I was pleased to be asked to take part in the blog tour for Abby Clancy’s new book and admit I was interested in reading it.
From the moment Liverpool teenager Jess stars in the school musical, she knows that she’s GOT to be a star. Fast forward a few years and the closest the now 22 year old Jessica has got to stardom is as a children’s entertainer – which is where she meets Jack, uncle to the spoiled 5 year old birthday princess, who spots Jessica’s talent and offers her a job with a record label. But that means that she’ll have to leave her family and her home and move to London – where she quickly finds that the streets aren’t quite paved with gold. And as she spends her days making tea for bitchy PR girls and her nights in a mouldy studio flat, Jessica wonders if leaving Liverpool for London has been a terrible mistake.
Attending an industry party – unfortunately only to serve canapes – Jessica’s fortunes suddenly change when Vogue, the singer due to perform at the event drops out. Before she knows it, Jessica volunteers to stand in and takes centre stage. After a dazzling performance, she is surrounded by people wondering who this amazing new talent is. What’s more, her star turn has been captured by the press and she has become an overnight sensation.
Plunged into the crazy world of glitz and glamour, Jessica’s life is transformed but as her star rises, she loses touch with her roots. Jessica’s teenage dreams of stardom may have come true, but at what cost?
This was Abby Clancy’s debut novel and I’d seen her interviewed about it and was keen to get my hands on a copy of the book. She is married to a footballer and models – so she is writing about the world of fame and fortune that she knows well. It was lovely, glitzy read. Perfect for curling up and losing yourself in a bit of glamour for a while- a nice quick read.
Jessica is desperate to become a singing sensation and the book starts with her starring in a school production written by her best friend and quickly progresses to her working as a children’s entertainer dressed as Elsa from Frozen. The scene is set really well at the party and provides some amusing moments.
She’s ‘discovered’ at the party and starts as an intern with a production company and finds out that the road to fame is not going to be a fast, easy path. Her boss provides a much welcome distraction.
When their star falls ill before appearing at a business party Jess gets the chance to sing- as she’s been practicing Vogue’s songs and dance moves. I loved her relationship with her stylist and the scenes with her family- who are a great down to earth family.
She is then caught up in the whirl she’s dreamed of-but finds that she needs to pause the world to make sure she doesn’t lose track of the person she is and forget all those family values that mean the world to her.
It’s a great way of portraying the things that mega stars have to contend with when they’ve reached the pinnacle they dream of- to make sure that they take time to take stock and remember what is important.
I’d definately read more by Abby.
Liverpool-born Abbey Clancy is one of the UK’s most in demand models. She successfully combines being a wife and mother with her career as a presenter and model. She is a UK brand ambassador for many top brands including Matalan, Reebok and Avon. Abbey is married to Premiership footballer Peter Crouch and has two small daughters.
Remember My Name is her debut novel.