Review: For The Record

Charlotte Huang - For The Record
Expected publication: November 10, 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Rating: 3/5

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?
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* I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

THIS PUBLISHES ON MY BIRTHDAY. HOLLA.

I'm going to be twenty-one, though. SO OLD. Someone cry with me.

Besides my woes, let's talk about the book.

After losing a TV talent competition, Chelsea Ford is thrust back into the spotlight as the frontwoman of Melbourne, a rock band. Before she knows it, she is given the chance to tour and she takes her best friend, Mandy, along for the ride. She is accompanied by Pem, the local songwriter and hater, Malcolm who appreciates the irritating things in life (i.e. teenybopper fangirls), and Beckett, the smexy bassist.

For the most part, I enjoyed the story. It was interesting to have a behind-the-scenes view of the band and their tech. Occasionally, Chelsea annoyed me with her constant ogling of her bandmates. Like, I get they're mega-gorgeous, but girl, control your thirst. Rest assured, though, it's definitely something minor.

There's a double-standard between Chelsea and the boys, and I'm unsure if it's intentional or not. Throughout the tour, Chelsea's bandmates are always inviting girls up onto the sin wagon. Whenever, Chelsea decides to casually invite someone, too, she's ruthlessly judged. I was glad when the boys tried to pick on her, she wasn't like, “Sniffle, sniffle. The boys hate me.” Major praise to Charlotte Huang on that aspect.

There's also a semi-onesided love triangle. For those who enjoy them, this may be for you. Chelsea pinballs back and forth between Beckett, the bassist, and an actor, Lucas. I think we were supposed b:to hate on Lucas, too. But in all honesty, I couldn't see why. He was realistic about his fame. I can't delve too deep into his character without spoiling, but considering Beckett's vast amount of fuckboy qualities, Lucas wasn't too big of a problem.

The ending was a tad cliché. But to see Chelsea actually distance herself from the band was heartening. Recommended to fans of American Idol, X-Factor, and The Voice.  
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