The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 11/20/19-11/24/19 (kinda cheating, I started it 3 times throughout November)

How I Found It: Amazon

Before we get started, trigger warning for rape.

I will say, I was slightly disappointed by this one. I have read books about food trucks (Geekerella and The Way You Make Me Feel for starters) and this one did not feel especially special compared to them. One of the coolest parts of this book for me, however, is the food truck that is engraved into the hardcover of the book. Plus, the cover art is SICK. Otherwise, it just wasn’t as interesting to me as I was hoping it would be.

There is Max, a “dude bro” who is athletic, half-Mexican, half-Irish, and in a lot of trouble. After staying out the whole night losing his virginity, Max is forced to take a summer job. He comes across a food truck, where Jordan and his mom are taking it out for the first time after Jordan’s dad’s death. She falls apart and quits, giving Max, a complete stranger, a job on the truck for the summer.

They begin researching to find ways to make a lot of money in the effort of saving Jordan and his mom from losing their house. Once they find ways to actually make money, they start to do really well, and begin opening up to each other. Eventually, they begin dating, and their feelings for each other grow exponentially. But their secrets are still eating away at them, and they have to find ways to share them before they ruin what they have.

Quick spoiler: I appreciate that we were saved from the awkward “we broke up because it got too real, but then we realized that we wanted real” that is in EVERY. SINGLE. ROMANCE. NOVEL. Like, we get it, find another way to tell your story. This one was incredibly refreshing path through the story.

Okay, little less of a spoiler: The ending to me was not where it should have been. It almost felt like there needed to be another 15-2o pages to actually bring this story to an end. The writing style throughout the book was easy to read, but it wasn’t one that kept my attention.

To sum up, I personally would give this book 3.5 stars out of 5, with the hope that my issues with this particular book would not translate to his other works.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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