Book Review: Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins

Good morning everyone! Last night it felt like there was a lot of bad energy in the air, but this morning feels a lot better. I hope everyone is having a wonderful slow Saturday morning full of coffee and maybe a donut or some other baked good! I was going to post this review tomorrow, but I got so excited to share with you that I’m posting it today. Hope that is okay with everyone! πŸ˜„πŸ’– Without further ado, please enjoy my review of Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins!

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Title: Like a Love Song
Author: Gabriela Martins
Publisher: Underlined/Delacorte
Publication date: August 3, 2021
Genre: Contemporary YA Romance, LGBTQ+, romantic comedy

A sweet story about finding yourself after a breakup with a dash of fake boyfriend fun

At a glance: After Nati’s boyfriend breaks up with her in public and she becomes a humiliating viral meme, her publicity team plans a way to get her reputation back… a new, and very fake, British boyfriend.

  • πŸ“– Couldn’t Put It Down
  • πŸ’ž Young Love
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Bisexual MC
  • πŸƒ Easy Reading

Read this if… love contemporary romance, want to see more Latina main characters, want to see how a Brazilian pop star deals with fame, or want a fake British boyfriend of your own, or you just love the fake romance trope!

Diversity Representation: Latina MC, bisexual MC, queer Latina author

Content Warnings: racism, public humiliation

Book Review

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 β€” 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.

I was surprised by how quickly I was devouring this book. The best part about this book for me was the light, fun, easy, and charming tone. I loved Nati and how she handled fame, and I loved how easy it was for them to fall into a rhythm. The book was ultimately predictable in the most comforting way β€” really it’s a great thing!!! I absolutely love books that are easy to breeze through. Nothing was too heavy, but it was still smart and well done. We still mentioned struggles of a Latina woman in show business, how publicity team owns your image, and the sacrifices you must make to follow your dreams in this direction. But all of those real topics (that we shouldn’t ignore) were woven directly into the light tone so well it didn’t weigh it down. Perfect!

Another thing that I really loved about this book was how the two of them grew together. I loved how they found each other more important to each other than they thought, but that the growth wasn’t just in that. I love how they showed each other how they should grow on their own before they commit to each other. I’m a huge sucker for that! It’s way better than so many other relationships I read growing up, where they find themselves IN each other. I loved how they showed each other the strength to stop putting up with things they didn’t like. It’s always so refreshing to read that! Overall this was a really fun read!

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Summing it all up

Like a Love Song was such a perfect light and breezy read. I absolutely loved how fun this was. It was just the fluffy read that I wanted with such a cute romance. I blew through this book in a day and a half, it was just that fun!

About Gabriela Martins

GABRIELA MARTINS is a Brazilian kidlit author and linguist. Her stories feature Brazilian characters finding themselves and love. She was a high school teacher and has also worked as a TED Ed-Club facilitator, where she helped teens develop their own talks in TED format to present. She edited and self-published a pro-bono LGBTQ+ anthology (KEEP FAITH) with all funds going to queer people in need. When she’s not writing, she can be found cuddling with her two cats, or singing loudly and off-key. Her YA romances, LIKE A LOVE SONG and BAD AT LOVE, come out summer 2021 and summer 2022 (Underlined/PRH). Find her on Twitter at @gabhimartins, on Instagram at @gabhi, and visit her website at gabrielawrites.com.


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✨ Do you love fast-paced light reads as much as I do?
✨ Do you have this book on your TBR? You should!
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