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Glee: The Beginning: An Original Novel (Glee #1)

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  1,242 ratings  ·  178 reviews
Calling all Gleeks!

Get more of your favorite characters in this official Glee prequel!

All great performances deserve a warm-up! Enroll early at McKinley High--before New Directions was even a glimmer in Mr. Schuester's eye. When did Rachel first decide Finn was more than just a jock? When did Puck and Quinn start their secret romance? And how did the fledgling Glee Club f
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Published August 3rd 2010 by Poppy (first published August 1st 2010)
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Jolo Manansala
Let me first start by saying I am a total Gleek. I am in love with Glee and everything about it. Which is why I feel guilty about this review.

I just felt that was needed before I start writing this.

The book sucked. Why did I even read this in the first place? Oh, it was because my friend got this for me for Christmas and I felt guilty not reading it (it DOES cost a lot here in the Philippines). I knew because of people from Tumblr before hand that it was bad, but I didn't think it would be that
Glee: The Beginning is a short, fun read chronicling the events of McKinley High before Mr Schuester takes over Glee Club. The book starts off with Rachel Berry, resident over-achiever and know-it-all, being asked by Kurt to join Glee. After much deliberation, Rachel agrees to join, and the rest of the novel concentrates on the difficulties the members of the Glee Club have trying to avoid humiliation and gain acceptance from their peers and the “popular crowd”. Along the way, slushies are tosse ...more
Alexis Elizabeth

I'm just going to go ahead and say this to get it over with... I'm a Gleek. Thanks to my friend I'm addicted to Glee. I love the show and can't wait for season 3. Who's with me?!?

When I saw this book I thought: "This is going to be a more child friendly version of Glee that I'll most likely get bored with." I was wrong on the child friendly part. This is absolutely a young adult book no matter how childish it may seem! The boring part is another story. There were parts that were really go
Promising premise but the writing style got on my nerves.

DNF at page 55.
YA Reader
When I received this book I wasn't really sure what to expect. I loved the TV series but I've never really been a big fan of tie-in books. This one luckily is a bit different. It's actually an original novel so what happens in it is separate to the content of the television shows. The book also takes place before the Glee series so you really get to know all of the characters well.

There are lots of things I liked about this book but in particular I liked the way Lowell presented the Glee kids we
Sarah Jane Smith
Basic writing and contained everything I hate about Glee then magnified it - I can't bloody stand Rachel, Quinn, or Finn and yet there they are with the book's focus firmly on them; as usual, the minority characters are more after thoughts - they don't even get to be on the front cover or on any of the giveaway posters! Plus, everything in the book contradicts how the Glee Club actually started as seen in the pilot - and last time I checked, the pilot was still bloody canon. Even the most hardco ...more
Petra Sýkorová
Tuhle knihu si spíš užijí milovníci stejnojmenného seriálu. Ostatním nejspíš nic neřekne. Já jsem si ji moc ráda přečetla a těším se na druhý díl.
This book was such a disappointment.

Glee is one of my all time favorite TV shows. I was excited to read the prequel, but it didn't last for long - it was awful. I've actually considered abandoning a book a couple of times.

The characters are boring and nothing like themselves from TV show, everybody hates each other, there are no healthy relationships or friendships.

I honestly don't even know how to write this review, it just sucked. I tend to search for the best in every book, but I couldn't fi
Jan 20, 2011 Zooey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hoarders collecting crap books
I can be very short about this one: it was awful. It doesn't often happen to me that I feel the urge to get myself a toy gun that looks awfully real and then fly over to the author and threaten her to take her hands off of the computer and keep them where I can see them. But now I really did, while I'm actually very anti-violent!

This book just completely missed its point to me. Obviously a tie-in book does not equal high quality literature, but this...?! I think there might be better fanfiction
Jun 16, 2012 Sophie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't recommend this book
Shelves: 2000-onwards
Having enjoyed watching Glee from the first series I thought I'd give The Beginning a try.

I was left extremely disappointed. The characters retained their flaws but lost all of their redeeming qualities. I find the t.v versions of Rachel, Puck and co. endearing despite their idiosyncratic ways, their book counterparts however were just obnoxious and unlikable.

The book was scattered with references to Puck's dubious pool cleaning business, cougars, M.I.L.Fs and other subjects unsuitable for young
Stephanie A.
For the record, this doesn't suck. As tie-in novels go, they're actually a rather pleasant experience, with a little more heart than usual. You just have to resign yourself to the fact that publishers of tie-in novels are afraid of writers who connect with character emotions like actors instead of script writers. I don't know how well it works as a canon-launching prequel, but if you try to think of it as a typical cotton candy/fluff YA novel, it succeeds in that respect. I am always casting YA ...more
Jenny bought these for the kids series section and I offered to read it to see if it was appropriate for our fifth grade and under collection. I'm pretty iffy on that.

Reading for myself, I was really, really bugged when things didn't match up to the show. How hard would it have been to watch the first two or three episodes before writing this? It's not a huge time drain, okay? Here, the club was Kurt, Mercedes, Artie and Tina until Kurt invited Rachel. But we saw Sandy feeling up the one guy, a
Aug 25, 2010 kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, ya
I enjoyed this book, but I'm a total Gleek. Not sure how much you'd enjoy it if you aren't a fan of the show. Since I know the characters, I think the author has their voices, mannerisms and personalities down very well.
This is sort of a prequel to teh show. It tells how the various Glee members met up and how Finn's baby came to be, although you have to read between the lines to know what happened. It's g-rated which is nice.
It's not a really compelling read, not a page-turner, but that could b
Kenya Bautista
Franlin McKinley High Schools Glee Club was never really "popular". After Rachel and Finn Hudson join everyone seems to follow into their category. Quinn and Finn are in love but it isn't until Finn find out the secret Quinn and Puck have. Join this showmance and be prepared for some romantic drama.
Nádia Batista
Confesso que sou uma gleek... O Glee é provavelmente o meu guilty pleasure. Antes não suportava a série, até que comecei a ver enquanto esperava que desse uma que realmente gostava, e quando dei por mim, já amava a série. Quando descobri que havia livros, não descansei enquanto não li o primeiro, e tendo em conta que nem é muito grande, decidi guardá-lo para o Read-a-Thon.

Estava à espera de uma adaptação literária da série, o que aconteceu mais ou menos - Glee O Início mostra as personagens ante
I am a total "Gleek," and I have been in love with the show since the very first episode. I'll spare you the details. But of course, I had to read the Glee book that answers my burning questions about what happened before the t.v. show kicked off, such as what grades the main characters are in, and how did Puck and Quinn wind up in bed together? I have a life, just not on Tuesdays.

Anyways, the book is true to form, right down to Sue Sylvester's hilariously-vile comments, Finn's adorable naivety,
Sean Kennedy
I'm really not expecting great literature when it comes to a novel based on the series Glee, but I at least expect it to fit in with the continuity of the show (although I guess it could be argued that this author is being as wildly inconsistent with plot and characterisation as the screenwriters). What you have here are blatant canonical facts being overlooked here such as Sandy Ryerson running the Glee club before Schue takes over - Ryerson is nowhere to be seen, and therefore the huge plot de ...more
Lyndsey Rushby
I have been a massive fan on Glee since it first started so I was both curious and excited to see how it would be transferred into a book and prequel. There was a lot of good reviews for it on Twitter so I was starting to think that it was done really well. I was unfortunately left not completely loving it though.

Glee: The Beginning really accentuates the personalities of the main characters and because of this, I could imagine them as they are on the TV show. I liked being able to picture each
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
GLEEEEEEEEE!! Yep, if you can't already tell, I loved this book. It's the perfect antidote to pining away for the TV show, and is written so well that you feel like you're watching it rather than reading it. Sophia Lowell manages to capture each character's dialogue and personality perfectly, and offers an extra insight into their pre-Glee lives.

I'll be honest here: I'm quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of the show so I knew I'd like it, but I was a bit concerned abo
I wouldn't consider myself a "gleek." I watch the show on occasion and find certain episodes enjoyable and the humor is spot-on at times. This book, which belongs to my younger sister, was lying around the house. With summer coming to a close, I was looking for something light to read before I return to reading those grueling, large college textbooks. This Glee "prequel" seemed to be the perfect book.

The writing isn't great, but I wasn't expecting descriptive prose and figurative language. The s
Jesse Owen
Before I begin I should point out that I love Glee (how it managed to pass by the rest of my family I have absolutley no idea), I loved the story and I especially loved the songs – many of them I preferred over the orignal (can I say that?) so approaching the book was interesting in that obviously one of the key parts of the show (the songs) was missing.

This aside I felt the book really captures the spirit of Glee, it may not be the TV series but it stood up well on it’s own ground, we start wit
For fans of Glee, this prequel is a lot of fun. It is a bit of a bummer without the music, but I still really enjoyed it. There was enough drama and dialogue to keep my interest. Mr. Schu is not in the picture yet as Kurt, Mercedes, Artie and Tina enlist Rachel’s help to improve the Glee Club. They have a recital planned and are scared to death they will make fools of themselves. Rachel uses the morning announcements to give herself a higher profile, singing and bravely challenging the Cheerrios ...more
Mari - loves to read
Did you ever wonder why Quinn fell for Puck or what Rachel was up to before Glee? I'm pretty sure most Gleeks out there will enjoy this Glee prequel.

I love, LOVE Glee and was thrilled when I was offered a review copy of this first official Glee novel. I first started this novel when I got it late in August but didn't finish it before this week. When I first started reading I just wasn't in the right mood so I decided it was best to put it aside for a little while and try later. I'm so glad that
As a huge fan of the TV show Glee, I was very excited when I was given the chance to read and review Glee: The Beginning.

It was obvious reading Glee: The Beginning that Sophia Lowell really knows her Glee. Every element of the characters was spot on: voice, personality, dialogue and actions. It was so much fun to get into the heads of Puck, Kurt, Quinn, Rachel, Mercedes, Finn, Artie and Tina who I’ve grown to love over the series. I was a little disappointed that Mr Schu didn’t get much face ti
Oct 15, 2010 Josh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the tv show Glee and young adults
This young adult novel takes place before the television show began, basically covering the week or two before. All of the characters are present and accounted for and the author has done a fine job of capturing their personalities and styles. The story details how Rachel Berry was first brought into the glee club by Kurt and how her energy and drive pushed Tina, Artie, Mercedes, Kurt to take risks and put themselves out there even while the popular students make their lives a nightmare.

While f
Macy  (It's a Book Thing)
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When I bought this book, I didn't have many expectations. In all honesty, I expected much less then I actually got out of it. It was a really easy read and a good break from all the super depressing books that I read. I must admit, I am a BIG Glee fan. I watch the show all the time, have all the music, and sing the songs in the shower o
Monika Ally
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Oh, God, this was so bad it was funny.

I can't consider myself a Gleek (is there still such a thing?) but I did used to be, I guess. I watched the first couple of seasons and used to feel really invested in the characters. That's why, a couple of years ago, I bought the book on sale. Then the TV show started getting worse and worse and I quit it, but the book was still on my bookshelf, waiting for the chance of being read.

It was nostalgic in a way, but mostly annoying. It's overall awfully badly-
Dec 28, 2012 Maud rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Glee fans who crave more Glee stuff
Shelves: chicklit
All great performances deserve a warm-up, enroll early at McKinley High (before New Directions was even a glimmer in Mr. Schuester's eye). When did Rachel first decide Finn was more than just a jock? When did Puck and Quinn start their secret romance? And how did the fledgling Glee Club function without a fearless leader? Hint: It wasn't exactly a perfect melody.
Break out the gold stars and refill the slushies: It's time to find out what happened to all your favorite characters "before" the show
SJH (A Dream of Books)
All you Gleeks out there (of which, yes, I am one!) will love this book which is a prequel to the phenomenal smash-hit TV show. There's a danger with TV tie-ins that they won't capture the spirit and enjoyment of the show itself but there's no need to worry about that here because Sophia Lowell has done a tremendous job of transferring the essence of Glee into the written word.

I had fun finding out about all my favourite characters before they formed 'New Directions' with Mr Schuester, their Sp
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