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Book Review: The Singalong Society for Singletons by Katey Lovell
Today's review is for the fun The Singalong Society for Singletons, Katey Lovell's debut novel. If you want to know more about this story and Katey's other projects, this week I had the pleasure of interviewing her, so you can check it our here.
Title: The Singalong Society for Singletons
Author: Katey Lovell
Published: October 6th 2016 by HarperImpulse
Blurb: ‘Quirky, cute and utterly romantic’ – Bestselling author Rebecca Raisin
Monique and Issy are teachers, housemates and lovers of musicals! Their Friday night routine consists of snacks, wine and the Frozen DVD. So when Monique’s boyfriend moves to America for a year and her sister Hope moves in because of her own relationship woes, Friday nights get a new name… ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons’!
It’s a chance to get together, sing along to their favourite tracks from the best-loved West End shows, and forget the worries of work, relationships and love (or lack of it). But when Issy shares the details of their little group further afield, they get some unexpected new members who might just change their opinions on singledom for good…
Review: When I first heard about The Singalong Society for Singletons, I immediately thought that it was a really fun idea to mix musicals with a love story and after reading it, I can say that it was indeed a great idea. The story focuses on Mon, who after breaking up (or actually still being on a break, even she doesn't really understand what is going on) with her 10-year boyfriend, creates this society for her friends to meet every Friday to watch a musical and sing along and dance until they have forgotten about all their problems.
Thanks to Mon's idea, this group of friends soon becomes a close unit that support each other and share their fears and doubts. I loved how well the dynamics of the group worked and how every character had their own story and moment in the spotlight. I really enjoyed reading about them and I ended up caring for them all too. I also felt like we really got to know them and their situations sounded real and possible on real life.
Then, there was the musical aspect the story. Each chapter focused on a musical (mainly movies but some live shows too) and I think Katey Lovell made a great job of "matching" musicals with what was going on with the characters. Also, being quite a musical lover myself, I really enjoyed all the references to some of my favourite shows and with every new chapter, I kept adding movies I had to watch again.
As I said, I think the concept for this story was original and fun and really well executed. The only thing that bothered me a bit was Mon's story per se. I was never sure what she really wanted, especially at the beginning. -But it's true though that as the story progressed we started seeing a better version of herself and I started liking her more and more. I think that the ending was the perfect decision as it fitted with the story and the evolution of all the characters involved.
All in all, a fantastic debut novel from Katey Lovell. I'm sure we'll soon get more fun and feel good stories from her.
Rating: 4 stars
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*