Book Review | Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker

Alecia Whitaker
Advance Reader Copy, 307 pages
Publication date:
July 1st 2014
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A couple of days ago in a conversation with one of my best friends who has endured much of heartache and has experienced love numerous times in which I asked her if she had the talent would she ever write about her experiences and sing about them? Her answer was of course yes. Unfortunately both my friend and I lack the skills to do so. This however is not an issue for 16 year old Bird Barrett, who has grown up traveling on the road playing shows with her family, all of whom are musically inclined.

I just love how passionate Bird was about music and performing, and it showed well through the pages as a result of the writing. It was also endearing how Bird’s passion for music was only exceeded by her love for her family and for the boy she has had a crush on for awhile. It was also interesting to experience an inside look at what’s it like to travel, live and work with your family, and it was nice getting a peek into the thoughts of one performer as it gives readers an idea of how performers thinks and their views the events that occur before, after and during a live performance.

However, what I enjoyed the majority about Wildflower was the portrayal of a family on the road together, even they weren’t perfect, they always tried to be supportive and there for each other in times of need. I also liked seeing Bird develop a friendship with a Stella, who was her age; it was nice seeing her finally have someone to confide in who could really understand some of teenaged emotions she was going through.

Thus, while the Cinderella like story of a girl being discovered and suddenly thrust into the spotlight and becoming a celebrity, is not a new concept or anything, the sweet moments that Bird has with her mom, dad, brothers, her mentor, Shannon and her friend Stella in addition to a few cute moments with her love interest, Adam made Wildflower a cute and fluffy read for the summer. As a result, even though I wasn’t thrilled when I heard this would only be the first book in the series, after finishing Wildflower, I am seriously considering picking up the next book in the series so that I can read more of Bird’s story.

If you like this book, you’ll love: Open Road Summer by Emory Lord

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.


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