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The Girl in the Love Song by Emma Scott

At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys…

Miller Stratton is a survivor. After a harrowing childhood of poverty, he will do anything it takes to find security for himself and his mom. He’s putting all his hopes and dreams in the fragile frame of his guitar and the beauty he creates with its strings and his soulful voice.

Until Violet.

No one expects to meet the love of their life at age thirteen. But the spunky rich girl steals Miller’s heart and refuses to give it back.

Violet McNamara’s life hasn’t been as simple as it looks. Her picture-perfect family is not so perfect after all. Her best friend Miller is her one constant and she is determined not to ruin their friendship with romantic complications.

But the heart wants what it wants. As Miller’s star begins to rise to stratospheric heights, what will it take for Violet to realize that she’s the girl in all of his love songs?

Lost Boys is a new series of interconnected, coming-of-age standalones from USA Today bestselling author Emma Scott, coming in 2020


I was very lucky to receive an ARC of this book, Emma Scott is one of my favourite authors so I jumped at the chance to read and review this title. I didn’t know a lot about the storyline before I dived in, I tend to skip the blurb or previews of books from authors that I know I love, I really enjoy going into a book completely blind.

Like all Emma Scott books this one drew me in straight away, the writing is always so brilliant and the books flow well and make for such a great and quick read, I always fly through he books because I just don’t want to put them down. And The Girl in the Long Song was just this, I read it in two sittings, I git absolutely sucked in.

Like most of Emma’s books there is always a very cute and fluffy romance, but, there are always twists and turns, and tough topics mixed in. This book dealt with a slight bit of bullying, a little bit of domestic abuse and a person living with an illness (diabetes), the way Emma can incorporate all of these things so wonderfully into one story and have everything link and flow so well is always so brilliant.

The story starts when  the characters are just thirteen, and follows them all the way through high school, dealing with feelings, friendships and popularity, then to college or wherever they end up after high school, still navigating their relationship. Violet and Miller go through so much, I adored their relationship and what happened between them, through illness, denial, distance, all sorts, Emma made it all work for them, their path was plotted out so well.

I adored the characters, Violet was so determined and headstrong, she knew who she was, she had goals and ambitions and did all that she could to work towards then, that trait was so admirable, along with her work ethic she was fun loving and so caring and compassionate, she was just such a relatable character. Miller was great too, that sort of brooding guy with a chip on his shoulder from the hardships he’d gone through, but through his friendship with Violet he is a different person, I loved watching his growth, especially in his music, as a huge music fan I loved that aspect of the book.

As well as the main characters being so great, the side characters really added to the book, I adored Ronan and Holden, as well as Shiloh, the friendship group they formed was so wholesome and lovely, it made me smile, I really can’t wait for the other Lost Boy books.

All in all I enjoyed this book so much, Emma always writes so wonderfully, her words are so beautiful and create a beautiful story. I particularly loved the ending of this one, a few tears may have been shed!

I can’t recommend The Girl in the Love Song enough, and any other of Emma’s books of you haven’t picked any up yet, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


Emma Scott is an internationally bestselling author whose books have been featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and heroes with a heart of gold, you will enjoy her novels.


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