Title: Songs About a Girl
Author: Chris Russell
Pages: 496 Pages
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
Heartbreak, romance, fame and pop music – for anyone who’s ever dreamed of saying ‘I’m with the band’.
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 …
So, it was always my dream – to say I’m with the band. It never happened for me sadly but I got to live that dream vicariously through the awesome YA fictional story of Charlie Bloom.
Songs About a Girl is the story of Charlie Bloom and how she is fast-tracked to the world of fame – something that she didn’t expect or actually want. Charlie is asked to take photographs for TV talent show winning band Fire&Lights and whilst taking the photographs she finds herself becoming the proverbial Yoko Ono. She begins to fall for frontman Gabriel West who she has this bizarre connection with and it upsets the delicate balance of the how the band works.
Amidst all of this Charlie is dealing with family issues, falling out with her best friend and dealing with her new found infamy. No one ever said that being a teenager was easy.
I absolutely adored Songs About a Girl. It made me want to be a teenager again….which as a 34 year old woman is not something I say lightly or often. Chris Russell really has got down to the nitty gritty of what it is like to be a teenager.
I am so glad that I have the sequel to this book downloaded and the third in the series pre-ordered.
Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell is available now.
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