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Hitch meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this witty and romantic teen novel about a self-professed teen love doctor with a popular radio segment who believes he can get a girl who hates all things romance to fall in love with him in only three dates. Prince Jones is the guy with all the answers—or so it seems. After all, at seventeen, he has his ow Hitch meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this witty and romantic teen novel about a self-professed teen love doctor with a popular radio segment who believes he can get a girl who hates all things romance to fall in love with him in only three dates. 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.


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Hitch meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this witty and romantic teen novel about a self-professed teen love doctor with a popular radio segment who believes he can get a girl who hates all things romance to fall in love with him in only three dates. Prince Jones is the guy with all the answers—or so it seems. After all, at seventeen, he has his ow Hitch meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this witty and romantic teen novel about a self-professed teen love doctor with a popular radio segment who believes he can get a girl who hates all things romance to fall in love with him in only three dates. 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.

30 review for Love Radio

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    One of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time. Romance is definitely a big part of it but at the heart of it is a really powerful, black coming of age story. I loved this so much. Thank you to the publisher for my digital ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kasia

    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** Prince has been having a crush on Danielle for a long time. She is focused on learning and finishing her collage admissions. After accidentally meeting in a library he is convincing her to give him a chance - 3 dates to make her fall for him - and the love story ensues. And not just any love story but one that is build on respect, courtesy and mutual support. It's a YA but uncharacteristically for this genre there is not even one toxi **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** Prince has been having a crush on Danielle for a long time. She is focused on learning and finishing her collage admissions. After accidentally meeting in a library he is convincing her to give him a chance - 3 dates to make her fall for him - and the love story ensues. And not just any love story but one that is build on respect, courtesy and mutual support. It's a YA but uncharacteristically for this genre there is not even one toxic relationship - Prince and Dani have both really wholesome connections with their families and friends. Sometimes even to the point of over explaining and over validating all the emotions. So while I can't stress enough how important it is to show a healthy teenage love I found this one to be lacking in the chemistry department. They are helping each other grow, encouraging themselves to dream bigger and wanting harder and yet it was still hard for me to believe that there was any love involved. Maybe I am just too cynical but both Prince and Danielle seemed pretty stoic and even the extravagant dates they had didn't convince me that they had this blooming affection. Sprinkle it with a dialog that occasionally comes across stilted and I finished it being a bit meh about it. To sum it up: I feel like its a must-read for high school kids but for older readers it can be a bit too pedagogic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    kate

    Tenderly exploring trauma, passion, being a young carer, planning for your future and the power of both music and words, Love Radio is an adorable and heartfelt coming-of-age romance celebrating Black love. TW: sexual assault

  4. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    This fun YA novel of relationships and belonging to one's self has great characters, a delightful soundtrack (yes, I'm anticipating playlists across music apps to reflect what's in the book), and a playful engagement with Black romantic films. That doesn't mean there isn't challenge, lots of obstacles to choosing not to change or grow, or take risks for love, or otherwise there would be no story, and no reflection of the music and movies that are so deeply interwoven in the text. Recommended for This fun YA novel of relationships and belonging to one's self has great characters, a delightful soundtrack (yes, I'm anticipating playlists across music apps to reflect what's in the book), and a playful engagement with Black romantic films. That doesn't mean there isn't challenge, lots of obstacles to choosing not to change or grow, or take risks for love, or otherwise there would be no story, and no reflection of the music and movies that are so deeply interwoven in the text. Recommended for individuals, lovers of romance, and those who appreciate characters past stock and into interesting and sweetly imperfect. I read this an ARC and everything in the ARC says: get it, share it, request it for your local library.

  5. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    ARC received! Thank you, Simon & Schuster Books for YR! This sounds so freaking adorable, a self-proclaimed love doctor...hahaha...I love that! And don't even get me started on this gorgeous cover. I'm so stoked to jump into this one! ARC received! Thank you, Simon & Schuster Books for YR! This sounds so freaking adorable, a self-proclaimed love doctor...hahaha...I love that! And don't even get me started on this gorgeous cover. I'm so stoked to jump into this one!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Never Without a Book

    The book hit the spot! So cute and hard to put down.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Faith Simon

    (CW: SA). Once again, just after the book I previously read before this, this is a wonderful depiction of the difference in classes and the overt challenges of the working class, put on display by Prince's lack of college applications and future ambitions due to his grown-up role of being the man of the house due to his ill mother. Prince is thrust into the role after his father abandons the family upon learning of his mother's illness. Despite all of theses obstacles, Prince constantly remains o (CW: SA). Once again, just after the book I previously read before this, this is a wonderful depiction of the difference in classes and the overt challenges of the working class, put on display by Prince's lack of college applications and future ambitions due to his grown-up role of being the man of the house due to his ill mother. Prince is thrust into the role after his father abandons the family upon learning of his mother's illness. Despite all of theses obstacles, Prince constantly remains optimistic and is universally loved across his community for his radio show segment. He has recently been heartbroken by his ex, but he still harbors a soft-spot for his crush since middle school, Danielle. We've got Danielle, a girl who is still reeling from the events of a party she went to months ago, who's been reclused for the past few months, trying to differentiate between her real friends and her fake ones. She is very slow and hesitant to trust, she has had a wonderful relationship with both her parents until recently, because she can't tell them what happened at the party and they can tell something is wrong with their daughter. In comes Prince, charming, love-expert, all the girls love him. Just the type of guy that Danielle thinks she knows all about already. Or does she? Basically this is a wonderful story about learning there's more to meets-the-eye than a cocky know-it-all voice from the radio, and more than a rigid, flaky, timid girl who's slow to trust. This is a coming of age story about two characters learning to open up to each other, challenging our misconceptions about love and class, and most importantly, is a great addition to a wonderful genre of black pure wholesomeness. This book is heavy at times, but most of the time remains lighthearted. This is a happy-feeling book about two black teens, who are just living their lives as black people and loving and being loved, being happy. These stories are beyond refreshing and vital to exist. The relationship that Prince has with his friends is super lovely and healthy/ supportive, pretty much the healthiest masculinity I've ever seen in a male friend group, Prince is a TRUE feminist for keeping his friends in check. This story showcases some of the purest most amazing friendships between characters. I was also kind of a bit confused about the setting of this book, they used Canadian school terms like grade eight and twelfth grade instead of senior, etc. But there were no other indications of Canadian-ness, the author is not from there, and the characters both aspire to go to school in New York. So I'm just confused where this takes place. This being said, I'm going to go into one of my biggest hindrances to my enjoyment of this story. Some warning for minor spoilers ahead, as it does have to do with Dani and Prince's "first" meeting, read ahead with caution. Basically, Prince approaches Dani in the library, long story short she sees he has childrens' books (for his little brother but unbeknownst to her) and tells him that she isn't interested in guys with kids. Well basically, he rips her a damn new one for that, because one of his best friends is a teenage father and has a daughter who the entire squad adores, and then after that every single character in the story is telling Dani that she's an asshole and telling Prince that she was absolutely whack for saying that to him. Dani eventually feels bad and goes over to apologize. This felt to me like a gigantic AITA post mid-plot. My question is, why are we demonizing women that don't want children? As someone who remains childfree, this strong judgmental subtext towards women that don't want children just felt very ick to me. Like, Danielle is a literal teenager and her FATHER is telling her she's wrong for having said that? I don't think it was judgmental for her to say that, definitely jumping to conclusions, but a quick correction would have sufficed rather than a character-wide Danielle-witch-hunt. Long story short, how DARE Danielle enforce any sort of boundaries, and that just rubbed me the wrong way the entire rest of the story. I think this was a terrible and toxic way to start their relationship, just because Danielle doesn't want to date a man with kids doesn't mean she's immediately judgmental of others with children. I questioned all of her characters' autonomy after that.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia

    Me, the entire book: 🥹 Such a tender and earnest exploration of family, love, friendship, and hardship. I loved the gentle conversation of dealing with trauma, the genuine growth and communication, the empowerment and support between friends, family, and partners. Everything about this felt raw and honest and sweet. What a beautiful illustration and commentary on black joy and power. I’m bettered having read (listened to) this. We love Prince. We love how he treated Dani. We love their communica Me, the entire book: 🥹 Such a tender and earnest exploration of family, love, friendship, and hardship. I loved the gentle conversation of dealing with trauma, the genuine growth and communication, the empowerment and support between friends, family, and partners. Everything about this felt raw and honest and sweet. What a beautiful illustration and commentary on black joy and power. I’m bettered having read (listened to) this. We love Prince. We love how he treated Dani. We love their communication. We love their families. We love book geeks and music geeks. We love love damnit. (Spoiler ahead) And that third act break up was actually handled pretty well. Could have done without it tho 4.5⭐️ I laughed I cried I felt all the sweet things

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    ✨ Review ✨ Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle Featuring 2 High School seniors, this book is described as Hitch meets The Sun Is Also a Star which was such an apt description. Radio DJ and self-professed love doctor Prince convinces Dani to go on three dates to fall in love with him. Dani loves writing and has big dreams of NYC but is caught up in bad memories and trauma of an event that happened at a party earlier that year. Throughout, Dani and Prince explore the meaning of the relationships in their l ✨ Review ✨ Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle Featuring 2 High School seniors, this book is described as Hitch meets The Sun Is Also a Star which was such an apt description. Radio DJ and self-professed love doctor Prince convinces Dani to go on three dates to fall in love with him. Dani loves writing and has big dreams of NYC but is caught up in bad memories and trauma of an event that happened at a party earlier that year. Throughout, Dani and Prince explore the meaning of the relationships in their lives - friends, family, and romance - and Dani comes to find the importance of self-love and communication. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: YA m/f contemporary romance Location: Detroit, MI Reminds me of: Ibi Zoboi Pub Date: May 31, 2022 I love that this provides a story that celebrates Black joy, self-love, and the city of Detroit -- three things that don't always feature prominently in the fiction that surrounds us. The music references and description of Detroit recognize the beauty that the city holds instead of mourning its economic decline, racial issues, or other negative things normally tied to the city. The story, while not shying away from racism or other messy social issues, is a story of Black joy more than of suffering or trauma. Have your music streaming app open as you listen - you'll find tons of references to explore and play a soundtrack alongside! This is definitely a YA book and might not appeal to all adult readers, but I loved the representation the author provided here. It reminded me a bit of Ibi Zoboi and Elizabeth Acevedo's YA books in the style of narration and featured topics. Read this if you like: ⭕️ music - so many amazing music references! ⭕️ stories with a range of love relationships - self love, friend and family love, romantic love ⭕️ cute thoughtful dates between the main characters Thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and #netgalley for an e-copy of this book, and to Simon & Schuster Book Club Favorites for the advanced print copy!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Richelle Robinson

    Thank you Simon Teen for my review copy. My thoughts: “How self-love cannot flourish in isolation and how I must give myself the love I dream of receiving. That in healing from whatever hurt I experienced, whatever has caused me to retreat, nothing will change unless I commit to the change.” This quote right here!!!! I really enjoyed this story, the characters, the vibes. I loved the message about how it’s important to lean on friends and family in times of need. If you’re a fan of young adult book Thank you Simon Teen for my review copy. My thoughts: “How self-love cannot flourish in isolation and how I must give myself the love I dream of receiving. That in healing from whatever hurt I experienced, whatever has caused me to retreat, nothing will change unless I commit to the change.” This quote right here!!!! I really enjoyed this story, the characters, the vibes. I loved the message about how it’s important to lean on friends and family in times of need. If you’re a fan of young adult books please check this one out!

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Review to come!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lee (Books With Lee)

    4.5 rounded up

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Proceed With Caution: This book contains sexual assault and an MS relapse. The Basics: Love Radio is narrated by seventeen-year-olds Danielle and Prince. Danielle isn't sure if love is in the cards for her, certainly not the type of love shown in the 90's movies her mother loves. Meanwhile, Prince is known as DJ LoveJones as he gives relationship advice on the radio. Now, it's time for him to take his own advice as he pursues a relationship with Danielle, after saying he can get her to fall in love Proceed With Caution: This book contains sexual assault and an MS relapse. The Basics: Love Radio is narrated by seventeen-year-olds Danielle and Prince. Danielle isn't sure if love is in the cards for her, certainly not the type of love shown in the 90's movies her mother loves. Meanwhile, Prince is known as DJ LoveJones as he gives relationship advice on the radio. Now, it's time for him to take his own advice as he pursues a relationship with Danielle, after saying he can get her to fall in love in only three dates. My Thoughts: Love Radio sounded like it was going to be a sweet and fun romance between a supposed love expert and a nonbeliever. For the most part it was, but there were some things that did bother me that kept me from getting sucked into Prince and Danielle's story. I did love how it tackled some serious issues with love and caring such as Prince taking care of his mom who has MS and one of Danielle's friends puts on a hair show to show that Black is beautiful and not just a trend! There were a few inconsistencies that bothered me in Love Radio. The first being that Prince says he needs to plan three great dates on a budget. But then for the first date he buys Danielle custom rollerskates and gourmet donuts. Then on the second date takes her to a nice meal and buys her expensive gifts. And on a non-date, when they're just hanging out, she offers to buy lunch and he refuses. How is any of this "on a budget?" Then there was Dani who says she doesn't want to date someone who will "settle" and hold her back, when Prince never once said anything about wanting her to stay in Detriot. She's free to go to college wherever she wants! Prince was encouraging her to follow her dreams! That just felt like some way to add extra drama where there was none, and it was actually never even mentioned again. Prince and Danielle do have some super cute moments together. Even though I found his persistence aggravating at first, he did win me over when he helped her take out her braids. That is a long and very unfun process, that is definitely done better as a team! Sure, he offered as a way to get close to her, but he didn't try anything funny. He genuinely tried getting to know her. It was sweet. He also put a lot of thought and effort into their dates, making sure he was choosing things that she'd enjoy and spark some joy in this girl who's feeling down. I also appreciated the author covering Danielle's trauma. While I feel like it was just shoehorned in at times, as it was just randomly brought up, only to disappear again, it's an important topic. Danielle hasn't been herself for months now, cutting herself off from her friends, and not leaving the house. But we're only told these things kind of superficially, since the focus is on her dating Prince. When it does come up though, it's hard hitting. It's a real thing that teen girls experience and it's scary. There's no one to turn to, because society makes them feel like they brought it upon themselves. That's not okay. I'm glad Danielle was able to open up about it through her writing. Love Radio has a lot of good things going for it, but not all of it came together. It's definitely worth a read though. Read more at Pinkadot Pages.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    A beautiful story about two Black teens falling in love over the course of their senior year. Set in Detroit, Michigan, this debut YA romance gave me all the feels!! Prince is a music DJ and self-proclaimed "Love Doctor," doling out relationship advice during his radio show. Dani is focused on getting into NYC and pursuing her love of Black women writers like Maya Angelou, Bell Hooks and Toni Morrison. The two bond over their passions for music and books and I really loved how strong a caregiver A beautiful story about two Black teens falling in love over the course of their senior year. Set in Detroit, Michigan, this debut YA romance gave me all the feels!! Prince is a music DJ and self-proclaimed "Love Doctor," doling out relationship advice during his radio show. Dani is focused on getting into NYC and pursuing her love of Black women writers like Maya Angelou, Bell Hooks and Toni Morrison. The two bond over their passions for music and books and I really loved how strong a caregiver Prince was for both his mother dealing with MS and his brother with ADHD. Mental health is also given a strong focus in this book as Dani tries to cope with a sexual assault trauma, ultimately seeking help through therapy. Highly recommended for fans of books like Excuse me while I ugly cry by Joya Goffney and Happily ever afters by Elise Bryant. Great on audio with two narrators for each character. Much thanks to NetGalley and Simon Schuster Canada for my advance review copy!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Sweet, tender, and uplifting! Love Radio is a bighearted, passionate tale that takes you into the lives of two main characters. Prince, a young DJ who spends most of his days juggling school, a radio slot, and taking care of his disabled mother and young brother, and Danielle, a high school senior struggling to socialize and do the thing she’s always loved to do, write, after being violated one night at a college party. The writing is smooth and fluid. The characters are well-drawn, genuine, and k Sweet, tender, and uplifting! Love Radio is a bighearted, passionate tale that takes you into the lives of two main characters. Prince, a young DJ who spends most of his days juggling school, a radio slot, and taking care of his disabled mother and young brother, and Danielle, a high school senior struggling to socialize and do the thing she’s always loved to do, write, after being violated one night at a college party. The writing is smooth and fluid. The characters are well-drawn, genuine, and kind. And the plot is the perfect blend of heart, hope, humour, drama, and emotion. Love Radio is, ultimately, a story about coming-of-age, life, friendship, family, self-discovery, culture, trauma, responsibilities, patience, independence, and the joys of falling in love. It’s an empowering, charming, heart-tugging novel by LaDelle that’s also a true love letter to the city of Detroit, Motown, and some of the greatest authors of all time. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Love Radio follows the narrative of two teens, Prince and Danielle, through alternating povs. Set in the Motor City, I was eager to delve into this book as I recognized all the sights and sounds detailed throughout the book. It showcases the beauty and culture of Detroit and the surrounding areas that I love and frequently visit. This YA novel plays off of some fun romance tropes as Danielle is a girl who hates romance coms and focuses on school, not boys. Meanwhile, Prince is the friend giving Love Radio follows the narrative of two teens, Prince and Danielle, through alternating povs. Set in the Motor City, I was eager to delve into this book as I recognized all the sights and sounds detailed throughout the book. It showcases the beauty and culture of Detroit and the surrounding areas that I love and frequently visit. This YA novel plays off of some fun romance tropes as Danielle is a girl who hates romance coms and focuses on school, not boys. Meanwhile, Prince is the friend giving love advice and even has his own relationship radio show. The juxtapositions of the two make for an interesting romance to bloom and pulls the reader into the story immediately. Read the full book review on the blog at: https://www.lifeofafemalebibliophile....

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katherine D. Morgan

    CW: attempted assault 4.5 stars. First of all, what a gorgeous cover! So beautiful. This was such a beautiful YA, and I think that the author handled tough issues—such as being the caretaker for your parent to an attempted sexual assault—really well, especially for a teenage audience. Prince and Danielle are characters that you absolutely root for together, but most importantly, you root for on their own. There’s a lot of growth that these characters go through that I don’t see very often in roman CW: attempted assault 4.5 stars. First of all, what a gorgeous cover! So beautiful. This was such a beautiful YA, and I think that the author handled tough issues—such as being the caretaker for your parent to an attempted sexual assault—really well, especially for a teenage audience. Prince and Danielle are characters that you absolutely root for together, but most importantly, you root for on their own. There’s a lot of growth that these characters go through that I don’t see very often in romance novels, whether for audience or teens. I think that Ebony LaDelle has crafted a book that is sure to stick with you for a long time. And secretly? I hope that Dani & Prince are 4EVA.

  18. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    dnf @ 21% wasn't amazed by the writing, but made the mistake of putting it down and just couldn't bring myself to continue reading so. first dnf of the year! Rep: Black mcs, Black side character with multiple sclerosis CWs: sexual assault dnf @ 21% wasn't amazed by the writing, but made the mistake of putting it down and just couldn't bring myself to continue reading so. first dnf of the year! Rep: Black mcs, Black side character with multiple sclerosis CWs: sexual assault

  19. 4 out of 5

    jay ☾

    4.5 ⭐️ this was so cute ☺️

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nnenna | scsreads

    Hands down one of the cutest things I've read this year- loved it! Full review to come. Hands down one of the cutest things I've read this year- loved it! Full review to come.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Keela

    I’ve got a Love Jones for this one! With a dimpled deejay named Prince and a book-loving writer named Dani, references to old school R&B and Black romance movies, what’s not to love about this one! It’s the kind of love story this Gen X’er would have wanted for herself. All the feels for this one!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Arnold

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5️⃣—I rate this 4 out of 5 stars. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for the ARC. I’m such a sucker for nostalgic stories of young black characters. This book had all the warm and fuzzy feelings of young love, fond memories of high school activities, and some valuable lessons for young people…. and seasoned people. Love Radio is about a young black high school teenaged boy named Prince. Prince has all the answers, is a nice young guy who’s passionate about music and helping others, specifical ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5️⃣—I rate this 4 out of 5 stars. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for the ARC. I’m such a sucker for nostalgic stories of young black characters. This book had all the warm and fuzzy feelings of young love, fond memories of high school activities, and some valuable lessons for young people…. and seasoned people. Love Radio is about a young black high school teenaged boy named Prince. Prince has all the answers, is a nice young guy who’s passionate about music and helping others, specifically helping taking care of his mom who has MS and assisting to raise his younger brother. Danielle is a young high school teenaged girl who loves books and writing. She has become a recluse and lacks trust in others due to an incident that occurred with her and some college boys. Danielle and Prince have a chance meeting, and charming all wise Prince tries to win the heart of the reluctant and suspicious Danielle. I enjoyed this story very much; it was a simple and easy read and I loved how the author paid tribute to the black culture in so many ways from the story taking place in Detroit and providing its history, to hair shows, dinner menu, music, the skating rink and more. I appreciate that the author showed how layered the two young characters were which showed maturity and can teach young readers how to process grief, sexual assault, and finding your voice. The author was conscious enough to touch on the value that books and music has (hints the title) along with showing the value in attending college and the importance of family. I would read more books by this author and am looking forward to what they write next. If you enjoy an innocent love story and black characters, then this is the book for you.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    This was a cute YA romance. Dani (Danielle) is a high school student who aspires to become an author. She experiences a traumatic situation and with the help of friends using writing to overcome it. She meets Prince who is a love DJ wise beyond his years, who bets her he can get her to fall in love in 3 dates. Meanwhile he really struggles to juggle his many responsibilities. The Love note truly brought tears to my eyes. Has MS rep, and trigger warning for SA.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caroline | howdidthatbookend

    https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/ebo... 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 absolut https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/ebo... 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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    tyler

    Truly the best YA rom-com I've read in a long time—in regards to both its romance and comedy. I stopped keeping count of how many times I literally laughed out loud and just smiled at my screen, all cheesy. LOVE RADIO embodies the best aspects of the genre without getting trapped in any of the pitfalls. At no point did it feel overly cutesy, contrived, or forced. I can't wait until everyone is talking about Dani and Prince, and I really can't wait until everyone knows the name Ebony LaDelle. Truly the best YA rom-com I've read in a long time—in regards to both its romance and comedy. I stopped keeping count of how many times I literally laughed out loud and just smiled at my screen, all cheesy. LOVE RADIO embodies the best aspects of the genre without getting trapped in any of the pitfalls. At no point did it feel overly cutesy, contrived, or forced. I can't wait until everyone is talking about Dani and Prince, and I really can't wait until everyone knows the name Ebony LaDelle.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brechae’

    Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing for an eARC of Love Radio in exchange for an honest review. Danielle aka Dani has big dreams of moving to NYC and becoming a famous author. She views her future as a means of escape from the events of a college party a few months ago. Since the party Dani has completely isolated herself from friends and isn’t being open with her parents. Prince has taken on the role of caregiver for his mother who has Multiple Sclerosis and his litt Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing for an eARC of Love Radio in exchange for an honest review. Danielle aka Dani has big dreams of moving to NYC and becoming a famous author. She views her future as a means of escape from the events of a college party a few months ago. Since the party Dani has completely isolated herself from friends and isn’t being open with her parents. Prince has taken on the role of caregiver for his mother who has Multiple Sclerosis and his little brother who has ADHD. On top of that he also is trying to finish senior year, maintain a social life and do his radio segment “Love Radio” where he offers relationship advice to all of Detroit. Prince makes a bet with Dani that he can make her fall in love with him after only 3 dates. Dani, being a huge skeptic of love doesn’t think it can happen, but she’s curious. She decides to give him the opportunity to try. LaDelle’s debut is an ode to Black Love and also a love letter to the city of Detroit. She writes about her hometown with such affection and great attention to detail. I’ve never been to the Motown Museum but her descriptions of it made me feel like I was reliving a memory of my own trip there. Many times during the novel Dani’s mom tells her that she deserves to have her own big love story. The powerful message LaDelle shares with readers through her characters: You matter. You are worthy of love but first it has to start with you! Things I LOVED: * Emphasis placed on Black and BIPOC teens * The way Prince and Dani’s friends showed up for them in big and small ways. * Dani and Prince both learning at a young age that it’s ok to ask for help and lean on your support system. * How thoughtful each one of their dates was and the gifts they gave one another! * The way the author handled Dani’s trauma and her healing process. * How gentle and sensitive Prince was to Dani’s feelings and need for space after learning what she went through. * All the references to Black culture via music, films, books, etc. * The letters Dani writes to her favorite Black female authors as well as the letter Prince writes to her *swoon* 💕 Overall Love Radio is a wonderful debut and I look forward to Ebony LaDelle’s future projects. Content Warning ⚠️: Sexual assault Parent with a degenerative disease

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)

    Prince Jones considers himself a doctor of love. At the age of seventeen, he has his own segment on Detroit’s Love Radio, giving the advice to the brokenhearted. He also gives love advice to his friends. But he hasn’t really fallen in love himself yet. However, being the main caretaker for his mother who has MS means he doesn’t have much time for his personal life. Meanwhile, Dani isn’t focused on finding love. She’s focused on her senior year plan: ace all her classes, get a scholarship, and mov Prince Jones considers himself a doctor of love. At the age of seventeen, he has his own segment on Detroit’s Love Radio, giving the advice to the brokenhearted. He also gives love advice to his friends. But he hasn’t really fallen in love himself yet. However, being the main caretaker for his mother who has MS means he doesn’t have much time for his personal life. Meanwhile, Dani isn’t focused on finding love. She’s focused on her senior year plan: ace all her classes, get a scholarship, and move to New York City. However, an incident at a college party is causing some serious writers block. It’s clear Dani and Prince have chemistry. Now, Prince has three dates to convince Dani he’s worth it. Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for an advanced copy of Love Radio to review! Intrigued by the premise of the book, I was excited to pick it up. Plus, it absolutely has a great cover! This is being pitched as Hitch meets The Sun is Also a Star, and that’s such a great way to describe it. I particularly liked that Prince is supposed to be this suave guy who has everything together, but he’s pretty clumsy on his dates with Dani. It made him more endearing as a character, and as Dani gets to know him, she realizes he’s completely different than his DJ persona. Dani’s journey toward working through her sexual assault also feels realistic. While at times, the flashbacks included were a bit confusing, the section breaks did help. Throughout the book, Prince knows that something maybe happened there, and he lets Dani take his time. Honestly, their whole realtionship was so sweet, and worked so well for this story. My only other complaint is that the passage of time wasn’t quite clear? It didn’t feel like that much time was passing, but then it would be like a month later. I think I just wanted an overall clearer timeline for the story. You should definitely pick up this book if you’re look for a romance to start your summer on. There’s so much to the story, and you’re sure to get sucked into Dani and Prince’s relationship from the beginning.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Murphy

    (3.5) I really enjoyed this! I am always a lover of black fiction that doesnt follow the struggle narrative and this was really sweet all the way through! Prince is the local teen radio personality who gives advice on love. Dani is a wannabe writer with dreams of moving to NYC for college who doesnt even believe in love. She has been through something that shes struggled to come to terms with and Prince unexpectedly serves as the person to help her learn to love herself again. This is simply a rea (3.5) I really enjoyed this! I am always a lover of black fiction that doesnt follow the struggle narrative and this was really sweet all the way through! Prince is the local teen radio personality who gives advice on love. Dani is a wannabe writer with dreams of moving to NYC for college who doesnt even believe in love. She has been through something that shes struggled to come to terms with and Prince unexpectedly serves as the person to help her learn to love herself again. This is simply a really cute book all the way through with great respect given to black films and music and an appreciation of black love. There is an incredible meet-cute at the start and so many rom com worthy date moments that i sped through this in just a day. I loved Prince and Dani’s maturity throughout the novel although it did feel like they were perhaps a little too grown up at times. Although i wasnt a fan of the “black father is not around” trope, i did like the family dynamic of Prince’s home and how responsible he is happy to he for his family. There was no toxicity in any of it which was amazing. The fact that Dani and Prince discover their love for each other through their love of the arts was another great part and i loved the almost educational part of their dates and the writing as a whole. My only real issue was that some of the dialogue passages was a bit long and also that Dani’s reaction to something that happened to her seemed a little over exaggerated. Everyone reacts differently to trauma but i personally wouldnt have acted the way she does which made it feel a little extreme for me, especially in relation to completely ghosting her friends. Despite those small parts, #LOVERADIO was an extremely fun and cute read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Demetria Books

    This book was beautiful. So beautiful, and complex and moving and Oh God, I loved it so much. It wasn’t just a love story with happy ending. It was a book about growing up, finding yourself in the world, dealing with situations we have no control over, how much it means to have a support system when we’re hurt and how finding love not only for others but for ourselves can change our lives. The book also deals with the issues regarding identity, especially what does it mean to be a black teenager This book was beautiful. So beautiful, and complex and moving and Oh God, I loved it so much. It wasn’t just a love story with happy ending. It was a book about growing up, finding yourself in the world, dealing with situations we have no control over, how much it means to have a support system when we’re hurt and how finding love not only for others but for ourselves can change our lives. The book also deals with the issues regarding identity, especially what does it mean to be a black teenager in today’s world, but also celebration of it in many different ways, like hair and music. I loved all the mentions of incredible black artists that inspired the main characters and the hair show at the end of the book. The author also talks about cultural appropriation throughout the whole book and I have to admit, it made me think about the language I’m using. As I’ve learned today, my daily vocabulary includes many AAVE words, which I genuinely thought are just slang (I’m not a native English speaker). I will try to unlearn and stop using AAVE and I urge every non native English speaker to check if you’re also not using it just because you learned English from the internet. Lastly, I would like to mention the best character in the whole book, the most amazing, romantic, supportive and caring boy on the planet- Prince Jones. Fuck all the mafia men booktok loves to talk about, Prince is the boyfriend we all wanted when we were 17 and I’m pretty sure as an adult he would be the man we all want as a husband. I have no words to describe how much I enjoyed reading this amazing story. Thank you so, so much NetGalley for giving me an opportunity to read this book and THANK YOU Ebony LaDelle for writing it ❤️❤️❤️

  30. 4 out of 5

    Prarthana

    Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Schuster Books for this arc in exchange for an honest review!! FIVE STARS⭐️ This book has a chokehold on me oh my god. Just reading the description I knew I was going to love it, and it STILL exceeded my expectations. I ADORE Prince and Danielle. Both of them were struggling internally, and both grew to learn that it is okay to ask people for help and how to communicate. I think the communication done between them was amazing. I loved that the third act break was Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Schuster Books for this arc in exchange for an honest review!! FIVE STARS⭐️ This book has a chokehold on me oh my god. Just reading the description I knew I was going to love it, and it STILL exceeded my expectations. I ADORE Prince and Danielle. Both of them were struggling internally, and both grew to learn that it is okay to ask people for help and how to communicate. I think the communication done between them was amazing. I loved that the third act break was not due to miscommunication, but actually happened with a form of open communication. Danielle needed to heal. She spent so holding everything in, she needed that time and she was honest about it. Prince needed to accept it is okay to ask others for help. I LOVED his relationship with his mom and brother. And same with Danielle and her parents, I love books with loving families. The romance left me nearly speechless. I am obsessed. I normally go for books with an over abundance of angst and tension, but this so SO CUTE. I reminded me I need to read more fluff. I loved the fluff and cuteness of their dates. Each of the dates had me squealing. When I say I want romance, THIS is what I mean. I want fun meaningful dates and conversations. I love seeing the characters connect with each other and themselves. I loved the way the parents were involved with planning them and everything. It was just so lovable. This had me smiling like crazy. I would TOTALLY recommend this!!

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