Published by Lovestruck Literary on September 14th 2015
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Allison Burch’s wildest dream is to become a famous singer. She can hardly believe her own good luck when she auditions for the reality television singing competition, Center Stage!, and is chosen as a contestant. She finally has a legitimate shot at fame, fortune, and a chance to go on tour as the opening act for her favorite boy band on their world tour.
However, Allison wasn’t counting on one of the celebrity coaches being Chase Atwood, the famous rock star father of her former best friend. Allison’s terrified that Chase is going to find out that she and his daughter have been in a fight for months, and it’ll ruin her shot at the grand prize. Making matters worse, Allison’s own coach, Country Western star Nelly Fulsom, intends to groom her into a Nashville superstar.
As Allison struggles to decide if she really wants to win on the show if it’s by resorting to dirty tricks and assuming the image that Nelly wants to create for her, she find herself falling hard for her biggest competition on the show: a brooding songwriter named Elliott Mercer. She’s not sure if Elliott’s interest in her is genuine, or if he’s just playing along with the producers’ strategy.
It’s up to Allison to decide: how much is she willing to lose in order to win?
Fans of Caitlyn Duffy’s The Rock Star’s Daughter will enjoy this tale about Taylor’s friend Allison and her journey to fame.
I found this book to be a fun read that didn’t have a completely original concept, but some of the plot twists and the characters in general made this a refreshing read. Personally, I’m a fan of the majority of singing shows, and I watch them faithfully. Well now all that I watch is The Voice but you get my point! Anyway, I have a lot of knowledge about the process of these shows since I’ve watched them for so long and so I enjoyed that this YA book centered around one. I’d imagine that it’s pretty risky to write a book focusing on a singing show since readers will try to compare the made up show to real competitions that they’ve watched before. However, I feel like this was an enjoyable read and you don’t have to be a fan of music or these reality shows to be amused and entertained by Center Stage.
As far as this book being realistic goes, I wouldn’t say this one really is. Have I ever been on a singing show though? Well no (regardless of the dreams I’ve had about getting four chair turns and winning The Voice) but it still seems far fetched to me. It still made for quality entertainment, and I truly felt like I was right in the middle of this singing competition. In spite of some of the drama that didn’t seem plausible by any means, was still a story that I wanted to keep reading. I was hooked by what the author painted for the readers and I’m looking forward to reading any books that the author publishes in the future!
I really liked Allison and felt like she was a solid main character. You could really feel the love and undeniable passion that she had for creating music and being on the stage where her voice can be heard. She also felt like a normal teenager in many ways including her boy drama and some friendship drama that she has to deal with throughout the competition. Speaking of friendships, I loved Allison’s close longtime friends from school and I wanted to see even more of them. On top of that, Elliott was a pretty good character. He wasn’t my favorite book boyfriend, there wasn’t as many swoony moments as I was hoping to see. Sometimes I was also hesitant about his intentions with Allison. Luckily though, it all works out in the end. This was a fast paced read that had some twists in it as well. I recommend it for those of you that want to read a YA book that has its fair share of drama as well.
Caitlyn Duffy is a private boarding school survivor and the author of The Treadwell Academy Novels, a series about privileged girls in an elite boarding school setting and the challenges they face. The series addresses issues common to teen readers including eating disorders, divorce, grief, heartbreak, first love, drug addiction and disagreements with parents. It was Caitlyn’s dream to create a series that mixed glamour and celebrity with the real-life problems that kids endure that could be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Her writing experience includes freelance editing for publishing houses and copywriting in the advertising industry.
When she’s not writing about the girls of Treadwell, she’s walking her semi-famous dog Maxim around Park Slope, Brooklyn and drinking too much coffee.
Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
•1 Grand Prize Winner will receive:
– 1 Sol Angeles t-shirt
– 1 pair of Monroe sunglasses by Wild Fox Couture
– 1 bottle of Malibu Blue nail polish by Lauren B of Beverly Hills
– 1 signed paperback copy of Center Stage
•4 Runners-Up will receive:
– 2 bottles of LA-themed nail polish by Lauren B of Beverly Hills
– 1 signed paperback copy of Center Stage