Anya and the Shy Guy (Backstage Pass #4) by Suze Winegardner

December 19, 2016

I will admit, Ryder is still my favorite! But also, I loved Matt. I'm not sure that I would have even liked Will as much as I did his brother. So far each book in the series has focused on one of the band members. For this installment, we are actually not getting to really know Will's story at all. So I feel like that threw things off a bit. I was surprised not to get Will's story. And maybe a bit disappointed because I'd really like to know a bit more about him. But I really did love Matt.


Compared to the other three books, I found this one to be a hell of a lot more interesting for three reasons. One, the female protagonist is homeless. Two, Will Fray is not Will Fray. Three, something finally happens to LJ. Sadly, it was not the brutal butt kicking I was hoping for but, there is still one more book. A lot can happen in one book. 


This story is fast paced and fun. I still love the second book most, but this runs a close second to it. The story moves and I was never bored. Of course it's got some teen angst in it, all of these Entangled Crush books do.


Some back ground, Anya is a 17 year old tough girl who doesn’t have anyone to look after her. She lies about her age for her new reporter job because it’s either this or live on the streets. Her job requires her to get a scoop on the famous Seconds to Juliet boy band. Problem is, Will Fray isn't who everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s not Will at all. Matt, Will's identical twin, is actually the guy onstage, reluctantly covering for his brother while he’s in rehab.


I enjoy that the books focus on different characters within the same world because we get to see how the other characters are flourishing. I also like when a storyline carries on from the last book. For example, Will's weird behavior in the previous book is explained in this one and when you see why, you realize that it's so obvious. I really enjoyed that.


I found that Matt was a really adorable character in this plot. It was so funny how he always messes up whenever he tries to charm Anya. I thought it was fun to watch him try so hard to be Will. His predicament also added an extra dimension to the romance with Anya even though their romance in the beginning felt like a serious case of insta-love.


Anya is a pretty cool character. She's self-reliant and tough. She's street smart, on account of her homelessness. I like that it took her a while to actually concede to her emotions. Her struggle with homelessness was heartbreaking, it was so real and raw that it made me have step back and think about every homeless person I see on the streets on my way to work. I think that what made this installment a bit more … not edgy but unique.  All the other ones were about the stars falling in love. This one was about two normal people with a secret.


And here’s where I begin complaining. All of the books in this series share similar dramatic conclusions to the major conflicts. Let’s call it the “Runway complex.” Is it just me or did these guys find the four flakiest chicks ever. I mean, I enjoyed this novel and maybe two of the others, but I already knew how the climax of the story was going to happen. The girl was going to run away.


 For once, I'd like to see one of these characters tough it out and just stay and deal with the shit that's hit the fan. Every single one of these girls have just walked away from the fall outs. No one sticks around. Like no one sticks around to talk about things, not even once did someone just go back to trailer and take some time. No all of these teenagers, even the homeless, stick around. 


I would recommend this series to anyone who wants to read about rock stars and cute romances. It totally has that bubble gum, squeaky clean feel for the younger readers.


So that’s it for this one guys, wish me luck I’m on to book five. 

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