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First of all let me just say that that cover is wow! I love it so much! i mean look at it! I’d totally buy that for the cover alone. And maybe for the cover model as well? Hahaha! Just kidding! Or not! Hahaha! It’s so Miki and defined a Jay E. Tria signature style together with the magic of Tania Arpa.
OH. MY. FREAKING. GOSH.
How do I even start? my feelings are currently all over the place i have no idea what to do with them. Do I begin though by telling “Everyone must read this!”? But that would sound weak even to me because… well… why should I, right? Why should you? And that’s the point of this some-sort-of-like-a-review-but-doesn’t-seem-like-it review/reasons to read this afreakingmazing second book in the Playlist series of Jay E. Tria.
WHY YOU MUST READ SONGS TO GET OVER YOU (AND OTHER THINGS)
* It stands alone. You may go right ahead and read it as it is. Just to give you a clue, though, this is Miki’s book. Miki—the guitarist of Trainman, who’s been in love with Jill (their female lead vocalist, also the girlfriend of a hot Jap hunk, Shinta, from the first book) and trying to hide his feelings… and for the time being was succeeding… and yet failing all at the same time.
* The plot was without shadow of a doubt crazily 101% perfect! I was kind of scared to start this one as I might end up with swollen eyes the next day but boy would it be worth it. There were too many times that I had to pause and do some breathing exercises because it was turning to be too much to handle. Because it’s too painful already. But what it made perfect was the fact that Miki tried to move on even when it’s hard. And he wasn’t alone because the thing with Trainman is you get each others’ backs even when things go wrong. But add in another lovable character that is Ana who’s been dating Miki and you got yourself another love story that would make you feel really blissful by the end of the book. The transition style was somewhat the same with the first book—present-past-present thing—which actually added to the beauty of the book because I got to know how Miki met Jill, Trainman and Anna.
* A+ pacing. The story is not for the fast-paced readers (no insta stuff on this one, too) because this book takes its time. Like how Miki as a human being kind of can’t let go of his feelings to Jill yet that instant because he felt that for years already and he can’t let Jill know or their friendship would be screwed. I’m not saying the pacing is slow but you know how it is when you’ve had these feelings for a person for so long and then you found out your chance has been shot to hell. You don’t get over with someone that easy, right? You take time. You sort of pour your feelings in to other things. Like you start dating other people to ease the pain somehow. But you can’t totally let the feelings go for that one person just yet. And so you hurt the feelings of the one you’re dating instead. But honestly, there lies the brilliance of this book. To the slowly but surely mindset.
* The characters. The Playlist characters are a hefty serving of mixed yummy goodness with their own unique and interesting attitude. You have Kim The Dictator who plans stuff for the band, Jill who could be a corporate slave with her skills but stayed as a musician because she’s happy at what she does, Son and Nino being the funniest and maybe smartest in the group and Miki the silent type. And of course, Ana. Ana whose determination is out of this world. Ana who loves numbers so much. Ana who’s been there for Miki all the time. I love Ana and how she could stand up for what she knows/think is right.
* Excellent choice of words. I am not sure about you but give me any song that would cut me so deep and leave my heart ripped open, I’m sold. And that’s exactly the way I felt about the songs in this book. But not just the songs but Jay’s outstanding narration as well. It was like the emotions grow some words and the fruit was this book? Yep, kind of like that. Poignancy and beauty all at once.
Jay hit the nail of emotional and powerful in the head hard with Songs to Get Over You. It’s painful, it’s beautiful, it’s everything I needed it to be. I love it soooo much!!! But Jay got other plans… like FYAZ something happened!! YAY!!! I love it even more! But it’s unlike any other filthy romances because this is Miki’s story. He’s someone to be handled with utmost care. So if you’re looking for very alpha of a male specimen, you’re in the wrong track. However, if you’re due to read something that’s loaded with vulnerability, heart and so much feelings… Miki’s ready to hand ’em over to you in a pretty package.
But I also really like guys who make the move, so I declared that I was #TeamShinta when I read the first book in Jay E. Tria‘s Playlist Series, Songs of Our Breakup. What’s not to like about Shinta, anyway? He’s a hot Japanese actor (with abs now!) who made the move when it mattered, so yeah, too bad, best friend. But like I said, I have a soft spot for best friends in fiction, so I guess I was also sort of #TeamMiki, but more in the way that I wanted a happy ending for him, too, because he deserved it.
So when I started reading Songs to Get Over You, I was at work. It was Valentine’s weekend, and I was on lunch break, waiting for the work event to happen. Two chapters in, I shut my Kindle and told myself I can’t read it there. I need to read it in private, maybe with alcohol because damn it, Miki.
Songs to Get Over You hits the right notes when it comes to romance and the friend zone. There’s still the lovable Trainman band members, Kim the leader, the Nino and Son tandem, Jill-with-Shinta, and with Miki watching his best friend on the sidelines. But there was someone there with him now – Ana, the girl who wasn’t really a fan of their music but stayed because of the guy she wanted to be with. She tries to get Miki’s focus away from what continues to hurt him, but who knows if she will succeed?
The story is told in the same fashion as SOOB, interspersed with flashbacks and songs, and you just feel the melancholy all over it, and you just really, really want the best for these characters. But you know that one of them will mess up, and it will hurt you just as much as it hurt them. That’s the magic of Jay’s writing – her words will pull you in and make you root for the characters so hard that you will hurt with them when it matters and celebrate with them when you get to the end. The great thing is since it’s told in a guy’s POV, we get to see how it is when a guy gets friend zoned…and again, damn it, Miki.
Don’t tell Shinta, but I may just like Songs to Get Over You a little bit more that the first one. Could be my bias, could be because I could sort of relate. But regardless of those could be’s, all of it is because this is a really good book that you really, really shouldn’t miss. :)
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