Famous in a Small Town

For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.

The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.

What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.


“Mills has written a sweet, witty, and touching story about small-town life and the secrets we share. Delightfully multidimensional characters, an appealing setting, and a deceptively simple plot with some unanticipated twists make this is a novel that transcends the conventional romance genre. Readers will especially enjoy the lively dialogue and the effortless narrative flow. This novel is a fine addition to any collection serving young adults.”

VOYA, Starred Review

“Rife with witticism, like a finely honed sitcom, and brimming with heart.”


“Mills encapsulates small-town life in this eventful romance.”

Publishers Weekly

Awards & Accolades


Junior Library Guild selection