book reviews

BOOK TUNES: Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Published: September 1, 2015

My copy: Hardcover (from my local library)

My rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary: Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle’s part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them.

Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time.

Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.

After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind.

Five people in a failing, old station wagon, living off free samples at food courts across America, and the most pressing question on Michelle’s mind is: Who will break down first–herself or the car? All the signs tell her they won’t make it. But Michelle has heard that her whole life, and it’s never stopped her before…. [Goodreads]


I felt like this book was pretty stereotypical and predictable, but the story was interesting to read and it was written really nicely, so I enjoyed it. There were some songs that I immediately thought of while reading it, so I though that I should do another playlist!

  1. Ain’t No Way We’re Goin’ Home (R5)
  2. Get Out While You Can (James Bay)
  3. The Best Is Yet To Come (Sheppard)
  4. Runaways (The Killers)
  5. What You Wanted-Acoustic (OneRepublic)
  6. Breakaway (George Ezra)
  7. March Into The Sun (Echosmith)
  8. Hear Me (Imagine Dragons)
  9. Stand By You (Rachel Platten)
  10. The Green And The Town (AJR)
  11. Cecelia And The Satellite (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness)
  12. Beside You (Marianas Trench)
  13. Ohio (Jacob Whitesides)
  14. Flying Away (Sheppard)

I got Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything in the mail today, and I just finished a little while ago! It was obviously amazing (she’s my favorite author, so I’m not surprised), and I promise I’ll have a review up by tomorrow! Prepare for a long one, because I loved that book and I need to gush. Let me know if you’ve read Don’t Fail Me Now or if you like any of the songs on this playlist!

Julia 🙂

 

1 comment on “BOOK TUNES: Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

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