- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 4 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771387300
- ISBN-13: 978-1771387309
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #732,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Keeping the Beat Hardcover – Apr 4 2017
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... a page-turning thriller ...―Publishers Weekly
The theatrical plot, easy-to-read dialogue, and fun cast of showbiz characters make the book a quick read.―Quill & Quire
Setting a novel in the music business is hard---there's just so much that you need to get right for it to be believable. Keeping the Beat nails it.―Alan Cross, creator and host of the syndicated radio show The Ongoing History of New Music
... readers who enjoy realistic fiction about complex friendships will enjoy this novel.―Booklist
... a well laid out story with several intertwining plots.―CM Magazine
About the Author
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 picture book Stomp School and the upcoming sci-fi middle-grade comedy Alienated: Grounded at Groom Lake.
Originally from Burlington, Ontario, Jeff now lives in London, UK, with his wife and two young sons.
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This book reminded me of that episode of Saved By the Bell where the Zack Attack band discovers fame and fortune and then it all comes crashing down. In Keeping the Beat, a group of five teenage girls form a band and within months are apparently good enough to win the Project Next reality tv contest in England and are invited to compete for the top title in the United States. While in LA, the girls start to enjoy the showbiz life a little too much and soon the band's chances of success are threatened. There's also little bit of mystery going on because within the first few pages of the novel, you find out that one of girls, Harper, will wind up dead in 8 months.
I think this book is a fun read if you don't take it too seriously. There's some ridiculous stuff going on including having to accept the fact this band is so amazingly talented despite not having much experience. And there's a few situations when you can't help but think in real life that would never happen. But if you can go with the flow and not over analyze, it's an enjoyable read. I do think though, that the book could have been improved if it eliminated the character of Toni. Her storyline was the weakest and there were already too many other characters in the book.
I received a free copy of this book from Kids Can Press but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinions.
I must say that prologue is actually a spoiler alert for the book. It shouldn't be there at all.
But in general I really liked reading this book and learning about all the events. Even if there were some very unpleasant ones.
The story evolves around girls who create a rock band. They are so different from one another, but together they created successful band called Crush.
Harper McKenzie seems to be the leader and the girl every boy dreams about. Lucy Gosling stands up to her parents to follow her dream. Than there is Robyn who struggle with her weight, and shy Iza Mazurkiewicz and Toni, who always dreamed about being famous and in spot light. They win competition and are send from London to LA for summer. There they learn about dark side of being popular, but also learn and experience amazing times. They friendship is also put to test.
Character-wise, while the main characters did fall into the trap of showbiz narcissism, they redeemed themselves with their decisions towards the end of the story, after the climax tragedy. While this ending feels good and sat well with me, I understand that in real life, things cannot be unwound or set straight so easily. This is the part where the story becomes fantasy. Nevertheless, this is a well-written book that deserves to be read when you just want to get lost in a feel-good YA story that isn’t overridden by angst and rebellion.