Ebony LaDelle | Love Radio

The Book: 

Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle
Published May 31st 2022 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date read: April 26, 2022

The Characters: 


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Prince Jones is the guy with all the answers—or so it seems. After all, at seventeen, he has his own segment on Detroit’s popular hip-hop show, Love Radio, where he dishes out advice to the brokenhearted.

Prince has always dreamed of becoming a DJ and falling in love. But being the main caretaker for his mother, who has multiple sclerosis, and his little brother means his dreams will stay just that and the only romances in his life are the ones he hears about from his listeners.

Until he meets Dani Ford.

Dani isn’t checking for anybody. She’s focused on her plan: ace senior year, score a scholarship, and move to New York City to become a famous author. But her college essay keeps tripping her up and acknowledging what’s blocking her means dealing with what happened at that party a few months ago.

And that’s one thing Dani can’t do.

When the romantic DJ meets the ambitious writer, sparks fly. Prince is smitten, but Dani’s not looking to get derailed. She gives Prince just three dates to convince her that he’s worth falling for.

Three dates for the love expert to take his own advice, and just maybe change two lives forever.

The Review: 

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this complimentary copy and to Simon Audio for the ALC in exchange for an honest review!

Love Radio is a very cute YA romance about a writer (Dani) and a DJ (Prince). I loved the theme of the importance of family, especially with regards to Prince’s character.

I usually feel more of a connection to the female main character in romances for obvious reasons, but in Love Radio, Prince was my clear favorite. He was the absolute sweetest. I loved his interactions with his mom and little brother, his dedication to his DJing job, and his courtesy towards Dani.

Dani was great as well, though. I definitely related to the way she used journaling and writing to help process her trauma. She would write (unsent) letters to her heroes about how she wished she could be more like them, and asking them for help with her problems. It was such a healthy means of self-therapy!

There are some trigger warnings associated with this book, but I definitely think it’s a worthwhile read for many young adults.

QOTD: Do you have a favorite song or musician? I’m not much of a music listener, I usually choose audiobooks! It’s a fun theme for a story, though.

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