Contemporary and romance are what I’m in the mood for right now. I’ve had this on my NetGalley shelf for a while. And I loved the first book I read by Marisa Kanter, so I’ve been looking forward to this one.
As If on Cue follows Natalie, who wrote a play with her best friend, Henry. With the arts budget depleted, they hoped that by putting on their own play, they would be allowed. But when the school says no at first, Natalie and her friends decide to do something about it. They want the money that has been given to the band, and her childhood rival Reid is part of that group. They’re forced to work together and turn her play into a musical, and that’s when things get chaotic.
I seem to have been reading more about musicals this year. I think this must be the third book? But it might even be the fourth. I do like musicals, but I don’t love them as much as I do books and blogging. So this book wasn’t as quite as perfect for me. But it was enjoyable, and I do love rivals to lovers.
Reid and Natalie have been rivals for years. Natalie used to play the same instrument as him, their families have been friends for years, and they’ve been pranking each other since they were little. It was a lot of fun, and I did enjoy seeing their growth. But I did have some issues with it. Many of Natalie’s issues with Reid were because of her own assumptions and things she’s done. It was kind of frustrating as I did feel for Reid, and I feel like she kind of should’ve done more to apologise.
Natalie could be very frustrating, but I understood why she was doing what she at least. Well, most of the time. The last thing she did to Reid, I really didn’t get. It wasn’t good, it didn’t make sense and yeah…I wasn’t a fan.
But this book was very funny. The friends and some of the family members were enjoyable. It was good to see some of the different arts represented. And you got to see how music changed the characters over the years too, which was fun. I don’t usually like flashbacks, but they were alright in this book.
Overall, this book was okay. For me, it wasn’t anything special, but whenever I was in the mood to read, I did enjoy it. It was easy to get through. If you love musicals or Frozen, then you’ll want to check this out.
Title: As If On Cue
Author: Marisa Kanter
Age Range: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 21/09/21