{Bieke Reviews} For the Record by Charlotte Huang

Posted October 23, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 12 Comments

{Bieke Reviews} For the Record by Charlotte Huang

For the Record

by Charlotte Huang
Published on November 10th 2015
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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 received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 Stars

The only thing worse than hating a book is when you feel indifferent about it. When all you can say upon finishing it is “meh”. And that’s how I felt about this one. It’s okay. Not bad. Not Great. Just… okay.

For the Record is about Chelsea. After she lost a talent show in TV, she went back home to lead a normal boring life. But then her whole life changed. Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, touring and performing with a band that barely tolerates her. When teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers takes an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, putting a spotlight on Melbourne that not everyone in the band likes.

I don’t really know where to start with this one. My thoughts are all over the place. Let’s start with the positives, alright? I liked the story and it had a lot of potential. I think the author perfectly captured the drama that comes with show business and touring around the country in a tour bus. I liked having that behind the scenes look and it felt realistic for the most part.

But that’s also where the negative starts. Some of the drama was too much and it wasn’t really necessary. And if there’s anything I hate in contemporary novels these days, it’s unnecessary drama. Next to that I also didn’t really connect with any of the characters. I liked some of them, like Malcolm and Pem, but didn’t get to know them enough to be able to love them. The main character, Chelsea, was the one I struggled the most with. She kind of felt all over the place and I didn’t really get a good grip on who she was as a character. Does that make any sense? Probably not. The romances were… meh. Most of that is probably because of my inability to connect to the characters, though.

I recommend For the Record to fans of Emery Lord’s Open Road Summer or Ali Novak’s The Heartbreakers and people that like books about road trips and music. I honestly hope you’ll give this one a go and fall in love with it, cause I’m most likely just a black sheep here judging from the other reviews I’ve seen floating around. So give it a try, please.

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12 responses to “{Bieke Reviews} For the Record by Charlotte Huang

  1. I have read this one! At the beginning I had a very hard time liking it. Chelsea and I really didn’t get off to a good start at all and I didn’t like her character. In fact, for the majority of the book I only felt okay about the characters. What I did like about the ending was that it was a breath of fresh air. It wasn’t a huge plot twist or anything, but it was still very unexpected. Chelsea grew on me in time. But yeah, feeling indifferent about a book is not the best feeling. I would rather love it or hate it.

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  2. Unfortunately, I am of two things: 1. I don’t really like road trips and music; 2. I don’t like unnecessary drama. Like you, I want drama to feel natural. I want it to feel realistic. I don’t want everyone to be all over the place, because otherwise, I would get exhausted. So sad to see that this is such a case, considering the author is so nice on Twitter! I may still give it a try though. We’ll see!

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