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    • ISBN:9781444929164
    • Publication date:28 Jul 2016
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Songs About a Girl

Book 1 from a Zoella Book Club 2017 friend

By Chris Russell

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The first in a heart thudding trilogy about first love, heartbreak, pop music and the power of teenage obsession - from a Zoella Book Club friend.

Heartbreak, romance, fame and pop music - for anyone who's ever dreamed of saying 'I'm with the band'. From a Zoella Book Club friend.

Charlie Bloom never wanted to be 'with the band'. She's happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she's asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band, Fire&Lights, she can't pass up the chance.

Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman Gabriel West and his boy-next-door bandmate, Olly Samson. Then, as the boys' rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mindblowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs ...

'A thoroughly absorbing tale of family relationships, friendship and betrayal. Fans of Non Pratt will love it' - School Librarian

'The ending was a fantastic cliff-hanger and definitely has me eager for more - WHEN WILL THE SEQUEL BE IN MY LIFE?' - Queen of Teen Fiction

'Songs About a Girl is more than music, its about growing up, dealing with issues that others face every day, its about becoming a stronger person for yourself and never giving up on your dream. It's a book that you can fall into and never want it to end, and I really need the next installment now please' - Much Loved Books

Biographical Notes

At the age of thirteen, Chris Russell formed pop/rock band The Lightyears with his best friends from school. Since then, The Lightyears have toured all over the world, performing everywhere from Wembley Stadium to Glastonbury, and trashing a grand total of zero hotel rooms. In 2013, after a three-month stint ghostwriting for a One Direction fan club, Chris developed an obsession with boy bands and came up with the idea for Songs About a Girl. He is currently busy writing the next book in the series, gigging with The Lightyears and fanboying in the general direction of Harry Styles.

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  • ISBN: 9781444929157
  • Publication date: 28 Jul 2016
  • Page count: 496
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
It was brilliant book by Chris! Filled with relationships, family, friends, drama, relationships, romance and laughs and I loved every second of it! — Words from A Reader
Songs About a Girl is a gorgeous page turning romance from start to finish. This is the book that teenage dreams are made of! — Serendipity Reviews
Songs About a Girl is more than music, its about growing up, dealing with issues that others face every day, its about becoming a stronger person for yourself and never giving up on your dream. It's a book that you can fall into and never want it to end, and I really need the next installment now please. — Much Loved Books
Writing about fictional celebrities while contriving to make them seem real is a hard trick to pull off, but Chris Russell's YA debut succeeds where many others have failed. His own background as a musician and band member is much in evidence. Everything he writes about rings true. Fire&Lights have the unmistakeable stamp of authenticity and it's clear that Russell still vividly remembers what it's like to be both a teenager and a fan. This was a book that I just wanted to go on an on. The ending when it did come was clever, surprising and very, very intriguing. And the really good news is that Songs About a Girl is the first of a trilogy. — Crime Review
Absolutely perfect as a summer book. It only took me a day to read because I got completely hooked! — YA Under My Skin
Once I started reading, I honestly couldn't stop and managed to fly through the book in three days. The pacing was perfect and there was never a dull moment. The dialogue was also spot on, especially Melissa's fangirling sessions. Any fangirl or fanboy reading this book will smile at Melissa's reactions to everything! The ending was a fantastic cliff-hanger and definitely has me eager for more - WHEN WILL THE SEQUEL BE IN MY LIFE? — Queen of Teen Fiction
I completely fell hard for this book. It's a delight and, aside from a few personal disagreements with some of Charlie's choices, I just didn't want this book to end. Songs About a Girl is fun, cool and is going to completely win the heart of any fangirl that wanted to be plucked out of the crowd by a band member. — Sister Spooky
This is the music based book that I have been waiting for — Ink Scratchers
This story felt incredibly current. It's exciting and easy to read. Chris Russell is a fantastic writer. — Chrissi Reads
Occasionally, a book will come along that shakes up the blogosphere completely. The latest of those books? Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell....this is such a brilliant book with funny dialogue and some very clever twists... you won't want to miss it — The Mile Long Bookshelf
This was such an addictive story, I seriously could not put it down — Tea Party Princess
Highly addictive, utterly charming and impossible to put down. — Aggie's Books
A thoroughly absorbing tale of family relationships, friendship and betrayal. Fans of Non Pratt will love it — School Librarian
I highly, highly recommend this. It's one of those really feel-good books which also has some low moments thrown in and I definitely came away from it desperate to read the sequel. — Lucy the Reader
I would recommend this book for girls aged 14-18. — Julia Radziszewska, aged 13, Evening Echo (Cork)
... one of those books that we could legit read on a loop - THAT GOOD. — Maximum Pop
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