Published by Bloomsbury on June 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Fiction, Girls & Women, Middle Grade
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Talented but painfully shy Lark secretly writes feisty, heartfelt songs about school, crushes on boys, not getting along with her mum and missing her dad who lives in Nashville. But her songwriting becomes harder to keep secret when Lark's mother, a music record executive at her own label, announces that British boy band Abbey Road will be coming to live with them while they make their first album!Sharing her L.A. house with three noisy, mischievous rising stars isn't as glamorous as she expected, especially when things aren't going smoothly with the band members. When one of them plagiarises one of Lark's songs and passes it off as his own, will she gain the courage to step into the spotlight herself?Any pop music fan will LOVE this!
For many teenage girls, sharing their house with the newest up and coming boy band would be a dream come true. For Lark Campbell – it’s a nightmare. Abbey Road have invaded her space, eaten her food and generally taken over her life. Lark misses how life was before her parents got divorced. Back in Nashville with her father helping her write songs and her mother taking her hiking, Lark was happy. Now in LA, Lark’s dad is on the road and her mother has morphed into a professional coconut-water drinking record executive who rarely has time for her daughter. Sharing a house with a boy band isn’t easy. Lark has three teenage boys using all the hot water, roughhousing in the yard and taking up all her mother’s attention. Luckily for Lark she has a feisty best friend (who is only a little boy-crazy) and a school talent quest to take her mind off the boy band in her living room.
Girl vs. Boy Band: The Right Track is an adorable read. Full of family drama, music and cute moments, I had a lot of fun reading about Lark’s crazy life. There’s a great Hannah Montana/Taylor Swift meets One Direction vibe to the book. Perfect for tween readers who are looking for something clean and full of fun.
The characters are great. Lark is a sweet girl who feels a little out of place. When three somewhat mischievous teenage British boys come to stay, she reacts in a way which feels believable and right for her. Her meet-cute with the band at the airport feels right out of a romantic comedy. It was perfect for this book which combines the fantasy of rubbing elbows with a famous band with the contemporary relatability of a girl trying to find her place in the world.
I loved Lark’s interactions with Abbey Road. Ollie, Aiden and Max combine good looks with brooding and an element of cheekiness. There are elements of their stardom but yet get to know the boys as regular people too. Mimi, Lark’s best friend, was a great addition to the novel too. Her videography skills came in handy and she added an extra element of fangirlness to the story.
There is character growth over the course of the novel as well as a few surprises in terms of plot. There was a few things I honestly wasn’t expecting but I liked how everything played out as Lark found her place. Her relationships with her friends and her family grew nicely and I’m excited to see what happens next for Lark’s songwriting and the future of Abbey Road.
Girl vs. Boy Band: The Right Track is such a fun read. I’m excited to see where the author takes this book in the future and I’m looking forward to next year when the second book in the series is released.