Review: ‘Songs About a Girl’ by Chris Russell

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars

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Blurb: 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 mind-blowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs…

Having read a few books in the past with similar sounding storylines, I wasn’t sure whether to request this book on NetGalley. Some were not the most imaginative stories, but I decided to give this a try…and I am so glad I did!
The main character Charlie is a quiet girl who tries to get through school without being noticed. She is really into photography and is taking her camera everywhere. One day she gets a message of Olly, who she knows from school and is now in the band Fire & Lights, asking whether she would like to take some backstage photos at a local gig. Charlie isn’t sure, but with her best friend getting involved, she finally gives in and accepts. Soon she finds herself not only caught up in the excitement, pressure and drama of band life, but she is also trying to work out the connection she seems to have to some of the Lyrics of their songs.
This is great book about friendship, growing up, first love and achieving dreams, but it also deals with issues like bullying and abuse in the online world. Charlie is a lovely character and while reading I just couldn’t help getting a little protective of her. The cliffhanger at the end of the book is also really unexpected and I can’t believe we have to wait so long to find out what happens next.

Published July 28th 2016 by Hodder Children’s Books


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