Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Pop Girl by Tallia Storm

Title: Pop Girl
Author: Tallia Storm
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 1st October 2015
Pages: 314
Genres: YA Contemporary/Romance/Music/Fame
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Thirteen-year-old Storm lives to sing.

Forget parties.

Forget boys.

When Storm is told she's going to miss a national competition, to go on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Hawaii, her life is OVER. What could be worse than having to give up singing to visit an island paradise? What if her (former) best friend is taking her place? A family trip to Hawaii is just the beginning.

While on holiday Storm meets a local band who need a singer last minute to record their demo. Storm steps up to the mic and her voice does the rest. When the song is on local radio the next day all of her dreams are coming true ...until the band introduce their singer on air. It's NOT her. There's a Storm coming!

Writing that synopsis made me cringe. That's how lame this book is.

Firstly, the similarities between the plot and the writer's life just made me sad. When I'm reading, I like to see imagination and originality and this... well, this was just a slightly reconstructed version of Tallia Storm's life. I mean, Storm Hall? Really? Remind you of anyone?

Storm Hall. Tallia Storm.

Lives in Scotland. Lives in Scotland.

Storm is discovered by a famous singer at just thirteen-years-old after giving her CD to someone in the industry. The next day, she's performing in a stadium. Tallia is discovered by a famous singer at just thirteen-years-old after giving her CD to someone in the industry. The next day, she's performing in a stadium.

That's literally the entire plot, by the way. It was boring. I hadn't heard of Tallia before receiving her book so I looked her up and she's done some amazing things. She sounds like a fun, genuine and hardworking person. But once I realised the book was just following the pattern of her own life, I got bored. There were no surprises. And it's been stressed everywhere that this book is 'not even slightly autobiographical', but it is. Massively. And to go with the plot similarities, that's Tallia's face on the cover, not a model asked to be Storm.

They say you should write what you know, but... I think there's a line.

So, I'll let you think about that for a bit.

Also, Storm was an immature brat. She was complaining about having to go to Hawaii. Seriously? HAWAII. And how did she meet the band mentioned in the synopsis? She accidentally flew through the window of their recording studio and landed in a heap on top of the band. This book might as well have been the script for a Disney channel movie circa 2006.

Let's be honest, 'Pop Girl' does sound like the name of a pink and sparkly magazine aimed at 5-year-olds.

The writing wasn't great, either, unsurprisingly. It was plagued with exclamation marks, as if to say, "Haha, wasn't that sentence funny! WASN'T IT! LAUGH!!!!" But every single joke flopped, and when Storm and her best friend Belle were fighting twin bullies at their school, the comebacks were so, so bad. It was laughable and I cringed a lot.

It was patronising, too. This book is aimed at younger teenagers who don't need things explaining to them, and yet brackets with explanations were dotted throughout the book constantly.

"Heyyyy!" I yell. (It hurts like mad!)

No, really? I did wonder why you were yelling in pain. Thanks.

I can't find any other reviews of the book so I might be in the minority, but unfortunately I can't recommend this book at all. To be honest, I felt like I was reading a Wattpad story by a 7-year-old who mentally gave up on the first page. The writing couldn't have been flatter if I'd ironed it and, despite being YA, I think the only people with a chance of enjoying this book are those still in primary school.


  1. I had this book ordered at the library, but now I'm not going to bother reading it! Thanks :)

    1. What doesn't work for me might work for you! Worth reading a couple of pages at least to see what you think :)