Everybody Knows Your Name – Andrea Seigel & Brent Bradshaw


Meet Magnolia.

Her father’s dead, her boyfriend’s ditched her to commit himself more fully to surfing, and her mother’s depressed because she can’t get cast onThe Real Housewives of Orange County. All Magnolia wants is to reinvent herself.

Meet Ford.

Half his family is in jail, the other half probably should be, he shoplifted his way into a job at a record store, and his brother pawned his 1953 Telecaster for a quick buck. All Ford wants is to reinvent himself.

Ford, meet Magnolia.

When the two teens are cast in Spotlight, a reality TV singing competition, both see it as their chance to start anew. With each episode, as they live together in a Hollywood Hills mansion and sing their hearts out, Ford and Magnolia fall in love. But how genuine can that love be when a television audience is watching their every move—and when their pasts are catching up them so much faster than they can run?

Perfect for fans of Pitch Perfect, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Mindy Kaling, and Meg Cabot, Everybody Knows Your Name is a romantic comedy that delivers an unforgettable cast of characters (and way more laughs than any episode of American Idol).


Not a big fan. Too much insta-love, too much annoying teenage angst, and too little plot/character development. As in, I feel like the characters didn’t grow AT ALL.

I know this book was supposed to be funny, but it really wasn’t. Some built-in humour just got a little awkward.

The parenting was terrible, and I could hardly believe it to be real. The Buckleys were shocking, and I don’t know how people are able to get away with that kind of lifestyle. Is that really possible? And Magnolia’s mother was pitiful.

We barely got anything from the show. I’ll admit, those reality competitions are my guilty pleasure. But there was no Spotlight-related suspense, because Magnolia barely cared about it and Ford had way too many curveballs thrown at him. As Stacey said, what kind of singing competition was this? They barely focused on the singing at all. I wanted to hear about arduous hours spent singing, practicing, dancing, etc. Find out about brutal routines and difficulty picking songs. I didn’t want to hear about all the drama surrounding them!

I guess this book just wasn’t what I was hoping for.

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Rating: 1/5

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