Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fireworks



It was always meant to be Olivia. She's the talented one, the one who's been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend Dana, is the one on the sidelines, cheering Olivia on.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who's never sung more than Olivia's backup. Next thing Dana knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who's destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift...and there's only room at the top for one girl. - excerpt from book.

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno is my second time reading her book, the first was 99 days and I quite enjoyed it. Sadly for this book it was just mediocre, nothing too enticing or exciting. The summary sounded interesting so I picked it up but I speed read most of the parts. Where I wanted more drama, there wasn't enough. The love story of the book was too short as the focus was actually about friendship which I felt was just not realistic enough. The drama of a girl group was just average as I expected more crying, arguments or even fights. 

I like the growth of the main character, I guess this was the only part that encouraged me to finish the book. Her interactions were okay with other characters and I often wanted more for her. She is definitely your typical teenager that is finding herself in this journey while there are others who are already really sure of who they want to be. Those are the characters that I find unrealistic and their interactions with Dana is not emotional or jolting at all.

Overall I would say the plot twist was one that I could see it coming since things started to heat up a bit. Nonetheless, it is something that you would want to happen but with a little bit extra drama. From the start till the end, it covers an entire summer which is actually quite a short timeline so some things happened too quickly without any build up. I cannot recommend this book to anyone and I think this would be the book who has convinced me to not get her next book unless I've read a good review on it.

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