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Maddie kann nicht singen. Eigentlich keine Schande, wären ihre Eltern nicht DAS 80er-Jahre-Popduo - und Inhaber einer Karaoke-Bar. Die soll Maddie plötzlich managen, während ihre Eltern auf Revival-Tour gehen. Als sie erkennt, wie heruntergekommen die Bar ist, verzweifelt Maddie erst mal. Doch dann erwacht in ihr der Ehrgeiz: Vor laufender Kamera soll die Bar ein Comeback ...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 384 pages
Published April 2012 by Ullstein Taschenbuchverlag (first published December 8th 2011)
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Paula  Phillips
Growing up Maddie hated music and anything to do with it , as all her life she was known as the daughter of the duo Pineapple Mist. A duo that had a few one hit wonders in the 1980's and then as the years went by Maddie's parents opened their own Bar - a Karaoke bar named Sing it Back. When her parents head away for a reunion/comeback tour , Maddie looks at the bar and realises that it is in fact in the dire need for a spruce up , her dreams are answered or so she believes when she spots an adve ...more
As soon as I saw Confessions of a Karaoke Queen I wanted to read it. The dazzling pink cover was eye-catching and promised Chick Lit goodness. (My favourite kind.) I was also intrigued by the fact Ella Kingsley is the pseudonym for a well-known Chick Lit author (oh yes, people, pseudonyms are still alive and well in 2011). I’ve had a nosy about, wondering how many twenty-something ex-editors there are living in London and, well, I have some ideas of who Ella is although I’m probably wrong so I w ...more
I was lucky enough to win this paperback book from a giveaway run by @Btweenthesheets on Twitter. I hadn’t heard anything about this book previously but I loved the fun, girly cover and was looking forward to reading it.

This was a bit of a slow starter for me, it began with a brief introduction to Maddie’s life and swiftly moved on to her current situation – being dumped by her boyfriend in a rather hurtful way.

When Maddie’s crazy parents decided to go on tour again they left Maddie to take char
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Maddie ist die Tochter des 80er Jahre Popduo Pinapple Mist. Und auf ihre alten Tage wollen eben diese Eltern noch einmal auf Tour gehen und die 80er wieder aufleben lassen. Maddie soll in dieser Zeit die etwas heruntergekommene Karaokebar ihrer Eltern leiten. Da Maddie aber unbedingt etwas an der Bar verändern möchte und Geld auftreiben muss, steckt sie plötzlich in einer Realityshow fürs TV. Und beim Fernsehen ist eben nicht alles Gold was glänzt.

Also zunächst einmal muss ich sage
Maddie kann nicht singen. Eigentlich keine Schande, wären ihre Eltern nicht DAS 80er-Jahre-Popduo - und Inhaber einer Karaoke-Bar. Die soll Maddie plötzlich managen, während ihre Eltern auf Revival-Tour gehen. Als sie erkennt, wie heruntergekommen die Bar ist, verzweifelt Maddie erst mal. Doch dann erwacht in ihr der Ehrgeiz: Vor laufender Kamera soll die Bar ein Comeback erleben! Dumm nur, dass die Kamera auch läuft, als Maddie sich in den charmanten Nick verliebt - und gleichzeitig
Carol W

With a fabulous cast of friends and work colleagues, Maddie and co entertained me with a nostalgic look back over the music of the 80's, even though some of them were seeing the music as retro 80's and had not been there themselves.

I had to pause at the beginning of each new chapter as these were each titled after a famous track from my teen years, and I had to sing along, in my head. On the downside, and this is only a little downside, was that I found the many references to music slowed the s
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
First of all, any book which mentions so many fabulous 80s bands cannot be all that bad. There were even ones I had forgotten all about, like Baltimora. So I was totally in my element reading about Maddie and her 80s one-hit-wonder parents, aka Pineapple Mist, who get invited on a reunion tour and leave her in charge of their failing karaoke bar. In order to pay the bills, Maddie allows a TV crew in to film a reality show, which turns out to be a series of manipulated events by the producer with ...more
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Maddie Mulhern is suddenly in charge. Her parents - former 80s pop duo Pineapple Mist - have left for the summer on a nostalgia tour, entrusting her to manage their struggling karaoke bar, Sing It Back. Panicking over the dodgy finances, Maddie takes a gamble: she signs up for a fly-on-the-wall reality TV series. With her faithful staff (divalicious drag queen Ruby, shy barman Simon and wannabe actress Jasmine) she'll transform the bar into a huge success. Simple. Right? Executive Producer Evan ...more
hat jetzt keine Lust mehr auf eine engl. Rezension, so!

Auf diesen Roman habe ich mich nach der Leseprobe total gefreut und konnte es kaum abwarten, ihn endlich zu lesen. Die ersten Seiten waren einfach so herrlich erfrischend, witzig, spritzig. Dazu die Kapitelüberschriften mit Songs aus den 80ern, großartig. Mal was Neues, wo ich sowieso Fan der Musik der 80er bin.

Leider verflog meine anfängliche Begeisterung mehr und mehr. Die ersten Kapitel sind durchaus witzig. Überhaupt lässt sich das Buch
Nach einer Leseprobe habe ich den Ausgang des Romans schon geahnt, inklusive des kleinen Comebacks von Pineapple Mist. Dazu benötigte man auch keinen hellseherischen Fähigkeiten. Meine Vermutungen haben sich grundsätzlich auch bestätigt, wobei ich die Details (Teilnahme an einer Reality-Show im TV) nicht wusste. Prinzipiell ist solch ein Scenario heutzutage ja nicht unrealistisch, wo es an allen Ecken und Enden Reality-Formate zu sehen gibt. Allerdings habe ich mich schon gefragt, wieso bis zur ...more
Maddie's parents were pop stars in the 80s and now run a down-at-heel karaoke bar in Soho. They leave her in charge while they're away on tour and in order to increase business Maddie signs the bar up to be the base for a reality TV show. Things don't go to plan.

I liked that this chick lit book had the unusual setting of a karaoke bar and that each chapter title is a song title. I also liked some of the characters, but otherwise found it all a bit ho-hum.

There really wasn't much (other than the
I won this in a blog competition a while back and have finally got around to reading it!
I enjoyed the characters, and the way that they and the karaoke club setting were described meant I could easily place myself there with them.
As a debut book, I thought it was enjoyable and I will definitely read Ella Kingsley's next book when it comes out.
Kylie G
on reading the back cover, had such promise but the book did not live up to expectations. in fact the only memorable thing about it is the names of the chapters are all songs. made it a playlist on my iPod, very good!!
This book was an ok read for me, I felt in some places it was good and funny, but I got bored in other places. It did remind me a lot of the 80s. Not sure I would recommend.
I couldn't be bothered finishing this book. I got to page 130 and gave up. It didn't hold my interest at all.
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