Here is what some reviewers had to say about The Mixtape to My Life!

“The Mixtape to My Life is the consummate summer read even if you’ve not been a young adult for some time now. Seventeen-year-old Justin Ortega has to be one of my all-time favorite coming of age characters.” Readers’ Favorite

“Alongside a compelling cast of multifaceted characters, vividly accurate portrayals of a teen’s struggles with his sexual identity make for a compelling coming-of-age tale. This offbeat romance is sure to delight YA readers.” – The Prairies Book Reviews

“The characters are well-developed and the couplings are sweet and believable.” Kinzie Things

“What a cute and wholesome coming of age story!…. I laughed, I teared up and I overall had an enjoyable reading experience. I can’t wait to see what else Jake Martinez writes. – Goodreads Review

“This book will always be a true favorite of mine and one I can’t recommend enough!” – Goodreads Review

“Guess what? I needed to read this book right now. I needed something to sweep me away from our crazy world happenings. “Mixtape to my Life” had me invested very early on.” – Netgalley Review

“I am usually not a big fan of YA contemp, but I picked this up based on the cover and I do not regret it at all. If I had any teens to recommend books to, this one would absolutely be on the list.” – Netgalley Review

“Such a cute and wholesome coming of age story! I loved it and was engrossed from the beginning! It is so easy to get attached to these characters and love them! I laughed and I cried right along with them! I throughly enjoyed this one and can’t wait to see what else this author writes! I am here for it!” – Netgalley Review

“Overall, I believe The Mixtape to My Life is definitely an important story that is both enjoyable and funny at times but still has enough emotional depth to deal with more serious issues and let the reader emphasise with the characters.” – Netgalley Review

“I really enjoy YA books and this book is one of the reasons why.” – Netgalley Review

“A lovable queer romance, contemporary set in the nineties about Justin Ortega trying to find himself whilst being there for his loved ones. This book filled me with awe over the relationships and the amazing soundtrack!” – Netgalley Review

“Such a great story! Lovely character arc, setting and plot. Realistic drama and characterizations! The cover is beautifully done and pulls you right in!” – Netgalley Review

“I really enjoyed this book, it was a beautiful exploration of masculinity, identity, race, and coming of age!” – Netgalley Review

“A must-read not only for young people, but for all ages.” – Netgalley Review

“A stunning LGBTQ debut from Jake Martinez – I can’t wait to see what he releases next.” – Netgalley Review

“The cover is just as stunning as the story you’ll find inside! I would highly recommend this book!” – Netgalley Review

“Characters that move me, well more than one per book is rare. I found I loved both of this couple as it motivated me to read faster and get to the end. I was pleased that there was romance, charm, and more among the angst. So many surprises and a worthwhile read. Hope we revisit this bunch of friends. I give this a 4/5 Kitty’s Paws UP!“ –Kitty’s Book Spot

“I really enjoyed Mixtape to my Life and it was definitely one of the best LGBTQ+ books I have read in a long time and I will definitely be on the look out for more stuff from this author in the future. A wonderful 5 star read and I highly recommend it.” – For the Novel Lovers

“I also just appreciated the way the story handles its LGBTQ+ characters.” – Netgalley Review

“This book was fast paced and I really enjoyed it. It was a happy(ish) ending in a crazy time – Netgalley Review