by Sarra Manning
Book Summary (from Goodreads)
Seventeen-year-old Molly Montgomery never planned on becoming famous. Molly’s band, The Hormones, was just supposed to be about mucking around with her best mates, Jane and Tara, and having fun. But when the deliciously dangerous Dean and his friend T join the band, things start happening fast. Soon The Hormones are front-page news, and their debut album is rocketing up the charts. Molly is the force behind the band, but the hazards of fame, first love, screaming fans, and sleazy managers are forcing the newly crowned teen queen of grrl angst close to the edge. Fame never comes for free, and Molly’s about to find out what it costs.
Britney’s Book Review
I’m not going to lie – I absolutely love this book. I’ve read it a handful of times and I still enjoy it!
Within the first three pages, you find out that the main character, Molly, is being sued by her ex-band. Manning takes you back to the very beginning, before all the fame and fans, where she was just having fun playing music with her best friends. She brings out the dark side of the music scene, where selfishness and money are the things that matter most.
I like this because it’s realistic. On the outside, it looks like Molly has the perfect life. She’s famous. She’s rich. But on the inside, she’s still struggling with her own happiness. And then there’s Dean, the all around bad boy in the band who drives Molly absolutely bonkers. After a while, her frustration towards Dean starts to melt away, making her weak in the knees instead.
As with Manning’s powerful beginning, her ending is just the same. It doesn’t resolve all of Molly’s problems. Nothing is tied back up in a perfect bow. But it still hits you with an impact that makes you think. I will always enjoying rereading this book. It’s filled with fun, love, and the kind of music that leaves its mark.