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You were my only wish. My only dream come true. But what if I can’t keep you? Dive queen Cam Swayne refuses to give up on her destiny. For as long as she can remember, her heart has belonged to the dreamy boy-next-door. But despite their lifelong friendship, the three years separating them is an insurmountable hurdle for a high-school romance. Until one summer night, whe You were my only wish. My only dream come true. But what if I can’t keep you? Dive queen Cam Swayne refuses to give up on her destiny. For as long as she can remember, her heart has belonged to the dreamy boy-next-door. But despite their lifelong friendship, the three years separating them is an insurmountable hurdle for a high-school romance. Until one summer night, when everything changes and Jake finally sees her for the woman she’s become. Can Cam’s sheer determination keep them together when college, illness, and fate come calling? Or will she be left to pick up the pieces without him? Inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again,” My Life as a Country Album is the first heartfelt standalone novel in the My Life as an Album series. If you like unforgettable connections, emotional journeys, and beautiful prose, then you just might adore LJ Evans’ bittersweet tale.> Warning: tears may fall…


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You were my only wish. My only dream come true. But what if I can’t keep you? Dive queen Cam Swayne refuses to give up on her destiny. For as long as she can remember, her heart has belonged to the dreamy boy-next-door. But despite their lifelong friendship, the three years separating them is an insurmountable hurdle for a high-school romance. Until one summer night, whe You were my only wish. My only dream come true. But what if I can’t keep you? Dive queen Cam Swayne refuses to give up on her destiny. For as long as she can remember, her heart has belonged to the dreamy boy-next-door. But despite their lifelong friendship, the three years separating them is an insurmountable hurdle for a high-school romance. Until one summer night, when everything changes and Jake finally sees her for the woman she’s become. Can Cam’s sheer determination keep them together when college, illness, and fate come calling? Or will she be left to pick up the pieces without him? Inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again,” My Life as a Country Album is the first heartfelt standalone novel in the My Life as an Album series. If you like unforgettable connections, emotional journeys, and beautiful prose, then you just might adore LJ Evans’ bittersweet tale.> Warning: tears may fall…

30 review for My Life As A Country Album

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "You kissed me, reaching down to the depths of my heart where you'd forever claimed every last tile on the walls of my soul." ^ Me, once I got to THAT chapter. You know the one. I'm so grateful Jenn has been encouraging me to try this book for a solid year now, because it was just what I needed over the past week. You know those books that induce an ugly cry, the kind that cleanse your soul and allow you to feel healed once you can squint past your puffy eyes and function again? That is exactly th "You kissed me, reaching down to the depths of my heart where you'd forever claimed every last tile on the walls of my soul." ^ Me, once I got to THAT chapter. You know the one. I'm so grateful Jenn has been encouraging me to try this book for a solid year now, because it was just what I needed over the past week. You know those books that induce an ugly cry, the kind that cleanse your soul and allow you to feel healed once you can squint past your puffy eyes and function again? That is exactly the powerful level of healing that My Life As A Country Album provided for this reader. Bonus: the audiobook is exceptional, and this says a lot coming from a born and bred southern peach who is typically very picky about southern accents in narrators. From the beginning, you know that something drastic will happen, but I'm just not sure I had a clue where this would go. That said, L.J. Evans is brilliant and takes the reader step by step through coming of age, young love, trials and tribulations, right on to happily ever after. This is definitely an angsty, all the feels type of novel, which I love, and I adored getting to know the side characters that will be featured in future novels as well. There's just this comforting, humble atmosphere to the series, and I am delighted to know that I get to dive back into this place many more times before the close of the series. Highly recommended for those who enjoy a heartwarming tearjerker with gritty, lovable characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Korrie’s Korner

    I feel like my heart is going to burst! What a beautiful friends to lovers story, but so much more than that! Be still my quivering heart..I’m still not over this! This is only the second memoir type story I’ve ever read. Just a story about a boy, named Jake, and a girl, named Cami That were three years apart (with Jake being the oldest), but had been in each other’s lives since Cami was born basically. I loved how LJ took you through all their life’s stages. I especially loved the jealous 10-14 I feel like my heart is going to burst! What a beautiful friends to lovers story, but so much more than that! Be still my quivering heart..I’m still not over this! This is only the second memoir type story I’ve ever read. Just a story about a boy, named Jake, and a girl, named Cami That were three years apart (with Jake being the oldest), but had been in each other’s lives since Cami was born basically. I loved how LJ took you through all their life’s stages. I especially loved the jealous 10-14 ish year old Cami that watched as her best friend grew muscles, a deep voice and attracted all the girls she couldn’t stand. Of course no one was ever good enough for her Jake. She had given her heart to him probably as young as she could remember even though, as most guys are totally clueless, and realities have to smack them in their nether regions. I knew going into this book that it was going to be a sad story. Jake had T-1 diabetes, and LJ didn’t shy away from the reality of what it’s like for someone that has that. I don’t want to give things away, but she broke my heart in pieces, but carefully provided the healing balm to soothe the pain at the end. You just have to read this! I will be thinking about Cami & Jake for days to come. “You kissed me, reaching down to the depths of my heart where you’d forever claimed every last tile on the walls of my soul.” Read this book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Natshane

    * 5 You Belong with Me stars * This book was a reminiscence of my younger days and it brings back memories of me singing along to Taylor Swift's songs - out of tune, might I add - , back before she turned into a pop culture sensation, back when she was just the girl next door country singer that all 15-year-olds could relate to. Each chapter was written with one of Taylor's song as the title and also the inspiration, and here I was thinking to myself: "Finally! I'd be able to see read Taylor's l * 5 You Belong with Me stars * This book was a reminiscence of my younger days and it brings back memories of me singing along to Taylor Swift's songs - out of tune, might I add - , back before she turned into a pop culture sensation, back when she was just the girl next door country singer that all 15-year-olds could relate to. Each chapter was written with one of Taylor's song as the title and also the inspiration, and here I was thinking to myself: "Finally! I'd be able to see read Taylor's lyrics come to life!". However, what I initially thought to be a fluffy high school romance with a dose of angst and drama turned out to be so much more. Oh boy. In fact, it was so much more than I could handle that here I am, sitting in front of my laptop trying to type out a half decent review to do the book justice, knowing that my mere mortal words couldn't even come close to the perfection of this story, my words weren't enough to describe the beauty of the author's writing, or even on how the book has put me in an emotional stupor and left me finding ways to climb down the emotional roller coaster than Jake and Cam's story has put me through. At 23, I knew I have outgrown my teenage phase as YA romances (especially with a high school setting) doesn't seem as appealing to me as before, but there's something magical about the words, the way the story was narrated that held me under its spell. LJ Evans perfectly captured the essence of youth and the journey of growing up, from thinking boys are gross to the tingling feeling that accompanies first crushes, from the first heartbreak to finding true love; From having your world torn apart in seconds and finding the way to rebuild all that you have lost. The author is a master of a storyteller. My Life as a Country Album is more than meets the eye, it's the perfect coming of age story that teaches us about love and loss and most importantly, the beauty of life. Be warned. Tissues are needed. And perhaps a long crying session after. I was generously gifted a copy of this book by the author for a review. Thank you so much for the reviewing opportunity!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    READ. THIS. BOOK. I rarely cry. Books especially rarely make me cry. Sure, I might get a little emotional. I might wipe one lone tear from my eye. But I never cry. I never have an all-out ugly blubber-fest, but this book? This book did that very thing to me, and I will always remember it for that. This book crushed my soul in the most beautiful way. These beautiful poetic words, expertly composed by the wonderful L.J. Evans, successfully created that pit of despair only brought on by loss, and sh READ. THIS. BOOK. I rarely cry. Books especially rarely make me cry. Sure, I might get a little emotional. I might wipe one lone tear from my eye. But I never cry. I never have an all-out ugly blubber-fest, but this book? This book did that very thing to me, and I will always remember it for that. This book crushed my soul in the most beautiful way. These beautiful poetic words, expertly composed by the wonderful L.J. Evans, successfully created that pit of despair only brought on by loss, and she did this without manipulating the reader into feeling that way. It is genuine hurt, love, happiness, and everything in between. I am in awe. Honestly, and completely, in awe over this story. It will haunt me for a long time, and that's a good thing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    mindful.librarian ☀️

    OH MY GOODNESS. ALL the romance, ALL right here. Remember how I said at the beginning of the month that I needed to make more time for romance books in my life? Well, this YA/new adult title (and for grown ups too!) just completely proved me right and WRECKED me. The author sent me a copy because I am hosting a release post for the sequel next Monday and I figured I’d give it a shot. Ha! I completely inhaled it and finished it this am after starting it at 8 pm last night - I LOVED it. It’s 100% s OH MY GOODNESS. ALL the romance, ALL right here. Remember how I said at the beginning of the month that I needed to make more time for romance books in my life? Well, this YA/new adult title (and for grown ups too!) just completely proved me right and WRECKED me. The author sent me a copy because I am hosting a release post for the sequel next Monday and I figured I’d give it a shot. Ha! I completely inhaled it and finished it this am after starting it at 8 pm last night - I LOVED it. It’s 100% southern, heartbreakingly romantic and just straight up SWEET. Like the sweetest tea sweet. If you can remember a high school or first love, THIS will bring it all back - ALL OF IT. It’s PURE romance. Oh, and did I mention it’s inspired by Taylor Swift songs and her song titles are the chapter titles??? The songs were playing in my head the entire time I was reading. Stereotypes are sometimes a good thing, my friends.....because this one fit ALL of them for a sweet and tragic romance - my week was totally made• Oh, and for a romance read alike, or comparison title, look up THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU ~ @kourtneysbookshelf lent me her copy of that book this summer and I felt the exact same way about it as I did this one 💕 • The next book in the series releases on Jan 30 and is titled MY LIFE AS A POP ALBUM ~ stay tuned for that one! I have an ARC and am excited to dig in....until then, go grab this one - it’s FREE on Kindle Unlimited AND for everyone else right now! $10.99 paperback. Books like this are why self-publishing is an amazing thing......LJ Evans is certainly a star 🌟 • Buying this for my high school library where I am sure it will be a HIT! (as I mentioned earlier, this copy was provided by the author for a photo - this did not in any way impact my opinion of the book)

  6. 5 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    3.5 stars. I listened to the audible that I won on FB. Great YA. The narrator had the perfect accent. The story was told like an oral memoir. The ebook would probably be like a diary. I would normally not pick up a YA-I'm way older than the young heroine, Cam (Camden) and the hero, Jake. Their everyday relationship from young children to their teens. Jake was 3 years older than Cam-which was a lot when they were really young. I remember being this awkward, but Cam had moments of really showing so 3.5 stars. I listened to the audible that I won on FB. Great YA. The narrator had the perfect accent. The story was told like an oral memoir. The ebook would probably be like a diary. I would normally not pick up a YA-I'm way older than the young heroine, Cam (Camden) and the hero, Jake. Their everyday relationship from young children to their teens. Jake was 3 years older than Cam-which was a lot when they were really young. I remember being this awkward, but Cam had moments of really showing some strength. I would not consider this a romance. I'm glad that I listened to this and really enjoyed the vivid pictures that I saw in my mind. Cam could be a handful. I just felt like I was under a disillusion that Jake and Can would have a traditional relationship. The biggest thing, is that they were really lifelong friends. Thanks again to LJ Evans for the audible copy. I would love to read more from this author, especially contemporary romance or Rom Com .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori R.

    Oh. My. Heart. This was my first read by this author and oh my goodness! I’m kicking myself for not reading her sooner. Jake & Cam’s story was so sweet and so beautiful and so emotional and I fell SO HARD for them. This story starts out in the present, hooks you (big time), then goes back to the past, way back to the very beginning. Like....when-they-were-born-beginning. The author did a fabulous job at walking me through their friendship, their bond, the struggles, the 3-year age gap, the attra Oh. My. Heart. This was my first read by this author and oh my goodness! I’m kicking myself for not reading her sooner. Jake & Cam’s story was so sweet and so beautiful and so emotional and I fell SO HARD for them. This story starts out in the present, hooks you (big time), then goes back to the past, way back to the very beginning. Like....when-they-were-born-beginning. The author did a fabulous job at walking me through their friendship, their bond, the struggles, the 3-year age gap, the attraction, the jealousy...everything two people who are best friends and live and grow up next to each other go through. So. Many. Emotions. Beautifully and romantically and perfectly written, this story captured my heart. When the author put the warning at the end of the blurb (Warning: tears may fall), she was not kidding! She made me cry at work. Just when my heart was broken wide open and shattered into a million, tiny pieces and I didn’t think I’d survive this, the author so gently and lovingly put it back together by the end of the book. I also fell for many of the secondary characters from this story and I’m happy to see that I will be able to read their stories as well. I immediately started book 2, and I’m positive I’ll dive right into book 3 when I’m done with that one. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was absolutely perfect. She was Cam.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Storiesandcoffee

    "You've always been more his than mine." Omg, this book tore my heart out and stomped on it, but I loved it. I absolutely loved it. There's a reason Indie authors deserve more attention, and this book is the perfect example why. I wouldn't have even heard of it if I didn't see it was free on my kindle. We all know I'm not the biggest fan of using my ereader, but something told me to download it and save it for later. I gave it a shot this weekend, and stayed up WAY passed my bedtime for two nights "You've always been more his than mine." Omg, this book tore my heart out and stomped on it, but I loved it. I absolutely loved it. There's a reason Indie authors deserve more attention, and this book is the perfect example why. I wouldn't have even heard of it if I didn't see it was free on my kindle. We all know I'm not the biggest fan of using my ereader, but something told me to download it and save it for later. I gave it a shot this weekend, and stayed up WAY passed my bedtime for two nights reading it. (I would have read it in one sitting but I had to adult and play mother.) It's romantic, but in an innocent first love sort of way. It is also very southern and sweet. Each chapter is named after a Taylor Swift song, but if you aren't a fan of hers, no worries. It didn't really affect the story whether or not I knew the songs. My Life As a Country Album is moving, stirring my soul and leaving me in tears for the last 50 pages. This book will stay with me for a long, long time, and I'm so glad I found it! I can't wait for the sequel to arrive in the mail, along with the physical copy of this book that I ordered...yes, I loved this story so much I bought the book because having it on my kindle wasn't enough. 😘

  9. 5 out of 5

    V. Theia

    “You’ve always been more his than mine.” Oh, where do I begin with my review? It's going to feel and probably read a lot like rambling because that's how my thought process is right now after just finishing My Life as a Country Album. I kind of had that foreshadowed 'oh no' vibe almost from the beginning and usually I would have put the book down, but these characters wouldn't let me. It's a coming of age YA story about Cami and Jake and each chapter is linked to a Taylor Swift song that correla “You’ve always been more his than mine.” Oh, where do I begin with my review? It's going to feel and probably read a lot like rambling because that's how my thought process is right now after just finishing My Life as a Country Album. I kind of had that foreshadowed 'oh no' vibe almost from the beginning and usually I would have put the book down, but these characters wouldn't let me. It's a coming of age YA story about Cami and Jake and each chapter is linked to a Taylor Swift song that correlates to C/J's relationship throughout their lives as Cami is narrating. Literally from birth these two are together and I just love their friendship, it comes clear off the page and envelopes you. Oh, how I felt Cami's angst at wanting Jake, three years older than her, to want to see her as more than his best friend, to be the girl he was kissing. God, I was biting nails hoping that would happen. They felt destined all along. Their bond and connection is special on every level. When he helped her out with her first period and my heart exploded with love. Eventually, you’d have to really look at me.  You were just used to not looking at me.  I was always around, so it was just like your arm.  You didn’t always notice it, but it was still there. This book was so beautifully written, every detail laid out for me to see and feel, to witness love and loss, to go through that same heartache and I truly did. I was submerged in all that teen angst Cami was experiencing and oh, my heart broke alongside hers. I found myself wanting to rush every page, to get to the next, to find out what happened. It was so easy to resonate with this sweet girl as she told the life of her and Jake. It had beautiful lines. It was kind of nice knowing there were people out there willing to look after me when you were looking the other way.  I guess, if I really looked around there were a lot more people than even him that were willing to bat at my side.  Truth was, I just never really wanted them there. I wanted my side empty until you chose to show up. Jake giving Cami the necklace. Cami taking Jake to college. Oh, my tears were epic. Really, I fugly cried so many times. I cried for a good 10% of the last end of the book. And then I started to smile again. I rarely give 5 stars. I wish I could give this 10 for the sheer fact of emotions it made me feel. For a split second I wished we'd had Jake's POV, to see and feel what he thought about Cami, but then I realized it wasn't needed, we knew already, he was devoted and he loved her as much as the reader assumed. I guess I was just being greedy. I loved the premise of it being Cami writing down their life together. Sometimes, a simple story of a boy and girl with a friendship that stems from birth locks into your soul and becomes one of those truly, unforgettable reads. ♡I will hold Cami and Jake forever♡ (view spoiler)[And I'll put this little PS into a spoiler so as not to ruin it for anyone reading reviews. I'm pretty stringent with what I want from a book, I stick to a certain mental list. One hero. One heroine. No other man/woman involved. Always a HEA. And I loathe dead spouses as a ghostly third wheel. While My Life as a Country Album doesn't quite swim against my criteria it does have a dead love of Cami's life and it eventually involves another man. And it's Blake! I was probably the most surprised I've ever been while reading ( and still sobbing, did I mention this book completely broke my spirit? And I was so waiting for a paranormal twist to happen for either Jake wasn't really dead or we saw his ghost in an epilogue. ) to discover I really, truly loved Blake's surprise return and to realize that I wanted him to make Cami smile again. The author did it so subtly, swift and lovely without it feeling forced at all, that I couldn't help but feel satisfied that this book was not going to have the traditional HEA I long for in my stories, my heart was broken for Jake just as Cami's, but I could accept this new man in her life and be happy for her. So, if the author is reading this, you're quite brilliant for taking me out of my comfort zones and giving me a whole new perspective on what is considered a happily ever after, so thank you, a big thank you for that! I will love Cami and Jake, always. But Super-girl and Blake, I hope they're eternally happy together as well. And bravo to Blake for having that kind of spirit and strength knowing the relationship between C/J to then pursue this brand new one. What a sweet guy. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

    💝 FREE on Amazon today (1/22/2018)! 💝 Blurb: 2017 IAN Young Adult Outstanding Book of the Year Tomboy Cam Swayne is determined that football hero Jake Phillips keep his eyes firmly on her. After all, she’s been his since before she was born. Cam has grown up literally next to Jake. They live next door and share a tree house. They’ve played together on the street and at the lake since she could walk. Plus, they’ve saved each other in some pretty miraculous ways that even their parents find hard to b 💝 FREE on Amazon today (1/22/2018)! 💝 Blurb: 2017 IAN Young Adult Outstanding Book of the Year Tomboy Cam Swayne is determined that football hero Jake Phillips keep his eyes firmly on her. After all, she’s been his since before she was born. Cam has grown up literally next to Jake. They live next door and share a tree house. They’ve played together on the street and at the lake since she could walk. Plus, they’ve saved each other in some pretty miraculous ways that even their parents find hard to believe. So, it’s only natural that when hormones kick in, Cam feels like Jake belongs only to her. And heaven help anyone that stands in Cam’s way. What does get in the way? Just their three-year age difference while she’s in middle school, and he’s in high school. And his long line of “gaggling geese” that follow him like he’s a boyband superstar. And the illness Jake hides from everyone until his devotion to Cam makes it an impossibility. Will Cam and Jake ever get their country love song happy ending? Inspired by Taylor Swift songs, this is a story of aching love and loss and learning to live through life in all its pain and glory.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Wow. I am still a bit of a mess over this one. I finished it at 2am and now, twelve hours later, I am still thinking about it with tears forming in my eyes. This was an emotional journey told with absolute raw honesty. Being inside Cam's head I could relate to all that she went through, from a young kid to a mature woman, her struggles to fit in, to really be seen by the boy that was always at her side ... I felt like I knew her, was friends with her, or could even be her, LJ's writing was that g Wow. I am still a bit of a mess over this one. I finished it at 2am and now, twelve hours later, I am still thinking about it with tears forming in my eyes. This was an emotional journey told with absolute raw honesty. Being inside Cam's head I could relate to all that she went through, from a young kid to a mature woman, her struggles to fit in, to really be seen by the boy that was always at her side ... I felt like I knew her, was friends with her, or could even be her, LJ's writing was that good. This coming-of-age story was a reminder of what it was like to be young, naive and angst-ridden, but it was more than that, too. It was a wonderfully written book that swept me away to another time and another place. Jake and Cami's relationship was one of a kind and truly remarkable. The story had all the elements you could ask for in a good book and I have no doubt this is just the beginning of a successful career for this author. I look forward to more of this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heaven

    I have to admit this was really cute. What originally caught my attention to this book was that the author used Taylor Swift songs as the chapter titles but I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the book itself but I was wrong. I felt like in the beginning Cam was a bit much, however, as the story moved on it came together perfectly. The author did a beautiful job of telling Jake and Cam’s story from beginning to end. The story was brought to life so that the reader could really feel every emot I have to admit this was really cute. What originally caught my attention to this book was that the author used Taylor Swift songs as the chapter titles but I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the book itself but I was wrong. I felt like in the beginning Cam was a bit much, however, as the story moved on it came together perfectly. The author did a beautiful job of telling Jake and Cam’s story from beginning to end. The story was brought to life so that the reader could really feel every emotion, oh and trust me it’s a roller coaster ride. I finished the last page with a huge smile on my face.

  13. 5 out of 5

    S.M. Boren

    I downloaded this book on my kindle because @theloudlibrarylady loved it and part of my New Years Resolution was to read more in this genre because I know it is my one weak area in reading. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Country Album by LJ Evans. Let me start by saying I dislike romance novels so to score a 5 for me in this genre says enough. This self published book has songs tied into it that relate to the story in the book and since I am a country music fan this made me feel bet I downloaded this book on my kindle because @theloudlibrarylady loved it and part of my New Years Resolution was to read more in this genre because I know it is my one weak area in reading. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Country Album by LJ Evans. Let me start by saying I dislike romance novels so to score a 5 for me in this genre says enough. This self published book has songs tied into it that relate to the story in the book and since I am a country music fan this made me feel better. I would not have classified this as a romance book but a book of love, loss, grief and rebuilding. As twenty year story of children three years apart that have no idea how to live without one another until fate hands them no other choice. Then support, love, understanding, and a great group of friends help rebuild Cami into a person she can be happy with again. Be ready to cry on more than one occasion and for oh so many reasons! Review also posted on Instagram @jasonnstacie, Library Thing, Go Read, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

  14. 5 out of 5

    the. quirky. wallflower

    Ms. Evans took my breath away. She took my heart and soul and rearranged it with the lyrical fluidity of Jake and Cami's journey. This is a story that will stay with you. It will grab your heart and captivate it not only whilst you are reading it...but afterwards, too. There are phrases that will stay with you especially if you are from the south or have ever lived in the south. She paints pictures that you'll see in your mind with her words. She appeals to the reader through all the five senses Ms. Evans took my breath away. She took my heart and soul and rearranged it with the lyrical fluidity of Jake and Cami's journey. This is a story that will stay with you. It will grab your heart and captivate it not only whilst you are reading it...but afterwards, too. There are phrases that will stay with you especially if you are from the south or have ever lived in the south. She paints pictures that you'll see in your mind with her words. She appeals to the reader through all the five senses. Some of my favorite passages: "It was exhilarating to feel the air blowing around us bringing in the hint of flowers and grass and somehow the wilderness of nature." "That chocolate cookie, grassy, boy smell of you that I'd been missing like the bear misses honey in the winter." "The smells were fading faster than a summer sunset, but I was keeping them as close to me as I could." I cannot wait for the My Life As A Pop Album.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenny B

    I don't even know where to begin with this review. I think Sarah did an amazing job narrating this story and bringing so much life and depth to these characters I was part of their story. She made the transition between the characters so easy to listen to and such a pleasure to listen to. This story -- WOW!!!! These characters and their story were so well written. I knew my heart was about to be ripped apart and every chapter I stated had me wondering if this was it. Truly this story is one of th I don't even know where to begin with this review. I think Sarah did an amazing job narrating this story and bringing so much life and depth to these characters I was part of their story. She made the transition between the characters so easy to listen to and such a pleasure to listen to. This story -- WOW!!!! These characters and their story were so well written. I knew my heart was about to be ripped apart and every chapter I stated had me wondering if this was it. Truly this story is one of the most beautiful love stories and while for sure it ripped out my heart and left me ugly crying LJ Evans found a way to put me back together. I found the author did an amazing job providing the back story and just the flow of the story was the right way to be done. She hooks you in and just won't let you go. This was my first book by this author and I am so excited to read more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tamara Harrington

    WOW! You know when you are recommended a book and you can't wait to start it so you fly through it and then wish you hadn't read it because you want to go back and read it all again? That is exactly how I feel. L.J. has done a magnificent job with how she portrayed the story and all the feels that it gives you. I was pre-warned so I feel like you should know too that there are going to be tears, make sure you have lots of tissues and some ice cream on hand. I just don't even know how to adequate WOW! You know when you are recommended a book and you can't wait to start it so you fly through it and then wish you hadn't read it because you want to go back and read it all again? That is exactly how I feel. L.J. has done a magnificent job with how she portrayed the story and all the feels that it gives you. I was pre-warned so I feel like you should know too that there are going to be tears, make sure you have lots of tissues and some ice cream on hand. I just don't even know how to adequately put into words how I feel about this book except to say that it is brilliant and I look forward to more by L.J. and soon.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leisa Ann

    This is one of the most uniquely written books I’ve ever read. I reminisced about my youth and boy crushes and first loves....all those feelings and thoughts during that time of my life. I thought about those living with chronic illness and it’s effect on all of those around that person. I thought about lives gone too soon and how people move on. I cried sad tears and cried happy tears. I felt the emotions of Cam and Jake. I smiled through my tears as I finished this book that left me in awe of This is one of the most uniquely written books I’ve ever read. I reminisced about my youth and boy crushes and first loves....all those feelings and thoughts during that time of my life. I thought about those living with chronic illness and it’s effect on all of those around that person. I thought about lives gone too soon and how people move on. I cried sad tears and cried happy tears. I felt the emotions of Cam and Jake. I smiled through my tears as I finished this book that left me in awe of LJ Evans and her ability to write such a beautiful love story with such a perfect soul touching HEA.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Poignant, gorgeously written and performed, a book which works in so many emotional levels without once falling into cliche or sentimentality, My life as a Country Album will stay with me for a long time. It is rare that I will ever read/listen to a story that guarantees my tears, but, for this book I made an exception and I am so glad I did. I have to commend Sarah Puckett. Her narration is just wonderful. She captures the character of Cam as she talks to Jake. I felt his silent presence so tot Poignant, gorgeously written and performed, a book which works in so many emotional levels without once falling into cliche or sentimentality, My life as a Country Album will stay with me for a long time. It is rare that I will ever read/listen to a story that guarantees my tears, but, for this book I made an exception and I am so glad I did. I have to commend Sarah Puckett. Her narration is just wonderful. She captures the character of Cam as she talks to Jake. I felt his silent presence so totally and loved every minute of the unveiling of this story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    First of all, I can’t believe how few ratings this book has. I don’t even know where to start with my thoughts right now so I guess I’ll ramble and hopefully that works! Author Claire Kingsley made a post about how she and some friends put together a list of their favorite books of 2019 so I checked it out. I wasn’t overly interested in any of the books they suggested but I also clicked on the authors making the suggestions to see if they had written anything interesting. When I got to LJ Evans, First of all, I can’t believe how few ratings this book has. I don’t even know where to start with my thoughts right now so I guess I’ll ramble and hopefully that works! Author Claire Kingsley made a post about how she and some friends put together a list of their favorite books of 2019 so I checked it out. I wasn’t overly interested in any of the books they suggested but I also clicked on the authors making the suggestions to see if they had written anything interesting. When I got to LJ Evans, I felt like I had won the reader lottery. The concept behind this series was so freaking thrilling to me! I am obsessed with music and have a YouTube playlist that is my life’s mixtape. Such a perfect fit for me! I got 30% in and just couldn’t contain my excitement anymore. I started telling everyone about this brilliant series and I hadn’t even gotten halfway through the first book. When I looked at it on Goodreads, because I was nervous about promoting a book I hadn’t even gotten halfway through, I saw the insanely low amount of people who have rated this book. HOW?! It is SO good. If you don’t like books that make you cry, this one probably wouldn’t be a good fit for you. I was bawling my eyes out and had to take a break. That said, you’re missing out because it’s truly a hidden gem. I can’t wait to dive into the next one!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Koufes

    Audio Review: my life as a Country album (my life as a country album book one) will tug at the heart. A poignant and exquisite coming of age novel of achy love and loss and learning to live through life in all its pain and glory. Tears will fall & tissues highly needed every time you listen to this lyric allegory as you will relisten as to keep Cam & Jake in your heart always. Cam & Jake's love ballad is brimming with angst, agony, family, friendships, and love. I love that each Chapter begins w Audio Review: my life as a Country album (my life as a country album book one) will tug at the heart. A poignant and exquisite coming of age novel of achy love and loss and learning to live through life in all its pain and glory. Tears will fall & tissues highly needed every time you listen to this lyric allegory as you will relisten as to keep Cam & Jake in your heart always. Cam & Jake's love ballad is brimming with angst, agony, family, friendships, and love. I love that each Chapter begins with a song title that represents that chapter. The writing style is apple pie. A narative that is unparagoned & worthy of a writing reward as this novel goes above and beyond. No novel has ever came close to what I felt and still feel after listening to this beautiful ya love story. Sarah Puckett is my absolute favourite female narrator. Her southern accent is smooth & sweet, with a perfect pace and tone. Her male voice is impeccable. The melody was flawless and the whole performance was perfect. This narrator brings all the angst and take to heart to life. A audiobook that I highly recommend listening to this audiobook as it is more than just a listen. I hope this authors other books are turned into audiobooks and narated by Sarah Puckett.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Wow. Just Wow. I've had to sit a few days on my review because I seriously had a case of the book funks after finishing this. I got a recommendation/bullied into reading it from an author friend who said it was the best and most heart wrenching book she's read in a long while. Now I usually avoid these books, not just because I don't read much YA, but I kind of want my absolute clear HEA at the very end, you know? And who has times to shed buckets worth of tears. But I went in. And I was consume Wow. Just Wow. I've had to sit a few days on my review because I seriously had a case of the book funks after finishing this. I got a recommendation/bullied into reading it from an author friend who said it was the best and most heart wrenching book she's read in a long while. Now I usually avoid these books, not just because I don't read much YA, but I kind of want my absolute clear HEA at the very end, you know? And who has times to shed buckets worth of tears. But I went in. And I was consumed in Cami and Jake. Fuck. These two kids then teenagers then adults, I was driven to read their life story and it was so beautifully done, every word and scene. The end result was I cried a fucking lot. I won't give spoilers, but if you come across this review and you want a really memorable read with characters you will hold dear for the rest of ever, then please, please pick up My Life as a Country Album. It will break you into a million pieces and you'll be glad ( a week later ) that you read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is not just a love story about a boy and girl falling in love. This is really Camdyn’s story and I loved unraveling it all. Each chapter is titled after a different Taylor Swift song and while I’m not a big fan of country music I do love Taylor so I loved listening to each song after I read that chapter. The narrator on the audiobook did such a great job bringing this story and Camdyn to life. I knew from the start something might break my heart but I still felt unprepared. My favorite book This is not just a love story about a boy and girl falling in love. This is really Camdyn’s story and I loved unraveling it all. Each chapter is titled after a different Taylor Swift song and while I’m not a big fan of country music I do love Taylor so I loved listening to each song after I read that chapter. The narrator on the audiobook did such a great job bringing this story and Camdyn to life. I knew from the start something might break my heart but I still felt unprepared. My favorite books evoke all the feelings and this one absolutely did that. I can now safely say without reservation that I will read anything Evans writes and am looking forward to whatever comes next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    audible review! What a pleasant surprise with this audible.LJ Evan is a new to me author and I am so glad that I listened to this book. This book is an open love letter to Jake.  It's Cami's retelling of their epic, life long love story.   I listened to the friendship, heartbreak, awakening, and love of these two and freaking loved it!  With some serious undertones, we also were gifted to plenty of laughs and a few swoony moments.  All the feels were woven into this story! I love how the author audible review! What a pleasant surprise with this audible.LJ Evan is a new to me author and I am so glad that I listened to this book. This book is an open love letter to Jake.  It's Cami's retelling of their epic, life long love story.   I listened to the friendship, heartbreak, awakening, and love of these two and freaking loved it!  With some serious undertones, we also were gifted to plenty of laughs and a few swoony moments.  All the feels were woven into this story! I love how the author brought in country songs with each chapter, songs I found myself playing while listening to the book. Sarah Pucket, the narrator, brought Cami to life, she was fantastic.  I was crying tears as though I was listening to Cami speak from the heart. I think between the beautiful writing and the narration this is an absolute must listen to from audible.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hrdlicka

    I don't even know where to begin with this book. The writing is so spot on, the characters so real, and the emotions tangible. Ms. Evans does a fabulous job telling Cam's story. Being more of a tomboy than a girly girl, I could really relate to Cam's character. She and Jake were pretty much inseparable since the day she was born, and her heart always belonged to Jake. Even her mother admits Cam always belonged more to Jake than her own parents. Their journey bring out all the emotions: friendshi I don't even know where to begin with this book. The writing is so spot on, the characters so real, and the emotions tangible. Ms. Evans does a fabulous job telling Cam's story. Being more of a tomboy than a girly girl, I could really relate to Cam's character. She and Jake were pretty much inseparable since the day she was born, and her heart always belonged to Jake. Even her mother admits Cam always belonged more to Jake than her own parents. Their journey bring out all the emotions: friendship, anger, jealousy, love, and loss. I listened to this book and the narrator did a fabulous job bringing the story to life. I was totally pulled into the story. I won't say it's a happy story, because parts are break your heart sad. I will however say it is a realistic story. I laughed, I was angry at the stupidity of some of the characters, and I cried, which is something I rarely do when reading or listening to a book. I highly recommend this well-crafted beautiful story of life and young love.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Oh my goodness. This book! LJ Evans created such an intricate, beautiful, heart-breaking, emotional story. I fell in love with Cam from the very beginning. I felt her struggles, her insecurity, her heart-break, her yearning for a boy that was just out of reach. This story was told with pure, raw honesty. This is a coming-of-age story told from childhood to adulthood and was a great reminder of what its like to be a young, naive, full-of angst girl who wants nothing more than to be with her guy. Oh my goodness. This book! LJ Evans created such an intricate, beautiful, heart-breaking, emotional story. I fell in love with Cam from the very beginning. I felt her struggles, her insecurity, her heart-break, her yearning for a boy that was just out of reach. This story was told with pure, raw honesty. This is a coming-of-age story told from childhood to adulthood and was a great reminder of what its like to be a young, naive, full-of angst girl who wants nothing more than to be with her guy. It was beautifully written and I felt fully immersed in this story and these characters. Jake and Cam's remarkable story was built with friendship, love, honesty, and heart-break one page at a time. Truly a masterpiece. Sarah Puckett, narrator delivers a poignant, emotional and beautiful narration. Huge thanks to the author and the Audiobook Obsession Review Team for this audiobook. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. #AudiobookObsession #AudiobookObsessionReviewer Find me on IG @thevocalromancer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Monique Tinline

    If a book can emotionally move me, then by far this is the book. My life as a country album brought me to tears, had me reading when I should have been sleeping.  The songs linked to the book was such a remarkable way to play out a beautiful story. The story of Camdyn and Jake moved me on so many levels, from page one it was like I knew how it was going to play out but I wanted to witness every moment. I felt like I was living there story as a spectator and was going on for the ride. I felt ev If a book can emotionally move me, then by far this is the book. My life as a country album brought me to tears, had me reading when I should have been sleeping.  The songs linked to the book was such a remarkable way to play out a beautiful story. The story of Camdyn and Jake moved me on so many levels, from page one it was like I knew how it was going to play out but I wanted to witness every moment. I felt like I was living there story as a spectator and was going on for the ride. I felt every touch, every frustration, tear and happy moment that was experienced.  This wonderful author truly did an amazing job of making her readers feel connected though words and music. 

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zilpha Owens

    4.5 Loving Stars I can see why this won an award. Even though the story moved a little slowly for me in the beginning, it is so well-written and captivating I couldn’t do anything but continue. I was caught up in the beauty of love, family and friendship. With poignant detail, Cam recounts her story and life with Jake - the boy she grew up with and who stole her young heart. We get a first row seat to the teenage angst, heartbreak but utterly deep love and connection they share. It was warm and f 4.5 Loving Stars I can see why this won an award. Even though the story moved a little slowly for me in the beginning, it is so well-written and captivating I couldn’t do anything but continue. I was caught up in the beauty of love, family and friendship. With poignant detail, Cam recounts her story and life with Jake - the boy she grew up with and who stole her young heart. We get a first row seat to the teenage angst, heartbreak but utterly deep love and connection they share. It was warm and fuzzy but sad and hard too. But isn’t that what good storytelling is supposed to do? I say yes to all the feels. I gotta be honest. I’m not much of a Taylor Swift fan, but the lyrics and chapter headings were perfect. It added another layer to the already moving and unique story. This is definitely a page turner and well worth the read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ✨Bean's Books✨

    A lovely tale! From the Author: "Cam and Jake whispered their story to me while I was listening to Taylor Swift songs with my daughter while preparing to go to her concert. They would not leave my head and demanded to be written. It took me a long time to have the courage to put it out into the Amazon void, but I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy the songs that were the book's inspiration." In this coming of age tale the author takes us on a journey through the world as seen by Cami. She A lovely tale! From the Author: "Cam and Jake whispered their story to me while I was listening to Taylor Swift songs with my daughter while preparing to go to her concert. They would not leave my head and demanded to be written. It took me a long time to have the courage to put it out into the Amazon void, but I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy the songs that were the book's inspiration." In this coming of age tale the author takes us on a journey through the world as seen by Cami. She centers her story around her soul mate Jake. How they grew up together. How they lived. How they loved. How they lost. Beautifully written and told. This is one that will pull on your heart strings. Heart wrenching and provocative, you will read and cry through this book! I know I did.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I absolutely loved this book! From the beginning, I was hooked on Cam and Jake's story. I loved how the author took us on a journey of their lives together-- through all their ups and downs-- starting with their friendship early on and leading to their young love! Their story is filled with love, commitment, and heartbreak, and it is one I will not forget. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys coming of age stories, stories of love, or anyone who wants to read about the strong connection between I absolutely loved this book! From the beginning, I was hooked on Cam and Jake's story. I loved how the author took us on a journey of their lives together-- through all their ups and downs-- starting with their friendship early on and leading to their young love! Their story is filled with love, commitment, and heartbreak, and it is one I will not forget. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys coming of age stories, stories of love, or anyone who wants to read about the strong connection between 2 people. You won't be disappointed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Audio Review: My Life as a Country Album (My Life as an Album) by: LJ Evans (Author), Sarah Puckett (Narrator) Evans supplied the words. Puckett gave the melody. My Life as a Country Album reminds me why I love to read romance. Cam and Jake are a mixture of angst, youth and sentiment. Against the backdrop of some of my favorite songs, Evans has created a beautiful tale of young love and adult heartache. The maturity level reads so far above young adult. This is a story that goes far beyond words Audio Review: My Life as a Country Album (My Life as an Album) by: LJ Evans (Author), Sarah Puckett (Narrator) Evans supplied the words. Puckett gave the melody. My Life as a Country Album reminds me why I love to read romance. Cam and Jake are a mixture of angst, youth and sentiment. Against the backdrop of some of my favorite songs, Evans has created a beautiful tale of young love and adult heartache. The maturity level reads so far above young adult. This is a story that goes far beyond words and speaks to the heart.

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