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Live Out Loud (Toronto Collection #6)

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Amy's a hobbyist songwriter with big dreams, but not the usual 'making it as a musician' kind. No, Amy wants to honor her late best friend by finally starting the support center for teenage girls they'd dreamed of when they were just girls themselves. She doesn't know where to start, but when one of her songs becomes an overnight internet sensation she sees a quick path to ...more
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Heather Wardell (first published August 31st 2011)
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Jan 15, 2013 Nenette rated it really liked it
Just as Misty's songs were written to inspire and change lives for the better, so was this book. To some, Misty's character, though with flaws, may come across as too good to be true. I would probably have thought so myself, but I chose to look past that and focus instead on what I believe is the book's real purpose. There's a handful really: be yourself, learn from your mistakes, move on, pursue what you believe in especially if it's something good, choose your friends, take time to stop and re ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Cathy rated it it was amazing
I want a Tim.
Oct 09, 2011 Kelli rated it really liked it
I love Heather Wardell's writing so I jumped at the chance to read her latest novel. I was expecting a character-driven story about a woman trying to balance her dreams, a career, and love and I was not disappointed.

Amy has been writing songs for years, and sets a goal for herself to create a CD of her music. She is discovered singing in a local bar in Toronto, and a music career as a 'bubble gum pop princess' soon develops. Amy has trouble finding the balance between writing songs that mean som
Oct 15, 2011 LiteraryMarie rated it really liked it
Live Out Loud is not your average girl-turned-superstar story. Amy is a songwriter with dreams of opening a center for teenage girls. It is to honor her deceased best friend's memory and to carry out their plan. All she needs is start-up money. Then Amy's friend posts a live performance on her blog and suddenly Amy is an internet sensation. She had gone viral.

Becoming a pop princess was the perfect, quick solution to raising money for the center. It isn't long before Amy comes to love her music
Jenn (Booksessed)
Oct 16, 2011 Jenn (Booksessed) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that the synopsis of the book was intriguing, but I was not expecting to be as deeply moved as I was. I was expecting a fun, light read based on the premise that the main character was a rising rock start. That is exactly what I got and I mean that in the best way possible.

The story follows Amethyst “Misty Will” as she struggles with her rising fame and how to become the singer that she wants to be vs. the singer her teams wants to market her as. I loved the “behind the scenes” feel of
Samantha Janning
Feb 02, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it
Ah, another Heather Wardell book on the blog. I’m happy to announce I have read and reviewed all of her books, and she is at the top of my Favorite Authors list. Live Out Loud captures the story of Amy, hobbyist songwriter with a heavy goal on her mind – honor the memory of her late childhood friend. Amy thinks the way to do this is to start a support center for teenage girls, but when Amy suddenly catapults to fame thanks to a video of her singings blows up the internet, Amy is faced to realize ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Have you ever started a book and just couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to a character? With Live Out Loud by Heather Wardell, I fell in love with Amy/Misty our main character from the beginning and from chapter to chapter I became even more intrigued as to where she was going to go next. From the people that she was surrounded with to those who came in and out of her life, they were unique but shaped this character into the one she became at the end. I always look to the extra ...more
Nov 19, 2011 BecksBookPicks rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that in each sitting you get completely caught up in what is going on. Amy is a singer in the beginning and only sings locally. One night she dresses in a pink mini-skirt and matching wig and makes it big. Over night she goes from Amy to Misty Will. She gets a new home, a trainer, someone to help her write her songs, and more. Its a dream come true. As a reader you wonder, okay she got what she wanted, now what. Well, it isn't all Amy thought it would be. You get an in ...more
Donna Hatridge
Nov 14, 2011 Donna Hatridge rated it really liked it
I have greatly enjoyed all of Heather Wardell's books. This one is no different.

Amy's a hobbyist songwriter with big dreams, but not the usual 'making it as a musician' kind. No, Amy wants to honor her late best friend by finally starting the support center for teenage girls they'd dreamed of when they were just girls themselves. She doesn't know where to start, but when one of her songs becomes an overnight internet sensation she sees a quick path to the money she'll need to make the center a
Jun 15, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
It was a rather good mix of predictable and unpredictable elements, but I did find it rather more serious than the author's other books.
It seems it's a recurring theme for the main characters to gradually understand that they themselves are their biggest obstacles. Once they gain that insight they realise what they really want and how to get it. I guess it's simple, yet important.
Also, dealing with other people's expectations is a major part of the story (this one and the other ones), so even t
Aug 06, 2016 Bianca rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Every time I read the title of the book I can't help but sing to myself "Live out loud...ayyy aaaayyy aaayyyyyy." You know, like the Live Your Life song by TI and Rihanna. Maybe the microphone is what does it for me. But, just as I was hooked to that song when it first came out, I was instantly hooked to this book. This may not be the best comparison if you're not a fan of the song, but you gotta admit the tune is catchy. As was this book. But this one won't get overplayed or overshadowed by the ...more
Julie Tichonchuk
Oct 22, 2011 Julie Tichonchuk rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Heather Wardell. In this book the author handles a difficult issue with the character's past with tact. Balancing the issue just right. It was nice to see a cameo appearance from a well loved character from another book too. I can't wait for her next book. I'll be reading it right away.
Dec 27, 2012 Jennie rated it really liked it
Great book, but not the best of the series. I felt this is exactly how someone thrust into the spotlight overnight would feel and I'm glad she found herself before she was lost or destroyed herself ala Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears.
Feb 06, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
I have loved every Heather Wardell book I have read and always grab the new one as soon as it is released and i am never disappointed.
Nancy Hesse
Jun 15, 2012 Nancy Hesse rated it really liked it
I enjoy Heather's books..the characters are fun and very real. They're great airplane/beach reads. Keep writing them Heather!
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Jan 25, 2012 Michele Padua rated it did not like it
I had to force myself to finish this book. I honestly didn't care if "Misty" continued her career or not.
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