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on January 23, 2013
This is a review that... probably only a Directioner would understand. Just a warning to all of the parents wanting to buy this book for their Directioner kid and scratching their heads at my fan babbling.
Sure, this book is long and all, but it's full of... junk. I like the boys - that's why I buy stuff like this! But I couldn't care less about their home town statistics, what other celebrities have to say about them, or the random articles about people I've never heard of before. I like Simon Cowell, don't get me wrong, but the first couple chapters were all Mr. Cowell and X Factor miscellany. Who cares?! Most of the book is fluff like this, and when you get right down to it, there isn't much in here at all.
If you're expecting new information, it dates itself quite a few times. They think Harry only has two or three tattoos. Ha! The boys twitter followers are half of what they are today, too. So this was new in like... July 2012?
There wasn't a single thing in here that I didn't know before. It was like... a review book of sorts. Nothing exciting or new. The quotes that were used were old and are obvious interview answers the boys have used dozens of times. There was nothing creative about this book. Most of it was written like a newspaper, so I can't even know what's true or not. Which brings me to my biggest peeve with this book. It's inaccurate.
They claimed that Liam's kidney was removed (he's still got two!), that Niall made Justin Bieber mad by flirting with Selena Gomez (a rumor that Niall disproved as he had never met her at the time), and they spelled Zayn's full name wrong. (I think - you'll have to ask the guy if it's 'Javaad' or 'Jawaad.' Pretty sure there is no 'w' involved in his name, but whatever...?)
Another issue with this book is... Zayn. He's barely in it! Of course, he gets his own promised chapter, but they almost never quote him (do they at all?) and it gets kind of frustrating. On page 186, they actually cut him out of the picture of the boys on stage so it's the four of them with Zayn's left sleeve. They did this again on pages 170 and 171 for this giant picture of the boys at the Olympics, but Zayn was cut out again. Why do they do that?! And you'll be reading along and come across a quote like this:
"Of course, giving often brings more joy than receiving, so the guys have been sure to share sage advice with others. Here are a few of their bits of wisdom, specifically intended for those thinking about auditioning for a show like The X Factor:" (176)
They listed Liam and a quote from him and then quotes from Louis, Niall, and Harry. Where's Zayn?! See, that's just one of the examples of why it really started to irk me.
Over all, the more I think of this book, the more I dislike it. Probably the best thing about it was on page 30 when they used a picture where Harry is being obnoxious on stage with Liam's crotch. I really hope they didn't notice that. Makes it funnier.
So if you're a Directioner, I'm going to just go out and say: don't buy this book. There are a million books on One Direction out there and this is not one of the ones you need. Honestly, it's the worst book in my 1D collection.
Disappointed all around!