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The Pick-Up by Miranda Kenneally

⭐⭐⭐💫 3.5 stars | The idea of taking a rideshare to a music festival and then said car picking up a cute, genuinely nice guy along the way who is also going to the same concert and in a matter of minutes you have a connection? I mean, that really appealed to me as a story. (And why do I never have meet cutes on public/shared transportation?) But that's how the alternating points-of-view between Mari and TJ start and I was immediately intrigued to see how this romance would play out.  

Since Mari is in Chicago visiting her dad for the weekend, she and TJ only have three days to get to know one another. What surprised me was that there was a lot more going on with both Mari and TJ other than a fun weekend of listening to music and kissing (I mean, that was inevitable!). For Mari, there's a lot of drama and issues going on at home with her parents and for TJ, he's struggling to find the confidence to be himself as his family's expectations weigh on him. 

Because there was quite a few things going on, I expected the book to be much longer in order to address and develop these themes more deeply. But at only 250 pages, I didn't think that was enough time to really dig into the romance (although the chemistry was certainly there!) or each of the characters and what they were experiencing. Don't get me wrong, I loved the concept of the book and I certainly didn't mind that it took place over the course of a three-day weekend, but I did feel that we as readers needed more time with Mari and TJ to feel thoroughly invested.

Name 5 artists you'd love to see at a musical festival |
James Bay, Maggie Rogers, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, and The Strokes. (Note: I love a lot of bands but I have yet to see the latter three, which is why they made the list!) 

pub 9/1/21 by Sourcebooks Fire
Young Adult - Contemporary
Received e-ARC from pub for review
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