Small Town Hearts Review

*insert obligatory April Fool’s Day joke*

Now that’s out of the way, welcome to the last day for the Small Town Hearts blog tour from FFBC! Peep my review, favorite quotes and enter to win a copy below.


About small Town hearts:

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Small Town Hearts ReviewTitle: Small Town Hearts
Author: Lillie Vale
Pub. Date: March 19, 2019
Publisher Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, W/M, W/W, Young Adult
Pages: 336
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Rule #1 - Never fall for a summer boy.

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had - to never fall for a summer boy?

IMHO: small Town hearts

TL:DR: Cute. Very Bisexual. Beachy atmosphere popping. Small town wish fulfillment for bi’s that straights have gotten forever and take for granted. Not enough BFF resolution for me.

People calling her Babe in the first several pages threw me for such a loop. Then it clicked that it was her name, being capitalized and all. Then I was worried she was named after the pig…I had no idea it was a nickname for…something. (Find out 50 pages in!)

I wasn’t expecting to like the ex-girlfriend more than the best friend on the rocks. Elodie fucked up, sure. She’s got a clear reason, motivation, and resolution at least.

Penny is a mess that had potential. There’s many missed opportunities. I don’t want to go into it to much and spoil ya’ll, but there was a lot of history, jealousy, and insecurity that didn’t get dealt with on both sides. Less angst over the summer boy tug of war, and more BFF hearts to hearts would’ve been great.

Conversely, Lucy, Lorcan, and Levi (say that 5 times fast) were fantastic. Like, do they have flaws??? fantastic.

I do like how Levi’s freak out was acknowledged and owned,  rather than having Babe “earn” him back. His feelings were valid and understandable, but his to deal with. Ya’ll don’t have to fix people for them keep you!

The only thing I had trouble fully believing is keeping the boat ritual a secret. Nothing stays secret any more.

I do buy the rest of it: neighbors helping each other, always saying hello, parents okay with kids living in houseboats at 17, and leaving Babe behind for the summer. Why worry when the whole town is watching over them? And yeah, there’s not much to do so the partying is well known and expected. Towns stay that way until someone gets murked and everyone has to start locking their doors.

And on that note, on to favorite quotes!

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Favorite Quotes:

Not everyone understood what it meant to love something that much. So they tried to make you feel a little embarrassed, downplayed your passion and made it sound silly or nerdy or weird.


I looked like art. I wasn’t sure I liked it.


His lips moved. Not in a kiss, but in a smile.


“I don’t think I am the same, ” I said after a long pause. “I think you want me to be, because if I was, it’d mean you know how the rest of this goes.”


Like with Elodie, maybe we made better strangers than friends.


It was usually me getting left behind, but this time, I was the one doing the leaving.


But it turned out there was no mayday call for returning ex-girlfriends

About the Author Lillie Vale:

About Lillie Vale

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Lillie Vale, upon discovering she could not be one of Santa’s elves or attend Hogwarts, decided to become a writer to create a little magic of her own. Enjoying the romantic and eerie in equal measure, she’s probably always writing a book where the main characters kiss or kill. Born in Mumbai, she has lived in many U.S. states, and now resides in an Indiana college town where the corn whispers and no one has a clue that she is actually the long-lost caps lock queen. She can be reached on Twitter @LillieLabyrinth and Instagram @labyrinthspine. Small Town Hearts is her debut novel.


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Tour Schedule:

March 25

That Artsy Reader Girl – Welcome Interview

March 26

The Bent Bookworm – Book Review

March 27

Wishful Endings – Author Guest Post
The Lovely Books – Book Review
The YA Obsessed – Book Review
The Inked In Book Blog – Book Review

March 28

We Live and Breathe Books – Book Review
Moonlight Rendezvous – Book Review + Favorite Quotes
The Book Thief Without Words – Book Review + Favorite Quotes
Book Rambler – Creative Bookstagram Post and Mini Review

March 29

Utopia State of Mind – Author Q&A
Metamorphoreader – Creative Post
Bookish_Kali – Book Review + Favorite Quotes

March 30

Blossoms and Bullet Journals – Creative Post
Novel Ink – Book Review + Favorite Quotes
Novelishly – Book Review

March 31

The Reading Faery – Author Q&A
The Bibliophile Confessions – Creative Post
Star Is All Booked Up – Book Review
The Phantom Paragrapher – Book Review

April 1

The Layaway Dragon – Book Review + Favorite Quotes
Maddie.TV – Author Guest Post
The Clever Reader – Book Review + Favorite Quotes

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