Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich.
If This Gets Out follows the protagonists, Zach and Ruben, in the tour across Europe as members of the world’s biggest boy band. As the pressures from management on Ruben become too much he finds himself leaning on Zach for support, and the two best friends find themselves growing closer than ever, until their friendship evolves into a romance… But the last thing management want is for this to get out.
I really enjoyed If This Gets Out! After reading both Only Mostly Devastated and Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales I had pretty high expectations for this, and I’m so, so glad it didn’t disappoint. I thought the boy band angle was really interesting and I loved that this featured a best-friends-to-lovers trope, which is a personal favourite of mine! It was genuinely such a great read.
I think what really made this book stand out to me most of all, though, was the character development each member of Saturday underwent. It was genuinely some of the best I’ve read in a while, and it was really lovely seeing them all overcome their personal obstacles and go after what they wanted. I think Jon’s struggles with his dad and Zach’s with generally putting himself first particularly stood out to me, and I loved seeing all of their different journeys culminate into one amazing ending.
Of course, the friendship between the boys was also absolutely amazing. I think both authors did an incredibly well job with fully fleshing out all of these characters, and their different personalities and the way they interacted with each other was great. Despite some conflicts you could really tell how much they all cared about each other and I loved that they were just as close offstage.
Zach and Ruben’s romance was also super cute! Despite getting off to a slow start, once they started dating things were lovely and I really admired the way they communicated with each other, which was usually pretty good. I thought they made a really great match and they really brought out the best in each other, pushing each other to overcome their difficulties and improve themselves. It was definitely really refreshing to see!
Of course, in addition to the friendship and the romance there were some pretty heavy topics included. A couple of the boys had really difficult relationships with their parents, and a third struggled with drug and substance abuse, which I think was a really important inclusion. It’s tragic how many young artists end up going down this path so I appreciated it being tackled so sensitively here.
A darker side to the music industry was also presented, which was another really important inclusion. The pressures the characters faced were awful and what was even more awful was knowing it’s the reality for many within the industry. Something which particularly stood out to me was how opposed they were against Ruben and Zach coming out to their fans, which was truly dreadful.
I think that definitely made for a really important lesson. If This Gets Out had a recurring theme of being true to yourself, which is so important to remember these days. I really enjoyed reading the characters explore who they were, and their journey of self-discovery. Zach’s journey with coming to terms with his sexuality particularly stood out to me, and I thought it was a lovely inclusion for anyone going through something similar.
I also really loved the ending. As I briefly touched on earlier, it was great seeing all their character arcs come to a satisfying end as well as their development. It was great seeing them stand up for themselves, and I also loved how open things were left… It was the most open ending I’ve read in a while (I literally turned the page for the next chapter, but it wasn’t there) and I’m hoping that the ambiguous ending means there may be a sequel?!
Overall, I would recommend If This Gets Out for any fan of contemporaries, as this was such a cute book with a lovely romance and some amazing friendships! I’d also recommend it for any fan of music, as this revealed another side to the industry and what can really go on behind the scenes.
Have you read If This Gets Out yet? Will you be adding it to your tbr? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this review!