28 February 2017

Review: This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton

Amelie Ayres has impeccable taste in music. Bowie. Bush. Bob. So when she finds herself backstage at The Keep's only UK gig she expects to hate it; after all they are the world's most tragic band. In fact she feels a grudging respect - not (obviously) for their music, but for the work that goes in to making them megastars. And when lead singer, 'Maxx', is not dressed up as a cross between Elvis and a My Little Pony, he is actually rather normal, talented and has creative struggles not too dissimilar to her own.

But the next morning she wakes up and rolls over to discover a million new @'s on social media. Overnight, a photo of her at the gig has made her a subject of global speculation. Suddenly the world needs to know #Who'sThatGirl? - but for all the wrong reasons.

All Amelie wants is to play her music. She's got the guitar, the songs, the soul and, in the safety of her bedroom, she's got the voice. But when it comes to getting up on stage, she struggles with self-doubt.

Immaculate's a concept. Flawless is fake. But just sometimes music - and hearts - can rock a perfect beat.


Source: Purchase

5 Words: Music, family, fame, dreams, attraction. 

This was just what I needed. This book was so comforting and uplifting.

I warmed immediately to Amelie, I just loved her narrative voice, she seemed so familiar to me. I could recognise a bit of myself in her character (and isn't that just the best?). I also loved how she changed from the girl we saw at the beginning of the book, she really found her self and changed ever so slightly. There was a slight feel of Sarra Manning to the writing, especially when the characters were in Paris.

I liked how this story had all of the usual BoyBandLit tropes, but explored them in a fresh way, with its own little twists.

Each chapter is a song, and I had a lot of fun looking them up. And I was sometimes surprised by an old favourite, or thrown by a WTH was that?

I found This Beats Perfect easy to pick up, easy to get lost in. I loved how the ending was wrapped up nicely, left slightly open but with no loose threads. I loved how I still want to read more. And I loved when the author hinted on Twitter that there is more to come!


2 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds fab! I must grab a copy! Thanks for linking up to the British Books Challenge x

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  2. Hi, this sounds like an intriguing read. I will add it to my list of my books to buy. Thanks for sharing, Chloe #TeacupClub

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