As a music addict and a massive fan of Fall Out Boy, I couldn’t not read a book endorsed by Pete Wentz himself. Charlotte Huang’s debut novel For The Record tells about the thrills of living life on the main-stage… and how being in the fast lane of the music industry can mess with your identity.
Chelsea Ford thought she was doomed to return to small town life after losing a reality TV vocal competition, but when she receives an offer to become the new lead singer of her favorite band, Melbourne, she knows her life will never be the same again. As she exchanges her hometown comforts for tour bus antics, dramatic confrontations, and dozens of live shows a week, Chelsea realizes that the life of a performer is not as perfect as she’d hoped it would be.
Struggling to find her own sound in the massive wake of the former leading lady, Chelsea fights for acceptance not only from fans and sponsors, but her new bandmates who haven’t quite accepted the idea of a pop singer as the front-woman of a rock group. Chelsea quickly becomes caught up in the emotional strains of life in the spotlight, and must learn how to adapt in order to win her way into the hearts of thousands.
For The Record takes an interesting look into the side of the music industry you don’t often see. For a musician and self-declared band obsessed person like me, I loved being able to experience the lives of my favorite artists through Chelsea and get an inside point of view on what makes the world of music go around.
I recommend this novel to the fans of Ally Carter, Becca Fitzpatrick, Lauren Oliver, and Julie Kagawa. Packed with drama, intrigue, and romance, For The Record is one read you will not be able to put down!
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