Review: Aimee And The Heartthrob, by Ophelia London


Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Pages: 223


He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister – and off-limits – but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails, the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback. But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…




I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

This is not the first book I’ve read written by Ophelia London and while this one is sweet and a breath of fresh air, I’m afraid I’m starting to get too old for such a story. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it!

This is the first installment of the Backstage Pass series. Each installment will feature a different member of the S2J band. This first installment is all about Miles and the girl who’s been crushing on him for years, Aimee.

As I said before, this is a cute and sweet story. Miles and Aimee are both teenagers and the author does a great job at showing us their age without falling into the over-the-top teenage vibe I sometimes see in YA romance novels.

But, there’s something rather strange here. While I enjoyed the story, the characters and their very cute love story, I couldn’t completely delve into the story. That’s why I think I’m getting too old for cute and sweet YA books. I guess I miss some edge here, maybe even some depth.

While the characterization is good, I still think the author could have dug even deeper. Both Aimee and Miles are supposed to have trust issues, but I couldn’t feel it. Even when something happens that happens to threaten everything (but I’m not going to tell you what!). And I would have loved to really see how Miles’ short fuse is still something he has to be careful about. Somehow, I think some aspects of the main characters are too much skimmed and not enough explored. But then again, this is a light YA story.

Also, I think some things are too repetitive regarding Aimee’s description of Miles and some things about their relationship. The same goes for Miles. I kept seeing the same kind of sentence structures about the same thing and sometimes just a couple of pages from each other. It’s nothing major and I’m pretty sure I’m just being picky here. It happens when I’m not completely in the story.

The plot itself is interesting and very fitting for the atmosphere of the story and the targeted readers, but I think some things are a little bit too obvious. I could see some things happening very early on.

But I must stress it…

This is a great YA book. I’m sure any teenage girl would love to read this book and enjoy the teenage band atmosphere along with the building romance. It’s like a teenage girl fantasy written. 😉


I went back and forth between 3 & 4 so…

3.5 to 4


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