Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on July 14th 2015
Genres: Family, Homelessness & Poverty, Love & Romance, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult
It's always the quiet ones...
Anya Anderson doesn't just need a big break, she needs any break. Living on the streets doesn't leave a girl many options, so when she scores a gig reporting on the Seconds to Juliet tour, she jumps at the chance to earn enough money to sleep somewhere safe. And the paycheck will get bigger - and keep her off the streets for good - if she can dig up dirt on Will Fray, the irritatingly hot "shy guy" of the band.
Problem is, Will Fray isn't who everyone thinks he is. In fact, he's not Will at all. Matt, Will's identical twin, is actually the guy onstage, reluctantly covering for his brother while he's in rehab. To make matters worse, Matt's being shadowed by a cute reporter with troubled eyes determined to get the scoop. On him. And he's having trouble finding the willpower to keep his distance...
But if the secret gets out, it won't just be his head on a platter - it'll be the whole band's.
Living on the streets, jumping from shelter to shelter, doesn’t give seventeen-year-old Anya Anderson many options. Finally, she catches a break and scores a reporting gig on the Seconds to Juliet Tour, following around the Shy Guy, Will Fray. But Will isn’t really Will—he’s his twin brother, Matt. Matt’s job is to satisfy Anya’s journalistic curiosity, but he soon finds himself falling for her. With so many secrets between them, an actual relationship should be impossible…
This was the most unique book in the Backstage Pass series. By this book, number four, I had stopped reading what the books were about and trusted that I would enjoy the story. The twist where Matt was really Will threw me. Matt, however, was a lovely “band” member to meet. I expected the Shy Guy’s story but got something a lot different and couldn’t wait to see what the last book will entail.
Anya, from the beginning, wasn’t like any of the other girls in the series. She had been living on her own for years and didn’t know a single Seconds to Juliet song. Unlike Aimee and Daisy, she hadn’t been scorned; opposite to Mia, she was sure of herself from the beginning. Her secrets and survival instincts made her journey interesting, and I wanted her to have something good and stable in her life in the form of Matt.
I don’t really know where to start with Matt. Winegardner did a wonderful job of creating another Backstage Pass boy to love. Their getaways to the roof and shared glances during the concerts were what any fangirl desires. I would have loved for the book to have switched back and forth between Will and Matt, to see what took place in Will’s live during that time. I hope to see more of Will in the last book, as he didn’t play as big a part as I thought he was going to. Since the Shy Guy wasn’t really the Shy Guy was there ever really a Shy Guy? It’s like a boy band paradox.
A happily-ever-after doesn’t seem as likely in this story, but you’ll be rooting for one the entire time. There were a few slow areas, but the ending made up for it all—I adored the end to this story! Per the usual with this series, you can read it in any order that you desire, so find your favorite and join the S2J experience.