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More About the Author
'Playing Along' is Rory's first novel for grown-ups and almost grown-ups. Inspired by all her band crushes over the years, she asked herself - what would the story be if the lead singer fell just as hard? Writing the novel answered the question!
Rory is the founder of Write To Be You, reflective writing workshops and blog. She is passionate about encouraging people to embrace the creative process before becoming too fixated on the product. You can visit her at www.writetobeyou.com or at www.facebook.com/RorySamanthaGreen
Top Customer Reviews
As the summary suggests, this is the story of two people on two continents who eventually find each other. This is not a spoiler, the reader knows it going in. I am a big fan of stories where I am invested in the characters, in their backgrounds and their journeys. I felt connected to both Lexi and George and wanted them both to find what they'd been searching for. Both have interesting personal histories and while I think I connected better with George's, I enjoyed the "former prom queen who peaked in high school." It made me think snarky thoughts about the girls I didn't like back in the day and wonder what they're up to. I learned a bit about song writing and being green in between - bonus! The reader cheers for George and Lexi, wants them to find each other. I loved that they had a story, a history of near misses and obstacles, and thought to myself that one day, after they got married and lived their lives together, they'd have something fun to tell their grand kids about how they met.
I have a couple very minor critiques, which did not detract from the story but I thought were worth mentioning. At times the pacing felt slightly off and some of the second quarter dragged for me. The information we learn there is essential though, so I'm not sure what could have been edited differently. More noticeably though, for me, was the dialogue of the Americans. Lexi and her friends say things in ways Americans don't speak, but Brits do. I wonder if Green got confused going between the two dialects, or forgot which culture she was writing. Either way, I picked up on it, but someone else might not.
In the end, this was a book I stayed up way too late to finish.Read more ›
So in a twist of the old Irish Spring commercial where the hot babe in the shower says "Manly yes, but I like it too," I have to admit that this book is "girly yes, but I like it, too."
I'm new to the writing business, and have published 2 1/2 funny books. When a new author friend mentioned this book on her Facebook page, I was intrigued enough to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did!
I hope that by now it's firmly established that my manly manhood is above reproach. But that said, I fell head over heels (work boot heels) for this love story. I re-lived parts of the old awkward teenage me in George, and I saw many of the people I knew in other well developed characters.
This is a delightful read -- umm, I mean, it's a great book for chicks. If you are a guy and are secure in your sexuality (as I obviously am), then you, too, will LOVE this book.
George is the lead singer of the popular British band Thesis. Even though he's made it big and his name is adored by women around the world, his sweet and sensitive demeanor makes it hard for him to form lasting relationships with anyone. Lexi is a born and raised Californian. She's always had a plan of how she wanted her life to go - marry her high school sweetheart, have a few babies, get a dog, and hold a meaningful part-time job that leaves her enough time to care for her kids - but her life has no intention of following that plan. A twist of fate brings the two together in what is probably one of the cutest love stories I've ever read.
Reading this book felt like sitting and gossiping with an old friend. Lexi and George's lives are so realistic and so ordinary (even though one lives in LA and the other's a rock star) that it didn't take long before I felt like I knew them. The story alternates between their perspectives, so you get an inside look at what they are thinking and feeling.
The characters are genuine and adorable and hilarious. George is a dreamboat: a sweet, sensitive British musician. I'm pretty sure that's a combination that is impossible to resist. Lexi is really fun and totally relatable. She's got an attitude that can go from sweet to sarcastic with the flip of a switch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story and well written. I hope this author writes another book. A sequel would be great!Published 6 months ago by TW
For anyone who loves music, has ever had a crush on a rock star, or been the one with the creative soul searching for true love.Published 8 months ago by Eileen Mercolino
An engaging, well written love story...
Rory Samantha Green is great at painting the picture of love-life's challenges that so many of us know all too well!! Read more
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I had to wait a while to start my new book because I needed time to savor the story. Read morePublished 21 months ago by C
Not to quote Bradley, but this book is hilarious! And sweet... And romantic...Now,do yourself a favor and read it to find out who Bradley is and why he is not to be quoted... Read morePublished 21 months ago by yelena burch
I could not put this book down. The characters are fun and the story playful. And it brought 2 places I love -- London and Venice -- to life as the backdrop of this lovely... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Alison Hills
Ok the story took forever for the characters to meet. The setting was based on a lot of British background, which I am not familiar with. It's an okay romance storyPublished on November 4, 2013 by Dena Schibell
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