Title: Face the Music
Author: Dany Sirene
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Tyler, Dylan
Sub-Genre: Time-travel, Romance
Tyler thinks making out on stage with his bandmate is just a publicity stunt—until his father cancels his allowance and he’s forced to take a real job. Working in a record store feels plebian enough, but when Tyler wakes up nearly twenty years in the past, he finds that working in that same record store seventeen years ago is a whole different scene. His one bright spot is a chance to be in a band with a guy named Dylan—but Dylan’s problems with the 1995 music scene aren’t the only obstacles in their way.
Several months ago a read a book by this author and I really liked it, so I was pretty excited to read this book. Although, I admit I didn’t like this book as much as I did the other one, I did enjoy the journey Ms. Sirene took me on this story through the eyes of of the main character, Tyler.
Like most young people, Tyler wants to be famous. He loves the attention he gets by being in a band, so when his band breaks up because of a failed publicity stunt, he’s devastated. The next day he wakes up in 1995, and although everything is different some things stay the same. His parents are still his parents, but they dress and now have the nineties feel about them. He realizes he still has the same job at the record store he had in the future, so he shows up for work, confused but fascinated by the differences between the past and future.
Tyler then meets a co-worker who wants him to try out for his band, he does, but one of the band members, Dylan, immediately chastises him and so Tyler doesn’t get the position. The next day Dylan approaches him and invites Tyler to be in the band. As the two men start connecting over music and their mutual attraction for each other, Tyler begins to realize that he’s fallen for Dylan and wonders if they will eventually be separated by Dylan’s past hurts and time itself.
I liked this book, but I admit there were times I felt a little lost. I really enjoyed watching Tyler travel back in time and seeing the differences just seventeen years have made in all of our lives. I thought the author did a great job at writing about both the technological and the way peoples’ attitudes about things have changed. I even liked Tyler as a hero. At first, he’s a little self-centered and has his head in the clouds when it comes to being a successful star. And as the story evolved, so did Tyler. He starts seeing music as something he loves again, and not just an avenue to be famous and to make a lot of money. He definitely matures in front of our eyes, and I enjoyed watching him come into his own man.
Dylan is also an interesting character. He’s experienced a lot of loss and hurt in his past and because of it, he doesn’t have the best reputation within his peers. But once he meets Tyler, he starts working through his sorrow and loss and becomes a really good partner with Tyler. I loved how they made beautiful music together and I really enjoyed watching them fall in love.
The reason I gave this book 3.5 stars is because the book confused me in a few places…especially at the end of the book. I was left wondering if everything really happened the way Tyler thought, or if it was just a dream. When Tyler meets future Dylan again, it’s like nothing ever happened, but did it? In the end I was left scratching my head and wondering what really went on and what was reality or not. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the story this author told. I liked revisiting the nineties and seeing how much things have changed, if this is something that will interest you, you should check it out.
Reviewed By: Gabbi