Book Review - Songs About A Girl by Chris Russell
Genre: Teens | YA
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: 28 July 2016
"Charlie Bloom never wanted to be 'with the band'. She's happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she's asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band, Fire&Lights, she can't pass up the chance.
Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman Gabriel West and his boy-next-door bandmate, Olly Samson. Then, as the boys' rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mindblowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs ..."
Just reading the first few pages put a smile on my face as I was hit by memories of my teenage love for boy bands. Charlie was different though, she wasn't interested in that kind of thing because she had a passion for photography. This intrigued me and raised lots of questions about her life.
The beginning of her whirlwind adventure actually got my heart pounding as though it was me in her position (I might still consider running off with the Backstreet Boys but now I'd have 4 kids in tow ha ha).
The style of writing was comfortable to read and very expressive, I could almost hear the words in front of me being spoken out loud. The characters felt so real and each of them brought something different to the storyline, all put together they were addictive. Melissa was one of my favourites because she made me laugh out loud, I found myself looking forward to any scenes that involved her.
It wasn't all boy bands, concerts and after-parties though, there was a surprisingly deep part of the storyline which was quite emotional to read. Then there was a mystery that drove me crazy trying to figure it out and even a love triangle (ooh I do love a good love triangle) which added yet another exciting side to the storyline.
Later on came a completely unexpected turn of events which had me holding my breath as I waited for the outcome and this was followed by a gasp-inducing cliffhanger that totally left me wanting more. When will there be more?
Songs About A Girl is the perfect read for anyone who ever had dreams of 'being with the band'. It took me away to moments of pure escapism and thoughts of a marshmallow world!
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Thank you to the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook in exchange for my honest opinion.