I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.For the Record by Charlotte Huang
on November 10, 2015
Also by this author: Going Geek
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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 think it’s no secret that YA readers love books with a strong music theme. There’s been so many great ones. One of my absolute favorites is Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway. I devoured it in one sitting and I’ve never found a book that’s came even kind of close to it. Until now…
For the Record was so very fun! I was in love from the very first chapter. It’s about Chelsea, the main character, landing the lead vocals job with a already established rock band and her adventures and hardships on tour. It’s so easy for a book to come off as silly when it’s about a bunch of famous people but For the Record feels so authentic. Charlotte Huang has some insider knowledge in the music business and it shows.
Chelsea was a fabulous MC. She’s down to earth and so easy to relate to, even though she’s in this unfathomable situation (for most of us). She just really wants to escape her home town and her unfair high school experiences. Escape she does! With a rock band! I feel like Chelsea made some pretty dumb decisions throughout the book but that just made her more real.
The touring and band aspects of the story were so well done. I loved that they had days with off performances and days with excellent ones and that I could really feel that in the tone of the story. The other band members and crew were all well written. I loved that each member had such a fleshed out personality.
I was pretty surprised by something that happens between Chelsea and her best friend toward the end of the book. I almost think the story would’ve been fine without that situation. It felt a little out of place to me. I took away one star because of that, but it was still a fantastic book.
For the Record was pretty unputdownable. It’s going to get a lot of love from the Audrey, Wait fans. I adored it and highly recommend it!