For the Record by Charlotte Huang
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Released: November 10th 2015
My Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
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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 hearthrob 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? (from Goodreads)
This book just was not for me. I think if I were a bigger fan of bands and musicians and tours, I would have enjoyed this more, but for me, the behind-the-scenes of touring and the music industry just seemed awful and not something I would ever want to be part of! The stress, the living conditions, the amount of crap you have to put up with - nope. I’ll stick to reading books, thanks.
I didn’t like any of the characters in this book much, except for Chelsea (though I really didn’t understand her sometimes). She was the new lead singer of the band Melbourne, and the other band members did not seem to like her at all. At times they were hostile and other times they just ignored her and I felt so bad for her having to live with it! And don’t get me started on Chelsea’s supposed friend Mandy, because my God. I felt sorry for the girl, but still! What she did was horrible. Chelsea took it way better than I thought she would. And Lucas Rivers! What did she see in him? No okay that’s not the right question - why did she think an actual relationship would be a good idea? Uggh. They were all awful. Even when Chelsea’s band members did start to like her more (and by like her more, I mean insult her marginally less than before), they still weren’t actually nice, and they still didn’t seem to actually respect her. Beckett was the only one who attempted to be civil, and even then, he never defended Chelsea! He just let the others say all this crap and then tried to act like he was all nice and caring because he personally didn’t say it. I just didn’t like it, I didn’t really like him or how he treated his sort-of girlfriend or that whole situation, where he complained about things not going how he thought they would - err, maybe if you actually COMMUNICATED, you wouldn’t have this problem. Idiot.
I guess I do have to admit that I liked how honest this book was. I think it was a more realistic portrayal of what happens on tours like these and it didn’t sugar coat anything or edit out the more unpleasant aspects. I did appreciate that and the way the relationships between the band members were explored. I suppose it would be difficult to all be friends immediately, and I liked the fact that it wasn’t made out to be glamorous and sunshine and rainbows all the time. It definitely made the book more believable.
Plot-wise, there was so much drama! Poor Chelsea, honestly. And I felt like, by the end, there had been very little development for most of the characters. The only one who seemed to have learnt anything from the whole experience was Chelsea, and I was glad she managed to figure out what she wanted to do. I didn’t really mind the way it all ended (to be honest, I think it was better that way and healthier for everyone involved) and I didn’t really care about the romance so I was fine with that too.
Overall, I think if you are interested in a realistic look at what happens on tour, and love music and all the backstage stuff, then you might enjoy this book. I think it just wasn’t my cup of tea, and honestly, the whole experience just sounded terrible and made me wonder why musicians even go on tour if that’s what they go through! I’ve given it 2.5 stars, but I really do think you should give this book a go if it’s something you feel you would enjoy. I think a lot of people will like this one and I don't want my review to put people off if they were really interested in reading it before.