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Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress by Vicky Nolan
The story of a 15 year old girl’s struggle to become a famous singer, a well know artist. Vicky Nolan is offered the life of luxury when she’s flown to exciting locations to record her songs and work with up and coming musicians and artists. She has potential, she has the voice, she has the talent, so where did it all go so horribly wrong?
Debt collectors banging on the front door, a court case, solicitors and an a whole bucket load of emotions. What happened to cause such misery for Vicky and her family? This is Vicky’s story, a true story, the darker side of attempting to become a singer.
What an educational and insightful read, this book could be considered a true tale of the downside of fame. A young girl, praised and promised the world, only for the people she put her trust in to betray her and her innocence.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress it was a fun, interesting take on the beginnings of life in the music industry. I have no experience of the industry myself, so it was fascinating to read about the various trips and working holidays Vicky was encouraged to go on, the different artists and musicians she worked alongside and the promises multiple managers made that were later broken.
The lyrics included within the book were a beautiful touch, I felt connected to Vicky and the struggles she was facing. I particularly liked the Glimpses of Me sections that split up the chapters, I believe these glimpses were of Vicky now in the modern day. I must admit, I didn’t fully understand the concept of the script/screenplay sections that were included in various intervals, they seemed a bit too random to me.
Something that might have improved my rating would have been dates at the beginning of each chapter or section, the novel switches back and forth between a multitude of times during Vicky’s life, a simple date might have made it easier on the reader to understand the progression of events.
The main theme of the story is the trial, the court case happening between Vicky and her ex-manager, I was fully engaged in this battle and rooting for Vicky throughout however I feel as though some questions were left unanswered. Why exactly were they suing her? What proof did they have against her? What had happened between the two parties to create such conflict?
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in the theme, it is a climatic and intriguing tale. However the loose ends do let the book down.
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