Scottish teen singer Storm writes what she knows in this thinly fictionalized account of a Glasgow girl who turns overnight pop star.
Thirteen-year-old Storm Hall knows she is destined to be a famous singer. But when her shot at a school choir solo is squashed by her family’s Hawaiian vacation plans, she makes the best of it by lending her pipes to Wewehi, an up-and-coming Hawaiian band. Wewehi’s single featuring Storm’s vocals is noticed by pop sensation Ivy Baxter, who immediately invites Storm to open one of her concerts. This leads to the kind of instant notoriety that most teenagers can only dream of, but Storm’s happiness is tempered by the discovery that her best friend is dating the boy she (maybe) likes. Savvy students of global pop will quickly make the connection between Storm’s story and the author’s own real-life rise to stardom after she slipped a recording of her music to Elton John. Written in Storm’s kinetic first-person, present-tense voice, and interspersed with tweets and gossip blog posts, this breezy, of-the-moment title pleasantly passes time even if it’s not likely to stand the test of it. Though the one-note plot is pure wish fulfillment, starry-eyed readers may enjoy immersing themselves in the details of Storm’s publicity and personal styling.
Sweet as a sticky piece of bubble gum. (Fiction. 10-14)