Friday Reads: Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing  a few quotes from Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington. I have just started reading this one and it is such a great concept for a contemporary.

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.


Book cover for Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington.Title: Love Songs & Other Lies
Author: Jessica Pennington
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads): It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps. 

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Books about music and road trips are my favourites. I am really enjoying the characters and the battle of the bands aspect. It will be interesting to see how Vee’s story plays out.


It’s black, almost liquid looking, and gleaming in the LA sun, like a sleek, horizontal skyscraper. I’ve only seen a tour bus on the highway and I can’t believe how gigantic it looks, looming over us.

Friday 56:

“I got a tattoo.” His voice startles me out of the silence, and before I can stop myself, I’m looking at him. He’s lying on his bed in a pair of blue pajama pants and a thin gray T-shirt that clings to him everywhere.

About the Author

Image of Jessica PenningtonJessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, with her husband Josh and their son, Rory. Love Songs & Other lies is her debut novel. Find Jessica on Twitter at @jessnpennington.

16 thoughts on “Friday Reads: Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    This sounds like something I would enjoy! I like the tour bus/touring schedule I think this is one I might check out!

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