Bullet Point-Review: This Is What It Feels Like, Rebecca Barrow

Hi friends! I am thrilled today to talk about a book I’ve been anticipating for a little while now and… really happy to be able to hype this up, too, because it really deserves ALL the hype.

πŸ“š The book

Rebecca Barrow, This Is What It Feels Like, Published by Harper Teen, November 6th, 2018.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5It doesn’t matter what the prize for the Sun City Originals contest is this year.

Who cares that’s it’s fifteen grand? Who cares about a gig opening for one of the greatest bands to ever play this town?

Not Dia, that’s for sure. Because Dia knows that without a band, she hasn’t got a shot at winning Sun City. Because ever since Hanna’s drinking took over her life, Dia and Jules haven’t been in it. And ever since Hanna left β€” well, there hasn’t been a band.

It used to be the three of them, Dia, Jules, and Hanna, messing around and making music and planning for the future. But that was then, and this is now β€” and now means a baby, a failed relationship, a stint in rehab, all kinds of off beats that have interrupted the rhythm of their friendship. No contest can change that. Right?

But like the lyrics of a song you used to play on repeat, there’s no forgetting a best friend. And for Dia, Jules, and Hanna, this impossible challenge β€” to ignore the past, in order to jumpstart the future β€” will only become possible if they finally make peace with the girls they once were, and the girls they are finally letting themselves be.

Before getting into this, the biggest thank you and shout out to my incredible bookish fairy Laura @ Green Tea & Paperbacks for sending me her ARC of this book. You’re the sweetest and I am so, so very thankful.



  • Okay I know this is not an argument, but DID YOU SEE THIS COVER? I am so in love with it.
  • I loved that friendship was at the heart of this book. It’s all about a beautiful, broken friendship between three amazing girls and I absolutely loved seeing them reconnecting, little by little. I loved them so much.
  • This book has three different POV and I liked how distinct their voices felt. I also liked ALL of the characters equally, something that rarely happens.
  • YES the characters. They’re all wonderfully diverse: two out of three MCs are POC (Jules and Dia), though I am not certain of their specific ethnicities. We also have one sapphic MC (Jules). AND the softest, most adorable f/f romance.
  • All three girls dealt with issues, some more intense than others. From being a young mother, to acoholism to heartbreak to insecurities, they all had their own issues and their own, beautiful character arc and growth. I loved following this so much.
  • The music parts of this book were really great, too – we could see the passion driving these three girls, the alive feeling when they played together and I loved seeing characters so passionate.
  • Also the family vibes and parents vibes. GREAT, supportive parents on Dia’s side and a soft and sweet and really good sister relationship between Hanna and her sister Molly.




  • I’m… honestly I feel bad for leaving this category here. I am having that frustrating feeling when something was missing for it to be a 5-star read, but I can’t quite put my finger on it, so… let’s leave it at that and forgive me?


Great character developement, tackling realistic, harsh issues at times, beautiful friendship focus and badass girls band. That’s what you’ll get when reading This Is What It Feels Like and, honestly, I will be recommending this book multiple times, because it was GREAT.

Final rating: 4,5 drops!


Trigger warnings: one of the main characters deals with alcohol addiction. There is also mention of a death (car accident), but it is not narrated in details.

Do you want to read This Is What It Feels Like? Why, or why not?

Do you have any recommendations of books featuring great friendships? I’d love to hear them! Let me know in comments!

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43 thoughts on “Bullet Point-Review: This Is What It Feels Like, Rebecca Barrow

    1. Ahh I hope you’ll get to read it soon Kate, it was amazing! ❀️ I found it to be very character-driven, so… my favorite kind of read, really. These characters were fantastic ❀️
      Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚


  1. Great review for this book Marie, I know how much you love books with such strong friendships so I’m not surprised this got such a high rating from you. πŸ˜€ I get what you mean though because sometimes a book can have all the right things, and there are no obvious negatives, but there’s some small spark missing that stops it from being a five star read. This is What It Feels Like sounds like an incredible read, with amazing representation and important topics to discuss as well. πŸ™‚ I may have to add this to my TBR list as well, I love books with great friendships too. πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so much Beth! ❀ Ahah yes, it's not that surprising given how much I love friendships in books and that one had plenty πŸ˜€
      I'm so happy you added it to your list and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did! ❀

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  2. Okay, I agree with you a 100% about that cover. Like, it’s so adorable, I can’t take it. Could I please look that cute when laughing? I love that this book is about girl bands. Any mention of girl bands puts me in such a 90s sort of mood. And I totally get what you mean about the five star rating. I feel the same way sometime. I’m like, “I can’t think of anything specific I didn’t like about this book….but it doesn’t feel like a five star?” Anywaysssss thanks for another wonderful review, as always πŸ™‚

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    1. Ahah I’m glad I’m not the only one, it is kind of frustrating when we can’t quite put our finger on what was wrong in a book, yet somehow it doesn’t feel like a 5-stars, either, haha; πŸ™‚
      I hope you’ll get to read that one someday, it was really great πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much Kat! ❀

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