It was all so good. Sasha and Rose. Best friends in a band, singing together. Right up to the finals of Killer Act when the judges tell them one of them must go.
Suddenly their friendship is put to the ultimate test. On TV in front of millions...
Two girls. One huge mistake. Can they ever forgive each other?
This is my first Sophia Bennett book and I really liked it. Her style, her characters, everything was so well done and excellently portrayed. The story of Sasha and her best friends accidentally being entered into a music contest and having that friendship torn apart by the horrible effects of the media was incredibly real and heart-breaking.
It doesn't take much to see how painful the impact that mean texts and messages can have on a person and so to have a book that addresses this, and well?... Body issues are also addressed here and plays a good deal of significance in the book.
The characters are written really well, so that even though a couple of them simply irritated me at times, it was still a good read overall. In today's world, where sometimes a majority of our conversations are on-line or via cell phone this is a must read for any young adult.
This book had the most fantastic blend of funny and serious, mixing privacy control and death threats with songs about sunglasses and dressing up! Well worth a read.
I recently reviewed another book by Sophia Bennett 'The Look' so was very keen to review this book as I had thoroughly enjoyed the previous book. This book is similar in ways as it tackles issues of pressure among friends and family and is written perfectly for teenage girls. I liked this book a little bit better than "The Look' as the storyline was a bit more exciting and I felt quite real for teenagers today.
The book addresses great issues that are a reality for today''s teenager namely cyber bullying, as the main character Sasha is bullied and receives death threats after a decision she made to let the "fat kid go". That kid was her best friend Rose and the book also focuses on Sasha's attempts to regain the friendship of Rose after the betrayal. Sasha thought she was making the right decision at the time but deeply regretted her decision after the consequences started sinking in.
I think the book really shows what teenagers these days have to deal with when it comes to cyber bullying, with an overload of social networking sites, as well as cell phones it can be hard to escape from bullying in this day and age. I think Sasha was very strong and did very well to move past the bullying she received. The book was told through her eyes so you really get to know her character and although she made mistakes you really like her character as she is strong and secure in herself, I think she makes a good role model.
The strength of friendships is really strong too and as a woman who has been a teenage girl myself I can relate to the falling out of friends and the battles you go through to gain friendships back. I have an 11 year old daughter and I know I will have to see her go through all the teenage girl drama soon!!
Although from what I have written in my review you would think the book is really deep but it is still a really nice story which starts of with a group of four friends mucking around in costumes dancing and singing to songs and making up their own tunes on the guitar. This is where their hit song Sunglasses comes from which I thought was really cool and light hearted. I think that side of the story was great with the great time the young girls had mucking around in their own space and having fun as young girls do.
I loved the book, and my daughter is now reading it and enjoying it too. She loves how the edges of the pages are all done in a nice soft icy blue colour. I think the cover is pretty cool all round with the soft airy image of what I imagine would be Sasha on the cover and the metallic style writing.
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