Meet Francie Mills. She’s 16. Lives in the boring burbs of L.A. Is super determined and hopeful. And wants one thing: to be an amazing tennis player. Because if something exponentially, brilliantly wonderful like that happened, like winning the U.S. Open or even getting to nationals, everything would be okay. Her life. Her family. Her. She would matter. Be part of something important. And wouldn’t have to feel so unbearably sad and alone every time her dad gets drunk, again.
But the likelihood of amazingness starts to seem impossible when Francie injures her knee…that is, until she meets Chet Jones, lead singer of the band Blues Harp Jones, in Austin, on location for her dad’s movie job. Francie instantly falls for Chet, in his weird blazer and “God Save the Queen” t-shirt, sexy, genuine, funny. And she’s sure something wonderful is finally happening, especially when Chet miraculously falls for her too. But the closer Francie gets to Chet back in L.A. and the more her dad’s drinking tears her apart, the more she realizes the best kind of something wonderful isn’t at all what she expected…
Blues Harp Jones is a book of twists and unforeseen love in the life of a young teenager who just can't seem to catch a break. Her parents don't understand how much tennis means to her but she is forced to give up something she loves in order to let an injury heal. Francie soon finds something else to love and it isn't a sport.
I felt for Francie in so many ways throughout the novel. Her childhood stripped away from her, forced to act like an adult at such a young age only to find out her parents are the ones acting like children. Her deceptive lies are clever yet you can tell her character is unsure if her actions match what's in her heart.
Francie is more of a tom boy with the mind of a girly girl but her life is simply turned upside down when she injures her knee before a big tennis tournament. She met a boy named Chet while walking home from one of her dad's movie dinners but didn’t think anything of it, at first.
Chet instantly makes Francie happier, feel safe and is the one thing she can't seem to stop thinking about. Chet instantly relates to Francie as he knows the pressures of family, burdens and expectations that are placed upon the children of successful families. Francie feels as if nothing else matters, as long as she's with Chet.
This book screams the common saying, "everything happens for a reason" as Francie went through a lot within such a short amount of time that she changed as a person throughout the novel. She gives every young woman out there the desire to pursue their dreams and never give up no matter what life throws your way. Especially if it's a cute boy in a band.
When Nicole contacted me asking if I would like to read Blues Harp Green, I was immediately excited. After reading the blurb on the book, I was sold. Blues Harp Green ultimately deserves a 5/5 simply because of the easy to read story and exciting plot that left me wanting more. I personally would love to read a sequel to this book in order to answer some of unanswered questions I have about Francie's life after the ending. You'll have to read the book to know what I'm talking about.
I recommend this book to lovers of romance, lifestyle and challenge. Not once did I get bored while reading nor did I want to stop.
Congratulations on a magnificent novel. I look forward to reading more from the amazing author, Nicole Schubert.