Lizzie Brown's life is one big to-do list:
1. Start college
2. Become cool
3. Decide wtf to do with her life
So when she meets Viv, the crazy, beautiful lead singer in a band, she thinks she's on her way to achieving number two on her list. And when Viv asks her to be the bass player in the band, there's only one problem - Lizzie can't play a single note. And that she's nowhere near cool enough (ok, two problems). And that she has a huge crush on the guitarist (ok, three), who happens to be Viv's boyfriend (ok, this is a terrible idea).
But Viv won't take no for an answer, and decides that a makeover is the answer to everything. Boring Lizzie Brown is going to become Betty Brown the Bass Player and there's nothing Lizzie can do about it...
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5 Words: Music, friendship, family, change, growing-up.
Yep, she's done it again.
This is exactly the book I wish I'd had when I was sixteen. At times when I was reading I forgot I was reading about Lizzie and thought I was reading about myself. As much as I saw myself in the main character, it was still easy to escape into this story.
I loved how there were friendships that changed. I loved that first, desperate day at college. The whole book came to life as I read, played out in my head like I was watching it on TV.
Something Eleanor Wood does really well is writing about how actions have consequences. Whatever her characters do, right or wrong, there are repercussions within the story. It adds extra depth to the whole story, and makes her characters all the more human.
Behind Becoming Betty
When I wrote Becoming Betty, the main theme I had in my head was: GIRLS DOING STUFF! Sounds very basic, I know…
I was conscious that in my first book My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend, the heroine Tuesday (although she is super cool, and a blogger and a writer and a “do-er”) – she spends the entire story idolising a boy in a band, instead of being in a band herself. The whole book was about music, but from the point of view of being a fan rather than a musician.
So, of course the logical next step was to write a book about girls in bands. It is very loosely inspired by the time I was in a (terrible) band when I was younger. Like Betty, I learned to play bass because it was known for being the easiest instrument. Unfortunately, I did not uncover any great hidden talent. However, I did have a brilliant time and learned to play a few songs on the bass (although mostly my friends and I sat around and drank tea and talked about how amazing our band was going to be at some unspecified point in the future). If we had spent that time actually practising, who knows where we’d be now?!
Funnily enough, after I had written the book, I heard the term ‘girl band lit’ mentioned for the first time. During a Twitter chat about #boybandlit someone (actually the brilliant Chris Russell!) suggested that somebody needed to start writing ‘girlband lit’! It was only then it occurred to me, that’s exactly what I have written!
While I was writing the book, I was really inspired by a few books about young girls in bands. Personally, I think these are fascinating reads whether you’re a fan of the music or not…