Synopses & Reviews
The kids in McKinley High Schools glee club, New Directions, might not be the most popular, but Glee is unquestionably a runaway hit. Since its premiere in May 2009, Glee has exploded as one of the most popular hours on TV, earning an astounding 19 Emmy nominations in its first season. In addition to the shows staggering success, Glees songs have been heating up the music charts, with 25 tracks on the 2009 hot 100 list, a hit-rate topped only by the Beatles when they had 31 hits in 1964. Dont Stop Believin pays tribute to the glorious mash-up of music, comedy, drama and social commentary that has put Glee and its band of misfits in the spotlight. Written by gleeks extraordinaire Erin Balser and Suzanne Gardner, the book is jam-packed with: an in-depth episode-by-episode exploration of the show, focusing on themes, storylines and main characters all the details on the hit songs in every episode, behind-the-scenes happenings and the shows entertainment and cultural references exclusive interviews with Glee actors including Stephen Tobolowsky (Sandy Ryerson), Heather Morris (Brittany), and Ken Avenido (Howard Bamboo) personal stories from fellow gleeks about what the show means to them biographies of the principal players and guest stars the story of the making of Glee and how it was brought to life by creator Ryan Murphy fun and informative sidebars terrific on- and off-set photos of the cast Capturing all the highs and lows of this ground-breaking series, Dont Stop Believin is a show-stopping guide to Glees journey the perfect companion for fans who demand an encore once the curtain falls.
"The ultimate resource for truly dedicated fans. The authors' unabashed enthusiasm and total immersion in the 'huge, complicated and fascinating world' of Glee is apparent throughout this highly readable companion volume. . . . The authors present a treasure trove of facts and trivia, while keeping the tone accessible and chatty. Gleeks will want this volume by their side as they watchor re-watchepisodes and delight in each and every detail of the show." School Library Journal
"Glee, the TV phenom of the moment, is explained but not overly analyzed in this lightweight unofficial guide to people and events at McKinley High School's singing club. Coauthors Erin Balser and Suzanne Gardners focus is on storylines and main characters with some the best and wittiest lines noted." Globe and Mail
About the Author
Erin Balser is an entertainment writer and literary critic whose writing has appeared in publications such as "Green Perspectives," "Quill & Quire," and "Torontoist." She also manages several entertainment blogs. Suzanne Gardner is a marketing specialist with wide experience in social media and online promotion. She writes and reviews for several print and online publications, including "Imprint," "Quill & Quire," and "Sweetspot." They both live in Toronto, Ontario.