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About the Author

Sophia Lowell is a talented and seasoned YA novelist, as well as a "Gleek." Each original Glee novel is written to reflect the show's intelligent comedic sensibility and quirky, heartfelt storylines.
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Product Details

  • Series: Glee (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; Pap/Pstr O edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316123595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316123594
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Schade on September 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read the book online and am glad to have not bought it. It is factually in accurate. first off, its the beginning of their sophomore year. In the first season, Rachel mentions that this is her first year in glee. Therefore, Sandy's firing and all of that happened yet. The pilot establishes that the glee club didn't exist until Mr. Schuester resurrected it. Why, because Sandy was fired. If you assume that the pilot began in September then the firing happened shortly after Rachel became a part of glee.
The author obviously only gave a curiosity glance at the source material before writing the book. Also events are mentioned that have never even been suggested in the series, like Rachel doing the announcements, Or Cheerios money drives. (Brittany wasn't even a character until episode 3 and Santana didn't have a name until episode 2)
So if you are for something that fits the canon and will add to the goodness that is glee, this isn't it. The Fanfiction author TheMinsk on [...] writes better works that this.
So reasons to not by the book:
1) ignores the pilot for the most part (by not remembering that there is only 9 months to fit 21 episodes)
2) It amplifies the characters way too much
3) mentions items and songs that couldnt exist yet for the characters (OMG by Usher)
4) ignores what little established pacing and continuity existed in pilot and first season.

Yes it is a prequal, don't waste you money. Don't bother with foreign exchange either. Send money to the fanficton authors, or Ryan Murphy
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. Carpenter on August 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Aside from a few Sue Sylvesterisms and the reveal of the names of Rachel's two gay dads, Glee: The Beginning is largely forgettable. I read this book while browsing in a bookstore and saved myself some money. Glee: The Beginning is confusing in several parts especially to Gleeks who pride themselves on reasonable knowledge of the TV series, something the author apparently does not have. The novel is supposed to set itself up to dive immediately into the pilot episode of the TV series, but several parts (i.e. Mr. Ryerson's dismissal per Rachel's "outing" him) are skipped over completely. The part that threw me the most was a side reference to Usher's "OMG"...a song that only recently became popular, yet this story was supposed to have taken place over a year ago!

In short, Glee: The Beginning is forgettable fluff. Save yourself some money by not purchasing it; if you really want to read about your favorite Gleekers, read a Glee TV script or, if you're really desparate for new stuff, the Glee section of sites like [...] is full of people who could probably write a more fact-accurate account.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MammonLord on November 21, 2010
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To be fair, there is some interesting back-story with the Quinn, Finn, Santana and Puck love triangle (love square?) Other than that, though, this very short book is filled with so many distracting inconsistencies with the show that it's just not enjoyable. It really doesn't seem as though the author watched any Glee before sitting down to bang out a manuscript -- it may well be based entirely upon written character bios.

Unlike some of the other reviewers, I actually did pay for this book on my Kindle and now really regret the wasted money. Learn from my mistake: read the reviews before you buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ax20 on February 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you're anything like me, the two thoughts you had upon learning that Glee had a novel coming out. The first was something like "really? must they go over the top with this?" and the second was something like "what's the good of a book anyway? the whole fun of the show is in the music!" So my immediate thought when I heard about it was that there was no chance I'd want to read it. Curiosity got the better of me though I decided to skim the first page (rather than judge a book by its cover, I usually judge it by the first page) and what I read was surprisingly interesting.

Not compelling in a "this a great emotional novel" sort of way, just interesting. The writer, Sophia Lowell (her name is hidden in the inside of the book and absent on the cover), did a good job in particular of capturing Rachel's bizarre personality. Rachel is so inexplicable in attitude and behavior, that I think it takes a good deal of skill to balance them in a way that makes her believable. Lowell managed it.

We had an opportunity to see how the Finn-Puck-Quinn relationship came about which was a little disappointing only in so far as Quinn is a decently deep character on the show but had little depth at all in the book. Mercedes also had surprisingly bland motives when it came to her story (basically she had a crush on Kurt because he didn't ignore her).

Most interesting was Tina, Kurt (and by that extension Mercedes), and Rachel. Basically, Tina, Kurt, Mercedes, and Artie were the sole remaining members of the Glee club and they were in trouble. Basically, though not untalented, they lacked the leadership of someone who knew arrangement not just how to sing. (They also lacked a teacher to give them guidance.) This is where Rachel came in.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mint910 VINE VOICE on August 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm still struggling on how to describe this venture from the screen to the page. There is some good stuff in this book and stuff really not so good stuff. But overall I'm glad I read it.

In this book we get more of everything from the characters, Rachel is more annoying, Finn is a little more dumb, Quinn is meaner. I sort of wish they hadn't been. But I think this comes from being inside of the characters head instead of being a spectator. I did like seeing how Quinn and Puck got together and how Rachel and Finn first bonded, stuff like that.

The book speculates that Mercedes, Kurt, Tina, and Artie were all in Glee Club before Mr. Schuester takes over (with Rachel joining in the book). I re-watched the pilot to see how they match up and I can't say I'm fully on board with them already all being in the Glee Club. Of course someone had to be in the Glee Club before, the old memebers wouldn't just all drop out when the old teacher was fired but still, something doesn't sit right with me. Why did they all have to audition for Mr. Schuester and it didn't seem like they really knew each other let alone had already performed as a Glee Club already.

A few horrible unforgivable NO moments I came across included Puck being referred to as Puck Puckerman, when in fact his real name is Noah. And the word Gleeks being uttered in the book. hell no! But besides that it was a fun book and I'm glad I read it. It does have some flaws but I'll live with it. Will be interesting to see where in time the next book, Glee: Foreign Exchange takes place.
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