Loving the Band by Emily Baker

Loving the Band

byEmily Baker

Kobo ebook | November 8, 2012

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Loving the Band by Emily Baker is a boy-band novel for romance and pop-loving readers!

For all the millions of fans across the globe of One Direction, The Wanted, JLS, Justin Bieber... and in fact anyone who's ever had a pop-idol crush!

What happens when you meet the boy band of every girl's dream . . . and not one but two of them fall for you?

Two of the world's most popular boys.

One gorgeous girl . . .

When Jess and her best friend Tegan meet The Only Truth, the hottest boy band in the world, she's not too fussed - she's heard of them but she's too busy getting over a recent break-up to get caught up in the hysteria that's taking over London.

So when the boys need to hide from the paparazzi, the girls are happy to help. But Jess goes from indifference to infatuation when she starts getting close to two of the boys. One is friendly and flirty, the other is brooding and serious - and soon Jess has to make the biggest decision of her life. Jess may not have been a fan to begin with. She certainly is now.

Emily Baker is a fantastically talented debut UK author. Only sixteen years old, Emily is a massive One Direction fan and her personal experience of being so devoted to a world-famous band gives this romantic YA novel its powerful emotion and authority. Loving the Band was inspired by a different fan-fiction novel Emily wrote and published on the youth writers' community site Movellas.

Title:Loving the BandFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 8, 2012Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141348194

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings about this one There were good parts and bad parts... Here's my breakdown. This was originally a 1D fanfic, and it's very clear that it was written by a 16 yr-old girl. I do take into consideration that she never set out for publication and was just writing something for herself, for fun, about a band she loves. The bad: There were a few typos. The dialogue didn't use double quotation marks ("example"). This really annoyed me, as it was hard to decipher what was spoken word and what was something just being stuck in 'single quotes.' Also - is Shaq a common guy name in the UK? Here in America, all I could think of was the LA Lakers! The name was annoying, but it can be overlooked. Another thing that irked me a bit was the epilogue. She mentioned a "Californian twang" (is there such thing!?) and the American girl spoke in British slang. Sorry, Emily Baker, but we don't "queue for tickets" here. I'd never even heard that phrase until I heard it from Niall in 1D. She probably didn't know otherwise, as it's common over there, but it definitely didn't read like an American girl speaking. However... There were good things. The MC, Jess, was likable. I really enjoyed the relationship with her BFF Tegan and Callum. I wanted more of them. The two love interests were both likable, in their own ways, and I felt myself feeling sorry for all of the characters because it was a complex matter of friendship and the heart. It was a realistic situation among teens. It just so happened to be with super-famous guys in this story. The MC was very selfless in the end, which I enjoyed. I liked seeing a girl make a decision that ultimately was "for the best" even if she didn't benefit from it in the moment. I can't imagine it'd be an easy thing to do in Jess's place, so I commend Emily Baker for writing a character who wasn't unlikable. One thing that didn't "fit" though was how Tegan just let Jess run off to hang out with the guys and didn't want to be included 24-7. If your BFF is hanging out with a super hot, super famous boyband that you like, why wouldn't you make every effort to be there too? This felt unrealistic, but it didn't hinder the story. Just made me wonder. The pacing moved well, and the plotline itself was fun, even if it was very "fantasy of a teenage girl." I could see younger girls (pre-teen-tween) really loving this story, and older teens would if they were just looking for something simple and fun without a lot of deeper meaning. It wasn't the best, but I don't feel like I wasted those few hours I spent reading it either.
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