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When Mari hails a rideshare to a music festival, the last thing she expects is for the car to pick up a gorgeous guy along the way. Mari doesn't believe in dating--it can only end with a broken heart. Besides, she's only staying at her dad's house in Chicago for the weekend. How close can you get to a guy in three days? TJ wants to study art in college, but his family's exp When Mari hails a rideshare to a music festival, the last thing she expects is for the car to pick up a gorgeous guy along the way. Mari doesn't believe in dating--it can only end with a broken heart. Besides, she's only staying at her dad's house in Chicago for the weekend. How close can you get to a guy in three days? TJ wants to study art in college, but his family's expectations cast a long shadow over his dreams. When he meets Mari in the back of a rideshare, he feels alive for the first time in a long time. Mari and TJ enter the festival together and share an electric moment but get separated in a crowd with seemingly no way to find each other. When fate reunites them (with a little help from a viral hashtag), they'll have to decide: was it love at first sight, or the start of nothing more than a weekend fling?


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When Mari hails a rideshare to a music festival, the last thing she expects is for the car to pick up a gorgeous guy along the way. Mari doesn't believe in dating--it can only end with a broken heart. Besides, she's only staying at her dad's house in Chicago for the weekend. How close can you get to a guy in three days? TJ wants to study art in college, but his family's exp When Mari hails a rideshare to a music festival, the last thing she expects is for the car to pick up a gorgeous guy along the way. Mari doesn't believe in dating--it can only end with a broken heart. Besides, she's only staying at her dad's house in Chicago for the weekend. How close can you get to a guy in three days? TJ wants to study art in college, but his family's expectations cast a long shadow over his dreams. When he meets Mari in the back of a rideshare, he feels alive for the first time in a long time. Mari and TJ enter the festival together and share an electric moment but get separated in a crowd with seemingly no way to find each other. When fate reunites them (with a little help from a viral hashtag), they'll have to decide: was it love at first sight, or the start of nothing more than a weekend fling?

30 review for The Pick-Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Sweet, lovely, feel good, young insta love story: might be defined as love at first ride-share! Mari comes to Chicago for attending music festival Lollapalooza, staying with her step sister and father she’s still harboring negative feelings after he left his mother, trying to protect her heart from any another man related disappointments ! But the love could come and find you at the last place you’re looking for. Mari’s path crosses with TJ who is sweetheart, dealing with family issues, desirin Sweet, lovely, feel good, young insta love story: might be defined as love at first ride-share! Mari comes to Chicago for attending music festival Lollapalooza, staying with her step sister and father she’s still harboring negative feelings after he left his mother, trying to protect her heart from any another man related disappointments ! But the love could come and find you at the last place you’re looking for. Mari’s path crosses with TJ who is sweetheart, dealing with family issues, desiring to pursue his dreams to become an artist. They meet at the ride share to go to the same music festival. They feel like they’re clicked after spending short time together and they unfortunately get separated in the crowd of festival. But if this is meant to be : they may find each other again immediately! Both of them are from different states and Mari already suffers from trust issues after witnessing how her parents’ relationship was torn apart. But when love knocks your door, you gotta open it to chase what it brings you. Overall: both characters were lovely. Especially TJ was kind hearted, lovely sweet pie! It was quick, soft, easy reading! I’m not head over heels in love with this book. But it’s still solid, sweet, relaxing read! A great getaway after a stressful, demanding week! Special thanks to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOK Fire for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    Really wanted to be granted an ARC for this one, but got declined. Bummer! Kenneally is one of my favourite YA authors. September seems like such a long way away!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    This definitely followed in the same vein as the author's previous books, providing a quick and easily-consumed romance with moments of depth. I think the premise for this book was so fun and I loved the meet-cute that was established early on. Mari and TJ were adorable. Though there was some insta-love, I do really enjoy books, especially YA, that take place over a short period of time. This story followed Mari and TJ's relationship as they got to know one another over the course of three days a This definitely followed in the same vein as the author's previous books, providing a quick and easily-consumed romance with moments of depth. I think the premise for this book was so fun and I loved the meet-cute that was established early on. Mari and TJ were adorable. Though there was some insta-love, I do really enjoy books, especially YA, that take place over a short period of time. This story followed Mari and TJ's relationship as they got to know one another over the course of three days at a music festival. I also really enjoyed the family aspect and Mari's step-sister, Sierra. I do wish that the supporting characters were focused on a bit more to really round out the story. Mari and TJ were super sweet though and I was happy reading about their adventures at the festival. This was a fun and fast-paced read that's perfect to take with you for a quick road trip or a day at the beach! Thank you to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Miranda Kenneally, author of the terrific Hundred Oaks series, is back with a fresh new stand-alone YA novel. The PIck-Up is a quick read with sweet romantic moments as well as more serious reflections on family and damaged relationships. When TJ and Mari meet in a ride-share, their immediate attraction gives each a fresh burst of hope and excitement, and as they spend time together at the music festival, their connection seems instant and electric. At first, seeing them separated by the crowd an Miranda Kenneally, author of the terrific Hundred Oaks series, is back with a fresh new stand-alone YA novel. The PIck-Up is a quick read with sweet romantic moments as well as more serious reflections on family and damaged relationships. When TJ and Mari meet in a ride-share, their immediate attraction gives each a fresh burst of hope and excitement, and as they spend time together at the music festival, their connection seems instant and electric. At first, seeing them separated by the crowd and trying to find one another again, despite not exchanging contact info, I thought we were in for a story about missed connections and long searches. But thankfully, this wasn’t that! Instead, TJ and Mari do manage to reconnect, thanks to the intervention of their friends, and commit to spending more time together over the weekend. They each bring baggage, though. TJ is in Chicago for the weekend staying with his older brother, to whom he always compares himself and finds himself lacking. TJ’s family expects him to study business when he starts college in the fall, but he secretly yearns to pursue his passion for art. Meanwhile, Mari is staying with her dad, stepmom, and stepsister for the weekend before returning to her home in Tennessee. Her parents divorced after her father’s affair with the woman he ended up marrying, and Mari’s mother is so consumed by anger and bitterness that she takes it out on Mari. Her verbal abuse has taken a frightening turn to the physical, and Mari both wants to stay with her father and is scared to mention it, for fear that it’ll just make things with her mother even worse. As TJ and Mari spend time together, they each experience the highs of early attraction and emotional connection, but each also has to contend with their own fears and insecurities. The story is told in chapters that alternate between TJ and Mari as narrators, and it’s a really effective way to show how their perspectives on the same events can be different and still make sense to the person experiencing it. While they’re both struggling with family issues, Mari’s are much more serious, and her scenes of confronting her father with her feelings and her fears are deeply affecting. While there are plenty of serious matters portrayed throughout The Pick-Up, there’s also a lot of fun, from scenes at the festival to a Ferris wheel ride to goofy beach shenanigans. Mari and TJ have chemistry, and I really enjoyed Mari’s stepsister as a character as well. Miranda Kenneally has a gift for creating well-drawn teen characters who feel real. They’re not idealized — they’re complicated and messy and emotional, and that’s what makes them so compelling to read about. I really enjoyed The Pick-Up, just like I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I’ve read by this author. Check it out! Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. Full review at Bookshelf Fantasies.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    A weekend trip to Chicago for Lollapalooza turned into so much more for Mari, when a rideshare app brought TJ into her car and into her heart. Disclaimer: I love Miranda Kenneally’s books. Be prepared for some fangirling. With that said, this was classic Keneally while also being a bit different. The first thing that was so strange for me was that we were not in Tennessee. It was odd indeed, though Mari was from Tennessee, and we did get a few peeks back to her hometown via video calls with her be A weekend trip to Chicago for Lollapalooza turned into so much more for Mari, when a rideshare app brought TJ into her car and into her heart. Disclaimer: I love Miranda Kenneally’s books. Be prepared for some fangirling. With that said, this was classic Keneally while also being a bit different. The first thing that was so strange for me was that we were not in Tennessee. It was odd indeed, though Mari was from Tennessee, and we did get a few peeks back to her hometown via video calls with her best friend. There was also mention of the couple from Four Days of You and Me which made me giddy. I love when authors do that, and catching up with that couple was such a treat. Let’s get back to The Pick-Up. Here we had two very likable characters who were a bit leery of relationships. Mari was dealing with the fallout of her parents’ divorce, while TJ struggled with self-confidence. I loved seeing those sparks fly between them. They were sweet and adorable and precious together, and you could just tell there were possibilities for the two of them. It was easier convincing me they belonged together than it was convincing Mari though. People are going to get all up in arms about this being instalove. I don’t know if it was love at first sight, but there was an attraction that built to more between Mari and TJ. I believe there are situations we can be in where feelings get heightened, but in all fairness to the characters, they did take time to get to know each other. There were a lot of rather meaningful moments between them, so I had no problem buying into this relationship (and I liked it). The romance was a big part of this story, but you will see, it was a one step forward, two steps back sort of relationship. Mari and TJ both had things weighing them down, and each were struggling with something. Mari covered it up well, but life at home with her mom was rough. Her personal journey was the hardest, and one I was very invested in. My heart ached for her when I discovered the root cause of her tendency to keep people at a distance and to not share much of herself. However, I was extremely pleased with how it all worked out. TJ had a similar journey to make. He had reservations about his future. He was getting ready to start college with a major selected by his parents. His heart wasn’t in it, but he felt obligated to live out their plans rather than his own. Like Mari, TJ had to make a choice about taking control of his future. Yes, there were a few tears and some deep stuff, but I also had a fabulous time with Mari and TJ. Ah, to be young and frolicking at a music festival again. Lolla holds a special place in my heart. I have been to the festival in Grant Park, but I also went several times waaaay back in the day out on Randall’s Island. It was fun to revisit the festival and see some sights in Chicago as they worked that selfie challenge. Overall: This was a sweet story of first love, being honest with yourself, and taking control of your future. I reveled in the joy of the festival, while cheering for all the personal wins Mari and TJ experienced. And that ending! Miles of smiles. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    The last few years without a Kenneally book have been sad ones, so I was so excited to see The Pick-Up announced and available on Edelweiss! Mari is visiting Chicago for Lollapalooza, a chance to see her favorite singer, hang out with her stepsister and see her Dad. Mari is struggling with personal issues- things are rough at home with her mom, her relationship with her best friend is strained, and she is still dealing with resentment towards her father for ditching her and her mom to go live his The last few years without a Kenneally book have been sad ones, so I was so excited to see The Pick-Up announced and available on Edelweiss! Mari is visiting Chicago for Lollapalooza, a chance to see her favorite singer, hang out with her stepsister and see her Dad. Mari is struggling with personal issues- things are rough at home with her mom, her relationship with her best friend is strained, and she is still dealing with resentment towards her father for ditching her and her mom to go live his best life. And she really, really doesn't want to date and fall in love. But then a Ride Share brings her T.J. Here's why I love the title of the book: The Pick-Up is definitely referencing the Uber app, but T.J.'s brother Tyler kind of also comes across as a Pick-Up Artist coach to his little bro. Thankfully, T.J. is too pure. He's like a sexy cinnamon roll. Mari and T.J. have immediate chemistry, but Mari is wary (hehe)- they're both from out of state, she's not looking for a boyfriend, her dad cheated on her mom and then her mom went off the deep end. Sometimes things are destined, and sometimes you have to make things happen. Absolute love for this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lilly Hope

    I wanted to start off by thanking Netgalley and the publisher for getting me an early copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The Premise: Mari is visiting her dad and stepsister in Chicago for the weekend and is going to a new music festival. On the way there she meets TJ in a ride share and they decide to spend some time together at the festival. After having a great time together they get separated before they could exchange contact information. Now they both have to figure out if they ha I wanted to start off by thanking Netgalley and the publisher for getting me an early copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The Premise: Mari is visiting her dad and stepsister in Chicago for the weekend and is going to a new music festival. On the way there she meets TJ in a ride share and they decide to spend some time together at the festival. After having a great time together they get separated before they could exchange contact information. Now they both have to figure out if they had a connection that could turn into something more, or if it was nothing. But in order to do that, they have to find each other again. This book was a very fast, fun, and cute read. The characters did have a lot of cliches, but honestly I was living for it. I was totally rooting for Mari and TJ, even though I felt like they got together very quickly. But for a short book that is less than 300 pages that is to be expected. I felt like the author did a great job of still making them well rounded characters for the short time that we as readers had to see them. I loved the alternating point of views from Mari and TJ, and I was totally rooting for them both the whole time. Honestly, I would have loved a longer book that dove more into both of their backstories, and home lives. I loved Mari's relationship with Sierra, her step sister, and was very interested in the dynamic she had with the rest of her family. Same thing with TJ, I would have loved to see what his relationship was like with his parents and even his brother Tyler, since I feel like a lot of that was glossed over. Overall this book was a very fun read, and if you are looking for a quick and cute romance story this is defiantly for you. I read it in only a day and enjoyed every moment of it! Make sure to check it out on it's release date, September 1st 2021.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Pick-Up in exchange for an honest review. I don't normally start off reviews like this, but hello! I'm a flaming homosexual! Straight, cheesy romance is 1000% not my genre which means if I somehow managed to like it and it is your genre, you should definitely read this. It's cheesy and insta-lovey but in a really cute romcom way instead of a creepy over the top way which was really fun. I do wish Mari and TJ had more obviously different charact Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Pick-Up in exchange for an honest review. I don't normally start off reviews like this, but hello! I'm a flaming homosexual! Straight, cheesy romance is 1000% not my genre which means if I somehow managed to like it and it is your genre, you should definitely read this. It's cheesy and insta-lovey but in a really cute romcom way instead of a creepy over the top way which was really fun. I do wish Mari and TJ had more obviously different character voices for when we're in their perspectives, but all in all this was a fun time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    ***Thank you to Netgalley for providing a e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*** Miranda Kenneally really balances family drama, and a story of first love so wonderfully in her latest release "The Pick-Up". Mari is in Chicago visiting her father for the first time in a long time, and is excited to attend Lollapalooza with her step-sister Sierra. On their ride share Mari meets T.J.. Over the course of one weekend Mari and T.J. help each other be the most authentic versions of themselves while f ***Thank you to Netgalley for providing a e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*** Miranda Kenneally really balances family drama, and a story of first love so wonderfully in her latest release "The Pick-Up". Mari is in Chicago visiting her father for the first time in a long time, and is excited to attend Lollapalooza with her step-sister Sierra. On their ride share Mari meets T.J.. Over the course of one weekend Mari and T.J. help each other be the most authentic versions of themselves while facing family troubles and stresses head on for the first time. I loved this book. The alternating chapters allows the reader time with both characters to really connect with them as individuals so we can root for them finding each other. This was at times cute, heartfelt, fun, and real.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    While I really enjoyed the story for what it was, I do wish it had been a touch longer so there could have been more time spent getting to know these characters and experience their inner turmoil on a more intimate level. But I still really liked the premise a lot, and it did leave me with a smile on my face by the end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mayela

    First of all, thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for gifting me an electronic galley of The Pick-Up in exchange for my honest review. Miranda Kenneally is an auto-buy author for me for her quick-paced, emotional romances involving strong female main characters. Many of her books are centered around various sports, and I actually think those are my favorites even though I'm not a sporty person at all. Music also features in a couple of her books, including this newest one The Pick-Up. The Pic First of all, thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for gifting me an electronic galley of The Pick-Up in exchange for my honest review. Miranda Kenneally is an auto-buy author for me for her quick-paced, emotional romances involving strong female main characters. Many of her books are centered around various sports, and I actually think those are my favorites even though I'm not a sporty person at all. Music also features in a couple of her books, including this newest one The Pick-Up. The Pick-Up takes place over Lollapalooza weekend in Chicago and is the first time Kenneally uses dual POVs for Mari, a small-town Tennessee girl visiting her stepsister Sierra for the concert, and TJ, a shy but extremely hot guy who is starting at UChicago in the fall and whose super-bro brother Tyler keeps insisting needs to get laid. They meet on a ride to the concert, sparks fly, etc. I love the idea of books that happen in constrained periods of time, a night or a weekend in this case, because everything is extremely quick paced and there's no time for boredom. On this, Kenneally delivers. Things keep happening at breakneck speed so there's never a dull moment. However, for a romance, this brings a big challenge: insta love. This book was the epitome of insta love. And I'm sure many readers will lap it up, but it wasn't for me. It felt very forced and while Mari and TJ kept saying how they'd never felt like this with anyone before and how they were different with each other than they were in their daily lives, it just rang hollow. I didn't feel the deep, emotional connection. Not even after they shared heavy, emotional things with each other. Perhaps in this case, the dual POV worked against the plot, because we saw the same moments from both sides and it just felt like we weren't getting more information, just the same from another source. And in order to keep the book moving through the one weekend, plot points were skimmed that would have added depth. Mari and TJ were cute characters, but nothing about them stuck to my brain or my heart. It's been a couple of hours since I finished, and they're starting to fade. They felt very, to use a word that was overused at one point in the book, cookie cutter. Mari, child of a bad divorce, is scared to love because her Mom is a wreck who takes out her anger on her daughter and is verbally, and once physically, abusive. TJ, who grew up always compared to his older and very successful sibling, is shy and limitingly insecure despite being artistic, kind, and – as we are told 7 billion times – very hot. The resolution for both Mari's and TJ's problems felt very fast and they healed their emotional wounds in a couple of pages. Not the most believable. Their love connection was decidedly more lust and even that was handled in a kind of juvenile way. In terms of setting, on the one hand, since I love Chicago, it was nice to see a book set there and to have major Chicago spots be discussed (the Bean, Madison Avenue, the lake, you know). But at the same time, why set a book over the course of a festival weekend, which lasts three days, and use the festival so little? It felt like the festival was an aside, not the key setting. I would have liked to see it more because I feel like that's more original than a quick tour of Chicago. Overall, this wasn't my favorite Miranda Kenneally book. It might be my least favorite. It was still enjoyable, but it felt too saccharine and not sufficiently impactful. I loved Mari's relationship with her sister Sierra. I enjoyed seeing TJ and his brother open up at the end and talk in a way we often don't see cishet men do in media. I wish there'd been more of those two relationships and levels of emotional connection. TW: parental abuse, trauma, negative body talk, miscarriage of a parent, divorce.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ami (helluo.librorum__)

    I picked this book up on a whim because the male protagonist shares his nickname with one of my characters and honestly the first half was too over-the-top and cliché, so much so, that I honestly felt like I was reading a wattpad romance. It improved only slightly as the plot progressed. The characters were the typical dorky, slightly geeky and inexperienced-in-relationships teenagers. TJ was the classic hot guy and Mari was the effortlessly cute girl. Though, I liked the depth there was to the I picked this book up on a whim because the male protagonist shares his nickname with one of my characters and honestly the first half was too over-the-top and cliché, so much so, that I honestly felt like I was reading a wattpad romance. It improved only slightly as the plot progressed. The characters were the typical dorky, slightly geeky and inexperienced-in-relationships teenagers. TJ was the classic hot guy and Mari was the effortlessly cute girl. Though, I liked the depth there was to the personalities of the characters or well the main protagonists, anyway. The side characters were just that, side characters, with little personality of their own beside progressing the plot. There was also a little family drama on the side, which, didn't really pan out for much and was only referenced to when the author wanted to create tension between the lovers. On the other hand, there was a very realistic depiction of your parents' choices affecting your life (intentionally or unintentionally). The plot was sort of a unique concept and kinda unbelievable on certain levels but I'll give it a pass because teenage love is honestly unpredictable. I also loved the sweet chemistry between the mcs and additionally Mari's relationship with her step-sister. It was a nice departure from the evil step-sister trope. This book was honestly very average and forgettable. It was the kind of light romance you pick up when you want to enjoy a break. Highlight of the book: Mari describing TJ's d*** as 'silky'. I just can't get that phrase out of my mind, sorry. Rating: 3 out of 5 QOTD: What's your go-to genre when you want to kick back with a light read?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this rom-com which was set in Chicago and centered around the Lollapalooza music festival. Told from alternating points of view, we have Mari who is in town from Tennessee to see her dad and attend the festival with her stepsister. We also have TJ, who lives in Wisconsin and is in town to visit his brother and go to the festival. When the girls take a rideshare to the festival on Friday, they are joined by two brothers who are also on their way to the festival. And sparks fly. A super cu I loved this rom-com which was set in Chicago and centered around the Lollapalooza music festival. Told from alternating points of view, we have Mari who is in town from Tennessee to see her dad and attend the festival with her stepsister. We also have TJ, who lives in Wisconsin and is in town to visit his brother and go to the festival. When the girls take a rideshare to the festival on Friday, they are joined by two brothers who are also on their way to the festival. And sparks fly. A super cute story. I loved all of the Chicago references like landmarks and food (I grew up in Chicago and if there's one thing I really miss, it's Lou Malnati's). I could see this as a fun movie. Guaranteed to be a fun,quick read. You'll be cheering for Mari and TJ.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    When Mari and TJ, both visiting Chicago for the weekend to attend the Lollapalooza music festival, meet by chance on an Uber-like share, they are not looking for love. Shy graffiti-artist TJ never scores with girls, and Mari, still struggling to cope with her parent's divorce, doesn't want to be in any relationship and face the risk of hurting someone else. Their attraction is quick - hearts on fire - and they agree to hang out, get separated, reconnect, and are unsure whether this is a weekend When Mari and TJ, both visiting Chicago for the weekend to attend the Lollapalooza music festival, meet by chance on an Uber-like share, they are not looking for love. Shy graffiti-artist TJ never scores with girls, and Mari, still struggling to cope with her parent's divorce, doesn't want to be in any relationship and face the risk of hurting someone else. Their attraction is quick - hearts on fire - and they agree to hang out, get separated, reconnect, and are unsure whether this is a weekend fling or Something More. Meanwhile, Mari needs to come clean about her increasingly abusive mother and her anger over her dad's affair, while TJ needs to stop comparing himself to his super cool brother and come into his own. The two teens find a safe space to confide in and support one another. Supporting characters, like bro Tyler and Mari's friend Austin and stepsister Sierra are fully realized. Mom, Dad, and Leah, more peripheral, have less body. Kenneally lands lightly on topics like abuse and affairs, but highlights consent and mutual pleasure in relationships very strongly. The ending is neatly wrapped up in this quick and satisfying YA read. I got a free pre-pub copy of #ThePick-Up from #NetGalley.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brook Obsessed

    An angsty YA romance that takes place over a weekend at Lalapalooza and honestly portrays the ups and downs of teenage life and the difficulty of finding oneself whilst navigating dating. An emotional journey that touches on child abuse, divorce, and sexuality, and one of Kenneally’s more serious books. TJ and Mari meet on a ride share on their way to Lalapalooza and hit it off almost immediately. While trying to figure out family relationships and a weekend filled with festival craziness, TJ and An angsty YA romance that takes place over a weekend at Lalapalooza and honestly portrays the ups and downs of teenage life and the difficulty of finding oneself whilst navigating dating. An emotional journey that touches on child abuse, divorce, and sexuality, and one of Kenneally’s more serious books. TJ and Mari meet on a ride share on their way to Lalapalooza and hit it off almost immediately. While trying to figure out family relationships and a weekend filled with festival craziness, TJ and Mari must explore what they want from their new relationship and if they are ready to face their future, whether it be on their terms or someone else’s. The whole time I was reading this book I kept thinking about how all the scenarios and discussions felt authentic and age appropriate. Kenneally explores sex and the loss of innocence and the heartbreaking reality of families that fail. It’s like Keanneally pulled a page from my own teenage life. An absorbing and genuine romance and one I won’t soon forget.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary McFarlane

    This was so cute! I need to remember to reach her books much slower. Kind of wish we would have gotten more of a the story of her dad and the lawyer but I’m happy with what we got.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julianna

    I don't normally like insta-love stories but this book changed my view! The Pick-Up by Miranda Kenneally is a feel good, sweet, and fast read. The characters were so easy to relate to and I was rooting for them so hard.... I mean bonus points to Mari for wanting to see Shawn Mendes at Lollapalooza, lol. Not only was the romance so developed but Mari & TJ's backstories and family lives were a huge part of the plot too which made this book so well rounded and one of my favorite reads of 2021. Many I don't normally like insta-love stories but this book changed my view! The Pick-Up by Miranda Kenneally is a feel good, sweet, and fast read. The characters were so easy to relate to and I was rooting for them so hard.... I mean bonus points to Mari for wanting to see Shawn Mendes at Lollapalooza, lol. Not only was the romance so developed but Mari & TJ's backstories and family lives were a huge part of the plot too which made this book so well rounded and one of my favorite reads of 2021. Many thanks to Netgalley for providing an eARC of The Pick-Up in exchange for an honest review!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emma Louise K

    Read it in one day. Such a sweet story! Loved the meet cute and TJ’s character. He was a little baby cinnamon roll and I wanted to wrap him up in a great big hug!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Disclaimer: I should start by saying this book is been dedicated to me. I am friends with Miranda and was also fortunate enough to read some drafts of the story before it became a book. With that said I want it to be clear all thoughts are my own and not influenced by any of this. It is no secret that I This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Disclaimer: I should start by saying this book is been dedicated to me. I am friends with Miranda and was also fortunate enough to read some drafts of the story before it became a book. With that said I want it to be clear all thoughts are my own and not influenced by any of this. It is no secret that I love Miranda Kenneally books. Since the first time I read her debut, Catching Jordan, in 2012 I knew I was a fan for life. I was in love with the whole Hundred Oaks series. And I was in love with Alex and Lulu's journey in Four Days of You and Me. Miranda writes it and I know I will love it. And that was true for her newest book, The Pick-Up. It was a delightful read about love at first sight and finding your way out of the shadow of family. Simply put, one of my favorite Miranda books yet. The Pick-Up is about TJ and Mari, two complete strangers that meet when they end up in the same ride share on their way to the same music festival. Even though Mari is from Tennessee and in her last year of high school while TJ is getting ready to start his first year of college in Chicago, the two of them notice the spark between then and decided to hang out at the festival. But when they are separated with no way to find each other they think all is lost. That's until a viral hashtag helps them find one another again. But as they spend more time together and delve deeper into their fears and family issues they have to decide if this is more than a weekend fling and is possible love at first sight. What I loved about The Pick-Up was the issues both TJ and Mari had to deal with. Don't get me know, they are an adorable pair. Mari is confidant and TJ is unsure for most of their weekend together and it is endearing. But underneath their whirlwind courtship there are real issues they have. Mari's mother is not a good mother (CW of verbal/physical/emotional abuse) leaving Mari to question wanting to get into anything serious with TJ and what her life is like at home opposed to life with her father in Chicago. And TJ is tried of being in his brother's shadow and not going after what he wants, art. Over a weekend Mari and TJ try to come to terms with all of this and figure out their lives also while falling for one another over a short time frame. It's a lot and leads to disagreements and uncertainty but also leads them to what is best for each of them. That right there is why I loved this book so much. Honestly The Pick-Up is insta love, but it is insta love in the best way; the kind that feels believable. I could see something happening like this when emotions are high and you just meet the right person at the right time. And that is what happened for TJ and Mari. They met each other when they needed the other in their life and sparks ignited. It made the book a joy to read and a book you need in your life! Another gem by Miranda. Add it to your TBR.

  20. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover The Pick-Up by Miranda Kenneally is a short and sweet contemporary that takes place during a music festival. I loved the concept of social media reuniting the main characters after they get separated, and they are both authentic protagonists. The atmosphere of the festival is especially well written, making this a great read to savour the final moments of summer. When Mari orders a ride share to get to Lollapalooza, she doesn’t expect to fall for the other guy in t Full Review on The Candid Cover The Pick-Up by Miranda Kenneally is a short and sweet contemporary that takes place during a music festival. I loved the concept of social media reuniting the main characters after they get separated, and they are both authentic protagonists. The atmosphere of the festival is especially well written, making this a great read to savour the final moments of summer. When Mari orders a ride share to get to Lollapalooza, she doesn’t expect to fall for the other guy in the car. The two instantly click and spend a few magical moments together at the festival, but in the chaos of the crowd, they get separated and worry they’ll never see each other again. However, Mari and TJ end up going viral as social media brings them back together, and they are given a second shot at love. Newly reunited, they must decide if what they have is real or just a weekend fling, and quickly, because Mari has to go back to Tennessee after the festival ends. This is a short and fast-paced read, although I do feel like this one could have been longer to allow for more depth. ❀ INTERESTING CHARACTERS Mari and TJ are interesting characters, but I had some trouble connecting with them. Mari struggles to trust people after her dad left, and she has a rough home life with her abusive mother. After the downfall of her parents’ relationship, she has sworn off dating and has no plans to find love at the festival. TJ, on the other hand, dreams of being an artist, but he constantly compares himself to his cooler older brother. They both have their own personal struggles, and I enjoyed the way they are able to support each other throughout the book. Mari and TJ’s relationship is definitely insta-lovey, but I think this all comes back to the short length of the book as a whole. ❀ LOLLAPALOOZA SETTING My favourite part about this book has got to be its setting. The story takes place at Lollapalooza over a single weekend, and Kenneally has done an excellent job capturing the atmosphere of the music festival. The fun and the chaos of it all feels so real, and the scenes with Mari and TJ in the crowd were my favourite. I haven’t read many books set at a music festival, and I will definitely be on the lookout for more. ❀ A UNIQUE STORY ABOUT DESTINY The Pick-Up by Miranda Kenneally is a unique story about destiny and first love. I loved the concept of being reunited at a music festival, and the main characters are able to support each other through struggles in their personal lives. The setting of a music festival is especially well-executed, making this a great read for those looking to experience the feeling of being at a festival, but from home.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie Prouty

    "This weekend is supposed to be fun and simple. Love is messy and complicated and unnecessary." #WhenMariMetTJ. Mari and her sister catch a rideshare to a music festival. Mari is sandwiched together in the backseat with buff, six foot tall, TJ, and it's like a game of twister. Mari and TJ enter the festival together, but get separated, and she forgot to get his number. Oops! Will fate and a viral hashtag #FindTJForMariPleeeeeeease bring them back together? Is it love a first site? Or a hot summe "This weekend is supposed to be fun and simple. Love is messy and complicated and unnecessary." #WhenMariMetTJ. Mari and her sister catch a rideshare to a music festival. Mari is sandwiched together in the backseat with buff, six foot tall, TJ, and it's like a game of twister. Mari and TJ enter the festival together, but get separated, and she forgot to get his number. Oops! Will fate and a viral hashtag #FindTJForMariPleeeeeeease bring them back together? Is it love a first site? Or a hot summer fling like in a rom-com? The Pick-Up is a really fun story! "A smooth shot of whiskey to my heart!" TJ is, and I quote, "the sweetest cinnamon roll." He is straight forward and respectful and mature. And dashingly handsome. I like his sense of humor. Readers will FEEL for Mari. I was heartbroken over her family life (tw: divorce). If you like Miranda Kenneally's YA books, you'll adore this one too. READ IF YOU LIKE: -music festivals -ride sharing -family dynamics -YA rom-coms -love & art #IsThisAKissingBook: TJ and Mari's chemistry is seismic! Thank you Source Fire Books for an advanced copy! Song: Glad You Came by The Wanted

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    This book was interesting. I received a copy from Net Galley for my honest opinion. I’ve read Miranda Kenneally books in the past, so I was excited to read her new book, which is available now! The story was deep and interesting. There are so many choices a person can make during their lifetime but the choices they make need to be made by them and not outside sources. It’s hard not following in people’s footsteps that you are supposed to look up to but it’s gaining your own strength and your own This book was interesting. I received a copy from Net Galley for my honest opinion. I’ve read Miranda Kenneally books in the past, so I was excited to read her new book, which is available now! The story was deep and interesting. There are so many choices a person can make during their lifetime but the choices they make need to be made by them and not outside sources. It’s hard not following in people’s footsteps that you are supposed to look up to but it’s gaining your own strength and your own knowledge that makes you the person you are. We meet Mari as she’s in Chicago visiting her dad and about to go to Lollapalooza which let’s just face it, is pretty darn awesome to begin with. Throw in a chance encounter with a super attractive guy and all senses get heightened because of your experiences with them. I enjoyed reading about Mari and TJ’s budding relationship. Sure, everything was very fast paced but in this insta world you just can’t help feeling those strong intense feelings so quickly and I felt that with the two of them. But there were a lot of undercurrent issues which I feel bought on the seriousness of the book. Between situations with family members, new and old, and just the powerful emotions that come with them, I really think that’s what made me love the book even more. Sometimes family situations aren’t always ideal, but it’s how you deal with them and the honestly you share with one another that helps you build those relationship stronger. Or in some cases, helps other people get the help they need. Not being afraid to voice your thoughts or opinions, that’s important. Especially in this day and time. I don’t really want to give too much more away but I really enjoyed this book, and the author did not disappoint at all. Go read it, it’s worth it. A great quick read to pick up and it just makes you think about you and your family and how not everyone is as hunky dory as you think they are. No matter what it looks like on the outside.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    The Pick-Up is a wonderful addition to Miranda Kenneally's stable of books. This was a wonderful, entertaining, and feel good kind of book. Mari has come to Chicago to attend Lollapalooza with her step-sister and she'll also be seeing and staying with her Dad and step-mother, Leah. Things haven't been great between Mari and her Dad since the divorce from her mom was finalized, but yet things with her Mom back in Tennessee aren't much rosier. Couple her resentment of the divorce with issues she's The Pick-Up is a wonderful addition to Miranda Kenneally's stable of books. This was a wonderful, entertaining, and feel good kind of book. Mari has come to Chicago to attend Lollapalooza with her step-sister and she'll also be seeing and staying with her Dad and step-mother, Leah. Things haven't been great between Mari and her Dad since the divorce from her mom was finalized, but yet things with her Mom back in Tennessee aren't much rosier. Couple her resentment of the divorce with issues she's having with her best friend, Austin, she's having a rough time. When Mari and Sierra choose to take a ride share company to the concert, little did they know that their shared car was going to introduce them to T.J. and Tyler, brothers who were going to play a big part in their weekend. Mari and T.J. hit is off immediately, but she's not looking for a relationship and the fact they are from two different states doesn't make it any easier for them. Will this be a couple day thing or will they decide to try for something more? I read this book very quickly because of how much I was enjoying it. I enjoyed the characters, the premise and I also really loved how the challenges both Mari and T.J. were having were handled. They are still growing up and learning, but things didn't get crazy out of control. Sometimes people come into your life when you're least expecting them, but they are exactly who you need in that moment. I'm looking forward to whatever Kenneally has for us next! **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

  24. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Montilla

    Super cute read, although it took me longer than I expected to get through those first few chapters. As always, with every book by this author, there are great characters, excellent voice and better descriptions, I loved the concept and it is one of the best meet-cute stories ever. Also, it handles a sensitive topic about divorce and how affects children, and I have to say this aspect hits close home. Nevertheless, I have a few issues, for starter the repetitions and the telling. I think there’re w Super cute read, although it took me longer than I expected to get through those first few chapters. As always, with every book by this author, there are great characters, excellent voice and better descriptions, I loved the concept and it is one of the best meet-cute stories ever. Also, it handles a sensitive topic about divorce and how affects children, and I have to say this aspect hits close home. Nevertheless, I have a few issues, for starter the repetitions and the telling. I think there’re were great opportunities for a good scene or maybe a flashback, but instead, we have just the recount. Additionally, for a good length of the book, the plot was all over the place. It wasn’t easy to get hold of what was the main point in the story. However about 70% into the story things get real, and everything just falls into places. It’s a dream story where a few lives changed in a weekend, and where one more time we learned that those changes came from our own choices. 100% recommended. Note: I received an ARC from Sourcebooks through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. And I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view. Taking a ride share cab to the festival may have been the cheaper option, but was it also the right one for Mari? When she and her stepsister, Sierra, pick up two very hot boys, especially TJ, they hit it off right away, and spend the night together at the festival. Then they are separated, but a bit of luck, and a viral hashtag reunites them. Though only in Chicago for the weekend, will they be able to make I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view. Taking a ride share cab to the festival may have been the cheaper option, but was it also the right one for Mari? When she and her stepsister, Sierra, pick up two very hot boys, especially TJ, they hit it off right away, and spend the night together at the festival. Then they are separated, but a bit of luck, and a viral hashtag reunites them. Though only in Chicago for the weekend, will they be able to make it work, or was it all just a weekend fling? The Pick Up was a book I've been highly anticipating, because I've always enjoyed Miranda's books in the past. Unfortunately, this one wasn't as a big a hit for me. I did like it, and the fact that it was set over a weekend was definitely a plus, because it was a quick paced story, and definitely suited the plot line. I don't know what it was that I was missing from it, but I didn't get the same feeling or connection with the main characters like I have with others. Mari was an okay MC, and I really felt for what she was dealing with in her family, and at home in Tennessee, but I feel like there was more to be explored with both her, and with TJ. All in all, it was an enjoyable book, but not one that I think will stay with me long term.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Al Pagnotta

    This wasn't a bad book. It has strong points, and it definitely had its lows, but overall it was relatively solid. There were just a few things I couldn't get past. I love romance novels, but I also love realistic things and I've never seen or read a relationship go THAT fast. Also there were just a lot of unrealistic aspects that got under my skin when I was reading. However, the biggest negative for me was the mains themselves. I have never read protagonists that hate themselves so much. At an This wasn't a bad book. It has strong points, and it definitely had its lows, but overall it was relatively solid. There were just a few things I couldn't get past. I love romance novels, but I also love realistic things and I've never seen or read a relationship go THAT fast. Also there were just a lot of unrealistic aspects that got under my skin when I was reading. However, the biggest negative for me was the mains themselves. I have never read protagonists that hate themselves so much. At any chance they got these characters spiraled into the poor me, my life sucks attitude, and honestly that's not a protagonist I want to root for. But the writing was strong, and the side characters were really interesting. I was more invested in Mari's sisters relationship than I was Mari's. The plot was so smart, I just wish they leaned into the title more and made the characters more appealing. Overall it was a really cool plot, it just wasn't executed SO WELL that I'd call it a fantastic book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    KC

    This was a fast-paced easy to follow little romance story. The Pick-Up follows Mari who is in town visiting her father and step-family and going to a festival, whilst there she meets TJ who is also attending the festival in a rideshare. Their connection is instantaneous and the book focuses on their romance. The plot isn't complicated or overly deep but it is enjoyable and is a very sweet quick read. There are a lot of cliches in this story but it's endearing and I found myself rooting for Mari This was a fast-paced easy to follow little romance story. The Pick-Up follows Mari who is in town visiting her father and step-family and going to a festival, whilst there she meets TJ who is also attending the festival in a rideshare. Their connection is instantaneous and the book focuses on their romance. The plot isn't complicated or overly deep but it is enjoyable and is a very sweet quick read. There are a lot of cliches in this story but it's endearing and I found myself rooting for Mari and TJ. The supporting characters, particularly Sierra, Mari's step-sister were great and I found myself wanting more of them. They didn't have a lot of page time as it was mostly focused on the insta-romance of the main characters. Overall this was an enjoyable read but I wished parts of it were fleshed out a little bit more. Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    2.5* this book is dual-point and had two distinctive voices narrating it. I liked tj and how sweet and considerate he was. mari wasn’t my favourite but I still felt sympathy for her. trigger warning for parental abuse, more or less a flashback, but nevertheless important to the story! it is important to voice those themes and I think the book handled that well. it was clear how the character affected by this was closing off emotionally, but how they developed throughout the story anyways. I wasn’t 2.5* this book is dual-point and had two distinctive voices narrating it. I liked tj and how sweet and considerate he was. mari wasn’t my favourite but I still felt sympathy for her. trigger warning for parental abuse, more or less a flashback, but nevertheless important to the story! it is important to voice those themes and I think the book handled that well. it was clear how the character affected by this was closing off emotionally, but how they developed throughout the story anyways. I wasn’t a big fan of the romance itself. instant-love is one of my least favourite tropes, and these were teenagers (aged 17 and 18) as well. but the theme of the book was good, the plot okay (interesting use of space across chicago) and had good supporting characters — sierra was a delight, tyler not so much but I still appreciated the sibling relationships in this one. it was overall an okay read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This book was a bit of a roller coaster of emotions, but in a good way. I loved the setting of Chicago and Lollapalooza. It made wet want to go back to Chicago and explore more of the city. Mari was a special character. While the book took place over a long weekend, we learned so much about her and her complicated life. Her divorced parents, the new love in her dad's life, what caused the break, how her mom is dealing (or not) with everything, what's going on in her life back home in TN, just to This book was a bit of a roller coaster of emotions, but in a good way. I loved the setting of Chicago and Lollapalooza. It made wet want to go back to Chicago and explore more of the city. Mari was a special character. While the book took place over a long weekend, we learned so much about her and her complicated life. Her divorced parents, the new love in her dad's life, what caused the break, how her mom is dealing (or not) with everything, what's going on in her life back home in TN, just to name a few. TJ was complex in his own way. The second son with his future planned, but not what he wanted. The boy with the older brother he idolized only to have the veil taken down. Mari & TJ meeting was by chance, but then they lost each other at Lollapalooza only to have a hashtag help them find each other again that night (Friday). Then they spent a wild Saturday together wandering around Chicago. I loved going on the adventure with them and I think other readers will too. Most of all I enjoyed the moments where the characters really opened up and told their truths. At times it was sad, but it helped them grow and made the story progress nicely.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jodee

    Thank you NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Mari, the primary character, is in Chicago to attend Lollapalooza with her step-sister. This is her chance to see one of her favorite singers and hang out with her sister and dad. This concert comes at a great time since she is having a hard time at home with her mom and her bestfriend. Now on the way to the concert, with no intention of falling in love, she meets TJ in the ride share. Thank you NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Mari, the primary character, is in Chicago to attend Lollapalooza with her step-sister. This is her chance to see one of her favorite singers and hang out with her sister and dad. This concert comes at a great time since she is having a hard time at home with her mom and her bestfriend. Now on the way to the concert, with no intention of falling in love, she meets TJ in the ride share. Mari and TJ have chemistry right from the start. They're both from out of town and she's again not looking for a boyfriend. This was a cute, sweet, heartwarming story. It was a quick read and easy to follow. The plot is simple and not overly complicated with is exactly what I was looking for and needed.

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