Amy Peppercorn: Living The Dream
Pop starlet 'Little Amy Peppercorn' has the world at her feet. She has a number one single while bitter rival Courtney Schaeffer languishes mid-chart. She's just received a royalty cheque for £10,000 and to top that she's just met one of her dancers, the exotic Jag Mistri. Enough to make any teenage girl green with envy. Right?
So into this thorough and revealing portrait of the popular music industry, Brindley throws the complex, emotional character of Amy. Fame couldn't have come at a worse time for her or her bandmates - Geoff has been killed in a car crash and Ben is on remand for being behind the wheel of the stolen car. Best friend Beccs is growing increasingly distant and all Amy wants is to be herself.
Brindley has written a fluid, entertaining novel. The use of text messages and songs is quite an innovative and clever technique, but the autobiographical style he uses for Amy to relate her story works brilliantly in engaging the readership. Just read the first line: "I've never told anyone this before, but I'll tell you: I'd have hated not to go on with it."
So, as Amy delves deeper into the music industry and comes to terms with her new life she comes closer and closer to the truth . . . Just what kind of control is she under? Can she maintain her friends in her ever-spiralling career? Is Jag Mistri all he seems? I'll leave to you find this out yourselves, but what I will tell you is this: Absolutely anyone dreaming of pop stardom, should read this novel.
:: Jamie Larkin