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by Louise Voss

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ISBN: 0552999024
ISBN13: 978-0552999021
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Louise Voss
Language: English
Publisher: Transworld Pub (March 31, 2002)
Pages: 464 pages
ePUB size: 1501 kb
FB2 size: 1563 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 321
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I really don't understand PW. The book does draw a surface picture of the main character, however that surface gives you the inner personality that lead to who she is. If you know anything about real people, then you can see the kind of person Helena is at the beginning and how she comes to the conclusion she does. It is completely believable, unless you don't believe that a person can come of out of a grieving process and a personal tragedy stronger than before. Of course, I've had the experience of having someone truly amazing and beautiful in my life and having lost them. I can understand how she felt, what she thought, and what led to her change of heart.

Honestly, I do not get the complaints. The characters do not need to exist outside Helena's perception of them because this is about her journey and her perception and her her her. I think it speaks to how Helena feels at the beginning (self absorbed and internalized). The character's only feeling is the grief for her friend, who has a backstory. Seen from Helena's perception in her grief and tragedy, it makes sense to not care about those outside herself and her friend Sam. She fights against her feelings for Toby and his daughter (I'm sorry, I can't remember the little girl's name right now) and tries to keep them to only a surface perception of them, but finds herself slowly being drawn into them. Fully? No..and here we come to the only real problem I have with this book:

Helena's ending relationship with Toby is just too soon and too Pollyana, IMO. I mean, after a long grieving process and a very serious personal tragedy, instead of seeing the beginning of some tentative bonds and beginnings of a relationship we see a commitment. After the few interactions and the type of self absorbed grieving we've seen, to fully commit to Toby just seems like an ending designed to lazily close the book. No different than having the big fight scene and ending right there with a "and they lived happily ever after". In most stories that would be ok, but Helena's story, up until this point, shows a connect between the story and reality. I feel the sudden commitment at the end of the book departs from that.
I literally could not put this book down - I even used the text to speech mode while I was cleaning just to keep going with it. I loved the interplay between the present time and the past and how it was all linked to a particular song. I know nothing about the pop music industry, particularly the British stuff, but still found the book utterly engrossing. The characters were well-developed and the situations were well-described, drawing the reader into the scene. Watching Helena's transformation as she grew from a small child to an adult was very interesting to me; the author connected it all spiritually and Helena is a heroine of depth and character. A most excellent reading experience indeed!
LOVED IT!! Very insightful. I felt like I was the musician. Loved the friendship of Sam and Helena. I love Toby/Ruby. Would love to know what happen with them. This is my first review so, please forgive me if is a little lite. I would highly recommend this book. It gives you an inside view of the music business from the side of the musician from unknowns to superstars. To Be Someone
I thought this book was long, boring, dull and could not get through it fast enough. I did think of not finishing the book, but I finished. I would not recommend to anyone. If I had to do over again I would not have read this book. (FYI - It is written in what I call British English. The story is about an English girl.)
This first endeaver by Louise Voss is enchanting. The idea of making a soundtrack for you life intrigued me. We meet Helena Nicholls, a British DJ with the coveted morning show, but her show is unlike others. She would play requests, but only after the person would tell the entire listening audience why the song was so important to them, how they were feeling when they heard it, what they were wearing and so on. The novel moves between the present and the past, so we get to relive Helena's life with her. Each chapter is titled with a song and it truly is the soundtrack of her life, which has hit rock bottom. She has a horrific accident which leaves her scarred and missing an eye. She is fired from her morning slot and offered a graveyard shift. As she begins to heal physically, Helena begins to form the Plan. She will write her autobiography, beginning with her childhood and end it with her first day back at the radio station, playing her soundtrack and then ending it all.
The author sucks you into Helena's world effortlessly and you really want to know what will happen to her. Helena starts with her upbringing in England, meeting her best friend, Sam, who has a tragic end, to moving to the States and joining a rock band.
It really is nicely done and I will be watching this author to see what else she does.
Thanks for reading!