Band Geek Love by Josie Bloss (July 1st 2008—Flux)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Summary: “All band, all the time. That's how trumpet goddess Ellie Snow has made it to senior year. No drama, no dating. Just keeping lock-step within the safe precision of the Winslow Marching Band. She's a fierce section leader now, and so over the heart-crushing social disaster of her freshman year. No boy is going to ruin Ellie's shining moment—her senior solo performance at the homecoming game.
And then Connor Higgins shows up. Not even Ellie can resist the trumpet player who could be a model for Abercrombie & Fitch. It's a hook-up made in band-geek heaven! But Ellie's not ready to publicize their romance, not even to her best friends. After all, Connor's just a sophomore. What would everyone say? Breaking formation and revealing her true self would be like . . . marching on the field completely naked!
Then Ellie discovers the flipside of secrets and how it feels to be shut out by the ones she loves.”
Review: So there are the jocks, the cheerleaders, the Goths, the skaters, the punks, the outsider, and everything else. But whatever happened to the band geeks? Josie Bloss tells of the “other” social ladder from a point of view of an aspiring trumpeter.
Band Geek Love was an adorable read for me. There was nothing too deep that draws the more series readers in.
It was half-and-half for the characters; loved some and hated others. Ellie was a relatable character in some areas but in others I had trouble liking. Stubborn, headstrong, assertive (sometimes coming off as bitchy [the author does use cuss words]), but also insecure. The insecurity can and have come off as cockiness at points—where she downgrades on others trying to push herself up even to the point as to despising better players. There were parts that I can understand wholeheartedly but it could have gone a different route where it did not need to be frustratingly irritable.
Connor seems to be atypical hottie—cute yet a “band geek”. Alone Connor is a great character that I think can stand up for his own, but together will Ellie…NO, NO, NO! Naïve, childish (can be said for both), (extremely) clingy to the point where I ask myself “Are you sure Connor is a guy? ‘Cause he sure doesn’t have any balls…” I wanted so desperately to like Connor with Ellie. In theory they should have made the prefect pair! But it felt so needed, like Connor had no other train of thought besides making Ellie happy even if she did not deserve (which at points she did not at all!).
Kristen, Ellie’s best friend, was the bubblegum friend who needs to BACK-OFF. Whiny, annoying, and just ugh! Jack, Ellie’s other best friend, was great! He displayed qualities of a friend that I definitely could have befriended. Cool, calm, and composed.
Overall: Band Geek Love was basically a high school romance novel. I would recommend reading this if you are bored—nothing exceptional and aggravating at times.
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