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Songs About Us by Chris Russell

Writing.ie | Book Reviews | Young Adult

By Sophie O'Loughlin

“A modern love story for fans of Zoella – and for anyone who has ever dreamed of being ‘with the band’.

Two months on from the explosive finale to book one, Charlie’s life is almost back to normal again: rebuilding her relationship with her father, hanging out with best mate Melissa, and worrying about GCSEs. All the while, Gabe’s revelations about her mother are never far from her mind. And neither is Gabe.

It’s not long before Charlie is pulled back into the world of Fire&Lights – but the band seem different this time. But then again, so is she…

Meanwhile, tensions between Gabe and Olly continue to run high, leading to more turmoil between the band members and press than ever before. But when Gabriel and Charlie stumble upon yet another startling truth that links them together – everything they have stands to implode in front of them.”

Having read and loved the first book, Songs About a Girl, I was needless to say rather excited when this book came in the post.

It starts with an immediately gripping first chapter as Charlie, the main character, reminisces on her time with the band “Fire & Lights” from book 1. She then receives a text from one of the band members and the action of the book begins.

This book is extremely well written. I was hooked from the start. After being on holiday for the past month and reading 5 different books I was finding it difficult to find something new that would grab my attention, and this was it. It’s much more interesting than your generic teen romance due to the fact that the author used to be in a band so you get almost a backstage pass to what it’s like to be a famous band on tour.

Overall I thought this book was pretty good. There was a good amount of drama and tension. I wasn’t so keen on the overused love triangle, as it seems every YA book has a love triangle somewhere, but it wasn’t the only focus of the book.

The cliffhanger ending leaves me waiting excitedly for book 3.

(c) Sophie O’Loughlin

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