Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Book Review: Break It Up - EM Tippetts

Synopsis - Kyra Armijo is making a few changes in her life.  One of them being, she's no longer going to give it up to every guy who looks at her twice.  And she's putting her hopes and dreams for her future first.  When the aspiring photojournalist gets the opportunity of a lifetime to tag along with international boy band sensation, Triple Cross, she can't pass up the chance.  The only problem is that she's in love with one band member, dodging the unwanted attention of another, and desperate to keep her turbulent past under wraps.  Triple Cross have 'nice guy' appeal, approved of by parents the world over, but have just let go of their long-time manager, who controlled their clean image and media exposure with an iron fist.  When Zach Wechsler, the object of Kyra's affection, begins to show interest, she has to be careful.

Surely one girl can't destroy a band that's been together for ten years... only what if she can?  Kyra knows she's one bad decision away from ruining everything she's worked for, and taking the hottest act of her generation down with her.

Review - I received a paperback copy of Break It Up for review from the author.

I have already read two books by EM Tippetts - Someone Else's Fairytale and Nobody's Damsel where we already meet Kyra Armijo, niece of superstar, actor Jason Vanderhilt.  It was good to see Kyra featured as the main character in this book with previous leading characters moved to the background but very much still there.  I found this book easy to read and covered it in two evenings.  It is geared towards the YA reader in the writing, content and language.  What I liked was that Kyra has grown up.  She was a troubled teenager in the previous two books, but she really comes into her own and has her head screwed on right from the start.  Good, strong, believable characters.  I could imagine a family managed boy band being molly coddled and how naive they would probably be once they have moved away under different management.  All bands have disagreements, don't they?  How about Take That, for example, in their early years?  Likeable characters?  Yes, Kyra and her extended family, Zach and his brother.  Is Ben that bad really?  He just wants some independence.  Are the new team that bad?  They are just doing their job.

This story is about growing up, learning to stand on your own two feet in the limelight and deal with all that goes hand in hand with fame.  A lot for the YA reader to identify with emotions, guilt, loyalty, friendship, romance, trust, to name a few.  There are moral messages here.  This is one to pass onto the the YA reader in my house.  4*

ISBN 9781494284091

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