Sunday, 1 November 2015

For the Record (Review, Giveaway & SST!)

Hey there!

Title: For the Record
Author:  Charlotte Huang
Publisher:  Delacorte Books
Published Date: 10th November 2015
Rating: 4 stars

*Thank you to the SST for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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?

Review: For the Record is Charlotte Huang’s debut novel that I was very much interested in reading. I am someone who really does love my music and of course, I love reading. If you combine the two then there was no way I wasn’t going to be reading this book! As I was reading it kind of reminded me of the books Absolutely True Lies or Airhead by Meg Cabot. If you liked those books, then I am sure you will like this one as well.

This book throws you right in the moment we get started. It’s best to read the synopsis before diving in otherwise you might feel stranded for a little because the begin right away with Chelsea kissing a famous movie star while her band waits for her on stage.

I am going to be completely honest and say that at the beginning, me and this book didn’t get off to a good start. I didn’t like Chelsea’s character at first. I felt like she sort of threw herself at Lucas Rivers? She hadn’t even known the guy for more than 30 minutes and they were already making out in a bathroom. While her band was waiting for her on stage! I mean, if that wasn’t disrespectful and reckless than I don’t know what was. And then there was this small thing when they finally got on tour where she got distracted and threw her food in the bin before she even started reading. It’s only one sentence in the novel and not a big deal but I couldn’t help internally screaming at that because don’t waste food. Ever.

But after that, things started to improve and from then on out I was hitched into this story and reading like there was no tomorrow. I thought the idea of being on tour with a band was really cool! It was basically like a road trip book where they got to see all these wonderful cities and meet a bunch of different people everywhere they went. I’ve never been in a band and touring so I don’t know how accurate this was, but it really did give me a feel for what it could be like to be in a band and preforming every other night and everywhere. It seems chaotic, but like it does have its golden moments as well.

Chelsea is a member of the band who is jumping in only this year to replace a member who has left so she is really struggling to fit in. I felt like at the beginning she was kind of distancing herself, but the guys of the band weren’t being too friendly either. But in time you get to see how the gang really is a dysfunctional kind of family and it was just so heart-warming. In the end, I really liked the whole atmosphere and everything.

This is how Chelsea must have felt before she embarked
on her journey with the band. 
There is a massive love triangle and some romance drama but don’t get me wrong – this is a contemporary book so I was all prepared and expecting it! I think the way the love triangle played out was fairly predictable and I sort of didn’t really care about it that much. However, Mandy’s (Chelsea’s best friend) romance? Now that was something I wasn’t expecting.

I liked all the characters well enough but none of them really stood out as special to me, which was a first. I do think we can all relate to Chelsea’s wants of fitting in, wanting to be loved for who she is and just trying to get by. I can admire that girl’s willing and ambition as well.

The ending of this book was something I was completely not expecting! If anything it was a massive twist thrown at the end, in terms of contemporary speaking. I enjoyed being thrown off like that and think the ending was done incredibly well.

End result? I am going to have to read Charlotte Huang’s next book as well!

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

About the Author: 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.

Giveaway Time! A copy of a 2015 Debut novel. Open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you!


Olivia’s Question: Would you want to go on tour in a tour bus if you could?



Olivia-Savannah x

32 comments:

  1. I'm a bit of an introvert at times, so as long as I knew whoever else was on the tour bus with me really well I'd love to! (Or if the others were book lovers!)

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    1. I would love a tour bus full of booklovers. That would be so interesting :D

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  2. Okay, I don't think this book is for me and even less so after you said there is a massive love triangle. I'm sick and tired of those and I don't want that trope on my books any longer. However, I'm glad you end up enjoying it even with that beginning. I don't see myself making out with someone 30 min after meeting him to be honest LOL
    I don't know if a bus tour is good for me because I can't read in a bus most of the time but if I could, I would love to go all over Canada and Great Britain. I would love that very much :D

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    1. I think I can understand. A lot of people are done and fed up with love triangles because they are a trope used a lot! But for some reason, I have started to be more lenient towards them? I don't even know why xD But I guess maybe I am more in the mood for romances than I though :P

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  3. I had the chance to read this, but after reading the description, I turned it down. Good to know that It's enjoyable. You know that I don't really like love triangles, unless other things in the storyline make it interesting. I'll have to give this a go soon. Great review!

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    1. I know how you feel about love triangles, but maybe the music and tour bus idea of things will interest you in this contemporary. I hope you do get a chance to at least try this one out.

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  4. Making out with a guy she barely knows for more than 30 minutes? Woah. I'll try to read this one but I'm worried about that character, Chelsea. Anyway, I'm glad you liked the book. :)

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    1. Chelsea does grow on you as time goes on. I think her character matures.

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  5. I'm glad it turned out well and that you liked it. I don't care for those instant make out scenes either. I don't think it's realistic for most people. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Yep, not so realistic. And I do like realism in my novels!

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  6. I'm glad you didn't give up on this book, Olivia. Sometimes, books require a bit more patience. :)

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  7. This one sounds really good and I am glad you enjoyed it. I don't know if I would like to go on a tour bus. I feel it would be a horrible time for me, especially if you had to share the bus with others. It'd be small and cramped and I hate the beds they usually have on there. Plus, I like my own space. So, no, it sounds awful haha.

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    1. I think I know what you mean. Some people really like having their own space and after a few days would feel suffocated!

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  8. I'm definitely not someone who really goes out of my way to read contemporary, and love triangles are also an element I'm pretty wary of, so... this doesn't sound like it would be for me. If the elements all come together and it sounds like something I'd love, I wouldn't miss out, but the themes in this aren't of huge interest to me. I'm happy to hear you generally enjoyed it, though!
    As for going on tour... I would for writing. Not for being in a band or being a singer.

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    1. Ah, I can understand. Not every book is for everyone! I know a lot of readers sometimes struggle with contemporaries. I most wouldn't do it for a band or a singer because I am not one of those xD But I wouldn't mind road tripping or going on a book/writing tour.

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  9. This is one of those books that I've had my eye on. Glad you enjoyed it, even though the love triangle spoiled things a bit.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I hope you do get a chance to read it and give it a go. You might like this one :3

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  10. Wasting food is a cardinal sin!

    I've actually been contemplating young people who find themselves in the limelight recently, I think because all of the popularity youtubers have been getting and how it's opening up new opportunities for them (Hell Todrick Hall).

    I always consider contemps to play by the numbers, usually you expect plot twists from sci-fi/fantasy books, not contemporaries, so I'm pretty curious!

    Thanks for hte review lady!

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    1. I actually don't like that in novels. Don't waste food! Come give it to me and I'll eat it xD It does open new opportunities, and that is such a good thing ^.^ I know what you mean about not expecting plot twists there! That definitely surprised me :3

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  11. I would like to go on a tour bus and see what its like, get to see more of the country! This sounds like a book I would like too, I love music!

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    1. It would be a great way to travel and see a lot of sights at once.

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  12. OOOH I got all excited and thought you meant "tour bus" as in the ones the music stars use. :) Would love to see what went on behind the scenes in my favourite rockband's tour bus. Can you tell I've only just seen them (after waiting nearly 20 years) in September. Haven't quite got over it yet. :D

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    1. I did mean that kind of tour bus! And whoa, that's a lot of years to wait. I hope it was epic when you did get to see them ^^

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  13. I dont know really, i suppose it would depend of with whom & where.

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    1. I think that would matter quite a bit.

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  14. Good to know that although it got off to a slow start it finished strong. Cool cover too! :)

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    1. I really liked the cover! And yes, it did pick up as things progressed.

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  15. I thought I was the only one who got mad when fictional characters wasted food, it does make me really mad too haha :P this book sounds like a lot of fun, I don't know if I would like Chelsea, but the story is really nice!
    Oh and I think I would love to be in a tour bus! :D Although I wonder how long it would take me to get kind of tired of everyone haha sharing a small space with the same people for a long time can get ugly...

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. Yay! I am not alone in picking up on that small detail :3 And yes, this book is really fun above everything else.

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  16. I don't like love triangles but this sounds decent.

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