I received The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I give it 5/5 stars.
Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.
But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger. (Goodreads)
Okay, here's the thing....I wasn't sure The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes was going to be a book for me. I typically don't read books where the main character is 15 or younger, but at a certain point, I was hooked. Despite Victoria making some bad calls and despite the love interest appearing to be a typical "bad boy" who hooks up with girls and can't remember their names, I fell for this book. HARD.
Victoria is an overworked fifteen-year-old with a golden voice and strict parents. They want her to go to Harvard (it's not mentioned, or I missed it, what she's going to Harvard for) and being in a rock band is not on their agenda for her. Throughout this fun story, we witness Victoria's ups and downs and live vicariously through her. She's surrounded by lovable, complex, real characters in her family and friend group, and I wanted to be part of them by the end of the book. There were total swoon moments and moments where I was like, "Oh no, Victoria, what are you doing?"
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It's a fun, wild ride filled with music and friends and drama and mixed feelings and aaaah. Just do yourself a favor and buy it.
The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes was published September 19, 2017.