Book Review: Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner

Title: Anya and the Shy Guy
Author: Suze Winegardner
Series: Backstage Pass #4
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Publication Date:  July 14th, 2015
Page Count: 230 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From publisher via Netgalley

It’s always the quiet ones…

Anya Anderson doesn’t just need a big break, she needs any break. Living on the streets doesn’t leave a girl many options, so when she scores a gig reporting on the Seconds to Juliet tour, she jumps at the chance to earn enough money to sleep somewhere safe. And the paycheck will get bigger—and keep her off the streets for good—if she can dig up dirt on Will Fray, the irritatingly hot “shy guy” of the band. 

Problem is, Will Fray isn't who everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s not Will at all. Matt, Will's identical twin, is actually the guy onstage, reluctantly covering for his brother while he’s in rehab. To make matters worse, Matt’s being shadowed by a cute reporter with troubled eyes determined to get the scoop. On him. And he's having trouble finding the willpower to keep his distance…

But if the secret gets out, it won't just be his head on a platter—it’ll be the whole band’s. 

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains steamy make out scenes, graphic language, and a love story so hot your copy may spontaneously burst into flames. You’ve been warned.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
Anya and the Shy Guy was the sweet and cute read I was looking for to just have fun. It was a very quick read and I liked that it was not heavy on the drama. I actually think it's my favorite Backstage Pass novel up until now, though the other books have been great as well (not counting book three, still haven't read it!).

This book, like the rest of this wonderfully cute series, can be read as a standalone without fearing that you are missing out on the storylines. This time we get the chance to meet Will Fray, the shy guy of the worldwide boy-band phenomenon, Seconds to Juliet. Only that, it's not actually THE Will we get to meet, but his equally gorgeous and identical twin, Matt Fray. But no one knows that, least of all Anya Anderson, who was given a backstage pass to follow Matt around and dig up his juicy secrets for a magazine.

The reason why this book became my favorite is because I immediately clicked with the characters. Anya was a really great girl. She's strong, hard-working, brave and selfless. Her struggles touched me and I simply loved her reasons for doing the magazine gig. Matt, on the other hand, impressed me with how far he went through to help his brother out. I mean, taking over his brother's place in a famous band? That's a tough thing to pull off. But he did. It wasn't a flawless performance, he did struggle and made a lot of slip-ups, but overall, a good job as he fooled everyone. And he's so not a jerk. He's very swoon-worthy in fact.

While the whole parent trap thing going on was a lot of fun to read about, I loved even more the relationship that grows between Matt and Anya. It was so sweet and at times they even made me giggle like a 12-year-old. Oh, the swoons between them. So good!

The ending was a tad too cheesy for my taste, but it wasn't at all that bad. The prologue was a nice addition to the story and I like how it left me satisfied with the characters' fate. So overall, Anya and the Shy Guy is a great sweet read to brighten your day!


  1. I read another review for this book, and they thought it was pretty good too. It sounds like a cutesy feel-good read. I might want to check it out one day! Great review, Melissa, and I will read Danielle Jensen's book, I will!