Review- Gemma's Not Sure by Gill Stewart
Note: I received a free arc of this book from NetGalley, in return for an honest review.
Gemma's not sure if she's brave enough to go to her audition, or if she even wants to study music at all. She's definitely not sure forming a band with Lily's hot ex-boyfriend is a good idea.
Jamie's university life isn't like he thought it would be, and he doesn't know what to do about it. One thing he does know is that he wants a reason to bump into Gemma Anderson again.
What I liked:
- Jamie's characterization. In the first book, he came across as a bit of a dick but I liked the way the author gave us some insight into his true character and his insecurities.
- First-person narrative. This probably won't be a big deal for anyone else but in a contemporary novel I love first-person narration. It gives you a better insight into the MC.
- Multiple POV. Again, not a big deal for most people but most books I read are single POV so it's like a breath of fresh air.
What I disliked:
- Gemma. She really annoyed me at the start of the book and I don't even know why. Her character arc was good though and I didn't mind her as much by the end.
- The dog dying. It wasn't even necessary!!! The book would of been just as good if the bloody dog stayed alive until the end!!! The dog literally existed just to die and better Gemma's character!!! Not doing that is page one of literally every writing guide!!!
- Where were Lily and Tom? I felt like neither of them were in it enough, especially Tom. By extension of that, I would of liked to know how Lily's mum is.
- Loose endings. In particular, I felt like Rosie's storyline didn't get enough closure. I was thinking that she might of been autistic (which would of pleased me because I like neurodiverse representation) but it turns out she was just crap at making friends.
I only rated this 3 stars on Goodreads and I think it's fitting of that rating. It was well written and had a cute and fluffy plot but there was a lot of small things I disliked about it. Probably worth a read if you enjoyed Lily's Just Fine or if you're a fan of YA romance.