Nothing clears the palette like a fun romance novel. This was for sure a fun novel.
This story follows Ollie, short for Olivia, a single woman on the wrong side of thirty (at least as far she is concerned). She is desperate to find a guy, but hopelessly tongue-tied when speaking to the male half of the population, to the point of actually scaring them off. She and her two best friends from high school have just landed the score of their lives, front row tickets to the reunion tour of the rock band that defined their teens, Heaven. The next few months are a whirlwind. Her job as a venue marketing directer depends on the big concert selling out and the chances of that happening appear to be dismal. Meanwhile, a man from her past has found his way back into her life to the dismay of all who are closest to her. It could end with the culmination of all her dreams or she could crash and burn.
I have to admit the forward by the author explaining the origin of this novel really caught my attention. She is right, the idea of meeting your favorite high school band even after 15 years, is too good to pass up. I laughed at the description of Ollie’s teen bedroom. I had a shrine to Wham! and George Michael in my room as a teen. We all know how futile that teen crush would turn out to be, but my goodness he was just dreamy. I had the unfortunate luck to be drinking when I read Ollie’s mom began admonishing her about her obsession for Heaven. My poor computer bore the brunt of my spit take, as I nearly died giggling, remembering almost the exact conversation with my own mother, delivered with such abject seriousness, at the same age.
This novel had a couple of really fine points. The flashbacks to teenhood were done rather well, reminding us what is was like to have those teen celeb crushes that linger as what ifs long into adulthood. I also really appreciated the telling of the band’s story from each member’s perspective. It really gave the reader a chance to catch up with the band in a unique way, while not taking the focus of the story off of Ollie. Kudos to Ms. Knight for not making the band the stereotypical sex/drug gods imploding under the weight of their egos. I want to be a new fan of this band! Honestly the only sore point for me is the title. I am not sure dunces applies here.
This is definitely a book I would recommend to my friends. Young adult readers may also enjoy it, though I think it would appeal more to older readers with life and career experience.
GoodReads Summary: What girl hasn’t had a crush on a band or celebrity growing up? Maybe it was Back Street Boys or Duran Duran. OR maybe your crush IS Harry Styles of One Direction and 5SOS. If you ever dreamed about meeting your celebrity crush, you will totally get this cute, quirky, and fun read. The story follows the lives of Ollie McBride and the members of her favorite band, Heaven. In high school Ollie’s celebrity crush was Ash Bradford, lead guitarist of the band Heaven. She and her two “besties”, Zoey and Mary Beth, consumed themselves with Heaven music and gossip every second they got. Fifteen years later, Ollie is grown and has recently been promoted to a great new job. Her life has taken turns leading her away from her beloved Ash and Heaven. But, fate is smiling in her direction and she’ll have a chance to be at a Heaven concert, and even their meet & greet, right in her own town.
Now, to have every last one of her dreams come true all she has to do is find the love of her life. Ollie’s hopes are high as her path crosses several eligible bachelors. But, someone comes back into her life sending her into a myriad of self-examinations and commotion.
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