Book Review : Songs Of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria

When my world spins out of line
Making up seems hard to do
Early evening, your tears are falling
But I promise to return to you
Someday I will find my way to you

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Book Details

Title: Songs Of Our BreakUp (Playlist #1)

Author: Jay E. Tria

Date Published: August 22, 2015

Number of Pages: 183 pages


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📚 Series? Yes, first installment.
📚 Genre? Contemporary Romance.
📚 POV? Third person.
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  There’s one transphobic joke in there.
⚠ Book Tags :  Musicians. Love triangle-ish. Exes. Moving on. Song Lyrics.
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 😥🎤🎸🇯🇵🔺🛫🎼🎶

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Book Blurb from Goodreads

Every breakup has its playlist.

How do you get over a seven-year relationship? 21-year-old Jill is trying to find out. But moving on is a harder job when Kim, her ex-boyfriend, is the lead guitarist of the band, and Jill is the vocalist. Every song they play together feels like slicing open a barely healed tattoo.

Jill’s best friend Miki says she will be out of this gloom soon. Breakups have a probation period, he says. Jill is on the last month of hers and Miki is patiently keeping her company.

But the real silver lining is Shinta. Having a hot Japanese actor friend in times like these is a welcome distraction. This gorgeous celebrity has been defying time zones and distance through the years to be there for Jill. Now he is here, physically present, and together he and Jill go through old lyrics, vivid memories, walks in the rain, and bottles of beer. Together they try to answer the question: what do you do when forever ends?

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About the Author

Jay E. Tria (Taken from the author’s website.)

My name is Jay E. Tria, and I think writing about myself in the third person is weird. So I won’t do it here. I am an author of contemporary young adult, new adult romance and paranormal/urban fantasy. When I write I am often inspired by daydreams, celebrity crushes, a childhood fascination of Japanese drama and manga, and an incessant itch to travel. Find a complete list of my books here. I am a blogger too. I blog about most things I like, and I like many things, which would explain the many, varied categories you would find here.

Find me on AmazonFacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and Wattpad (jayetria).

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My Review

The book is about:

Songs Of Our Breakup tells the story of Jill, the vocalist of Trainman, and her recent break up with Kim, who is the lead guitarist of the band. It showed how she is dealing with the end of a long relationship (7 years!) and how it has the potential to affect the band’s dynamic.

What drew me in:

This book took my attention because of an opportunity to review the 4th book of the series. Though all the books can be read as standalones, there are hints here and there about the band dynamic, and I want to go through all of the stories to get to know the band even more.

I also adore everything about music, and I get giddy when the books and music meet. This book definitely satisfied my cravings of the ins and outs of being in a band, making me love it even more.

Some favorite quotes:

“I like seeing your face. Every time I miss you I’d just click on my phone and there you are. I don’t know why I didn’t do that sooner.”

“She had grown up with this boy, shared B-sides, long nights, test answers, pajamas, and shawarma with him, a collection of things and moments that changed them both. Jill still knew the face, but no longer the boy behind it.”

“I don’t know about forever, but I love you just the same.” 

Characters & connections:

The story is mainly told through the eyes of Jill and how she is dealing and processing her pain. This book gave glimpses to the past as well, making readers see more of Kim and Jill’s relationship and its influence to the band.

One of the strengths of these series, for me, is the actual band itself. Its hard not to fall in love with how everyone treats each other. I always find it fun when the scenes in the book involve all or most of them.

There’s also Shinta, a Japanese celebrity that are close to Jill and her bestfriend Miki. Shinta, aside from being handsome and hot (haha) provides a great distraction for Jill’s grief.

Miki, on the other hand, deserves more. That’s it. Miki deserves more.

My favorite parts:

It might be weird because they are not real but my favorite part of this book is all of the songs. They were all written very beautifully and I really wish that I can listen to them for real.

Overall thoughts:

Songs Of Our Breakup is a good read in its totality. It can be read in one sitting and it can deliver lots of feels. Plus, there were many things to love about this read.. for me, in particular, it was the characters and the writing style.

It is also exciting to know that the story doesn’t end here and we will get to see what life brings to the rest of the band. I would like to believe that they will all get their HEAs.. I hope.

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐☆☆

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☁ FINAL VERDICT: 4.36/5 ☁

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♡ , Yna the Mood Reader

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