Title: Remember My Name
Author: Abbey Clancy
Published: May 19th 2016 by Mira
Blurb: 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?
*First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Review: As soon as I spotted Abbey Clancy's debut, I knew it was my kind of read, as I love going behind the scenes of the crazy world of glitz and glamour, and I was not wrong. Remember My Name is a really fun and entertaining story about a girl from Liverpool who becomes the new musical sensation overnight and the consequences it has in her life and her family's.
I think that I enjoyed this novel so much because I instantly liked Jessica and I was rooting for her from page one, when she was dressed as Elsa and was attacked by a snow machine mid Let It Go. She was down to earth, quite naive, hard working and above all, believable as a character. And she had the best family, supportive and caring. I think when she finally got her chance at being rich and famous and became Jessika (with a K), I was as excited as her.
As you can imagine, as soon as Jessica became Jessika, she was a bit blinded by the fame and fortune and kind of forgot where she came from. But I guess that it must be difficult to stay true to yourself when everyone starts adoring you and you cannot even go to the loo without it making to the news. There was a moment halfway through that I was sure that I knew how the story was going to go and end but there were enough twists (some quite unexpected) to keep me intrigued and on my toes during the whole book.
Another part I enjoyed about this story was the more romantic part. There are a couple of love interests in Jessica's new life and I think the author handled this part really well. More than one scene had me giggling and I was really happy with the ending.
If your are looking for a highly entertaining story with lots of fun situations, humour, love and great characters, Remember My Name is the one for you.
Rating: 4 stars
About the author:
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.