- File Size: 978 KB
- Print Length: 188 pages
- Publisher: Socciones Editoria Digitale (November 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077L3HD23
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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While I found this memoir entertaining, I also found it lacking in some ways. It was a quick read, easily devoured in a single sitting. The pacing was good, and I loved the format. The format jumps back and forth between lyrics, Vicky’s perspective, and movie script style accountings of the past. The format shifts were unique and a fun addition to this memoir.
The memoir starts when Vicky is a child and spans her life into early adulthood. A lot of time is covered, and the memoir provides insight into what it’s like for a youth trying to break into the pop music scene. The people she works with do not always have her best interest in mind, and she’s led astray on more than one occasion.
I appreciated the glamorous lifestyle the memoir portrayed. Not Vicky’s life necessarily, but the music executives she spent time with. They lived the life of leisure, owning elaborate houses built into cliffs and spending money with little care. It’s a lifestyle I can’t relate to, so I always enjoy reading about it!
So why did I say the memoir was lacking? The heart of it is there, yes, and everything I read was entertaining, but it came across as shallow and incomplete. The trial and court case is a theme that looms throughout much of the memoir, but I don’t feel like I ever got the full story. Why did she leave her first manager? Why did he react the way he did? What’s the real story there?
Outside of the trial, the events that happened were all relayed at a high level. I wanted a deeper dive into the events. In general, I needed (and wanted) so much more. With additional depth, this memoir would have been that much more compelling.
My only other gripe is that I would have liked to see more imperfections from Vicky. She comes off as an absolute sweetheart (and I’m sure she is a really sweet person!), but nearly everything she does in the memoir is perfect. What did Vicky do that wasn’t perfect? I think the inclusion of imperfections and vulnerable moments would have helped shaped her persona in the memoir.
The memoir ends on a positive note, and I like how Vicky finally figures out she is and who she’s meant to be. She went on an incredible journey to get there, and a quick Google search would tell me that she’s succeeding.
Overall, this memoir was very sweet. Yes, I rated it three stars, but I would still recommend it as a quick, easy read if you’re in the mood of a memoir.
Thank you to the author for providing the physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: November 20, 2017
Recommended Age: 15+ (being sued, finding your song, singing your heart out)
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Synopsis: You're a 15-year-old schoolgirl who has big dreams of becoming a pop star, and then one day you get your lucky break. Polydor records sends you to Copenhagen to make pop music - to make you a recording artist. You get back home and your future is looking brighter than ever - until the High Court writ hits the door mat - you've fallen out with your management and they have decided to sue. No, this isn't a dream, this is now Vicky Nolan's reality and fast becoming a nightmare, and all while still at school at the sweet age of sixteen.
Read about the trial, the family, Hollywood, London town, the glamour, the dog (eh?) and most importantly, the music. Curiouser and curiouser?
We always talk about 'making it' and fulfilling your dreams. The question is, what if you don't? What happens next? Ultimately, this book speaks about life and family; its hopes and disappointments, its ups and downs. Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress is in some way a story that speaks to us all, because in the end, the best stories are always true.
"I'm living my life as consequence of yesterday.
And all of my choices compliment my life today.
There may have been times I could have gone and lost my way,
I could have, I would have, I should have, I don't care - I'm here now."
See the stories and hear the music
@YouTube 'Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress'
Review: For the most part I really liked this book. I loved the unique storytelling and writing style of the book. I loved how open and honest the book was and when one pairs this book with the YouTube songs then you quickly fall in love with this book. I feel like it’s a very insightful and honest telling of how things can and most times do go in the industry. The book is also a testament to the age old saying to never get up.
However, I think while this book definitely has reread ability, the writing style is very confusing up front. It definitely takes getting used to in figuring out where all the threads are going, but it’s worth it.
Verdict: A scrapbook I can get behind!
Top international reviews
There are lyrics dotted throughout the book and you have the option of listening to Vicky sing which is very cool.
Wonderful inspiring book! it surprised me on so many levels. It reads in a Scrapbook like format, but the Stories are coherent and cleverly put together - a lovely twist at the end. The music on the YouTube channel accompanying the book is a revelation ( Fabulous Voice ) - the storytelling really does come to life through her lyrics. Vicky's insights into the Music Industry are entertaining, funny and earthy. This book is well written and engaging, it's impossible to not be absorbed into her true story. A great read and would highly recommend this book.
The book is very well written and a very engaging story.
i would recomend this book to all my family and friends!