Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Victoria in My Head
by Janelle Milanes

Hardcover400 pages
Expected publication: September 19th 2017 by Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1481480898

Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.

But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.

From debut author Janelle Milanes comes a hilarious and heartfelt tale of the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you really want.

The Victoria in My Head was a relatable, funny, and heartwarming story about discovering yourself. I liked how this book felt authentic and so incredibly real. It took me back to my high school days and how it felt to go through all the big "firsts" in my life. The teenage angst involving boys, family, and self-worth all reminded me of what it was like to be a teenager. 

The main character, Victoria, was such a realistic character. She wanted more with her life and wanted to discover herself. Victoria was getting bored and knew there was more out there for her. She has was getting pressure from her parents to get into a good college, which I am sure a lot of teenagers can relate to. There were times when Victoria seemed a little immature and too dramatic, but it felt accurate for her age and what she was going through. 

The music element of this book was SO MUCH FUN. I loved the scenes when the band was rocking out and having fun. Watching Victoria become more confident and sure of herself through music really warmed my heart. I also enjoyed all the scenes when Victoria interacted with all the band members. They had such great banter and chemistry that made me laugh out loud. I liked how the author made sure to include how important friendships are. 

Overall, The Victoria in My Head was a charming and fun book that took me back to my teenage years. I am so excited to see what this author comes out with next! 

3. 5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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