Fireworks - Katie Cotugno | ARC Review

Book Details:

Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Publication: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: April 18, 2017
How I got the copy: Publisher
Rating: 2/5 

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.

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by Indigo Books & Music Inc. for the exchange of an honest review*

This is the first novel I've read by Katie Cotugno and I was so excited to read this. I postponed it for as long as possible, which is a thing I do when I don't want something to end but once I started reading it I didn't love it as much as I thought I would.

First off, Fireworks is supposed to be set in the 90's in the girl/boy band era but I didn't buy it. The references used to set this book in the 90's wasn't enough for me. I needed more details of their life, surroundings, etc. to feel the 90's era. It literally read like it could have been set whenever. I would have loved to see how this book would have turned out if it was set now and about a band trying to make it and possibly the differences between a band in 1990 to a band now trying to make it. If that's the connection the author wanted to make. There are girl/boy bands now that have been successful I would have been so cool to read about one now.

Secondly, Dana and her best friend, Olivia, have been friends for years but when they leave their hometown for the big city Olivia sees Dana as replaceable so fast! Olivia is a horrible best friend and I couldn't stand her the entire time. Why does Dana let Olivia treat her like garbage?! WHY!

You can expect drama, romance, an eating disorder, competition, and fun but also a dysfunctional friendship.

Fireworks is a fluffy, fast-paced novel about friendship, success and following your dreams!

*I initially gave this book 3 stars right after reading it but the more I thought about it the more I realize I didn't get anything out of this story.


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