Review: Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers

Supergirl MixtapesTitle:  Supergirl Mixtapes
Author:  Meagan Brothers
Format: eGalley
Genre:  YA
Source:  Netgalley
Published:  April 24th 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
My Rating: ♥ ♥


After years of boredom in her rural South Carolina town, Maria is thrilled when her father finally allows her to visit her estranged artist mother in New York City. She’s ready for adventure, and she soon finds herself immersed in a world of rock music and busy streets, where new people and ideas lie around every concrete corner. This is the freedom she’s always longed for—and she pushes for as much as she can get, skipping school to roam the streets, visit fancy museums, and flirt with the cute clerk at a downtown record store.
But just like her beloved New York City, Maria’s life has a darker side. Behind her mother’s carefree existence are shadowy secrets, and Maria must decide just where—and with whom—her loyalty lies.

I picked up this book for the title and cover, for most people my generation a mix-tape brings back fond memories. I didn’t really feel like the blurb gave many details about the book so I wasn’t sure what to expect, and unfortunately the first 100 pages dragged and dragged for me. I put the book down at one point expecting to DNF, although I ended up finishing when I was caught with no wi-fi and no other new books downloaded on my eReader.

I didn’t find the characters especially memorable, as I said it took me at least 100 pages before I really felt any connection with Maria at all. I felt like the story of a teen moving from small town America to NYC could be a lot of fun, but unfortunately her personality fell flat. Her mother to me was absolutely horrendous and the boy-interest for Maria had very little impact on me as well. I did love Travis, the mothers much younger boyfriend. In the early parts of the book, he was the only thing that kept me reading. I was dying to know what his deal was.

The one redeeming thing about this story were the secrets that were lurking in the shadows. I have to admit there were two specifics that I was holding out hope that they would make this book great for me, I really wanted to love reading this. Unfortunately? The ending fell on it’s face. I just felt completely unfulfilled and wished that I had put down the book earlier.

Supergirl Mixtapes had a lot of potential for me, set in New York during the 1990’s and based around music. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t a connection for me. Meagan Brothers writing style is simple, yet flows well once it picks up pace. I would definitely be interested in reading more from her in the future.


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