Kass Kennedy is in the spotlight, thanks to her Dad.
He plans on selling her soul to the Devil - or at any rate to Simon Cowell when she finds herself pushed into an X-Factor audition.
Kass could just say no, but her dad's manic-depressive mood swings are a constant worry and he has her in an emotional half-Nelson. Just when things couldn't get worse, Kass falls for a gorgeous older boy, also named Cass.
She's amazed when he appears to like her, but it turns out this boy, is her best friend's long-term crush. What's a girl to do? Everything Kass thought she understood starts to fall apart and the only person she can turn to ... grumpy Simon Cowell (literally in her dreams!).
She might not be able to sing her way out of a paper bag, but Kass discovers that she isn't a choker when it comes to sorting out real life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/11/2009
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9781906427207
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Review by bluejulie
I had a bit of a problem getting into the book. Mostly, this was due to the discrepancy between the cover and blurb and the actual story of the book. This is indeed a book that you shouldn't judge by its covers. When I looked at it, it seemed like a fun, light read. What I got when I opened it and started reading was a powerful, thought-provoking, great YA novel. The topic the novel deals with is far from easy, in fact, it's difficult even for the grown-ups to cope with (as is obvious from the way Kass's Mom and Dad deal with it), it's even more of a burden for a fifteen-year-old to carry on her shoulders. Kass has more on her plate than she can deal with, more even than she should have to deal with at her age. But she's a compelling, well-written character that proves to be more mature and responsible than even she expected. The funny scenes, the sarcasm and humour add a touch of lightness to an otherwise troubling story and add another layer to this great novel. A layer that makes 'Girl, Aloud' not only an enlightening book, but also an enjoyable one.