Author: Jamie Scallion
Publisher: Mad Notes Media
From The Cover
To be the biggest band on the planet.
When Burt decides he must start a rock band to win the love of Bex, he is forced to assemble a quartet of teenage opposites. The RockAteers are born. It must work, and not just for Burt’s sake. Egg has spent his life on the outside looking in, Tea needs to evade a tough future an Clipper wants more than a fast track to football academy. When Eff reveals his song-writing genius, the only way is up…
But can they function as a band?
Who will win the race to sign them up?
And who will win the girl?
Music inspired books are really doing it for me at the moment so when I was offered Making It I jumped for it.
It follows Burt as he tries to win the affections of Bex – unsuccessfully it has to be said. In one of her put downs she happens to mention that bands are cool, saying that if Burt was in a band he would go from a 6/10 to a 10/10. Needless to say this is exactly what Burt does.
The band that is ultimately formed is a bit of an unlikely group. Egg is the really talented one – he can play several instruments to a REALLY high level (colour me a little envious – I can play piano to an OK level, but would love to be able to play lots of instruments). A bit like my Dad, he can play virtually any instrument he picks up. That and he can write songs makes him an obvious choice.
He is however an outsider, he doesn’t have a huge circle of friends, you’re more likely to find him hanging out on his own – could this band change things for him? The other band mates, Tea and Clipper are found from auditions and are generally speaking good guys.
The story follows as the band goes from sounding pretty terrible to getting better and so on. It follows over the next few months as they’re fans swell and attracts interest from record companies. Some good, some not so good.
Throughout the story we’re treated to some excerpts from the boys diaries (or more likely blogs as some of them call them) which was an unusual way I thought of getting a first person version of the events. I can hear you say – “that’s not unusual” – what I mean is that this isn’t a diary style book – the text is in third person and the diaries entries are scattered throughout. I thought it was brilliant to mix the two forms – we got the view of each of the band mates, a general understanding of some of the other characters like Bex (who I thought was brilliant by the way) and a third omniscient narrator to tie it all together.
Whilst being a story about a band getting together and growing, the story covers many things that teenage boys go through – insecurity, feelings of being pressured by parents to do certain things, bullying as well as things that only some go through – coming out, absent parents etc. All these were mentioned and treated as they cropped up but never stopped the core of the story moving forward.
The special mention for this review has to go to Jerome, I’m not going to say too much here other than he was brilliant and made the boys realise there are always other options.
Overall, Making It was a fun, fast paced story based around an idea of forming a band – looking at the trials and tribulations a band may go through. Music lovers will love it and I for one can’t wait for book 2!
Thanks to Mad Notes Media for sending me a copy