Love Songs & Other Lies
Love Songs & Other Lies
Available now from Tor Teen / Macmillan
Young Adult Contemporary Romance

It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

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"Three things that scare the crap out of you. Your turn."

"Okay, let's see." His thumb is rubbing up and down along mine, and it's hard to think about anything else. "Leaving for college. Playing music professionally." He takes a deep, dramatic breath. "And holding your hand."

It had taken me about two hours--the first night we were together on the beach--to figure out that Cam has a varsity letter in deflecting questions. I bump his shoulder with mine. "You're doing that now, and you don't seem scared to me."

"Oh, I am. You just can't tell because I'm dying on the inside." He rubs his hand over his chest. "My fear's internalized--I'll need therapy down the road."

"Holding my hand is going to force you into therapy?" I try to pull my hand away, but he holds in in place, and I laugh.

"It probably won't be the first thing."

"Thank God you haven't kissed me. I'd hate to see you institutionalized." What is wrong with me? Maybe I'm willing it to happen, even though I know it's better if it doesn't. Still, I regret the words instantly, because his face looks pained, like he's not sure if he actually does want to kiss me.

"Oh, I'll definitely be kissing you." There's a huge, cocky grin on his face, and it holds a promise. "Do you need to change your three things now?"

I smack him again but he has a great point, because suddenly getting hit by a taxi or throwing up onstage doesn't seem so terrifying.

“A captivating read and a great pick for fans of Morgan Matson and Emery Lord!”―RT Book Reviews

“Filled with lyrics, love, and late nights, Pennington’s debut novel will appeal to romance fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti.”―School Library Journal

“Set on beaches, stages, and tour buses, Pennington’s debut is a light road-tripping romance about redemption and the love of music.”―Publishers Weekly

“Reading Cam & Vee's past and present romance reminds me of This is Us! This is going on my keeper shelf.”―Simone Elkeles, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

“Fun and full of heart, with a hero who stole my heart!”―Katie McGarry, author of Long Way Home and Only A Breath Apart

  • Say Something - A Great Big World
  • Still Into You - Paramore
  • Rolling in the Deep - Adele
  • Dakota - A Rocket To The Moon
  • Yellow Shirt - The Icarus Account
  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran
  • Meet Virginia - Train