Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Live Out Loud, by Heather Wardell

Amy has always been a big dreamer, not just her own dreams, but the dreams of her childhood friend who tragically died.  But never in her wildest dreams did she think she would become a singing sensation, yet that is exactly what happens.  Amy becomes the pop princess Misty Will.  But the biggest question is.... Misty will what?

Once again Heather Wardell gives us a winner.  Wardell has a way of creating characters and situations to which her readers can relate wholeheartedly.  I just love watching Amy's character catapult to fame, and to watch her flounder when fame is a little too much for her to handle.

I liked that this story has a modern feel to it.  Typically, I dislike a lot of pop culture in literature, but in this story it just fits.  This is a story that we can imagine happening in today's world of pop music.  I could totally imagine a singer like Misty rocketing to fame thanks to youtube.  And as a lover of social media, I really enjoy how it factors into Misty's situation.

I was a little surprised at some of the more serious themes at work, dealing with abortion, teen death, and teen sexuality.  I liked that this story had this meat to it, yet was still able to remain so positive.  Well done.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author.



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