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In Miel Moreland's heartfelt young adult debut, It Goes Like This, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak. Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they've been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they form In Miel Moreland's heartfelt young adult debut, It Goes Like This, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak. Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they've been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school, never expecting to headline anything bigger than the county fair. But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens' band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste's starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl...of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best-friends back together. As they prepare for one last show, they'll discover whether growing up always means growing apart. It Goes Like This was everything my music nerd heart needed AND wanted. Lyrical and heart-wrenching...beautiful representation, sweetest longing and the pop-star romance of my dreams; Swifties will swoon happily with this story tattooed on their hearts. --Erin Hahn, author of You'd Be Mine and More Than Maybe


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In Miel Moreland's heartfelt young adult debut, It Goes Like This, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak. Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they've been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they form In Miel Moreland's heartfelt young adult debut, It Goes Like This, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak. Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they've been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school, never expecting to headline anything bigger than the county fair. But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens' band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste's starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl...of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best-friends back together. As they prepare for one last show, they'll discover whether growing up always means growing apart. It Goes Like This was everything my music nerd heart needed AND wanted. Lyrical and heart-wrenching...beautiful representation, sweetest longing and the pop-star romance of my dreams; Swifties will swoon happily with this story tattooed on their hearts. --Erin Hahn, author of You'd Be Mine and More Than Maybe

30 review for It Goes Like This

  1. 5 out of 5

    theresa

    A delightful story of friendship, fandom, first love and second chances, It Goes Like This is an instant new favourite. Miel Moreland has expertly captured the true essence of being a fan – the excitement, the community and the love – to craft a book that feels like a warm hug, all while exploring complicated relationships, the consequences of our actions and the power of love in all its forms. I was sold on It Goes Like This from the premise alone – who wouldn’t want to read about a queer pop g A delightful story of friendship, fandom, first love and second chances, It Goes Like This is an instant new favourite. Miel Moreland has expertly captured the true essence of being a fan – the excitement, the community and the love – to craft a book that feels like a warm hug, all while exploring complicated relationships, the consequences of our actions and the power of love in all its forms. I was sold on It Goes Like This from the premise alone – who wouldn’t want to read about a queer pop group forced to reunite and confront their complicated feelings? – and I’m so happy that it not only lived up to my expectations but far exceeded them. I didn’t expect to fall so completely head over heels for these characters and their story but the love they all have for each other was so strong that it just made it impossible not to love them all too. Unsurprisingly, I found the characters to be the strong point of this novel. Being able to read from each of their perspectives helped me root for them all and really understand and empathise with them and their decisions. They each had such a distinct voice and there wasn’t a single time I was disappointed to see who was narrating the next chapter, as is often the case in multi POV novels. The relationships in this book, both between individuals and as a group, were fantastic. Miel Moreland did an amazing job of showing the long history of so many of these relationships, as well as their different intricacies and the role each character played. In particular, I adored seeing all four of them interact as a group and the dynamics within this, especially as we went from the tension of old friends turned strangers, to falling in love with each other again. The relationship between Eva and Celeste was equally lovely. I really appreciated getting to see bits of their history through chapters set in the past and really understand why their relationship hadn’t worked previously. I think the author did a great job of dealing with these same issues in the present, and letting the characters find a way to work with them. Eva and Celeste were also just the absolute sweetest with each other and I really loved being able to read from the other characters’ perspectives to really appreciate the fondness and softness they had for each other. The angst and tension between the two was so fun to read (there was only one bed trope, anyone?) and the time taken to learn from their mistakes and rebuild their relationship was done perfectly to make their development realistic and believable. I also just loved their obliviousness to the other’s feelings, while Gina and Steph’s perspectives made it clear how obvious they were being, while allowing Eva and Celeste to work things out for themselves. The different perspectives and flashbacks were placed perfectly to keep the plot moving and the story engaging, without ever getting bogged down in the past. Each of the character’s own arcs and internal conflicts played off each other really well and everything just worked so well together, as different characters and relationships developed at their own pace. I really liked the resolution of these conflicts and the way everything came together in the end, even if it’s perhaps not what you’d go into the novel expecting. I think it just suited each of the characters perfectly and really showed that they had grown up and developed, both from the start of the book and from when they first began the band. I really appreciated the snapshots into the fandom through Tumblr posts as we saw the outside world react to whatever was happening. The fandom aspect of the book was another thing I loved and I think Miel Moreland managed to capture all of the absolute best feelings of being a fan even just in these short snippets. There was also an amazing atmosphere to Moonlight Overthrow’s performances, both in rehearsals and on stage and it really just reminded me why I love music and being a fan (and made me miss concerts, so so much). Additionally, I absolutely adored seeing Eva refer to herself as a lesbian, as well as all the other LGBTQ+ representation and exploration of how it, race and mental health fit into the music industry. It Goes Like This is a touching story of love, friendship, second chances and fandom. With loveable characters, swoony relationships and found family, this book is pure joy and a new favourite of mine. If a sapphic YA Daisy Jones & The Six sounds good to you, then you need to pick this one up! 'Til the moon crashes into the sea.' I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter *eARC received in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley*

  2. 4 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    Dude, we're getting the band back together! It Goes Like This follows a broken up queer band as they reunite for a charity concert in their hometown. But Moonlight Overthrow, formerly known as the legendary teenage queer girl group, is going to have to make some changes. For one thing, one member Steph has come out as non-binary. For another, Celeste and Eva, two of the bands other members, had a bad breakup, leaving tension throughout the band. Each of the former members have moved on in the two Dude, we're getting the band back together! It Goes Like This follows a broken up queer band as they reunite for a charity concert in their hometown. But Moonlight Overthrow, formerly known as the legendary teenage queer girl group, is going to have to make some changes. For one thing, one member Steph has come out as non-binary. For another, Celeste and Eva, two of the bands other members, had a bad breakup, leaving tension throughout the band. Each of the former members have moved on in the two years since they broke up, pursuing the careers of acting (Gina), song writing (Eva), solo singing (Celeste), and taking care of their family (Steph). You will fall in love with these characters. They're each earnest, passionate, bright lights who form cosmos when they work together. The biggest standout of this cast is Steph, the nonbinary teen who decided to stay home and take care of their family after the bands breakup. Steph had already been financially supporting their family with their Moonlight Overthrow income, and when they return home they support their sick grandmother, pregnant sister, and lost brother. I am a bit disappointed in the character depth the character provides for each character. Covering a story from 4 POV's is definitely tough work, which is why I think so many different narratives work much better in series, when there's far more opportunities to show character depth due to book length. However, I think the author did a great job for the limitations they were given. This was a super fun, light read. I highly recommend this to anybody who loves books about fame, fan culture, sapphic romance, and the reconciliation of of old friends. Also the physical copy of this book is so cute you guys, during the book some fan interactions from Tumblr are shown and the pages are decorated with stars and planets to emulate what a Tumblr dashboard might look like🥺

  3. 5 out of 5

    birdie

    this book was so much and for once, i'm actually at loss for words. no key-board smash can totally fathom what i feel for this book, so let me try and write my thoughts down. will it be chaotic? ...obviously, but at least it'll be words!!! (which is quite some progress, let's face it) it goes like this can be split into these big categories for me: the band and fandom, the friendship, the romance, and the queerness. so that's what this review will be split into, too. be sure to check out the inte this book was so much and for once, i'm actually at loss for words. no key-board smash can totally fathom what i feel for this book, so let me try and write my thoughts down. will it be chaotic? ...obviously, but at least it'll be words!!! (which is quite some progress, let's face it) it goes like this can be split into these big categories for me: the band and fandom, the friendship, the romance, and the queerness. so that's what this review will be split into, too. be sure to check out the interview on my blog by clicking here btw!! the band and fandom yall, how i wish this band was real right now because i know i would never be able to shut up about it, but okay. i found this part of the novel to be really interesting and it was nice to see a fandom being so present in a book. it was the skeleton of the story but for me the rest was even better! the friendship okay but i LOVED everything about the friendship. at the start of the book everything is "awkward" of course because, well, their friendship break-up was quite messy. to see them try to overcome their pasts and struggle with things and miss each other but not knowing what to do about it and—look away, i'm emotional. there were a lot of beautiful lessons in this book that just made me tear up. miel moreland put the one that touched me the most into words in our interview: "it’s okay to change your mind, for your friends to change their minds, and for everyone to keep growing and changing, sometimes separately, sometimes together." AHHHHH!!!! the romance head empty to be honest. let's just say it felt very real to me and i adored the way the author handled the relationship. miel moreland blessed my messy, sapphic heart!!! the queerness #relatable and oh so present. it made me incredibly happy and i could try to be all cool about it bUT THIS WAS SO GAY!!!! now, if you'll excuse me, i'm very emotional because— 'til the moon crashes into the sea.' look me in the eyes and tell me this (whatever i am) is what a mentally stable person looks like without lying. SEE?! you can't. now read this!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I expected to enjoy this book after reading the description. I didn't expect to love it so much I downed it in a single evening. This book follows four former bandmates from the queer band Moonlight Overthrow who all have very complicated feelings about their pasts, breakup, and relationships with each other. they were nationally popular all throughout the band's teenage years, then blew up right when they were coming of age. Eva is now attending college full time and writing songs for other art I expected to enjoy this book after reading the description. I didn't expect to love it so much I downed it in a single evening. This book follows four former bandmates from the queer band Moonlight Overthrow who all have very complicated feelings about their pasts, breakup, and relationships with each other. they were nationally popular all throughout the band's teenage years, then blew up right when they were coming of age. Eva is now attending college full time and writing songs for other artists, Celeste is a solo artist, Gina is trying her hand at acting, and Steph is off the radar all together. But after a storm seriously damages the band's hometown, they all agree to reunite for a benefits show to raise money to support the towns repair, and thus are thrown back together. I kinda expected this book to mainly center around Eva and Celeste with their romantic relationship, and have Gina and Steph be minor characters, but this book really is a story about all four of them, their feelings and their journeys. And that truly opened up this story into more than a romance novel. The relationship is still a major part, but there is much more to the book than that. Ugh I loved all four of them, but my two favorites were Eva and Steph. Eva is so strong and bore the burden of being abandoned for years. My heart broke for her- she feels so strongly and still shows nothing but love and devotion to the people who used to be her best friends. Steph was a surprising star of this book to me, especially being MIA for the first quarter of the book's events. (view spoiler)[ and Steph, I was so moved by their story with coming out as Non Binary. I loved how it was depicted, showing how uncomfortable they were in being in a "girl band" growing up and figuring out what that meant. I also loved their loyalty to their family, and how now that they feel comfortable in their skin, coming back to music is great. I also love how the entire band just rolls with it when Steph comes out to them. (hide spoiler)] . Gina and Celeste were great characters too with depth. I could write so much about all four, but Eva and Steph were definitely my favs. The romance was the star of this book. You can see how strongly both Celeste and Eva both felt and still feel for each other. And they never got any closure. I really felt all of their feelings of anger and longing, and hurt, and passion for each other. If you like some angst in books, this won't disappoint. But what brought this book from good to great was the platonic love between the four. When the book starts, to call their relationships strained would be generous, but there is never a second where you don't really feel the love still held that each has for the others- the changing points of view really cements that and it is handled well. Then when they all get together again, there are clashes like every close knit group has, but they always come back together. It's incredibly touching, and I loved it. This is the debut work from Moreland, and I didn't see a lot of debut bumps at all. I was totally invested in the book and nothing really took me out of that. You can also tell she did a lot of research into the music industry. I've written in the past how in college I did some (very) minor touring opening for a moderately bigger band. And I like depictions of how hard but rewarding performing can be in this book. If I have one critique, I would have like to see Gina, Celeste, and even Steph retroactively take some blame for the band's breakup with their fanbase. I appreciated when the band privately apologized to Eva for leaving her out to dry, but maybe some public comments would have been appreciated. Additionally, This book does have flashbacks and timeline jumps. I don't mind them but I know they aren't everyone's favorites- so I thought I'd mention it. I was expecting to like this book, I wasn't expecting to fall in love with it how I did. 5/5.

  5. 4 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    It Goes Like This is such a gorgeous love letter to friendships and how they change, growing up and growing apart and the joy of fandom. I loved this. - Follows four queer teens and former members of a world-famous teen pop group, Moonlight Overthrow. Years after a messy fallout, the ex-best friends come together one more time to put on a benefit concert for their hometown, and have to reconcile the past and their friendships. - I just loved how character-driven this was! All the different charact It Goes Like This is such a gorgeous love letter to friendships and how they change, growing up and growing apart and the joy of fandom. I loved this. - Follows four queer teens and former members of a world-famous teen pop group, Moonlight Overthrow. Years after a messy fallout, the ex-best friends come together one more time to put on a benefit concert for their hometown, and have to reconcile the past and their friendships. - I just loved how character-driven this was! All the different characters and their motivations and their unique voices emerged, distinct from one another, but also came together beautifully. - This was so delightfully queer!!! Eva and Celeste are lesbians, Gina is bisexual, and Steph is non-binary and pansexual. It isn't just surface-level queer rep though; the story beautifully shows how queer identity and queer love connects us to others and shows the beauty of being seen and understood. This book celebrates queerness in such a genuine and wondrous way. - This book balances sweet and wholesome with some really compelling emotional and almost-messy stuff about friendship and making up. - The second-chance romance in this was so sweet. The tension, the (mis)communication, and the stakes were so well done. Trigger/content warning: ableism (challenged), alcohol consumption, natural disaster (scenes with the aftermath of the disaster), ill loved one, mentions of anti-queer rhetoric and sentiment

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    If you're friends with me IRL, I sincerely apologize in advance for how often I will talk your ear off about this book in the near future because I need every single one of you to read it so we can GUSH about my FAVORITE QUEER STORY OF THE YEAR SO FAR If you're friends with me IRL, I sincerely apologize in advance for how often I will talk your ear off about this book in the near future because I need every single one of you to read it so we can GUSH about my FAVORITE QUEER STORY OF THE YEAR SO FAR

  7. 5 out of 5

    bie

    i feel like this is more a 3.5 but the representation was absolutely phenomenal and i have to make that more clear. so why not a 5, bie? well, *gestures vaguely* i have an issue with love interests in general. but this was a good book, truly! it's about self discovery, coming to terms with who you are (and changing your mind because you're young and that's okay!), love, family and friendship, music, and how wonderful it is to be queer. i definitely recommend this to everyone who had a fifth harmo i feel like this is more a 3.5 but the representation was absolutely phenomenal and i have to make that more clear. so why not a 5, bie? well, *gestures vaguely* i have an issue with love interests in general. but this was a good book, truly! it's about self discovery, coming to terms with who you are (and changing your mind because you're young and that's okay!), love, family and friendship, music, and how wonderful it is to be queer. i definitely recommend this to everyone who had a fifth harmony phase. i didn't, but trust me. --- primary cws: misgendering, underage drinking  secondary cws (minor references): biphobia, homophobia, substance addiction, eating disorders/body image

  8. 4 out of 5

    Althea

    It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland is a really exciting sapphic debut novel, following queer pop band, Moonlight Overthrow, a few years after their split, having barely spoken a few words to each other since. Eva is finally getting her life back to normal by attending college, and Steph is putting their family as their number one priority, whereas Celeste is selling out tours nationwide and Gina is taking the acting world by storm. But after a storm devastates their home town, where their band f It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland is a really exciting sapphic debut novel, following queer pop band, Moonlight Overthrow, a few years after their split, having barely spoken a few words to each other since. Eva is finally getting her life back to normal by attending college, and Steph is putting their family as their number one priority, whereas Celeste is selling out tours nationwide and Gina is taking the acting world by storm. But after a storm devastates their home town, where their band first began, the four ex-band members must come back together to raise funds to help rebuild, but this means re-opening wounds that haven’t been touched for years, including Celeste and Eva’s difficult breakup. I absolutely adore books about queer and sapphic bands and singers, and so, of course, this was high up on my anticipated releases of 2021 list! Something I love even more than just queer bands is when members of said bands are dating in the book, so naturally I had really high hopes for this one. And Miel Moreland did not let me down! First and foremost, while reading this book I couldn’t help but feeling that it reminded me of some wonderful sapphic adult romances that I’ve read in the past – namely Hammer’s Strings and Beautiful Things, Love’s Falling Star, and Not This Time – and I make that comparison in the best possible way because I loved all three of those books! Miel Moreland managed to capture the dynamics of these bandmates so, so well, and her writing style truly lends to the story in a way that I really believe that this is one of those wonderful reads that makes the bridge between YA contemporary novels and adult sapphic romance novels, which are two of my favourite kinds of books to read! The characters are by far the best part about the book! We follow the perspectives of all four of the band members, and I think that the book worked so well because of that choice. The whole way through the book I was really rooting for Eva because she really deserves so, so much! She wears her heart on her sleeve yet is so tough, and I loved seeing her passion for music, her passion for studying, and her never-ending passion for the four of them together. Celeste was a really interesting perspective, because she was the only one of the four, prior to the events of the book, to really stay in the music industry post breakup and I really loved seeing how she dealt with that, particularly relating to her being a solo act. Gina was another of my favourites – you could tell that she was so devoted to her bandmates and one of the uniting forces between them and I really loved that about her. I also loved to see her softening up throughout the book and accepting that she really was falling for someone, and it was so cute! Finally, I really appreciated Steph and both their fierce loyalty and love for their family, and their outspokenness about being genderqueer – particularly relating to the fact that they’re not a girlband, just a band! I only had one critique about the characters, and about the book as a whole I guess, and that’s the ages they were written as. While they were together as a band they were around 15-17/18 years old and around 19 years old during the events of the book and I just didn’t believe it. Not only did they all act much older (though I do understand that being in the limelight at such a young age does almost force you grow up much faster than perhaps you’d like), but I also think that the plot would actually have worked better and made more sense if they were in their late teens prior to the book and maybe early to mid 20s in the present day sections. But anyway, back to the positives! I mentioned it a bit earlier that Steph is genderqueer and, in fact, every member of the band is queer – with them each explicitly on page mentioning that Eva and Celeste are lesbians, Gina is bisexual and Steph is genderqueer and pan. This is, sadly, not seen all that often in YA contemporary, and I was so, so happy to see it in It Goes Like This! Furthermore, Gina is a dark skinned Black woman and Celeste is Jewish, with perhaps some of the other characters also being Jewish. All the representation throughout the book was amazing to see and it made me so, so happy! Overall, this was a really fun read that I honestly could not put down (no, literally, I was playing The Sims in one hand with my Kindle in the other) and I can’t wait to see what Miel Moreland releases in the future! Thanks to Netgalley, Feiwel & Friends, and TBR and Beyond Tours for an eARC in return for a review! Want more sapphic books? You can find me here: Book Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  9. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph have been through a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school. But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens' band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste's starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl.. Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph have been through a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school. But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens' band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste's starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl... of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best-friends back together. i heard sapphic childhood-friends-to-enemies-to-?? + 'there's only one bed' + fanfic and i'm so ready Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  10. 4 out of 5

    jut

    it didn't really work for me...their friendship doesn't feel believable and they dont really give any good proof of why it was so special and they want that back, it seems they just want that to say "i did it! i didnt give up on us!" while theres a lot of bad feelings unsolved and those feelings stay like this until the end when they magically seems fine with each other. it didn't really work for me...their friendship doesn't feel believable and they dont really give any good proof of why it was so special and they want that back, it seems they just want that to say "i did it! i didnt give up on us!" while theres a lot of bad feelings unsolved and those feelings stay like this until the end when they magically seems fine with each other.

  11. 5 out of 5

    rose ✨

    “when they said let’s be a band, we should have a name, it felt more like copying old teen movies, playacting, just fun, than anything momentous. but even when they did something for pretend, they wanted to do it right, and at some point, there is no difference between doing the real things for pretend reasons and doing the real things for real.” i am always always always hesitant when it comes to ya contemporaries, but it goes like this is exactly the queer feel-good story it’s marketed as. it f “when they said let’s be a band, we should have a name, it felt more like copying old teen movies, playacting, just fun, than anything momentous. but even when they did something for pretend, they wanted to do it right, and at some point, there is no difference between doing the real things for pretend reasons and doing the real things for real.” i am always always always hesitant when it comes to ya contemporaries, but it goes like this is exactly the queer feel-good story it’s marketed as. it follows the rise, fall, and unexpected reunion of moonlight overthrow more than a year after the band’s sudden dissolution. eva, celeste, gina, and steph were best friends before they became moonlight overthrow, but their friendship—and eva and celeste’s relationship—ended with the band. told from all four perspectives, the story jumps back and forth in time but centers around the charity show that brings them all back to their midwestern hometown and forces them to confront the issues that tore them apart personally and professionally. my only real complaint is the way moonlight overthrow’s online fandom was portrayed. i really wish shipping and writing fanfiction about a group of minors (they’re in middle school when they start the band) had been addressed more critically. while overall a little too saccharine and idealistic for my tastes (this is the music industry!! i need some proper angst, dammit), it goes like this is ultimately exactly what it’s supposed to be: a really lovely, relatable story about the inevitability of growing up and the choice to grow apart—and maybe to come back together. rating: 4/5 stars thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc!

  12. 4 out of 5

    gauri

    read full review on my blog! such a wholesome and cute story of a queer teen band piecing itself back together and finding themselves along the way! it balances sweet and emotional moments along with a second chance romance. a fun read about fandoms, rekindling old friendships, pop culture, found family and sapphics. read full review on my blog! such a wholesome and cute story of a queer teen band piecing itself back together and finding themselves along the way! it balances sweet and emotional moments along with a second chance romance. a fun read about fandoms, rekindling old friendships, pop culture, found family and sapphics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    Absolute perfection I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. It's been over a year since the world famous queer pop band Moonlight Overthrow exploded. The four members, Eva, Celeste, Gina and Steph have had little to no contact since, but Eva is managing, she's in college and still writing music for others. And that's all great. Really great. But why does it feel like her heart imploded all over again when she sees that Celeste and Gina are not only in town but met Absolute perfection I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. It's been over a year since the world famous queer pop band Moonlight Overthrow exploded. The four members, Eva, Celeste, Gina and Steph have had little to no contact since, but Eva is managing, she's in college and still writing music for others. And that's all great. Really great. But why does it feel like her heart imploded all over again when she sees that Celeste and Gina are not only in town but met up. Nope, that's nothing, everything is great. I mean, yes, she thought the group would stay together forever and that she and Celeste were endgame but she's over it now. Right? Right. And things get even more tangled up when a storm hits their hometown and all four of them end up having to spend time together... Look. There are some books that just hit perfectly in all the right places. This was it for me. I loved it all. I don't know what more I can say. I loved the deep dive into the music scene and that it started after a band break-up. I loved the fractured timeline, I love the characters so so so much. I loved it all and that's really an understatement. Truth is, I starting crying something like 20% in and I barely ever stopped afterwards. I even teared up writing the damn summary (yes, listening to tolerate it while writing it was dumb but still) and I can't explain it. I just loved this so so much. It has my entire heart (- and a Queer found family, there's only one bed, childhood friends to lovers to nothing to friends to ........) All these characters are my children and I will protect them at all costs. Everything was just so perfectly on point and I cannot wait to own this book and hug it every day and reread it every couple months or so. And read everything Miel Moreland writes after this, because it's a DEBUT! (exploding brain emoji) Honestly, I don't now what else to write cause if everything I've already written doesn't make you want to read it, I really can't add anything now. BYE (I'll just go back to staring at this gorgeous cover.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nev

    Let’s get the band back together. And when I say band I mean queer teen pop group. This was a really heartfelt story about what happened to the members of a pop group after they disbanded. They were best friends, and some of them secret girlfriends, until the unceremonious demise of Moonlight Overthrow. When a natural disaster hits their hometown they decide to get back together for one show as a benefit concert. Will they be able to repair their relationships in addition to raising money for ch Let’s get the band back together. And when I say band I mean queer teen pop group. This was a really heartfelt story about what happened to the members of a pop group after they disbanded. They were best friends, and some of them secret girlfriends, until the unceremonious demise of Moonlight Overthrow. When a natural disaster hits their hometown they decide to get back together for one show as a benefit concert. Will they be able to repair their relationships in addition to raising money for charity? I thought it was really interesting to have the book mostly set after Moonlight Overthrow’s heyday. It added some intrigue for figuring out what exactly went down to make the band break up in the first place. I enjoyed hearing from all of the different characters and it was fun seeing a more positive music industry that mostly supported them as queer artists. Eva and Celeste were lesbians, Gina was bisexual, and Steph was nonbinary and pansexual. The book did feel a little uneven with page time for the different characters and I wasn’t totally convinced by the rekindling of the romance. But I ultimately thought this was a really sweet book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Ahhhh I have been looking forward to reading this ! BRING ON THE QUEER GIRL BANDDDDD! Omfg so excitedddd

  16. 5 out of 5

    book marked by gigi

    4,5 stars rounded down ok wow this book was really good, it was super fun to read. i’m at my cottage right now so i’ll write a full review tomorrow.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This novel checked all of the boxes for me. Queer representation? Check. A entirely queer band that defied odds from a young age? Check. Exes and the "there's only one bed" trope? Check. Beautiful, immersive writing? Characters with consistent, well-thought out development? Check. Honestly, this list could go on, but what I can promise you is that you will not be disappointed by this novel. What I find strange, just by looking at my own reading habits, was how deeply I enjoyed the plotting of thi This novel checked all of the boxes for me. Queer representation? Check. A entirely queer band that defied odds from a young age? Check. Exes and the "there's only one bed" trope? Check. Beautiful, immersive writing? Characters with consistent, well-thought out development? Check. Honestly, this list could go on, but what I can promise you is that you will not be disappointed by this novel. What I find strange, just by looking at my own reading habits, was how deeply I enjoyed the plotting of this novel. And I say that because I am not usually one who enjoys a character-driven plot (although I would argue this to be a mix of character and plot driven). I also usually find it difficult to enjoy books that unfold across a short span of time (which is typically due to poor pacing in a novel with a short time span). But none of that was the case in this novel. I found the story to be well-paced, the moments of conflict came and went with great resolution, and I constantly wanted to keep turning the page to see what would happen next. What I appreciated the most was seeing the story from all four of our main characters (Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph; with Eva being the alpha protagonist). All of the characters came at the plot with different expectations, experiences, and, ultimately, goals. All four characters had such clear and distinct voices that immediately gave me trust in their narration. In fact, I wanted to spend more than just 352 pages with them (don't mind me crying over the fact that this is a standalone). It is not an easy thing to deftly navigate that many point of views as flawlessly as the author did, so I definitely have to give them kudos for that. And the writing? I don't think I need to say much about this, as it was utterly enchanting. From the first line of the page, the author had me hooked. I had no doubts about which character's head I was in at what time, what their emotions were, and how the events of the plot were affecting them developmentally. And, of course, the descriptions were perfectly balanced to the point where I always knew what setting I was in without that overwhelming the narration or me ever forgetting where a scene was taking place (also known as the white room phenomena). The only thing that I am disappointed about—we didn't get was a Moonlight Overthrow album to listen to. (I know, I know, that is a bizarre request considering this is a novel.) But, real talk, from the snippets of lyrics and the song titles alone, I know that I would have this band's music on repeat at all hours of the day. (Miel, are you sure you weren't born to be both a novelist and a songwriter?) All of this aside, I genuinely loved this novel. Anytime I picked it up, a smile would rise on my face because I knew I was going to spend time with a cast of characters I adored. If you are looking for a novel that will give you the warm-fuzzy feeling inside, look no further! I could not recommend it more. ***** Original Post-Finishing the Book Thoughts BRB while I go cry over how amazing this novel was. (But, seriously, why have more people not read this novel yet?)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Athira

    So I've always loved popstars and musicians and this was about a queer band and has a sapphic romance, so need I say more? ✔Found family🎶 ✔Only one bed🛏 ✔Second Chance🥈 ✔Friends to lovers👭 ✔First love❤ ✔Multiple POV🌈 I loved the strong friendship between Gina, Celeste, Steph and Eva and I'm really glad we got chapters from all 4 characters' POV. This is a second chance for their friendship and for the romance between Eva and Celeste. It was great to see each of them figure out what they want and rele So I've always loved popstars and musicians and this was about a queer band and has a sapphic romance, so need I say more? ✔Found family🎶 ✔Only one bed🛏 ✔Second Chance🥈 ✔Friends to lovers👭 ✔First love❤ ✔Multiple POV🌈 I loved the strong friendship between Gina, Celeste, Steph and Eva and I'm really glad we got chapters from all 4 characters' POV. This is a second chance for their friendship and for the romance between Eva and Celeste. It was great to see each of them figure out what they want and release they'll always have each other. Another thing I love is how the book is told in different timelines across the many years before and after the break up of the band, Moonlight Overthrow. And Eva's tumblr fan account is also amazing! It was amazing to see on page lesbian and nonbinary labels, especially in a story that's not about coming out. This book is incredibly beautiful and a new comfort read. I loved it and I want everyone else to read it ASAP! *ARC provided by the publisher  via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ramona Tinga

    I wish I loved this more than I did! This book sounded like the perfect book for me. A book about a queer band, almost like a fanfic. And it was kinda like a fanfic. I could definitely see some resemblance with some Larry Stylinson fanfics that I have read. But it was an average fanfic. I had fun reading it, but it wasn't really special to me. Great non-binary representation though! I wish I loved this more than I did! This book sounded like the perfect book for me. A book about a queer band, almost like a fanfic. And it was kinda like a fanfic. I could definitely see some resemblance with some Larry Stylinson fanfics that I have read. But it was an average fanfic. I had fun reading it, but it wasn't really special to me. Great non-binary representation though!

  20. 4 out of 5

    I can't read straight

    I cannot express how much I loved this book. I started with no expectations but it was a really enjoyable journey. The sole idea of a book about a queer pop band is a novelty compared to the usual plot(thank goodness!) but there are so many things: the multiple PoVs, the back and forth in the timeline, the behind scenes of the music industry that is not always narrated. All perfect. Perfect to have an NB main character. To have an ambitious black bi movie and pop star character To have a different ro I cannot express how much I loved this book. I started with no expectations but it was a really enjoyable journey. The sole idea of a book about a queer pop band is a novelty compared to the usual plot(thank goodness!) but there are so many things: the multiple PoVs, the back and forth in the timeline, the behind scenes of the music industry that is not always narrated. All perfect. Perfect to have an NB main character. To have an ambitious black bi movie and pop star character To have a different romance trope than usual, they don't "meet and fall in love" but one has broken the heart of the other but after years they still love each other so what now? The only thing that kept bugging me was the characters age. I think it would have been more than perfect if Eva, Celeste, Gina and Steph were a few years older. Their lifestyle, their words, their way of thinking kind of felt out of character for someone barely over 18. But that's really a minor thing. I 100% loved this book. Full stop.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Bergland

    Excuse me while I go scream about how much I loved! this! book! This book was my everything! The story follows four former best friends who were all from the same small town in the midwest and formed a queer pop band, Moonlight Overthrow, which became an almost inexplicable hit. After the band broke up, the friends all lost touch and are brought back together when a storm hits their hometown and they're invited to do one, final benefit concert together. Something about popstar stories has always Excuse me while I go scream about how much I loved! this! book! This book was my everything! The story follows four former best friends who were all from the same small town in the midwest and formed a queer pop band, Moonlight Overthrow, which became an almost inexplicable hit. After the band broke up, the friends all lost touch and are brought back together when a storm hits their hometown and they're invited to do one, final benefit concert together. Something about popstar stories has always been a guilty-pleasure favorite of mine (probably due to my Hannah Montana obsession as a child). In addition to that, this book checked all the right boxes for me--strong friendships, protagonists you can root for, music, and romance. Not to mention the occasional Taylor Swift reference and two exes faced with the "there's only one bed" trope. And they're queer! I could not put this book down once I picked it up--I was obsessed immediately. I was fully immersed into the band drama and seeing each member's journey (as you get to read from all four characters' POVs) and I loved seeing each character figure out who they were and what they wanted. I truly adored all of them. I'm not the kind of reader who rereads a book immediately after finishing it, but this book made me want to do that. This is definitely a new favorite of mine, and I already know it's going to be a new comfort-read. I also loved how the story was told in a fractured timeline. The story jumps from present day, dealing with the band's breakup, to various years in the past during different parts of the band's career. It was a great choice for this story! I love music and I love reading about people creating music, even if it's fictional (again, my inner Disney Channel nerd is really jumping out here). I also loved the incorporation of the Tumblr posts and Eva moonlighting (pardon the pun) as a Moonlight Overthrow fan online to keep up with her friends after the band's breakup. This book just made me really happy. I can't recommend this book enough! Though I have an e-arc, I fully plan to buy a physical copy once the book is released. I'm completely obsessed. I can't believe this book is a debut, and I fully plan to read Miel Moreland's future books! Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    (re-read) I annotated this, and I’m giving it to a friend :) very excited to hear her thoughts! I would give this about 4.25⭐️! this book was so different, but I am absolutely here for it. This is definitely one of the best queer books I’ve ever read!! I absolutely loved Eva, I think she is secretly me:) I still don’t know how I feel about Celeste, but I definitely don’t hate her. I also think it had a really realistic ending! I absolutely recommend this book, I think everyone should read it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    rosie lewis

    sapphic daisy jones and the six vibes... i need it now

  24. 4 out of 5

    kory.

    this book has an overall good vibe, and like, it's fine. but it doesn't really work for me. content/trigger warnings; ableism, alcohol, kissing, natural disasters, mentions of queerphobia (lesbophobia, biphobia, fetishization of queer girls), misgendering, mentions of rape threats, coming out, mentions of slut shaming, mentions of teenage pregnancy, misogyny, racism, hospital, sick grandmother, kissing, rep; eva (mc) is a lesbian. celeste (mc) is a jewish lesbian. gina (mc) is bisexual and black. this book has an overall good vibe, and like, it's fine. but it doesn't really work for me. content/trigger warnings; ableism, alcohol, kissing, natural disasters, mentions of queerphobia (lesbophobia, biphobia, fetishization of queer girls), misgendering, mentions of rape threats, coming out, mentions of slut shaming, mentions of teenage pregnancy, misogyny, racism, hospital, sick grandmother, kissing, rep; eva (mc) is a lesbian. celeste (mc) is a jewish lesbian. gina (mc) is bisexual and black. steph (mc) is nonbinary and pansexual, uses they/them pronouns. the main reason this doesn't work for me is the friendship is not believable. the chapters that are in the past are largely set during and after the breakup, so the relationships among the characters aren't at their best. we don't really get to see them have this amazing, important friendship in the past chapters that will then make us root for them to repair that bond in the present chapters. (and the same exact thing can be said about the romance between eva and celeste. there is so much time dedicated to them pining and angsting over each other, and going on about how in love they were and still are, but we don't really get to see that in the past chapters, so i'm just like...why am i supposed to care?) it's like, what is so special about their bond that they so desperately want it back? why are these people even friends? there is so much jealously, resentment, bitterness, and misplaced anger among them that never truly feels resolved. so the happy ending doesn't have the pay off it should, because not only did their issues not feel adequately dealt with, but i was never convinced of their friendship in the first place. other things i didn't like: the jumping timeline. the cursed "i'm breaking up with you for your own good" trope. a celebrity interacting with and befriending fans while pretending to be a fan. steph's whole "i can't have a life because i need to take care of my family" thing got old fast, because honestly no one asked them to do that, they just assumed it was necessary and then took it out on everyone else. and speaking of steph taking their shit out on everyone else...steph lashes out at eva in front of everyone for no goddamn reason, only to have eva completely dismiss their apology as if it wasn't necessary. and i gotta say, i fucking hate when authors do that. don't have your character say or do something that is acknowledged as shitty if you're just gonna have the wronged character act like there's nothing to apologize for. let them say "thank you, i appreciate the apology" and move on. let characters grow and have healthy relationships!!!!! i like the inclusion of tumblr posts from fans, because anyone who has been in a fandom or even just seen other people in fandoms knows the excitement over getting new content, so that's fun to see, but i don't like that invasive behavior from fans is called out once at the very end only it when starts to affect a fan, instead of being addressed throughout the entire narrative. considering the choice to include tumblr posts (including ones that are speculation about the band members' dating lives and masterposts of "sources" to justify thinking x is dating y) and the choice to have eva actually involved in the fandom, you'd think she would see these things happening and have thoughts on them. and lastly, when steph is listing queerphobic remarks the band has received, they list lesbophobia directed at eva and celeste and biphobia directed at gina, but no panphobia at themself, just misgendering because they weren't out as nonbinary. and like.......you're telling me gina got shit for being bi, but steph didn't get shit for being pan? sounds fake as fuck, and very much like playing into the extremely panphobic idea that pan people don't experience queerphobia for being pan and that pan is a label people use as a way to not experience hate. (i shelved this as new adult, despite it being marketed as young adult. if you follow my reviews at all, you know how i feel about post-high school/age still being labeled as ya. that's just my line between the "genres" and how i categorize books, and idc how anyone else does it lmao.)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I think the problem with this book is that it doesn't realize there is a fine line between flawed characters and just garbage human beings. Figuring out your own identity and issues and insecurities don't justify you being utter shit to others. It doesn't justify manipulation, guilt tripping or shitty behaviors. And that's literally what all other three main characters did to Eva for 75% of this book. All three of them literally never communicated their wishes with Eva, yet they all told each ot I think the problem with this book is that it doesn't realize there is a fine line between flawed characters and just garbage human beings. Figuring out your own identity and issues and insecurities don't justify you being utter shit to others. It doesn't justify manipulation, guilt tripping or shitty behaviors. And that's literally what all other three main characters did to Eva for 75% of this book. All three of them literally never communicated their wishes with Eva, yet they all told each other They'd suspend the band. Then a year and a half later Those three decided they want to get back together again and they dragged Eva back in (even when she clearly was still traumatized by the event) by making her feel guilty about not wanting to return with these shit friends of hers. Then, what ensues is just a whole fucking train wreck of manipulation and guilt tripping. Gina, who pretend to be asleep so she could force Celeste and Eva to sleep together when Eva is clearly uncomfortable. With the STATED INTENTION of wanting them back together. Now, imagine if Gina is a man doing this by locking a male friend of his (Celeste in this case) with Eva, a girl, in a room to force them to sleep together on the same bed. I doubt anyone would sympathize with Gina then. Steph, who literally called all the band there to help them and their hometown out, had the audacity to go on Eva when she was trying to help them to get to their grandma at the hospital. They literally accused Eva of throwing them under the bus, WHEN THEY WERE THE ONE WHO LEFT THE BAND AND LEFT EVA TO FEND OFF THE PRESS FOR A YEAR AND A HALF. And yet still had the audacity to say EVA was the one who would throw them under the bus??? Celeste, who literally tried to manipulate and gaslight Eva to getting back with her this whole time. Constantly invalidating and dismiss Eva's feelings. Yet still is saying she did it all in the name of "figuring her self out". That's emotional abusive 101. And this is 75% into the book, if a character doesn't grow at all and see how fucked up their actions is at all by the 75% mark then the character is just plainly a bad person. I don't know how to say this kindly, but as a sapphic POC, being sapphic or a POC or a struggling teenager doesn't justify behaviors that are messed up at best and literally abusive/manipulative at worst.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    OT4 and loads of Tumblr(?) related abbreviations don't wait for you to understand them, which helps plunge you into the world of shipping, reunions, and the power of music for healing. OT4 and loads of Tumblr(?) related abbreviations don't wait for you to understand them, which helps plunge you into the world of shipping, reunions, and the power of music for healing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    max

    Thanks to Netgalley & Feiwel & Friends for providing me with an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review! I knew early on that there was a chance this review would read more like a love letter. Starting this book, I was so excited to be able to review it before I was even halfway through. I love writing reviews, there’s just something really fun about finishing a book and being able to put down all your thoughts and feelings, and then post it to share it with anyone else who has read or is thinking Thanks to Netgalley & Feiwel & Friends for providing me with an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review! I knew early on that there was a chance this review would read more like a love letter. Starting this book, I was so excited to be able to review it before I was even halfway through. I love writing reviews, there’s just something really fun about finishing a book and being able to put down all your thoughts and feelings, and then post it to share it with anyone else who has read or is thinking about reading it. But, It Goes Like This was a different kind of excitement, I found myself swept up in the story and even tweeting that I was beyond excited to be able to write this very review. So here I am, I hope we can enjoy my journey of unpacking how I feel about this book together! It’s not often I get to read a book where a character actually calls themself a lesbian, many books choose to elude to it or use other terms, but as a lesbian there aren’t many feelings greater than being able to read that word. It happens even less for nonbinary characters, I can count the times I’ve seen it on one hand. This book gave me both, it gave me specific labels, it gave me natural representation and it didn’t give me a coming out story based narrative. When I say I’m in awe of this book for this, I really mean it. There’s a special emotion that true representation brings up in a person, and seeing these characters brought to life is a direct lead to that for me. It Goes Like This follows the four former members of a queer band, with multiple povs, you get real insight to what the bandm breakup and aftermath was like for all of them without the unreliable narration that could come from a sole pov. In their chapters, you get to learn about these characters and grow to love these characters as themselves, separate from the band that kept them together and then threw them apart. For me, multiple pov books can sometimes be hard to follow and especially when you include time jumps to show how things came to happen, but It Goes Like This was the easiest book of this format to follow. Everything you’re shown is for a reason, and everything makes so much sense as you read it and learn about their history. This book documented a love story, but it didn’t just document romantic love. It was the platonic bonds they also had, the true sense of biological family AND found family that made me feel warm and whole but also that made me fall apart. I could write essays and essays about how important I think platonic love is and how much I love found family, but for right now let me just say that it’s one of the many reasons this book is a five star read. Miel Moreland wrote a universe that pulled me as a reader in, a universe I never wanted to leave after seeing these characters and their lives. I’m a huge music fan, terrified of the industry that I love. Reading this, with a big focus on the industry itself and what it did for the characters, I was excited for them, but at times scared for them. That’s another thing that tells me that it’s a really good book and I wasn’t just caught up with my newfound love for the characters I just met. The fear I felt at times, the hope I held for things going exactly how they deserved them to. The characters excelled, the plot was fun but the writing and world building despite it being contemporary, that really sold it for me. It Goes Like This is almost the perfect book. It helped me feel seen, it let me cry from sadness as well as happiness while also giving me all the solutions I could hope for. This really is one of the best debuts I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Zimmerman

    Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. THIS IS A DEBUT?? I- I don’t know if I have words. I’m trying to figure out how to form them. This was incredible and I can’t get over it. I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately and while contemporary is my preferred genre, it usually takes me a little longer to read. Not with this. I could not put it down. Eva, Celeste, Gina and Steph were so intriguing, as was their dynamic, that I just couldn’t Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. THIS IS A DEBUT?? I- I don’t know if I have words. I’m trying to figure out how to form them. This was incredible and I can’t get over it. I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately and while contemporary is my preferred genre, it usually takes me a little longer to read. Not with this. I could not put it down. Eva, Celeste, Gina and Steph were so intriguing, as was their dynamic, that I just couldn’t put it down. The premise of this is so cool and so different. The idea of an all queer band is exciting and I want all of them. Especially Moonlight Overthrow. These songs sound so good and I want them. All of them. I want Celeste’s solo songs too. What a crew. I think one of my favorite arcs out of the whole crew was Steph. What a non-binary legend. I love them so much. I love that they were able to become who they wanted to be and fall in love with themselves. It made my heart swell. Eva and Celeste? Childhood sweethearts, to enemies to [redacted]. Obsessed. I love them. But I also love the way Miel crafted their stories to be separate from their past relationship. I love that they grew into themselves. Then found one another. Gina. My girl Gina. I absolutely LOVE her. I loved how she became herself, without acting, without music. Just Gina. It was so fun to watch her realize what she wanted and needed. She was strong, yet vulnerable and had such a great balance between the two. Her friendship with Steph was so fun, yet deep. I loved it. What a book. Honestly, I’ve read a good bit of queer/sapphic books, but this honestly might be my sapphic book of the year. I am wholly in love.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    Friendship didn't feel believable I was mostly bored while reading it. Friendship didn't feel believable I was mostly bored while reading it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Lynn Lano

    LGBT+ rep: lesbian, pansexual, enby, they/them pronoun use, wlw (both lesbians, also budding bi/pan x unknown) Other rep: bipoc, online fandom (particularly tumblr) CW: breakups Tropes: second chance, share a bad (variation on only one bed), band

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