Thursday, 19 May 2016

Book Review - Remember My Name by Abbey Clancy

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Title:  Remember My Name
Author: Abbey Clancy
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: 19th May 2016 
Rating: 5 Stars

Model and TV presenter Abbey Clancy’s debut novel is a romantic comedy about a girl from Liverpool who dreams of hitting the big time….

From the moment Liverpool teenager Jess stars in the school musical, she knows that she’s GOT to be a star. Fast forward a few years and the closest the now 22 year old Jessica has got to stardom is as a children’s entertainer – which is where she meets Jack, uncle to the spoiled 5 year old birthday princess, who spots Jessica’s talent and offers her a job with a record label. But that means that she’ll have to leave her family and her home and move to London – where she quickly finds that the streets aren’t quite paved with gold. And as she spends her days making tea for bitchy PR girls and her nights in a mouldy studio flat, Jessica wonders if leaving Liverpool for London has been a terrible mistake.

Attending an industry party – unfortunately only to serve canapes – Jessica’s fortunes suddenly change when Vogue, the singer due to perform at the event drops out. Before she knows it, Jessica volunteers to stand in and takes centre stage. After a dazzling performance, she is surrounded by people wondering who this amazing new talent is. What’s more, her star turn has been captured by the press and she has become an overnight sensation.

Plunged into the crazy world of glitz and glamour, Jessica’s life is transformed but as her star rises, she loses touch with her roots. Jessica’s teenage dreams of stardom may have come true, but at what cost?

Remember My Name deserves the five stars I'm giving it for no other reason that it successfully took my mind of various things that had been spinning around in my brain when I wasn't reading. It is the perfect mix of light hearted romantic comedy, a tale of unexpected celebrity, and just a lot of fun. 

I loved reading about the parties that Jess gets invited to, both as she is starting out, initially as a Disney princess, and that particular party where she was Elsa, will stick in my mind for a while, and then later after she has been discovered and moved to London, there are some other memorable parties. For example the one where she takes Vogue's place as the singer at a big launch party, and ends up launching her own fame sky high and turns into an overnight sensation. Then there are lots of other parties which are various degrees of fun. 

Of course its not all fun and games, Jess' personal journey as her profile rises, is a struggle, as she knows she shouldn't be letting it all go a bit to her head, and has great intentions, but can't quite find the energy to follow through. 

Due to Abby Clancy's career I really do believe a lot of what is written is based very closely on reality and that starting a fledgling singing career really is as exhausting as its portrayed. 

While it may not be the the most literary of books, it isn't trying to be either. If you are looking for a romantic comedy, set in the world of showbiz, with some sexy men, sassy women and some incredibly lovely characters, then Remember My Name is certainly worth a read. When you are in the mood for something light hearted, entertaining and all round fun, then you can do a lot worse than picking up this book and enjoying the ride. 

Thanks to Netgalley and MIRA for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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