Synopses & Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Molly Montgomery never planned on becoming famous. Molly's band, The Hormones, was just supposed to be about mucking around with her best mates, Jane and Tara, and having fun. But when the deliciously dangerous Dean and his friend T join the band, things start happening fast. Soon The Hormones are front-page news, and their debut album is rocketing up the charts. Molly is the force behind the band, but the hazards of fame, first love, screaming fans, and sleazy managers are forcing the newly crowned teen queen of grrl angst close to the edge. Fame never comes for free, and Molly's about to find out what it costs.
"Manning's first novel may be predictable, but Molly Montgomery's compelling voice will pull in readers as she chronicles her quick rise to pop star fame with her British band, The Hormones. Though the premise shares some similarity with this season's Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn, this novel delves into the dynamics of band life. As the book opens, Molly explains that she is 'nineteen years old, and... being sued' by her record company, and goes on to recount the deceit, disasters and drama that led her to this point. Inspired by her heroine, Ruby X, Molly and her friends want to be part of a 'girl revolution' by starting a band. But when two male musicians bully their way in, they improve and quickly get signed by a manager. At first, Molly, the lead singer and main songwriter, battles with her wary parents and the competitive, 'jerky' guitarist Dean. But her problems only intensify with the band's success. Readers won't be surprised when Molly and Dean secretly become a couple, her manager shows his true colors, or party-girl bassist Jane lands in the hospital with an overdose. But the audience will be swept along; as Molly faces embarrassing interviews, competition with her bandmates and grueling bus rides on tour, she finds it 'harder and harder to remember the pure intentions I'd had when we started the band.' Her sympathetically nave voice belies the hard exterior she wears like armor. Materials such as magazine articles and reviews are embedded throughout, adding fun diversion as well as authenticity. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The story's carefully developed characters and relationships, driven by tuned-in dialogue, make it realistic and compelling. (School Library Journal, starred review)
Molly Montgomery's compelling voice will pull in readers. . . . (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years working on the now sadly defunct UK teen mag, J17,
first as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the launch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl UK,
which she later went on to edit and has consulted on a wide range of other youth titles including Bliss, The Face
Sarra was most recently editor of BBC’s What To Wear magazine. She’s now advises a number of UK magazine publishers as well as being a contributing editor to Elle UK. Sarra has also contributed to The Guardian, ES Magazine, Seventeen, Details and Heat and wrote the Shop Bitch column for Time Out London. Pretty Things is her second title for Penguin and she’s currently working on her next book, Let’s Get Lost. Sarra lives in North London with her devoted dog, Dino, the mongrel she saved from an untimely death.