Author: Chris Russell
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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…
Thank you so much to Flatiron Books for sending an ARC copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Everyone has always dreamed of saying “I’m with the band”, for few it actually becomes a possibility. For Charlie Bloom, she is one of the rare few.
I loved how the book shows how different stars are when they are not in front of screaming fans. Instead of being loud and peppy, behind the scenes is when they have a chance to be themselves and relax before is starts all over again. However, Charlie soon realizes that although they may seem like the perfect boy band, she also gets the first-hand experience into all of their fights and arguments.
By acknowledging things that occur online, such as cyberbullying and trolling, this YA book became 100x more relatable. But despite the serious issues it tackles, it still manages to stay relatively fun. And it makes the story very compelling. This book brings to light what can happen when you mix personal life with work life, which does not always end well for those involves and those around them.
Being close in age to the main character, I was brought back to when I was a hard-core fangirl of One Direction, and now a fangirl of multiple kpop groups. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Charlie Bloom. She is living every fans’ dream. Although this may be a book, the lessons, and feeling that I took away from it felt more than real.
Without a doubt, this book is more than the music that is produced, it’s about growing up, dealing with issues that others face every day, and about becoming a stronger person for yourself and never giving up on your dream.
I look forward to reading the sequel to this book, as it is rumored to be published this summer!