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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Songs About Us by Chris Russell

Title: Songs About Us
Author: Chris Russell
Published by: Hodder Children's Books
Publication date: 13th July 2017
Pages: 441
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance/Music/Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Charlie Bloom is just an ordinary girl.

Who happened to spend last winter hanging out with the hottest boy band in the world. No biggie.

But that's all ancient history. And now Charlie doesn't have time to even think about Fire&Lights. Or what went down with Gabe... Until she's pulled into their world of glamour and paparazzi once again.

As old feelings are rekindled, Charlie notices that the band seems different this time. But then again, so is she...

The second book in Chris Russell's Songs About a Girl trilogy is finally here, and once again the fictional boyband Fire&Lights is hogging the stage of the book blogging world. The day this trilogy ends is going to be a sad one, let me tell you.

In this second instalment, our protagonist Charlie is preparing for her exams and a life that's back to normal after a wild stint of touring with world-famous boyband Fire&Lights as their photographer. Two of the band members, however, make moving on a bit more difficult than simply moving on from a job... and soon enough, she's behind the camera, back on tour, and leading a life of drama and confusion once again.

Oh, I do love books where you connect with the characters so greatly that reading the next instalment after a year is like coming home to your friends. Due to certain events, I was a bit unsure of Charlie's best friend Melissa in the first book, but with Songs About Us I grew to love her, and their friendship continues to be adorable. We gain more insight into Aiden's personality; Yuki is still his excitable self but with some secrets of his own; and Olly and Gabe clash like never before. AND I LOVE IT.

You know what I love less? The fact that I have to wait a year for the third (and final, sad face) book. Chris Russell, excellent writer that he is, loves a cliffhanger. I, on the other hand, am one of the most impatient people you will ever meet. And Songs About Us is explosive. On the surface, you've got recording studios, a boyband mansion, creepy journalists and a limo with a hot tub - but you've also got pressure from the media, hidden pasts, problems threatening to spiral out of control, and enormous secrets on the verge of being discovered by the wrong people. It's wishful thinking written down, but with hidden depths an undiscerning reader might not expect.

If you've ever dreamed of being with the band, if you've ever wanted to be that fan who somehow becomes friends with their idols - this is for you.

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