For the Record (Review, Giveaway & SST!)

For the Record (Review, Giveaway & SST!)
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Title: For the Record
Author:  Charlotte Huang
Publisher:  Delacorte Books
Published Date: 10th November 2015
Rating: 4 stars
*Thank you to the SST for the review copy*
Synopsis: 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: For the Record is Charlotte Huang’s debut novel that I was very much interested in
reading. I am someone who really does love my music and of course, I love reading.
If you combine the two then there was no way I wasn’t going to be reading this
book! As I was reading it kind of reminded me of the books Absolutely True Lies
or Airhead by Meg Cabot. If you liked those books, then I am sure you will like
this one as well.
This book throws you right
in the moment we get started. It’s best to read the synopsis before diving in
otherwise you might feel stranded for a little because the begin right away
with Chelsea kissing a famous movie star while her band waits for her on stage.
I am going to be
completely honest and say that at the beginning, me and this book didn’t get
off to a good start. I didn’t like Chelsea’s character at first. I felt like
she sort of threw herself at Lucas Rivers? She hadn’t even known the guy for
more than 30 minutes and they were already making out in a bathroom. While her
band was waiting for her on stage! I mean, if that wasn’t disrespectful and
reckless than I don’t know what was. And then there was this small thing when
they finally got on tour where she got distracted and threw her food in the bin
before she even started reading. It’s only one sentence in the novel and not a
big deal but I couldn’t help internally screaming at that because don’t waste
food. Ever.
But after that, things
started to improve and from then on out I was hitched into this story and
reading like there was no tomorrow. I thought the idea of being on tour with a
band was really cool! It was basically like a road trip book where they got to
see all these wonderful cities and meet a bunch of different people everywhere
they went. I’ve never been in a band and touring so I don’t know how accurate
this was, but it really did give me a feel for what it could be like to be in a
band and preforming every other night and everywhere. It seems chaotic, but
like it does have its golden moments as well.
Chelsea is a member of the
band who is jumping in only this year to replace a member who has left so she
is really struggling to fit in. I felt like at the beginning she was kind of
distancing herself, but the guys of the band weren’t being too friendly either.
But in time you get to see how the gang really is a dysfunctional kind of
family and it was just so heart-warming. In the end, I really liked the whole
atmosphere and everything.
This is how Chelsea must have felt before she embarked
on her journey with the band. 
There is a massive love
triangle and some romance drama but don’t get me wrong – this is a contemporary
book so I was all prepared and expecting it! I think the way the love triangle
played out was fairly predictable and I sort of didn’t really care about it
that much. However, Mandy’s (Chelsea’s best friend) romance? Now that was
something I wasn’t expecting.
I liked all the characters
well enough but none of them really stood out as special to me, which was a
first. I do think we can all relate to Chelsea’s wants of fitting in, wanting
to be loved for who she is and just trying to get by. I can admire that girl’s
willing and ambition as well.
The ending of this book
was something I was completely not expecting! If anything it was a massive
twist thrown at the end, in terms of contemporary speaking. I enjoyed being
thrown off like that and think the ending was done incredibly well.
End result? I am going to
have to read Charlotte Huang’s next book as well!
Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

About the Author: Charlotte
Huang is a graduate of Smith College and received an MBA from Columbia Business
School, which is clearly something every aspiring writer should do. When not
glued to her computer, she cheers her two sons on at sporting events and
sometimes manages to stay up late enough to check out bands with her music
agent husband. Charlotte lives in Los Angeles and is the author of For the
Record.

Giveaway Time! A copy of a 2015 Debut novel. Open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you!

Olivia’s Question: Would
you want to go on tour in a tour bus if you could?

Olivia-Savannah x


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