Book Review: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale

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Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.

Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.

But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.

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I’ve wanted to read this book for some time now because I love Avon Gale’s writing and how effortlessly diverse her books are. So, I guess I did go into this one with lot of expectations and the rating is also quite high on Goodreads.. and that’s why I was quite sad to be disappointed.

This book is basically about Sawyer finding the courage to follow her dreams, discovering her sexuality and being honest with herself. There is an instanct connection between her and Vix which quickly develops into more and I loved how cute they were together. They had some very open conversations about their sexualities, about Vix being bisexual and how that makes people perceive her in a different light, what they expected from each other in and out of bed; and I really liked that about them. But suddenly when it was time for them to talk about the future of their relationship or the band and their feelings were each other, they completely shut off and make assumptions about each other and all of this no communication leads to a lot of misery and it just bugged me.

The conversations about bisexuality and lesbians and how they are incorrectly judged and perceived were quite interesting to read about. I also loved how Sawyer’s coming out was just accepted and not made a big deal out of. The other band members are also diverse but it felt like tokenism to me, because they are never really fleshed out. Except a few funny incidents, we don’t really get to know Kit or Connor a lot and Jeff is just that long time best friend and ex of Vix. I would have loved to know more about the band dynamics and how they worked together.

Overall, this was a fun f/f romance and can be a good one time read. But I just felt it was missing a spark and I just couldn’t connect to their relationship. I felt like Sawyer and Vix would make good friends but I didn’t get the intense love connection between them. I guess I was just expecting more.

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  1. This book has been on my tbr for a long time, but reading some of your thoughts about it has me a bit worried that I won’t like it much. I don’t really like books where the characters don’t communicate and were secondary characters are just tokens. But I still hope I enjoy this one. Great review! 🙂

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