Release Date: February 2017.
Publisher: Hachette Australia. (ATOM)
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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 Beats Perfect. This Book’s perfect. I loved it. Rebecca Denton has done a standout job with this cool contemporary that is all about the music. She herself has a career in music and has used her insider knowledge to bring true authenticity to this book.
Amelie Ayres is just like you and me, except she is an incredible singer and has a famous producer father – but she doesn’t want to use her father but wants to build her music career on her own. She is a bit of a music sob and would never enjoy music of a boyband such as The Keep. But she finds herself backstage at one of their concerts while waiting for her dad.
She then finds herself swept into a social media frenzy as all The Keep’s fans want to know who the girl was back stage – so much for keeping a low profile.
Being in The Keep is not what Max dreamed his life would be. He is making lots of money, but he isn’t making the music that he wants. He want’s Amelie’s dad’s help him to do just that.
Amelie starts to get to know him in the studio, and he is more normal than she imagined. Something starts to spark between them. But no matter how bright the spark, it’s not enough. Max has messes he needs to clean up, and Amelie has her music to worry about.
I just loved everything about this book. Amelie, Max and the music. They both belonged to worlds outside of the realm of the norm, but they were so normal and so real and so human, you couldn’t help but fall in love with them. I just loved how each chapter was titled with a song, so if you feel inclined you can listen to each song as you read each chapter. It was a light hearted-swoon worthy read for music lovers that was so easy to get swept up in.
If this book was a song, it would win a Grammy. I highly recommend it.
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