This is serious.
This is BIG.
Dad has finally lost it.
He's entered me for The X Factor.
This would be slightly less of a crisis if:
1. I could sing.
2. Any tiny bit of me actually wanted to be a star.
3. I hadn't lost my two best friends to a boy in brown boots.
Inside I'm screaming, I just wannabe... me!
My ThoughtsGirl, Aloud has one major flaw: the blurb. You read the back of the book and this sounds like a nice, light, fluffy novel, but it isn't. The story of Kass Kennedy deals with a couple of pretty heavy issues: a mentally ill parent and adultery in fact. This story isn't one to be taken lightly.
The misleading blurb aside, this is a really good book. The issues it raises are dealt with sensibly in a realistic manner and not the insane ramblings of someone looking through rose tinted spectacles. The X Factor may be at the heart of this story but the family whose lives are described are anything but normal.
I also found the use of KT Tunstall's 'Other Side of the World' quite profound because in a way that's exactly where all the characters are in regard to each other.
My Rating4 stars - It's not the perfect book but it's pretty close. I thoroughly recommend this to readers of YA who are looking for something a little deeper than books like Twilight.
A Final NoteThis book does contain swearing, so it's not one for a younger reader despite what it says on the publishers website.
Also I thought I'd post a link to Kass' audition song, Other Side of the World by KT Tunstall - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OodwL4TL2rQhttp://
- Book Summary from the back of the book
- Image from Google
- Song is a youtube link