Book Review (ARC): More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn

With everything in the world as hectic and anxiety-inducing as it is, More Than Maybe was the contemporary romance that I needed to lift my spirits. 🎵 Filled with heartwarming friendships, swoony British accents, and passion for music, this book had me invested from the first page. 

Erin Hahn’s writing flows off the pages, and I only wish that I had a greater knowledge of music so that I could appreciate all the references more. 💗 Her characters were easy to love yet incredibly complex like most high schoolers, and my heart felt so content watching the story unfold. 


PUBLISHED BY Wednesday Books (MacMillan) on July 21st 2020

GENRES: Contemporary

PAGES: 336


Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.

Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out-of-this-world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?

Content/Trigger Warnings: divorced parents, absent parent, alcohol

Told in a dual perspective POV, More Than Maybe follows the lives of high school seniors, Vada Carsewell and Luke Greenly. Vada is a talented music blogger who dreams of becoming a music journalist, and in her spare time, she works at the Loud Lizard, a local bar and concert hall. Luke Greenly is the son of a former British rock singer, and when he’s not recording a podcast with his twin brother, he secretly writes his own music. 

The romance in this story was exceptionally fun to watch unfold as we see Vada and Luke’s crush turn into friendship and then into something more. 💗 Their text conversations were so sweet, and I wish that I knew more about iconic music songs and artists to understand all the references. 

“And I would only ever want the best for you because that’s what love is.”

Erin Hahn’s writing was SO FUN to read. ✏️ In many ways, it made me nostalgic for my Wattpad days because of all the awkward teen moments and romantic angst. Parts of the story were a little predictable (such as the ending), but honestly, I didn’t mind it at all and enjoyed the sweet moments that we knew would come along. 

Most notably, I really enjoyed reading about Vada’s relationship with Phil, the owner of the Loud Lizard and her mother’s boyfriend. We get to explore the contrasting relationships between him and her biological father, and I loved seeing a step-parent in YA be shown as someone who can provide emotional support and not as an evil villain.

Overall, More Than Maybe was an enjoyable read that I couldn’t help but get lost in. 🎤 Erin Hahn has become one of my new favorite authors, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

“There are two kinds of people in the world. The kind who listen to music and the kind who live in it.”

Have you read More Than Maybe?

What were your thoughts?

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17 thoughts on “Book Review (ARC): More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn

  1. This sound like an interesting and fun read! I really like books that revolve around music (though I haven’t read that much books about it) and I think I might want to read this one once it comes out!
    Also, wattpad days were the best. Sometimes I go back and stay for a couple days because that platform meant so much to me years ago💖


    1. Oooo okay if you like books that revolve around music, then this would be a perfect fit for you!! Also, I’m not sure if you ever read the Wattpad book “Rock Prodigy”, but it gives me very similar vibes and I love them both 🥰


  2. tiffany you always know how to SELL me on a book 🥺🥺🥺 heartwarming friendships, i WANT IT!!! and friends to lovers sounds so cute the way it was done in this book omg this is the wholesome content i neeeedd. okay one thing i LOVE to read in YA contemporaries is when the characters have strong beautiful relationships with their step parents (i’ve seen this done a bit and it makes my heart SO WARM)

    i’m so glad you enjoyed this book bc im definitely going to be picking it up soon!! amazing review!! 🥺❤️


    1. AHHH I’M SO GLAD!! i really want to hear all your thoughts on this book 😍😍😍 he’s definitely one of those “cool” adult figures, but his relationship with the mom and the main character is reallyyy sweet!!


  3. i’ve heard so much about this one but i realize i never actually knew what it was about until reading your review lmao! i love how music plays a big role in this — i feel like there are so few books i’ve read that focus on music, and as a music player myself i love to see it in books 🥺 great review!!!


    1. HAHA i’m glad that my review can help fill you in 😂 I honestly didn’t know what the book was about either until I dived in! and OOOO there’s so many classic music references 🥰


  4. AH I AM SO PUMPED TO READ THIS NOW even more than before. I loved Erin Hahn’s debut so much, I’m so excited to read this one now 🥺


    1. AHH I think this would be a perfect book for you!! I haven’t read her debut yet but I really need to 😭


  5. Omg I saw this book on a list of new releases ages ago & skipped past it bc I was like erm music lovers??? Sounds cute but can’t relate 😂 But consider it ADDED to my TBR!!! 😍 I really need to stop reading your posts if I ever want to get my Goodreads TBRs under control, honestly (jks, NOTHING could ever stop me reading your A+ reviews 😛)

    💛 Ngoc


    1. Aww I’m so glad that you added it to your TBR!!! Honestly, we should just accept the fact that our Goodreads TBR are just never-ending at this point 🙈I hope you get to read it and love it, Ngoc!!


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