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Reviewed by Dhisha Kukalakuntla - Teen Reviewer for Readers' Favorite
Zachary Ryan’s Playlist is about two hearts abused by a tragedy that come together in a fearful yet destined young romance. Sarabeth was born and raised in a musical family. She played the piano and sang with a passion since her childhood. When her main musical motivation, her father, died in a car accident, Sarabeth uses music to cope with the loss. But her inner canary falls silent when she is raped by her childhood friend and the boy her mother wants her to marry in the future: Jackson. While dealing with her inner turmoil from the sexual assault, Sarabeth meets Logan, a cocky boy from her English class, and immediately feels drawn to him. This book is about how Sarabeth handles her sexual assault, learns to love and trust again with Logan, explores how to be independent yet caring, and tests the strength of her relationships with her friends and mother.
Playlist explores the concept of choosing your destiny rather than sticking to a prescribed one. It teaches the reader to cherish relationships but always put their emotions and passions before others’. It shows how incredibly strong the force of love could be. I especially appreciated how Zachary Ryan took the time to explore the relationships of Sarabeth’s friends. Sarabeth is straight and is shown to be prone to dependence in a relationship. However, when the author chose to explore Noel’s viewpoint on romantic relationships as a gay man and how Shea prioritizes her own passions over her relationships, it gave Sarabeth’s position more perspective. Playlist is a lovely read.