Author: Tallia Storm
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 1st October 2015
Genres: YA Contemporary/Romance/Music/Fame
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Writing that synopsis made me cringe. That's how lame this book is.
Firstly, the similarities between the plot and the writer's life just made me sad. When I'm reading, I like to see imagination and originality and this... well, this was just a slightly reconstructed version of Tallia Storm's life. I mean, Storm Hall? Really? Remind you of anyone?
Storm Hall. Tallia Storm.
Lives in Scotland. Lives in Scotland.
Storm is discovered by a famous singer at just thirteen-years-old after giving her CD to someone in the industry. The next day, she's performing in a stadium. Tallia is discovered by a famous singer at just thirteen-years-old after giving her CD to someone in the industry. The next day, she's performing in a stadium.
That's literally the entire plot, by the way. It was boring. I hadn't heard of Tallia before receiving her book so I looked her up and she's done some amazing things. She sounds like a fun, genuine and hardworking person. But once I realised the book was just following the pattern of her own life, I got bored. There were no surprises. And it's been stressed everywhere that this book is 'not even slightly autobiographical', but it is. Massively. And to go with the plot similarities, that's Tallia's face on the cover, not a model asked to be Storm.
They say you should write what you know, but... I think there's a line.
So, I'll let you think about that for a bit.
Also, Storm was an immature brat. She was complaining about having to go to Hawaii. Seriously? HAWAII. And how did she meet the band mentioned in the synopsis? She accidentally flew through the window of their recording studio and landed in a heap on top of the band. This book might as well have been the script for a Disney channel movie circa 2006.
Let's be honest, 'Pop Girl' does sound like the name of a pink and sparkly magazine aimed at 5-year-olds.
The writing wasn't great, either, unsurprisingly. It was plagued with exclamation marks, as if to say, "Haha, wasn't that sentence funny! WASN'T IT! LAUGH!!!!" But every single joke flopped, and when Storm and her best friend Belle were fighting twin bullies at their school, the comebacks were so, so bad. It was laughable and I cringed a lot.
It was patronising, too. This book is aimed at younger teenagers who don't need things explaining to them, and yet brackets with explanations were dotted throughout the book constantly.
"Heyyyy!" I yell. (It hurts like mad!)
No, really? I did wonder why you were yelling in pain. Thanks.
I can't find any other reviews of the book so I might be in the minority, but unfortunately I can't recommend this book at all. To be honest, I felt like I was reading a Wattpad story by a 7-year-old who mentally gave up on the first page. The writing couldn't have been flatter if I'd ironed it and, despite being YA, I think the only people with a chance of enjoying this book are those still in primary school.