Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal
by Taro Meyer
GENRE: YA/Middle Grade
Emma G. is CRAZY about Aaron, lead singer of Boyz3000. Of course, she doesn’t actually know him, but so what? Feelings are feelings. That is until Josh appears… and he’s soooooo CUTE. Navigating her two crushes and her middle school life, especially with eighth-grade hater Renee around, is a challenge. And oh yeah, she’s got to earn money for an AWESOME trip to the Bahamas to see the band of her dreams. Hello???? How much can one thirteen-year-old take???
My Review: 3 Stars
Emma G took me back to my own early teen years when I had my first boy band crush. I'm not going to date myself by saying who it was on though. I remember thinking that if I only had a chance to meet my crush, he'd fall madly in love with me, too. My sister and I wallpapered our bedroom with posters of this band. I was so mad when I found out that a girl at school had a crush on the same band member as me!
After a lot of brainstorming (to earn money), Emma is lucky and her dream comes true when she has the chance to go to the Bahamas with her best friend and gets to see her band in concert. Things don't go exactly as planned, but she's still pretty happy with life.
The story is written in a very realistic way. The thoughts, feelings, and reactions are very typical of teenage girls and it's very easy to flashback to those times of life. Things are very superficial and slightly immature, but that's exactly how they should be.
I enjoyed watching Emma become more aware of who and what is around her and start to internalize life experiences. This is a book that would be enjoyed by middle school girls.
Content: It's pretty clean, aside from the fact that the Lord's name is taken in vain several times.
*I received a copy through Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review*
OMG!!! My heart was racing like it was going crazy. Lights began flashing from everyone’s phones and people were Instagramming pictures of the band to their friends and posting them. I tried to take pictures but my hands were shaking so much from excitement that the pictures were blurry. Jenny wasn’t taking any either because she was shaking too. Everyone was screaming and yelling and crying. Two girls fainted and were carried out to get some water.
I was screaming too. I took a selfie of me screaming and then one of Jenny screaming. Her mouth was open so wide I think I was taking a picture of her tonsils!!!
I could see all the Boyz3000 faces very clearly because we were so close up, but especially Aaron’s. I was watching him and trying to take his picture while I was screaming, but my hands were still shaking too much to get good shots, so I stopped trying and just watched him. His expressions were sooo sincere as he sang. His cute hair was falling over his eyes and those eyes were sooo adorable. And his collar was open on his shirt, and I could even see the sweat on his neck.
The drummer, Pete, was setting a great rhythm, and Cory, the bass player that Jenny loves, was twirling and leaping, and then he was leaning back, playing his bass like he was the greatest rock star in the universe. And then Jenny started screaming even louder than before, and she was jumping up and down and her arms were waving at the bass player!
Boyz3000 started to come down onto the runway that we were right next to.
Everyone was trying to reach out to them and I was right on the aisle and reaching out too.
And then it happened…
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Taro Meyer is a Grammy, Parents’ Choice, and Audie Award winning Audio Producer who has been producing and directing YA audiobooks for over 20 years, including The Princess Diaries Series starring Anne Hathaway, the All American Girl Series starring Ari Meyers, The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr) and Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One, Here’s to You Rachel Robinson and Tiger Eyes among others.
She co-produced two touring companies of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's smash rock show Christmas Eve and Other Stories and their TV special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, receiving Gold and Platinum Albums for her work with the team. She was associate producer of the award winning anti-bullying movie, “The Contest,” and co-produced the premier showcase of off-Broadway’s Little Willie.
As an actress and singer, she starred on Broadway in the musical Zorba, in numerous regional and off-Broadway shows, and on TV’s All My Children, Another World (for which she also composed music) and the mini-series Memories of Midnight, amongst others.
Meyer wrote and produced the upcoming children’s album: Mighty Musical Fairy Tales, starring international artist Patti Austin; an updated, joyous musical version of Classic Fairy tales, accompanied by an illustrated book, The Ugly Duckling.
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