Bird Barrett and her family have spent the last few years singing and playing at honkytonks, bars, and small venues. At these venues, Adam, Bird's older brothers' best friend, often visits and the two have a challenge of finding the best fountain coke. Bird has a secret crush on Adam and longs for a friend to talk to, but as a homeschooled traveling musician, friends are hard to come by. Then one night, her dad loses his voice and Bird becomes the lead singer and is discovered by a music agent for a big country music label. She must decide between performing with her family or becoming a star, between Adam and her career. Most of the action takes place in Nashville, which is why it is my Road Trip book for Tennessee.
Like I said earlier, this is a sweet story with a little heartbreak and tension thrown in, but otherwise it is an easy and stress less read. Bird is a likable character who is thrust into the limelight and must learn how to cope. I think this is more appealing to a middle school age audience, because the romance is light, the interactions are innocent, and the plot is a bit more appealing to that age. Overall I enjoyed it and will probably pick up the next book in the series. 3.5 cups of cocoa!