Book Review - For The Record


For The Record* - 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 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 gruelling schedule . . . Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can't?"

I don't know what age I was when the movie Almost Famous came out but I must have been pretty young, I remember going to my local video store (yep, it was that long ago people) and renting the movie and I remember as the credits were rolling just thinking 'wow, this is it, that's what I want life to be when I grow up'  It just felt perfect to me, the clothes, Kate Hudson's hair, the touring, the music, the carefree attitude to life.  The film is still to this day one of my forever favourites but I sort of maybe understand a little more about what the film is 'actually' about and sort of don't really think its as suited to me now as I did when I was 10 haha! 

But the film and the era that it's set in inspires so many aspects of my life still to this day especially in  style and music, so whenever I see a movie or book that has any kinda of similarity to that vibe I need them in my life which is why I couldn't wait to read For The Record after reading the blurb.

I really, really loved this book.  There were no downsides to it for me.  It is about life on the road, music, behind the scenes of a band, basically everything I love and enjoy in a story.

The story revolves around the main character Chelsea and her life as a singer.  We meet her just as her life is about to change, after losing a reality TV singing competition she gets the chance of a lifetime to join a famous band.  She jumps at the chance but having a tight-knit rock band and their fans accept a girl from a reality TV show is much harder a task than she thought.  The book Chronicles her journey of life on the road and trying to find herself in a world of fame, celebrities and super hot bassists....

I have read a lot of books based around the whole 'life on the road, fame over night' type thing but I have to say this beats them all hands down.  The author Charlotte's ability to make you feel like this book is more non-fiction that fiction is just amazing.  At times I had to remind myself that this was a made up story and not someone's memoir I was reading.  She somehow managed to make me believe 100% that life on the road would feel like that, I felt like we as readers, were let into real backstage secrets, it all felt so authentic and just really beautifully written.

I think what made this story stand out for me as well is that even though it was about the music and that 'on the road life' it also had a much deeper side to the story as well.  It brings up that ago old question of, is getting what you want ever as good as you think it will be and I think there really is something in that and Chelsea really does experience that and questions it in the book. I always love they kind of aspects to a story as I think it gives the readers a lot to think about too.

This is definitely another read for my 'Favourites of the Year' list of books, it's such a fun read that is just beyond perfect for these autumn nights.  Get yourself a big mug of Hot Chocolate, and snuggle in with this really, really heart-warming book.

You can order this from Wordery or Amazon