Friday, January 29, 2016

Boy Band by Jacqueline E. Smith

Boy Band by Jacqueline E. Smith is one of the books I recently won through Goodreads Giveaways. I was really hoping to win this one, so yay! And it came with the sequel, Backstage, which I will be reviewing in the future.

To start, let me tell you that this is a young adult novel. It's not a novel featuring teenagers that makes you wonder if parents really let their teenagers read this kind of stuff. This book is clean and fun. If my daughter were thirteen, I would let her read Boy Band. There are a couple naughty words, but not nearly as many as are allowed on basic TV these days.

Boy Band is a first person story from the perspective of Mel who travels with a superstar boy band called The Kind of September. Her best friend Sam is in the band and she's also secretly in love with him. The media is constantly spreading rumors about Sam's love life, and Mel isn't totally sure which rumors are true. Not that it matters because she would never, ever tell him how she feels.

I like light reading. This book is very light. It was almost too light for me. But I'm, let's just say, really grown up. If I had read this book in high school I'm pretty sure I would have been obsessed with it. The story takes the reader through every day and every detail of life on the road with the popular boy band. Sometimes it seems like too much detail. But I think that girls would love to get a glimpse into that world, especially those who are prone to swoon over cute pop stars.

This book is a quick read, but it was hard for me to get sucked in because there was very little action and almost no conflict. I had a hard time keeping the characters straight. They were all very similar and seemed to have no flaws. Obviously when telling the story of a band there will be multiple characters, but they needed to be more distinct.

Of course, I had no trouble distinguishing the main character and her crush. I wish there had been more tension between them. But toward the end I felt the story picked up pace. It ended on a cliffhanger, and I'm really excited to start on the sequel.

In conclusion, I think Boy Band is a great read for girls thirteen to sixteen who enjoy pop culture. It's a fun book that will leave you wanting more.

Thanks to the author for this signed copy

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