November 29, 2015

Sunday Street Team: For the Record Review

The Author

Charlotte Huang

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 (Delacorte, 2015)

The Book

For the Record by Charlotte Huang
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 hearthrob 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?

Grade: C+
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.

I went into For the Record expecting something a bit like Open Road Summer, except more from Dee's POV and with a different type of music. And I didn't really get that. There was a lot of angst with Chelsea feeling like an outsider and unwanted and the romantic tension. It was still a fairly enjoyable story, but it wasn't quite as perfect as I expected. While I didn't dislike Chelsea, I didn't love her. I really didn't like her best friend or Lucas Rivers. The whole plotline with Lucas was a bit cliche. I much preferred Beckett, even with all his faults. I actually really enjoy when bandmates fall for each other, so I mostly liked how that played out. And I did like the idea of the band. I would've liked a little more setting and imagery of all the places they were playing. It would've grounded me in the story better.
There's a lot of kissing and talk of sleeping together. There's a fair amount of foul language.

The Verdict: I still recommend reading For the Record, I really do. But it wasn't quite what I wanted, so that's why I'm not in love with it.

Will I be adding this book to my library?: Eh, probably not.

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