Keeping The Beat by Marie PowellKeeping The Beat by Marie Powell

Keeping The Beat

byMarie Powell, Jeff Norton

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

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It was supposed to be the best summer of her life. Instead, seventeen-year-old Lucy finds her best friend, Harper, shot dead in an LA swimming pool. How did things ever go so wrong? The story circles back to trace the steps that led to this disaster.

Only Harper McKenzie could have taken five girls from their school and reinvented them as Crush, the top prospect to win the international talent contest Project Next. As soon as the band finds its footing, it scores a huge win in the UK semifinal. Next stop, LA!

The girls will spend a luxurious summer in Hollywood, living as reality TV stars while they prepare for their performance in the Project Next final. With a mansion to themselves, they're the toast of the town ... living every girl's dream come true.

It's way too late when Lucy discovers that Harper's heart has never been in Project Next at all. Joining the competition was just part of Harper's elaborate ruse to reconnect with her no-good ex-boyfriend. Harper will risk anything --- from her friendships to the band's reputation --- to get him back.

Meanwhile, the other members of Crush are throwing themselves headfirst into sex, drugs and rock and roll. With the band in crisis and the final approaching, Lucy must decide whether she wants to play to Harper's beat or set the rhythm for the rest of the band.

This fast-paced story takes unexpected twists, unraveling the mystery of Harper's murder and exploring the complicated relationships among members of the band. Writing team Marie Powell and Jeff Norton --- with many years in the entertainment business between them --- deliver one-part wish fulfillment and one-part cautionary tale as they go behind the scenes to reveal what no one sees on ?reality? TV.
Jeff Norton is a UK-based Canadian author. A reluctant reader as an adolescent, Jeff started writing to create the types of books that would be as addictive and compelling as the very best of film, TV and video games.He is the author of the award-winning thriller series MetaWars, the comedic Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie books, the pict...
Title:Keeping The BeatFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771387300

ISBN - 13:9781771387309


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the biggest fan Keeping The Beat was okay, sometimes even good, but it was never great. There was just a little something missing from all the different aspects that need to come together to create an amazing novel. The characters were good, but felt a little too unreal to be 3D. The plot had potential, but was bogged down by clichés. The dialogue was interesting, but discredited by its sub-par quality. Keeping The Beat would have done far better as a TV show or movie, it would have felt more exciting and the dramatic reality-show feeling would have been at home on the big screen. There were a lot of scenes in the book that would be stunning visually, and actually had the potential to be as such, but the authors writing style just doesn't hold that power. For example, the contrast between Harper's blood and the pool, the various party scenes, sweeping shots over the L.A. skyline, and concerts, would have been amazing on screen. I'm half tempted to write the screenplay myself.
Date published: 2017-05-07

Editorial Reviews

... a well laid out story with several intertwining plots.-CM Magazine