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Boy Band (Volume 1) Paperback – March 26, 2015
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About the Author
Jacqueline Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art and Performance in 2010. Two years later, she earned her Master's Degree in Humanities. Along with writing and publishing, Jacqueline loves photography, traveling, and nature.
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The Kind of September is the hottest boy band since New Kids on the Block, Take That or that other band that's popular now *wink* (okay yes I was a massive fan of NKOTB!) And the boys in The Kind of September are exactly what you would expect them to be, handsome, talented, fun-loving who all sing, dance and flirt their way through their social media, interviews and television performances. Poor Mel, She has been best friends with the boys since they were all in high school, but what makes matters worse, she's in love with Sam.
Boy Band is not only a terrific romance but Jacqueline E. Smith does a terrific job of showing all the horrors and madness of today's social media, fangirls and twitter trolls that surround today's stars. A modern story highlighting the destructive forces that follow boy bands all over the world. The author also gives us the behind the scenes story of the boys that show they are just a bunch of boys on tour, they smell, they eat, they prank each other and most importantly they are just a group of normal boys who love to sing and love their fans.
Poor Mel, not only is she desperately in love with Sam (and trying to hide it from the rest of the band) but she also has to deal with the rumors and innuendo surrounding her friends, typical touring dramas, overzealous pop-star girlfriends and find time to study for her online university exams.
This was a great read and I certainly recommend it.
From the very first page, you find yourself in the mind of Melissa Parker, best friends with one of the band members of Kind of September. It amazed me the thoughts that bounced back and forth in Melissa’s mind. The feelings, the heartache, and the joy make this young adult book a great ride. True or not, all these emotions roll into her character’s perception of the world.
For those that like young adult literature, I can see why the book would have such a huge appeal. And just as you think things might be settling down, the ending lets you know greater things are waiting in book 2. The author has done an excellent job!
I absolutely loved this book! I could not put it down. In being friends with the author, I got a peek at this book when Jackie was still writing it. From the glimpses I got, I just wanted more.
This book didn’t feel like an indie book at all. All the characters were amazing and there was so much angsty drama that kept me completely entertained throughout it. With having so many characters, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with all the different relationship, personalities, and dynamics, but Jackie did a great job. Everyone’s personality came through clearly and they were all so unique.
Jackie even wrote out some of the song lyrics for The Kind of September’s songs that accompanied each chapter. Typically in books, I grow bored by this kind of thing, but I didn’t with Boy Band. The lyrics flowed so nicely and I believed they could actually be songs that would be sung today.
Overall, this book was so great and exceeded my expectations (which were fairly high since I had gotten one of the first glimpses at the book when it was being written). I literally read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the drama and angst with teen romance, without the dreaded love triangle. It was witty and fun – a great ride for anyone who wants to sit back and be thoroughly entertained for a few hours.
Oh, and quickly, the ending just makes me want more!
Mel is a 20 year old in love with her best friend. Do I have to say how relatable that is? The problem is that her best friend is part of a famous boy band. How hard can it be to love someone that the whole world loves too?
Smith has such a friendly familiar way of writing. I felt like all her characters were my friends and that I was a part of the book. She gave so much back ground information on almost each and every character that it felt like real life. She also starts each chapter off with lovely music lyrics from the band in the book, The Kind of September. Smith incorporated the many positives and negatives of fame, along with all the drama.
I fell in love with the characters, the writing, and the story. Everyone should read Boy Band! Especially if you are looking for a cute love story.
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