Good story for music and romance lovers. It was interesting to read a book by a musician and I enjoyed the developing story.
Such a fun read! I've always been a Bangles fan, so I was extra excited to discover this read. This book is fun, playful, steamy and such a great escapist read for anyone who isn't a rock star or in the music business!
This was probably my favorite romance read of 2023.
Jane Start is broke and recently single musician whose one hit wonder 10 years ago continues to plague her existence. When a series of events on a plane trip introduce her to an intriguing Oxford professor, Jane is attracted and inspired. But both of them keep a lot of secrets and as Jane’s past reaches into her present, complications arise.
It’s frank, funny and steamy with a very British vibe. The insider view into the entertainment industry and all the musical references are a huge plus. Highly recommend. 5 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for an advanced readers copy of this book.
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC of this book. This was a tough read for me. I liked it in the beginning but it started to fall flat about half way through. It felt like it could have been "more". Overall an ok read
As far as debut novels go this wasn't TERRIBLE but the character development was seriously lacking. Jane is a stock character that never really grows or changes over the course of the story and the supporting characters are just straight up forgettable. Overall, This Bird Has Flown is a disappointing read. It is a well-intentioned novel with some nice moments, but it is ultimately let down by its underdeveloped characters and predictable plot.
My reading tastes might continue to change over the years, but I’ll always be in the mood for stories like these. Definitely one riveting read for me.
I wanted to love this book. I idolized Susanna Hoffs and wanted to support her as an author as I have supported her in music. Unfortunately, the book fell flat for me. I didn't really like Jane, nor Tom really. The setup had lots of potential, but the story itself didn't take off.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
2.75 out of 5. I automatically requested this ARC as I am a huge fan of the Bangles and a book written by Susanna Hoffs I had to read. This might be a case of not all pretty voices are meant to narrate, I read this book fluctuating between the physical book and the audiobook and the voices were just not working for me, especially the male Tom one. I liked the concept of the book but i really did not understand the spark - why did she fall in love with him? Was it just physical?. I understood his attraction to her but here he barely said a word and its the love of her life. Insta love is a trope I am noy a fan of. There are some cool aspects, especially all the behind the music scenes, and that's where the author clearly shows who she is as she has all the inside info for it.
Side note: it was pretty obvious Jonesy is based on Prince and prince wrote one of the standouts of the Bangles so is art imitating life here? i want to read the non fiction stories of Susanna with Prince and all his behind the scenes drama!
I loved this book! I will definitely recommend it. Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
The book blurb hooked me immediately. Unfortunately, the story itself was not very compelling. Thank you NetGalley for the advance ecopy.
I really wanted to like this book. I put it aside a few months ago and then revisited it this past week but couldn’t get past the first few chapters. I really didn’t like the writing style.
I tried to read this ARC, couldn't get into it, and once the audio was out I tried a second time and didn't even get as far as the first time.
I wanted to like this so badly but I it wasn't well-written and I already felt totally lost only a few chapters in. I couldn't follow what was happening and had no investment in the story. Ultimately, this was a flop for me.
Thank you for the advanced reader copy of this book. This is the first book in a long time that I have not finished- I just can not get in to this story. I’m hoping to circle back eventually but it just did not grab me.
Did not finish. Could not get past the first few pages due to the writing style and the clunky dialogue.
I loved this in the beginning, but ultimately it fell a little flat for me. The story was a bit difficult to follow at times and I just didn't find the characters relatable. Thank you for this advanced copy!
The Bird Has Flown was a delightful surprise! I enjoyed the characters and plot and recommend you pick this book up! Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for the ARC!
This was also one of my most anticipated books of spring, mostly because I was curious to check out a book by the lead singer of the Bangles. Jane is a singer who years ago had a breakout hit when she covered a song by a superstar singer. She’s still struggling to get back on top, when she meets an Oxford professor named Tom on a flight to London. They are instantly enamored of one another, but she starts to think things aren’t quite as they seem.
I was obviously hopeful about this one, but it just didn’t deliver. The instant love story didn’t quite work for me–I didn’t feel their connection, or why Jane was so fixated on Tom. Jane was hard to pinpoint, with her lack of confidence and what felt like overdramatic reactions to many things. Kind of a disappointment, and one I maybe should have put down.
This was a fun but predictable read - there's a bit of a Jane Eyre/Mr. Rochester vibe with instalove and complete abandonment for all responsibility. To say their romance is whirlwind is an understatement, but it's a fun one. Susanna Hoffs has so much potential, and I look forward to her next book!
Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Fun and funny contemporary romance. Protagonist Jane is a one hit wonder. Years ago she made it big with a cover of a little known song by famous rockstar Jonesy. But her sophomore album wasn't well recieved, and her career's been on a downward slide since then. Her best friend and agent, Pippa, has never given up on her though. When Pippa invites her to stay for a while at her London home, Jane jumps at the chance. She's just looking for a place to relax, but she may just find more than she expected. On the plane to London, she sits next to a handsome literature professor, Tom, and they hit it off immediately. It's a whirlwind romance... until the past intrudes. At the same time, Jane gets an exciting career opportunity. Will things work out for Jane, or will everything fall apart? Pick up This Bird has Flown and find out.
I really enjoyed this musical romance. I adored Jane, and truly felt for her as she struggled with feeling like a has-been and watching her boyfriend "trade her in for a younger model". She definitely needed a fresh start. Sure, the romance is insta-love, but that can be fun too. I did like Tom as a love interest, though not so much all the secrets. The secondary characters added a lot to the story: love to Pippa, Will, Alfie, Professor Thornbury, and even ol' Leopard Pants. One of the best parts of the story for me was watching Jane take back her power and go for what she actually wanted.
You can clearly feel the author's connection to the music world in this story. I got a lot of laughs out of this one, and would recommend.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Perfectly fine contemporary fiction with an interesting main character and a plot that kinda just exists. I don't think I would call it "funny" or "steamy" though. In fact I'm struggling to find any adjectives to describe it at all.