Wednesday, 8 February 2017

This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton


Amelie Ayres has impeccable taste in music. Bowie. Bush. Bob. So when she finds herself backstage at The Keep’s only UK gig she expects to hate it; after all they are world’s most tragic band. In fact she feels a grudging respect – not (obviously) for their music, but for the work that goes in to making them megastars. And when lead singer, ‘Maxx’, is not dressed up as a cross between Elvis and a My Little Pony, he is actually rather normal, talented and has creative struggles not too dissimilar to her own. But the next morning she wakes up rolls over and discovers a million new @’s on social media. Overnight a photo of her backstage has made her a subject of global speculation. Suddenly the world needs to know #Who’sThatGirl? – but for all the wrong reasons. All Amelie wants is to play her music. She’s got the guitar, the songs, the soul and, in the safety of her bedroom, she’s got the voice. But when it comes to getting up on stage, she struggles with self-doubt. Immaculate’s a concept. Flawless is fake. But just sometimes music – and hearts – can rock a perfect beat.

This book is so good. Stay up reading past your bedtime good. I love a YA novel based around music and boybands and this had me hooked from the first page. I adored the main character Amelie and loved that this book was more focused on her and her musical ambitions rather than the boyband as such.  I loved Amelie's best friend Maisie. There's not enough good girl friendships in YA and this did that aspect wonderfully.  I want a sequel. I want a whole series of sequels.

You'll love this if you enjoyed
Love Song by Sophia Bennett
Songs about a girl by Chris Russell

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