SST 4 – Review: For the Record by Charlotte Huang

Title: For the Record
Author: Charlotte Huang
Publication date: November 10, 2015
Number of pages: 320
Synopsis: If Almost Famous were a YA novel… a raw, honest debut celebrating music, friendship, romance, and life on the road.

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?

**I received a copy of this book on a read to review basis in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the SST, the publisher, and author for the opportunity.**

For the Record by Charlotte Huang
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed reading For the Record because of it’s light nature and topics. I absolutely love singing and music so reading a book about a girl who joins a popular band and the adventures, ups and downs, and drama that ensued was wonderful. The book was a fun read and I definitely enjoyed reading about the tour Chelsea and the rest of the band took.
I also really liked the characters because they all had their own personality and little quirks that made them different from each other. Chelsea in particular was really easy to connect with for me because I could understand where she came from–being bullied and wanting the fame of being in a band/singing. She was also just very easy-going and got with the flow of things very quickly. At the same time, I thought that some of her actions were a little annoying, but can’t completely blame her for them as I’m not sure how I’d react to so much fame. Overall though, I really connected with Chelsea.
The other characters in the book were also really easy to connect with and I liked most of them. While I liked most of the characters, there were a few I didn’t care for much, but whom grew on me by the end. However, there was one character in particular that shrunk on me so to speak and whom I just couldn’t stand in the end.
I really liked the plot and pacing of the novel and would definitely recommend it. However, the only reason for the 3.5 instead of 4 is because of the ending! I won’t say anything except I need more! If you’ve read this, please discuss with me because I just can’t deal.
Overall, I really enjoyed For the Record and would recommend it for people looking for a light, dramatic and romantic read. I will definitely read more of Huang’s work in the future as I really enjoyed her writing style.


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