Series: Lillac Town #1
Author: M. Hollis
Pages: 104 (Kindle)
Release Date: September 29, 2016
After dropping out of university and breaking up with her girlfriend of three years, Chris Morrison’s life is now a mind-numbing mess. She doubts that working at the small neighborhood bookstore is going to change that. The rest of her time is spent mostly playing guitar and ignoring the many messages her mother keeps sending her about going back to college.
But one day, an adorable and charming new bookseller waltzes her way into Chris’s life. Josie Navarro is sweet, flirty, and she always has a new book in her hands. The two girls start a fast friendship that, for Chris, holds the promise of something more. But is she reading too much into this or is it possible that Josie feels the same way?
The Melody of You and Me sounded like it was going to be really cute, but sadly it was just awkward and boring. Chris is a musician working at a bookstore, and recently went through a break up. In walks Josie, the new hire. She’s cute, friendly, and bookish, so of course Chris is immediately smitten. Things get even better when Josie admits to being gay (although she’s not out yet). The two start spending time together. Hanging out quickly turns into making out. And soon Chris finds the motivation she needs to get her dreams back on track and reconnect with her parents.
While I loved the premise of The Melody of You and Me and loved that there was pansexuality on the page (Chris says “I’m pansexual.”), this novella simply didn’t work for me. The writing was very stiff and awkward, and the dialogue was just bad. It’s almost as if the characters had never heard of contractions! I also never connected with Chris at all. There was this distance between us, which I think had a lot to do with the writing style. I think it would have been better if it were told from her POV, especially since a lot of the story was about her figuring out what she wants to do since dropping out of college. I did like how she found her calling, indirectly through Josie, and actually did something about it. But beyond that, I was just bored and could barely remembered what happened by time I reached the end of each chapter.