This Song is (Not) For You

Ramona fell for Sam the moment she met him. It was like she had known him forever. He’s one of the few constants in her life, and their friendship is just too important to risk for a kiss. Though she really wants to kiss him…

Sam loves Ramona, but he would never expect her to feel the same way – she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Still, they complement each other perfectly, both as best friends and as a band.

Then they meet Tom. Tom makes music too, and he’s the band’s missing piece. The three quickly become inseparable. Except Ramona’s falling in love with Tom. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either. How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?

  • Type: Fiction, Kids
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Number of Pages: 240
  • Original Publication Date: Jan 2016
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Rights Sold:
    • Sourcebooks (World English)

What people are saying:

Nowlin (If He Had Been with Me) captures the antsy energy of senior year and the desire to stand out while still fitting in as she alternates among the three observant narrators….distinctive characters who show maturity as they seek to create satisfying creative and romantic relationships.

  • — Publishers Weekly

A quick read that should attract teens who are drawn to the music scene, as well as those open to exploring the sexual expectations that accompany romance.

  • — VOYA

Nowlin perfectly captures the awkwardness of unspoken love…in this quick, engaging tale of three musicians’ senior year…Alternating chapters from all three protagonists offer complete and rich portraits of each character through their own thoughts and their best friends’ impressions. Nowlin clearly communicates the visceral pleasures of performing music, as well as the giddiness of infatuation and first love.

  • — Booklist

This Song Is (Not) For You is a really fascinating, gripping and eye-opening novel…one I would highly recommend.

  • — Once Upon a Bookcase

This book was a total joy to read….Nowlin really captured what to me is a distinctly teenage feeling of being instantly completely obsessed with someone, finding everything they do fascinating, and then being confused on what to do next. This book should be in all collections. It’s not often we see an asexual character in YA or see romantic relationships handled the way they are here. A wonderful, quick, unique read.

  • — SLJ, Teen Librarian Toolbox

Written By:

Laura Nowlin

New York Times bestselling author of If He Had Been With Me and forthcoming This is (Not) Your Song.

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