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  • Intriguing, current and appealing

    I liked this book a lot and felt it was a very solid read. I found the whole concept behind this book very intriguing, current and appealing. I am not and have never been a boy band follower but I was easily and quickly caught up in these characters, their story and their world. I enjoyed the complexity of this book. On one hand it delivers a wonderful romance that gave me plenty of feels and warmed my heart, and with the other it touches on important topics like sexuality, fame, drug abuse, family, emotional abuse and friendship. This was a potent and powerful read but also a very fun one. This is my frank, freely review.

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  • Deeper than I was expecting...

    4.5 stars — Wow, there was a lot in this one. Like, it was kind of angstier than I usually read, and yet I really enjoyed it. I was sucked in almost from the very start. There was just a connection between Ruben and Zach that made me smile. And I was so intrigued by this group of 4 boys, each struggling with their own issues. All the characters felt very real to me. It was so hard to watch the slowly forming train wreck that is approaching these boys. I became invested in them as friends, and I worried about them. Especially Angel. It was weird to be so invested in a side character. I think I both loved and hated how much both of our boys were going through. It was very real, but I wanted better for them…and while they got better, I wanted *even* better, you know? I feel like I kept peeling layers off of Zach as the story went on. It was fascinating to see how his parents split had affected him in a way I hadn’t anticipated. He really had such a hard time putting himself first, like, EVER. And while the ups and downs were hard, it made it that much more rewarding when he started to understand and grow. And then there’s Ruben. Also very oniony. He could be so confident at times, and so in tune with himself. And then he would let it all just drop like Pavlov’s dog at the ding of a message from his Mom. I ached for what she was doing to him. Gaslighting 101. Part of me understood why he struggled to cut the cord, but I wanted that for him so badly. His growth there was subtle, but I will admit I wanted a wee bit more. I always feel like I have somewhat of a sense of what celebrities go through, but I don’t know if any of us can really know. While this is a fictional account, it felt believable. Which is kind of heartbreaking. I enjoyed the note by the authors at the end. It wasn’t all angsty, obviously. The two of them together were so adorable!! It was so satisfying to see them get to that point and fight for their romance. And I adored the support they had from #Anjon. 😉 So yeah…it totally lived up to my expectations, and was a great celebrity LGBT romance.

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  • Cute, boyband love!

    3.5/5 3.5/5 stars! Four guys in a boy band. We have alternating viewpoints between Rueben and Zach, two of the members. This sets up for a fun, sweet and cute romance. But, as I read the book, I found so much more. The major thing I struggled with in this book was the voice. I found, more than once, that I had to flip back to the beginning of the chapter to remember who's chapter I was reading. I really hate, in dual perspective novels, when this happens, because I feel like the voices should be distinct enough for me to know who's chapter I am on. That being said, the book tackled some real issues that I appreciated. It looked at Zach, understanding and coming to terms with his sexuality in a normalized and real way. The bandmates all seemed real and were multidimensional and different from each other and I could see myself picking a favourite ala boybands of the past. I did find that the adult characters in the book were less developed and seemed more one dimensional, but that could be okay give the audience. The thing that was most real for me was the portrayal of abuses in the music industry and just how much power producers and the industry as a whole really has over a person. It made me incredibly sad to see this in front of me in book form, but it is something that needs to be seen. I think the authors did a great job in this portrayal and appreciated it. The romance in this is cute and sweet and you can see how much Zach and Rueben care for each other. Adding the other layers of the band, the touring, the toxic music industry and Zach understanding his sexuality, it really creates a well rounded novel with lots going on. I definitely recommend this book, especially if you like sweet romances with some more serious topics. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review. All opinions are 100% mine.

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  • Brilliant

    Zach and Ruben are best friends and members of a boy band on a whirlwind tour through Europe. With their management company keeping them under tight control, Ruben can't publicly acknowledge his orientation. But when Zack realizes that he's attracted to men, and to Ruben specifically, things start to get complicated. How long can they keep their relationship under wraps? And what will happen when their fans learn the truth? This book is absolutely brilliant. The audiobook is an immersive experience, the kind it takes a while to recover from once it's over. Zach and Ruben are adorable, while the strong subplots keep the tension high. Thanks, NetGalley, for the audio ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • perfect boyband romance

    IF THIS GETS OUT is the love story of Ruben and Zach, two members of the 4-man boy band, Saturday, who fall in love. Ruben has been out of the closet in his personal life for years but isn't allowed to come out publicly, while Zach has some soul searching to do as his feelings for his best friend become more than friendly. While they're on a European concert tour, they don't have much time or space to figure out their budding romance with their regimented schedule of concerts, interviews, and photo shoots, not to mention the restrictions from their manager on their carefully curated public image. Throw in the fact that one of their bandmates is the manager's son and the other might be developing a drug problem, and you have a recipe for high drama. This book is everything I wanted it to be! Along with the tension and drama that surrounds Zach and Ruben's relationship and their being kept in the closet, it has plenty of funny and sweet moments along the way to make the reader fall in love with these wonderful characters. While Jon and Angel, who fill out the band, take a backseat to Zach and Ruben, they each have distinct personalities and character arcs, and all the boys of Saturday have unique relationships with one another. Their relationships with their parents and their fans are also compelling and add to the conflict. This paragraph is mildly spoilery, but one especially well done element of the book is how the management team and the fans slowly switch places over the span of the story. In the beginning, we get to know some of the specific people on the management side, and they seem to be on the boys' team against the ever volatile Public. But as the story progresses, management becomes colder and more distant, while the fans show more nuance and give the boys the actual support they need. It's quite lovely. Definitely read IF THIS GETS OUT! It has plenty of angst and a healthy dose of comedy and romance, all among relatable and lovable main characters.

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