Title: This Beats Perfect
Author: Rebecca Denton
Publisher: Atom Books
Publication Date: 2 Feb 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Amelie Ayres has impeccable taste in music. Bowie. Bush. Bob. So when she finds herself backstage at The Keep’s only UK gig she expects to hate it; after all they are world’s most tragic band. In fact she feels a grudging respect – not (obviously) for their music, but for the work that goes in to making them megastars. And when lead singer, ‘Maxx’, is not dressed up as a cross between Elvis and a My Little Pony, he is actually rather normal, talented and has creative struggles not too dissimilar to her own.
But the next morning she wakes up rolls over and discovers a million new @’s on social media. Overnight a photo of her backstage has made her a subject of global speculation. Suddenly the world needs to know #Who’sThatGirl? – but for all the wrong reasons.
All Amelie wants is to play her music. She’s got the guitar, the songs, the soul and, in the safety of her bedroom, she’s got the voice. But when it comes to getting up on stage, she struggles with self-doubt.
Immaculate’s a concept. Flawless is fake. But just sometimes music – and hearts – can rock a perfect beat.
REVIEW BY OLIVIA – YEAR 7
This Beats Perfect is a relatable story of overcoming your fears in order to realise your dreams.
The story is told in third person narrative but it has the feel of an omniscient narrator providing insight into the thoughts and actions of both the main character, Amelie, and the significant supporting characters. All of the characters are extremely well-developed, their individual personalities shone through the narrative. Each character developed through the plot and became more interesting as a result.
Amelie is a gifted singer/musician whose dreams of achieving recognition for her talent. Unfortunately, Amelie suffers from paralyzing stage fright, freezing in the face of a large audience. No matter how many times she tries she is unable to overcome her fear. It is easy to empathise with Amelie, from the stage fright to the emotions she feels about her mother, she is a very realistic character and easy to identify with. The plot takes us on a journey of friendship, confidence and determination to follow our dreams, when you have the right people in your life, their support can help you realise your dreams.
The plot flowed well throughout enhanced by the realistic setting and relatable characters. For me the main message of This Beats Perfect is that no matter how difficult the path you can always achieve your goals if you persevere.
This is the first contemporary novel I have tried and it has definitely made me want to investigate the genre further.