *swoons* "I bite back a smile, and raise my eyebrows. “Are you saying you can’t live without me?” He laughs, looking back at our hands like I’d been doing a moment before. “Something like that, yes.” Again, at 17years old? 😐😐 So yeah, I enjoyed this and even more as a Latin woman and just as a woman period. I do think that it would have been better if the main characters were older, because the author made them say things and do things that were not for their age. But I enjoyed it! It was a good first book. 🥰💜

  3. 5 out of 5

    Adiba Jaigirdar

    My love for this book is unparalleled! It's funny and warm and will also make your cry. It's tropey and fun, it has fake dating!!!!!!! It's basically everything you could ever want in a romcom. My love for this book is unparalleled! It's funny and warm and will also make your cry. It's tropey and fun, it has fake dating!!!!!!! It's basically everything you could ever want in a romcom.

  4. 5 out of 5

    cossette

    my heart is fullllll

  5. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    five reasons to read this book Rep: Brazilian mc, Jewish bi li, Pakistani American lesbian side character, Brazilian American bi side character, Black side character, Brazilian side character five reasons to read this book Rep: Brazilian mc, Jewish bi li, Pakistani American lesbian side character, Brazilian American bi side character, Black side character, Brazilian side character

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    I rarely read YA Contemporary romance, but I'm glad that my ongoing love story with the fake dating trope made me go for this one, because it was so adorable????? A breath of fresh air I definitely recommend. I rarely read YA Contemporary romance, but I'm glad that my ongoing love story with the fake dating trope made me go for this one, because it was so adorable????? A breath of fresh air I definitely recommend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    gauri

    check out the full review on my blog! I was sold by the fake dating trope, which I knew would not disappoint and my presumptions were right. I had so much fun flying through this, an adorable read about a Latin pop star fake dating a British indie actor to bring her public image back up. One thing I absolutely loved about this book is Nati’s struggles as a Latina woman, a celebrity at that, and how she grew to realise she didn’t have to give up her heritage to be loved by her fans. It was a topic check out the full review on my blog! I was sold by the fake dating trope, which I knew would not disappoint and my presumptions were right. I had so much fun flying through this, an adorable read about a Latin pop star fake dating a British indie actor to bring her public image back up. One thing I absolutely loved about this book is Nati’s struggles as a Latina woman, a celebrity at that, and how she grew to realise she didn’t have to give up her heritage to be loved by her fans. It was a topic were woven lightly but effectively into her character arc—her reconnecting with her culture, her realising that she doesn’t have to Americanize herself by going by the name of Natalie instead of Natalia her real name, her not choosing to go by the nickname Nati as people would find it hard to pronounce, or even her modifying her Latina image for the public. Gabriela adds this to the story so well! William was a pretty likeable character too. He’s bisexual, which made him all the more interesting. would’ve loved to know his struggles on a deeper level but he was charming nonetheless. His and Nati’s fake-dating-to-oops-we-caught-real-feelings romance was so fun to read. I loved the tension and uncertainty of feelings, a fluffy happy romance that made me grin. Nati’s friends, Padma and Brenda formed a great support system for her! Their friendship is delightful. Like a Love Song also dealt with the downside and pressure of fame and spotlight. How it strains her relationships and her own self. Overall, this is a short and sweet book, warm and uplifting with a cute romance and a heartfelt protagonist. If you’re in the mood for a story like that, get your hands on Like A Love Song!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela Martins

    PRE-ORDER LINKS ARE AVAILABLE, FRIENDS! ;) PRE-ORDER LINKS ARE AVAILABLE, FRIENDS! ;)

  9. 4 out of 5

    mith

    I read it again and bro I love this book so much. Oh my god. Everything about it is perfect. Broooooooo you cannot even IMAGINE how hype, excited, and PROUD I am of and for Gabhi!!!! I had the absolute pleasure of reading an early version of this book and YALL. So cute. So funny. So AUTHENTIC and my ass can’t wait to hold it in my hands. Def one of my fav feel good books of all time and I just wanna read it again and AGAIN.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tomes And Textiles

    This was the summer YA contemporary rom com steeped in celebrity gossip culture I didn't know I needed but will not be yelling at everyone to read! It releases TOMORROW! This was the summer YA contemporary rom com steeped in celebrity gossip culture I didn't know I needed but will not be yelling at everyone to read! It releases TOMORROW!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn DeRouin

    this was so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sian

    This was really cute and I did really like it but I feel like it should’ve been aged up. The mc and her love interest are only 17 and it was totally unrealistic considering the setting and plot.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    AH I loved this one so much! Loved the characters, the friendships, the romance. 200% recommending it to any contemporary fan. Full review coming soon! Thank you to Penguin Random House INTL for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin' AH I loved this one so much! Loved the characters, the friendships, the romance. 200% recommending it to any contemporary fan. Full review coming soon! Thank you to Penguin Random House INTL for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin'

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nev

    I’m always a sucker for a good fake dating plot! The use of social media, why a celebrity would want to fake a relationship for PR, and Natalie’s experiences as a Brazilian popstar in the US were all compelling parts of the story. Her strained working relationship with William that transforms from fake relationship into a friendship then eventually a real romance felt very natural. I do think it got a bit rushed at the end. I would’ve liked to see those scenes have more time to breathe so it did I’m always a sucker for a good fake dating plot! The use of social media, why a celebrity would want to fake a relationship for PR, and Natalie’s experiences as a Brazilian popstar in the US were all compelling parts of the story. Her strained working relationship with William that transforms from fake relationship into a friendship then eventually a real romance felt very natural. I do think it got a bit rushed at the end. I would’ve liked to see those scenes have more time to breathe so it didn’t feel like things happened and then the book was immediately over. But overall this was such a fun read. I’m definitely looking forward to more books from Gabriela Martins.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    OH THAT WAS SO CUTE

  16. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    this was just! so! fun! like omg I enjoyed myself so much and I loved the characters so much and I !! it's so fun and cute !! this was just! so! fun! like omg I enjoyed myself so much and I loved the characters so much and I !! it's so fun and cute !!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    I hosted a guest post by the author on my blog a few months ago and that had made me very excited to read Like a Love Song so I really wanted to love this book but I just couldn't fully enjoy it. There were some good things (which I will state below) but not enough for me to rate it higher or say that I actually liked it. It just fell really flat for me. The story is about Natalie, a 17 year-old popular pop star that everyone loves until she gets dumped by her boyfriend in a very public way. Her I hosted a guest post by the author on my blog a few months ago and that had made me very excited to read Like a Love Song so I really wanted to love this book but I just couldn't fully enjoy it. There were some good things (which I will state below) but not enough for me to rate it higher or say that I actually liked it. It just fell really flat for me. The story is about Natalie, a 17 year-old popular pop star that everyone loves until she gets dumped by her boyfriend in a very public way. Her PR team then plans for her to fake-date indie film star William. But of course it doesn't stay with just fake-dating. Fake dating is one of my favorite tropes ever. So this is one of the possitive things that I liked about the story because the trope always brings some funny things. I wasn't a fan of Natalie's character to begin with and William was pretty likable. But romance wise I just couldn't feel a real connection between them. I was left feeling rather meh about the two of them. I also felt the story would've been better if the characters had been older, maybe in their mid to late twenties. Maybe it's just that I've outgrown contemporary YA books. And I know this book isn't geared towards my age group (I'm 29) so that could possibly be why. I still wanted to give the book a shot but sadly enough I just couldn't really care about the story or characters. Now on to the things I did like! Like I said before the fake dating brought quite some entertainment so that was a good point on its own. I did say I wasn't a fan of Natalie but I did like how she grew in the story. She's Brazilian and by the end she really ended up embracing her heritage and making sure she wasn't gonna fit in a box that everyone expected of her. The author is Brazilian too so I love that for her. Also, the book was a real page-turner and I read it pretty fast.

  18. 5 out of 5

    l a u r a

    "swoon-worthy fake boyfriend"?? yes please! "swoon-worthy fake boyfriend"?? yes please!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tabassum Irin (whatirinreads)

    3.85/5 💫 Like a Love Song was a really breezy, entertaining read. 💕 The book has Latinx representation, and reminded me a lot of You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria because of the rep, the celebrity romance plot and heart-warming friendships! I needed a fluffy, uplifting book, and that's exactly what I got from Like a Love Song! I read the book in just two sittings, so yeah, I was pretty invested in the storyline 😂 It was nice to read a YA book that isn't set against a high-school background tbh. 3.85/5 💫 Like a Love Song was a really breezy, entertaining read. 💕 The book has Latinx representation, and reminded me a lot of You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria because of the rep, the celebrity romance plot and heart-warming friendships! I needed a fluffy, uplifting book, and that's exactly what I got from Like a Love Song! I read the book in just two sittings, so yeah, I was pretty invested in the storyline 😂 It was nice to read a YA book that isn't set against a high-school background tbh. I have recently become obsessed with the fake-dating trope, so I was really happy with how the author made the whole fake-dating thing between two celebs work out in the book. :') My favourite thing about LALS was the realistic portrayal of Nati's struggles as a Brazilian girl, while balancing fame and a teenage life together. Her character development throughout the story was incredible. Seeing someone so young like Nati accept her brazilian roots and culture whole-heartedly was just the best thing ever. William was so charming. 😍 *plays London Boy by T.Swift* He did some unlikable stuff though, and that's how he lost some points from me. I wish the author included some chapters from William's side as well - that would have made the relationship complications between him and Nati more fleshed-out, in my opinion. A lot of things started happening in the last two chapters or so, and it was hard to keep up 😭 It might just be me though 🤷  Overall, I really enjoyed reading Like a Love Song, and I highly recommend it if you want a short & fast-paced read with loveable characters. 💕 Thanks to Penguin Random House Intl & Underlined for the free review copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    *4.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Natalie is finally getting everything she ever wanted. She's a popstar in Hollywood, getting the Female Artist of the Year Award, not the best Latina singer, but the Female Artist of the Year and that means so much to her. Her boyfriend, Trent, is Hollywood's heartthrob so everything is perfect. Except, on her big night, Trent breaks up with her and she loses it a little… in front of cameras. Turned in *4.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Natalie is finally getting everything she ever wanted. She's a popstar in Hollywood, getting the Female Artist of the Year Award, not the best Latina singer, but the Female Artist of the Year and that means so much to her. Her boyfriend, Trent, is Hollywood's heartthrob so everything is perfect. Except, on her big night, Trent breaks up with her and she loses it a little… in front of cameras. Turned into a meme and a joke, Natalie locks herself in her room for a while. But after hitting rock-bottom, she gets up and assembles her PR team and agent. Their solution? For her to do an up and going British actor. She knows of him though and he's everything she doesn't want… or is he? This was so very very good. A perfect YA romance. My attention was grabbed on the very first page and I was all in from that point on. I loved the MC and her journey, her growth, but I think I loved her best friends even more. The love interest was all kind of great too, it was just such a great cast of characters, all layered with their own flaws and problems. The plot mostly took me by surprise and I flew through the book. It actually took me out of a little slump too. My main problem is the words that weren't said. Kissing someone without their consent is assault, not "he kissed me, I didn't kiss him back" but very well "he assaulted me." It's by putting the right words on this things that things are gonna change and I wish it were done here. Anyway, all in all, I had an amazing time and just felt everything. I cannot wait for whatever Gabriela Martins comes up with next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    The debut #OwnVoices YA romance follows a Latina teen pop star whose image takes a dive after a messy public breakup until she's set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend and discovers she's ready to reclaim her voice and her heart. i love that there is now enough books with bi teen pop stars to have their own niche subgenre Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram The debut #OwnVoices YA romance follows a Latina teen pop star whose image takes a dive after a messy public breakup until she's set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend and discovers she's ready to reclaim her voice and her heart. i love that there is now enough books with bi teen pop stars to have their own niche subgenre Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gabi Benevides

    First of all, thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book! Here is my honest review: I first heard of this book a few months ago and I really liked the plot and also that it was about a Brazilian character, written by a Brazilian writer. It was on my TBR list ever since then. One information about it didn’t really get to me: it’s a YA book. It is mentioned briefly in the Goodreads page, but to me (a person who reads a lot of romance) the synopsis and the cover made it seem th First of all, thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book! Here is my honest review: I first heard of this book a few months ago and I really liked the plot and also that it was about a Brazilian character, written by a Brazilian writer. It was on my TBR list ever since then. One information about it didn’t really get to me: it’s a YA book. It is mentioned briefly in the Goodreads page, but to me (a person who reads a lot of romance) the synopsis and the cover made it seem that it was a new adult book. And the whole reason I’m saying this it’s because I think it would’ve worked better to me if it was. I liked the characters (William is such a sweetheart) but I think the conflicts should have been handled by more “mature” minds. I think their relationship would have a better development if they were 23? 24? and also Natalia’s relationship with fame, with the celebrity world and her Brazilian roots. I’m not saying the author handled these things badly but I feel like she could have explored more if we had an older main character. I was very intrigued to know how she was going deal with the main conflict (that isn’t the relationship! but the struggle of Natalia with her origins!) but it didn’t really deliver much. Please: I’m not trying to diss the book or saying that YA books are silly and shallow!!!! I’m just not sure if the whole scenario fit with the age of the MC. The whole thing felt a little surreal to me the way it was handled. Other than that, I felt that some dialogues were a little unnatural, specially the ones with here mother. It seemed to me that the author was trying to really show how Brazilian they were but it led to a lot of repetition of some words like “filha” and “merda”. I am Brazilian so this is not coming from xenophobia, but it really felt a bit too much and not really natural to have her mother saying “filha” in every sentence. The relationship was sweet but I felt like they needed more time before the conflict hit them. I could see that they were really great friends, connected to each other and were developing feelings but it felt a little quick. I didn’t really understand why the author chose to have a little fight at their first meeting, it looked like she was going to write a haters-to-lovers romance but gave up and forgot to change their first interaction. Anyway, I did enjoy reading it and I really hope we get to see more YA stories with Brazilian characters.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lady Amanda

    Aaaaah this book was light, fluffy, sweet and delightful in all of the best ways! Read my full review here! 💖 Here's a preview: Delightful, fun, fast-paced, sweet, romantic, unexpected! I’m so happy that I got this book as a surprise in my email the other day. I got so excited when I got the email I sent a screenshot to so many people! I thought this book was so cute from the moment I saw it, I knew it would be a winner and I was so right. This book was adorable, fun, light and easy — in the best Aaaaah this book was light, fluffy, sweet and delightful in all of the best ways! Read my full review here! 💖 Here's a preview: Delightful, fun, fast-paced, sweet, romantic, unexpected! I’m so happy that I got this book as a surprise in my email the other day. I got so excited when I got the email I sent a screenshot to so many people! I thought this book was so cute from the moment I saw it, I knew it would be a winner and I was so right. This book was adorable, fun, light and easy — in the best way! Quick Summary: Like a Love Song follows Natalie, a famous Latina music artist, who is about to get a music award, awarded to her from her music idol. Right before she goes on stage, her boyfriend breaks up with her by saying he has found love with someone else. In the midst of emotion, Natalie cries and yells at him, but the unfortunate thing about being famous is that the paparazzi is always looming. Within hours, she becomes a viral internet meme and in order to restore her image, her publicity team decides it would be best to find a new (fake) boyfriend for her. Continue reading... Bookish Brews | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr I received this book for free and am leaving this review voluntarily.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    10/10 reading experience, exactly what I want out of a YA romance! This was such a sweet, comforting read, but also one with a lot of psychological depth and a lot of character growth. I loved that most of the drama happened outside of the romance, and I absolutely adored bisexual icon William with his goofy socks as a love interest.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Minna

    THIS BOOK IS THE FUNNIEST AND MOST WHOLESOME THING EVER READ IT

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bijuri

    So lovely and sweet!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nat ⭐️

    I’m a simple reviewer: I see a book about a Latina pop star with my same name, I add to my “anticipated 2021” shelf.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gabriele | QueerBookdom

    DRC provided by Random House Children's via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Representation: Brazilian protagonist, bisexual Jewish secondary character, bisexual Brazilian secondary character, lesbian Pakistani secondary character, Brazilian tertiary character, Latine tertiary character. Content Warning: public humiliation, mentions of racism, violence. Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins is a contemporary romance novel about love, both familial and romantic and how dealing with fame m DRC provided by Random House Children's via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Representation: Brazilian protagonist, bisexual Jewish secondary character, bisexual Brazilian secondary character, lesbian Pakistani secondary character, Brazilian tertiary character, Latine tertiary character. Content Warning: public humiliation, mentions of racism, violence. Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins is a contemporary romance novel about love, both familial and romantic and how dealing with fame may change people. Nati is an international Latina singer with millions of fans about to receive one of the most important awards when her boyfriend of eight months decides to break up with her on live TV. Her public humiliation forces her to work with a British indie actor on a fake-dating scheme beneficial to both to save her reputation. She does not expect, though, to actually start feeling something for the scrawny dork. While in theory I should have loved this book, I only liked it. It had all my favourite ingredients: fake-dating, the only-one-bed trope, etc… but the final dish did not completely satisfy me. I really liked Nati’s personal journey towards a rediscovery of herself, her sound and her image and even though I liked the romance part, I somewhat wished she had not ended up with William, mostly because I reckon they are not a right fit for each other and also because I would have liked reading a different sort of “happily ever after”. I also hoped the novel had dwelled more in the intrinsic racism and queerphobia of the music and movie industries. All in all, Like A Love Song is a quick and pleasant reading experience that makes me excited about Gabriela’s next project!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chaitanya Srivastava

    4.5 Stars! Review coming soon!

  30. 5 out of 5

    nora 🪐

    2.7/5 ☆ DISCLAIMER: I received a DRC from Netgalley and Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. Like a Love Song seemed to be a promising book with some of my favourite tropes, but fell short unfortunately when it came to the writing. At times while reading, I kept wondering if I was reading a book ready to be traditionally published or a Wattpad book written by 14-year-old me. But, this book brought up a lot of important themes such as struggles of finding 2.7/5 ☆ DISCLAIMER: I received a DRC from Netgalley and Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. Like a Love Song seemed to be a promising book with some of my favourite tropes, but fell short unfortunately when it came to the writing. At times while reading, I kept wondering if I was reading a book ready to be traditionally published or a Wattpad book written by 14-year-old me. But, this book brought up a lot of important themes such as struggles of finding their own identity as well as self love. This is the reason why I'm giving it three stars instead of two. Overall, the characters were at times too childish and the plot seemed more unrealistic than it should have been. Or maybe I'm not in the intended age group for this book? I feel like if I had read this when I was younger, I would have liked this book more. Either way, it was a short and alright read for me. Over and out. -Nora<3

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