2017 Young Adult Book of the Year – Independent Author Network
Tomboy Cam Swayne is determined that football hero Jake Phillips keep his eyes firmly on her. After all, she’s been his since before she was born.
Cam has grown up literally next to Jake. They live next door and share a treehouse. They’ve played together on the street and at the lake since she could walk. Plus, they’ve saved each other in some pretty miraculous ways that even their parents find hard to believe. So, it’s only natural that when hormones kick in, Cam feels like Jake belongs only to her. And heaven help anyone that stands in Cam’s way.
What does get in the way? Just their three-year age difference while she’s in middle school, and he’s in high school. And his long line of “gaggling geese” that follow him like he’s a boyband superstar. And the illness Jake hides from everyone until his devotion to Cam makes it an impossibility.
Will Cam and Jake ever get their country love song happy ending?
Inspired by Taylor Swift songs, this is a story of aching love and loss and learning to live through life in all its pain and glory.
The BookLife Prize calls it “fast-paced, stirring, beautifully written and a pleasure to read”.
July Pitch Perfect Finalist for Underground Book Reviews
Other Reviewers say,
“Love is messy, it’s raw & imperfect…this novel shows that real love is worth all the fuss.”
“This book crushed my soul in the most beautiful way.”
“Cam & Jake ripped out my heart.”
“It’s about Family & Friendship & the ties that bind us all together. It’s about Determination. It’s about Hope. And it’s about Never Giving Up.”
“There’s a lyricism to Evans’ writing.”
“It’s like Taylor (Swift) & the author were on the same page.”
“I was driven to read their life story & it was so beautifully done, every word & scene.”
“Heart wrenching & beautiful storytelling!!!”
“What an amazing story of true friendship & love. I couldn’t put this book down.”
“Ms. Evans took my breath away. She took my heart and soul and rearranged it with the lyrical fluidity of Jake and Cami’s journey.”
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LJ Evans lives in California’s Central Valley with her husband, daughter, and the three terrors called cats. She’s been writing almost as a compulsion since she was a little girl where she was both inspired and spurred on by her older sister. While she currently spends her days teaching 1st grade in a local public school, she spends her personal time as a voracious reader, writing, binge watching original shows like The Crown, and traveling with her family. My life as a country album is her debut novel and won 1st Place in the Young Adult category and 2nd Place in the 2017 Fiction Book of the Year Awards for the Independent Author Network. She is also the author of several completed screenplays that have gone to the quarter and semi-finals of The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, The International Screen Writing Awards, and the Writer’s Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition.