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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,589 ratings  ·  324 reviews
Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like... until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything
Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barel
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Marla Mei

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For the Record is a fangirl’s dream come true. This book is a story about a girl who’s suddenly thrust into the spotlight when one phone call changed her life and made her the lead singer of a famous rock band. Getting away from her small town? Yeah, that’s a good thing since they never seemed to care about her anyway. But how is living in close quarters with three guys who could barely tolerate her any different?

I flew through
Charlotte Huang
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I did write it! Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
This book is beyond fun. I devoured it in a single day - I just couldn't stop turning the pages (or scrolling through the PDF, as it were...).

There's so much to love about For the Record: the drama, the cute boys, the MC Chelsea who's spreading her wings for the first time. You can also really tell that Charlotte Huang knows her stuff. Everything rings true and feels accurate about living life on the road. I loved that!

I'd also like to say that I fell hard for the boys of Melbourne. Beckett, Mal
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
Sep 16, 2015 marked it as books-i-gave-up-on
Shelves: ya, net-galley
DNF @ 30%

This book is just not working for me. I really don't care what happens to any of the characters and the story doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I have absolutely no desire to read any further.

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Random House Children's Delacorte for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Istyria book blog ~ A World of Enchanted Books

3.5 stars

The only thing worse than hating a book is when you feel indifferent about it. When all you can say upon finishing it is "meh". And that's how I felt about this one. It's okay. Not bad. Not Great. Just... okay.

For the Record is about Chelsea. After she lost a talent show in TV, she went back home to lead a normal boring life. But then her whole life changed. Now she's the lead singer of the band Melbourne, touring and performing with a band
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via NetGalley.

*Malcolm is of unspecified Asian descent; Beckett's ex Lauren is Japanese

It hurts me when I can tell an author clearly knows what they're talking about/writing about and I still don't like their book. C'mon, Huang namechecks Fall Out Boy in her acknowledgements as one of her husband's clients! She knows stuff! So why isn't For the Record fun? Shallow characterization, music snobbery, and thoughtles
A very authoritative look at life on the road, lighter on romance than expected and heavier on logistics and the touring experience, which I think will pleasantly surprise readers looking for something different from celeb YA. Particularly unique is that Chelsea isn't the cool frontwoman everyone adores; they basically all treat her like crap and the newbie she is, even as they recognize she's talented. Definitely a different take than others of its subgenre. ...more
carolina ☾
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I'd have enjoyed it way more without the Lucas Rivers plot. ...more
Alice Reeds
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My review can (also) be found on my Blog: Bettgeschichten

* I recieved an eARC of For the Record from Random House in exchance for a honest review *

I have so much love for this book and I am beyond happy I got the chance to read it five months prior to its publication. This book just truly has it all: a rock band composed on fun and different characters, a cute Hollywood movie star, the love for music and an outstandingly fun main character, Chelsea, who spreads her wings as lead singer of Melbo
Lisa (lifeinlit)
2.5 stars

Oh man, this book was so painful for me. As most of you probably know, my husband is a drummer, and therefore I am always drawn to books involving music, especially rock bands. The idea of a story based around a rock band on tour struck me as something I would definitely like. And honestly, there was a lot about this story that I did enjoy. But the characters just had me pulling my hair out.

Chelsea, the new lead singer of Melbourne, is loving the type of life others only dream about. A
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I've always been fascinated by the music scene and I think there are possibilities for so many amazing stories to be told in the setting. That was my main reason for wanting to pick up For the Record. It was a book full of potential and while it wasn't a book without its faults, it was enjoyable and by the end, I knew I would be checking more out by Charlotte Huang in the future.

My favorite part about For the Record was the music setting. I loved how Charlotte Huang was able to transport readers
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
For the Record is Charlotte Huang’s debut novel that I was very much interested in reading. I am someone who really does love my music and of course, I love reading. If you combine the two then there was no way I wasn’t going to be reading this book! As I was reading it kind of reminded me of the books Absolutely True Lies or Airhead by Meg Cabot. If you liked those books, then I am sure you will like this one as well.

This book throws you right in the moment we get started. It’s best to read the
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
When For the Record recently went on kindle sale for $1.99, I immediately jumped at the chance to get the book since it had been on my list of books to read for awhile. I was surprised though, that I started reading the book that very same night! That rarely happens. But I was in the mood for a music biz story and all of the drama that comes with it. And boy is there drama when you are the replacement singer in a band that everyone loved.

I loved all that was explored in this book, including but
Erin Dunn
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read and review an ebook copy of For the Record by Charlotte Huang.

For the Record is about a girl named Chelsea who lost a TV singing competition show (think American Idol, X-Factor) and then she got the opportunity to be the lead singer for a band named Melbourne. Only she has to prove herself worthy during their summer tour. The book is about her summer with the band playing sold out shows in clubs, dating famous
Nov 15, 2015 marked it as dnf-hiatus-etc
DNF at 5%

Maybe I'm feeling a bit under the weather with college stress, besides the exams and such, but this book is making me utterly bored. I could care less about the characters right now and the last straw: please don't mention, even as a joke, having PTSD from working with an annoying boss. I'm fairly certain any other time I picked this up I wouldn't be so inflamed by this detail, but one of my friends is currently struggling with this, and to see it trivialized in this way grates on my r
Fictional World Dreamer
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

For the Record was an adorable and fun read. Once I started reading it, I was immediately engaged and couldn’t put it down! If you ever wonder what it would be like to be a part of a music band. This book will give you that chance, it will give you an insider look at the music business and what it would be like to be part of a tour with a rock band full of cute boys.

The characters in this story we’re pretty delightful and entertaining. They each had their story to tell and it was a very captiva
After losing a reality singing competition, Chelsea was expecting to face into small town obscurity as she went back for her senior year. One phone call changed all that. She's offered the chance to become the new lead singer of the band Melbourne, traveling with three hot guys and performing at sold-out shows. But with the band barely tolerating her and only having the summer to make the guys and the fans love her, Chelsea begins to feel in over her head. When heartthrob teen actor Lucas Rivers ...more
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
I wasn't aware of this novel before Sue pointed it out to me and since it sounded extra cool, I downloaded an ARC from Netgalley. I can tell you that it was an enjoyable read, but definitely not among my favorites of the year.

I applaud for the music industry parts, especially the way the author described the feeling of being on stage and growing into being a live artist for masses. However, there was so much of it that by 50% I really didn't know what the moral or point of this story was going t
Brittany Walker (NekosBooks)
Though out this whole book I shipped Chelsea with the inter band. I just couldn't decide who's personality went the best with hers. This was a little frustrating, but I really loved that aspect of the book because it kept me guessing.

I really liked the bands dynamic; they felt like a family (until Chelsea started riding a different bus). The romantic relationships were a bit . . . much especially Malcolm's & there was a little bit to much drama put into them; most of which centered around Mandy
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 15ers
Where was this book when I was in high school? An addictive look at the behind-the-scenes of a girl thrust into the spotlight with a major band on tour. Fantastic details and complicated, believable characters.

Full review to come!
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, netgalley
My thanks to Random House Children's via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book was a lot of fun, and while not perfect, I really enjoyed reading it. I was expecting "For the Record" to be heavy on the cheese, but it actually kept that factor to a minimum. The writing was solid, and I had a couple laughs sprinkled throughout. I liked the added dimension of the whole rock band trope, too. Not only is Chelsea thrown into the public eye (again) but she is exp
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love books about music! Full review to come.

**Thanks so much to Penguin RandomHouse for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I'm a huge fan of music. Honestly, in this day in age, I don't know who isn't. It's uplifting and lets you forget about life for a little while, or even enjoy life more. It's a way to connect to others and know that you're not the only one going through something tough in your life. It's a way to bring the world together.

That's why I knew that Fo
Michelle Krys
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my favorites of 2015. It's just that good. ...more
Carlene Inspired
You can find more of my reviews at Carlene Inspired.
I recieved an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Chelsea has the chance of a lifetime, not only does she get to meet one of her favorite bands, she gets to be their new lead singer. Melbourne is an up and coming rock group with a female front, with a full length tour ahead of them Chelsea is the final part of their puzzle. With newly found fame though comes publicity, other famous stars, and emotions that Chelsea doesn't know wh
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank Delacorte Press for providing me with a copy of this book to review and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I really enjoyed the movie Almost Famous. So give me a book that totes the same thing but in YA form and I'm hooked. Plus, I have been reading some rock star YA books lately that I have really enjoyed. So when I got this I was ready to jump right in.

I love the idea that we get to follow around a young band and see a
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 3-stars, library
This book was on the more positive side of okay. There were parts that were really good, and parts that I wish I never had to read. It started out a little rocky; I don't know if it was the writing style, or that I felt I had too much to take in at once, or that it kind of started in the middle of something, but whatever it was, it sorted itself out fairly quickly. Another issue I had was trying to keep track of the guys in the band. Sure, they all had their distinct singular-trait personalities ...more
There is basically no upside to this book. It was surprisingly depressing. Chelsea replaces the lead singer of a popular alternative band. The problem is that most of the band can't stand her- save for Beckett.

This book is a ton of tour minutiae with a couple of annoying sub plots thrown in. I LOVE tour minutiae. I briefly toured with a local band in high school. I did merch and we did regional shows- the highlight being Cornerstone. I guess a lot of my love for books about bands on tour comes
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think it’s no secret that YA readers love books with a strong music theme. There’s been so many great ones. One of my absolute favorites is Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway. I devoured it in one sitting and I’ve never found a book that’s came even kind of close to it. Until now…

For the Record was so very fun! I was in love from the very first chapter. It’s about Chelsea, the main character, landing the lead vocals job with a already established rock band and her adventures and hardships on tour. I
Lori Goldstein
But for the fact that I can't even hum on key, I'd have been a great rock star. This book let me vicariously live out my fantasies via the main character, Chelsea Ford, who gets drawn into the band Melbourne to replace their lead singer. The author's knowledge of the behind-the-scenes of a touring band makes this a fascinating insider look at what this world is like (and I'd totally fall out of those tour bus bunks). But this is about much more than just a touring band. The complex relationships ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this for free through NetGalley

3.5 stars

Usually I would be able to read this in one sitting and maybe I just wasn't in the mood but I struggled with this one a little.

The story itself is actually read good. It has some of your typical contemporary tropes which we all know and love and whilst some of the characters got on my nerves, for the most part I found them relatable in small ways. I did enjoy how vibrant some of the personalities were and they really added to the dyna
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