For the Record – Charlotte Huang

Synopsis

If Almost Famous were a YA novel… a raw, honest debut celebrating music, friendship, romance, and life on the road.

Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like… until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything

Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.

Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule… Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?

Review

Vanilla fluffy and fun. I love how this book captured that ethereal life on tour in a funny and zany way. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate that Charlotte Huang knows Fall! Out! Boy!?! She also got her MBA from Columbia and went on to become a smash-hit YA author, so she is basically my role model.

I can already tell that I would love Melbourne as a band. The front-lady gig makes me think of Paramore or Hey Monday, but they totally give off a pop-punk, angsty vibe. I love it. I wish the lyrics were interspersed throughout though, and that the Melbourne tour guide was at the beginning, not the end! That might just be an e-book version issue though.

The story wasn’t particularly new or unique, but I still enjoyed it. The ending would’ve been even better if it was drawn out a bit more though. I wish we got to see what happened to everyone. Also, I was definitely pulling for a duo project similar toHe is We or Alex & Sierra.

Related Reading

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  • The Heartbreakers – Ali Novak
  • Jesse’s Girl – Miranda Kenneally

Rating: 4/5

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