When I saw the synopsis for Love Radio on Netgalley, I was immediately intrigued by the Hitch references. I saw Hitch in the movie theatre when it came out with a group of friends and enjoyed it. I still think it is a good movie and was curious how the premise would translate to a young adult novel. Enter Prince Jones aka DJ Love. Prince is seventeen and has his own show on the radio where he gives advice to the brokenhearted. Too bad he can’t make heads or trails when it comes to Dani Ford, a class mate who he has been crushing hard on for years. As an attempt to win her affections, he bets her that he ”the love DJ” could make her fall in love with him with three dates.
On the surface, Prince has the confidence and the swagger to be who he is. Underneath, he is a seventeen year old boy trying to find balance between school, djing, and take care of his mother and younger brother. As the man of the house, he takes his responsibilities very seriously. Right away, I could tell Prince was a sweetheart. I loved the relationship he had with his mother and younger brother.
Dani is a bit more abrasive than Prince. Alot of that has to do with what happened at a party months ago. Ever since that fateful night, she has struggled to write which is difficult for her as she’s a writer attempting to apply to college. She also had dreams of being an author. When Prince starts entering her orbit, he presents a nice distraction that she does not see going anywhere. She absolutely refutes the idea that he can have her falling love with him but as things get started she is admittedly having a good time. Dani is on a personal journey – one which was very interesting to watch.
Prince really is a prince in how he treats Dani. He communicates with her and always enjoys surprising her. He uses music t express his feelings; and Dani responds in turn with written words. I really enjoyed this dynamic and the how it ebbed and flowed together. I was tender and had some really cute moments. Mixed in with these super cue moments are moments of self love and healing as Prince and Dani come to terms with their personal dilemmas (Dani – her trauma ; Prince – his mothers MS relapse). It is a celebration of Black love and representation.
Love Radio is adorable and does have several links to the movie Hitch. The dates Prince created were fun but what really made me and Dani fall for him is the way he listened and supported her. Even when she was trying to push him away, he was still holding strong. I just really enjoyed this sweet story.
Rating; 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**