Shannon in the Spotlight Blog Tour

Hi! I’m so excited to talk about Shannon in the Spotlight today. Thank you to Net Galley, and TBR & Beyond for the E-ARC.

About the Book

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing date: April 25th, 2023

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Rep: OCD


After Shannon accidentally lands a lead role in the summer musical, she realizes she has bigger things to worry about than stage fright in this contemporary middle-school novel about strained friendships, the positive power of theater, and the realities of being a tween with OCD.

Shannon Carter never considered herself much of a theater person. Not like her two BFFs, Elise, an actress, and Fatima, a techie. Shannon’s always been content to stay backstage, helping wherever she can. But when the director of the summer musical hears Shannon singing, he encourages her to step out of the wings and into the spotlight.

At first, Shannon is hesitant. As a twelve-year-old with obsessive-compulsive disorder, she depends on routine. But when she braves the audition, she discovers that center stage is the one place where she doesn’t feel anxious. She lands a lead role, and everyone in her life is ecstatic . . . except Elise.

To make matters worse, Shannon’s eccentric and opinionated grandmother moves in with her and her mom after a fluke house fire. As opening night approaches, Shannon feels pressure to save her friendship with Elise, to make Mom and Grandma Ruby act like grown-ups, and to follow the old theater adage The show must go on.


The Sound of Music from The Sound of Music 

The Girl I Mean to Be from The Secret Garden

I Want to Live Out Loud from A Little Princess

Quiet from Matilda 

I’d Rather Be Me from Mean Girls 


Rating: 5 stars or 9.57 out of 10

Characters — 10. The characters in this book are fantastic. Each character in the story has their own personality and history. I loved Shannon and the supporting cast of characters. Shannon was my favorite character in the story, and I loved how she was brave enough to star in her first musical. Grandma Ruby was a great supporting character, and I loved seeing her interactions with Shannon as the story progressed. Elise and Fatima were Shannon’s best friends, and they both supported Shannon when she needed it, which I loved seeing. 

Plot — 9. I really enjoyed the story of Shannon in the Spotlight. As a theater person who did theater in middle and high school, I loved the story, bringing me back to that time.  The other side of Shannon in the Spotlight was the story of Shannon and her OCD, and I loved seeing mental health being represented in this book. We go on a journey with Shannon, and I love how much she cares about those around her, and how hard she worked on the show. 

Writing — 10. The writing in the book flowed so well. Writing is not usually a 10 unless I’m pulled into every element of the story, and the writing really pulled me into this story. I loved how the writing pulled me into the story and gripped me from beginning to end. I loved how the writing was both lighthearted and heartwarming at the same time.  

Enjoyment-10. I loved this book so so much. I loved how it brought me back to the theater, and how it tugged on my heartstrings. By the end of the story, I was rooting for Shannon and her friends.

About Kalena Miller

Kalena Miller is a writer, teacher, editor, and scone enthusiast. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and lovable, if slightly neurotic, dog. When she isn’t writing, Kalena enjoys tap dancing, scrapbooking, and watching an embarrassing amount of reality television. Her debut YA novel, The Night When No One Had Sex, winner of the Minnesota Book Award, is available now! Her debut middle-grade novel, Shannon in the Spotlight is forthcoming from Delacorte Press on April 25, 2023.

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Hello! Thanks to TBR & Beyond and Net Galley for the ARC.

About the Book

genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date: April 4, 2023

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This friends-to-lovers spin on The Bachelor follows two childhood besties reuniting to spend the summer in L.A. after five years apart—but when they both get involved with a teen reality dating show, their lives take an unexpected turn for the unreal.

Sloane McKinney feels like a background character in her own life. But this summer will be different, because she’s spending it with her childhood best friend, Liam Daniels, in her dream city, Los Angeles. Sure, she’s surprised to find that Liam just happens to have had a Hot Guy glow-up since she last saw him, but so what? A little attraction won’t ruin her plans for their fun—and completely platonic—reunion.

What might, however, is that Liam has been roped into working for his producer dad’s new teen reality dating show, Aspen Woods’s Future Leading Lady. Liam figures Sloane can still hang out with him on set while he fetches coffee for the film crew, or whatever it is that production assistants do. Except it turns out the show is one contestant short . . . and Sloane is the perfect last-minute addition.

Once cameras are rolling, the whirlwind of dating teen heartthrob Aspen Woods feels way more real than Sloane expected, and Liam doesn’t exactly enjoy watching it all unfold. But it’s behind the scenes where the drama really picks up. . . .

Because wanting to kiss your best friend? That’s a plot twist neither Sloane nor Liam ever saw coming.

15 Reactions while Reading

1-As someone who loves films, tv, and scriptwriting, I love how scriptwriting plays a role in this story so early on. 

2-Sloane and Liam have a really lovely friendship based on the background given so far. I can’t wait to see them interact.  

3-I love the interaction between Sloane and Liam. I’m already getting romance vibes from them. 

4-I hope the relationship between Liam and his dad improves over the course of this book. 

5- I love how the book has quotes from The Cove before the start of the chapter. 

6- The first interaction between Sloane and Aspen is hilarious because she was being snarky about him moments before. 

7- I feel like You can tell Liam has feelings for Sloane, and she seems to have the same types of feelings for him. I can’t wait to see where the story goes. 

8- I loved Sloane’s first note to Lia so much. 

9-Aspen wants Liam’s help to win Sloane over, and I’m so here for the drama. 

10- The fact that Sloane asks Liam to get her out of the house for a little, and Liam accepts is so cute. I just love the two of them together.           

11-I love that Liam has to be crew on Slone and Aspen’s date because you can really tell how much he likes Sloane in this scene. 

12-Aspen’s Co-Star Riley coming into the scene when Slone and Aspen were in the school was fantastic to me because I love a little extra drama in my books. 

13-I feel like Liam’s dad could care a bit more about Sloane’s health. He seemed to have not read the text saying she was ok until it was too late. 

14- While I can see why Sloane thinking about Liam is a bad thing, there’s also another side of me that loves that she’s thinking about Liam. 

15- I just loved the end of this story. The romance was sweet, and I loved the characters.

About the Author

Kaitlyn Hill is a writer, reader, and sweet tea enthusiast who believes that all the world is not, in fact, a stage, but a romance novel waiting to happen. She is the author of Love from Scratch and Not Here to Stay Friends.

Kaitlyn has a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and German Studies, which means that she can tell you way too much about the Communist Manifesto in Karl Marx’s mother tongue. Before landing on writing, she worked in roles from city government intern in a small German town to Haunted Mansion Maid at Walt Disney World, and most recently, at her hometown public library.

Aside from books, Kaitlyn’s favorite things are giraffes, ABBA, and excessively long naps. She lives with her real life romance hero in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Bad At Love by Gabriela Martins – 15 Reactions while reading Bad At Love

Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: August 2, 2022


Ever since Daniel moved to L.A. from Brazil to join the band Mischief & Mayhem, he’s become the tabloids’ bad boy. Paparazzi follow him and girls swoon over him . . . except for Sasha, who hates bad boys. When a chance encounter brings them together, Sasha sees an opportunity to get close to Daniel and write a story that will make a name for herself at the celebrity gossip magazine where she interns. But Daniel is surprisingly sweet and extremely cute—could she be falling for him?

The truth is: Daniel is hiding something. When Sasha discovers his secret, will she follow her heart or deliver the hottest story of the summer? 

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15 Reactions While reading Bad At Love by Gabriela Martins

 1- I love how Daniel invited Sasha over for a pool party on their date. 

2-Daniel and Sasha starting to have feelings for each other was so sweet. 

3-Daniel texting Sasha to go out, and Sasha saying she needs to look irresistible is so sweet.  

4- Sasha showing Daniel where the creatives in LA go is so sweet, and the two of them, are so sweet. 

5-How the bandmates support each other is so sweet,  and I love it. 

6-I’m not the biggest fan of Lloyd asking where Sasha’s loyalties lie. 

7- I love how Sasha and Daniel are talking and trying to establish their relationship. Also,  Daniel calling Sasha his first girlfriend is fantastic. 

8- While I don’t think that it should have been revealed before they were made publicly official,  I also know how the music industry works, and I think the revelation was interesting. 

9-I hope Sasha doesn’t find out about the bet the band made at the beginning of the summer. On the other hand, I hope that Daniel tells her so that everything is clear between the two of them.  

10- Daniel kissing Sasha was so sweet, and him with her after was such a sweet moment.  I loved seeing this interaction because it’s conversations like this that opens the door for LGBTQ+ people to be honest with their partners.  

11-We don’t hear much about Daniel’s family over the course of this story. It hit hard when Daniel’s dad called about his mother, and I felt bad for him and Helena. 

12-The scene with Sasha trying to find the band at the club is so sweet because she is trying to save the other girl from being hurt by Daniel. 

13-I’m glad that Sasha and Daniel cleared the air, but I still think they ended things badly. 

14-The concert scene with Sasha singing to Daniel was so sweet. 

15- The end of this was so sweet, and I just loved it!!!

About the Author:

GABRIELA MARTINS is a Brazilian kidlit author and linguist. Her stories feature Brazilian characters finding themselves and love. She was a high school teacher and has also worked as a TED Ed-Club facilitator, where she helped teens develop their own talks in TED format. She edited and self-published a pro-bono LGBTQ+ anthology (KEEP FAITH) with all funds going to queer people in need. When she’s not writing, she can be found cuddling with her two cats, or singing loudly and off-key. LIKE A LOVE SONG was her YA romance debut, and BAD AT LOVE (Underlined/PRH) is her sophomore novel, coming out in summer 2022. She’s also one of the contributors for the Algonquin Latinx Horror anthology OUR SHADOWS HAVE CLAWS.

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