“From Katie Cotugno, bestselling author of 99 Days, comes Fireworks—about a girl who is competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment—and all the drama and romance that comes with it—set in Orlando during the late-’90s boy-and-girl-band craze.
It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.
But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.
It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through. ”
~Synopsis from Goodreads
So I liked this book and I wasn’t sure I was going to. I mean it seemed like it was a stereotypical YA contemporary. And it kind of was. It had quite a few redeeming qualities though that made it somewhat memorable.
1) a boy who was a Virgin
2) a believable sex scene
3) a believable friendship and fall out
But okay there were a few things that pissed me off. Like why do we have to pit girls against each other??? Just because a girl is skinny and beautiful and successful does not automatically make her a bitch. And just because a girl comes from a bad home life and isn’t the prettiest does not automatically make her a good person.
I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. It did have redeeming qualities and it was good but I’m so tired of the stereotypical YA. I’m tired of pitting woman against woman.
Until Next Time,