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This Beats Perfect

(This Beats Perfect #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  299 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Amelie Ayres has impeccable taste in music. Bowie. Bush. Bob. So when she finds herself backstage at The Keep’s only UK gig she expects to hate it; after all they are world’s most tragic band. In fact she feels a grudging respect – not (obviously) for their music, but for the work that goes in to making them megastars. And when lead singer, ‘Maxx’, is not dressed up as a c ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 2nd 2017 by Atom Books
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Carlie Sorosiak
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fact that I read This Beats Perfect in a less-than-24-hour binge is a pretty clear indication that I enjoyed it. Reading this novel also made me feel really cool somehow? Like I should pick up a guitar and learn how to play like someone suitably bad-ass.

Think if David Nicholls and Stephanie Perkins had a musically oriented book baby, and that's basically This Beats Perfect. It's not only a love song to the London music scene, but it's also really, really funny. There are some cracking one-l
Cora Tea Party Princess
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Music, family, fame, dreams, attraction.

This was just what I needed. This book was so comforting and uplifting.

I warmed immediately to Amelie, I just loved her narrative voice, she seemed so familiar to me. I could recognise a bit of myself in her character (and isn't that just the best?). I also loved how she changed from the girl we saw at the beginning of the book, she really found her self and changed ever so slightly. There was a slight feel of Sarra Manning to the writing, especi
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
As far as the plot does, it was extremely predictable but that didn't stop it being the kind of self-indulgent fan fiction fun everyone loves to read! Amid all the boyband drama, it's a story of being true to yourself and overcoming fears that hold you back from your dreams. With a quirky cast of characters, playing on the stock personalities of boy bands, 'This Beats Perfect' was a quick read with a happy ending we all totally saw coming!

Additional half star for the punny title, though. Top mar
Alice (Married To Books)
DNF @ Page 110

This Beats Perfect is the first book in a series about a young girl called Amelie, who loves music but is far too shy to perform her own songs. She ends up at a UK gig for a famous boy band called The Keep and isn't sure that she would like the band members or their set list. After a photo of her and one of the band members goes viral, there is nowhere for her to hide. School friends and bullies are jealous, family worried and the media printing stories trying to share the gossip a
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid, I would go to this local CD shop and spend hours every single week with a boy I had a huge crush on. We would pick CDs, take them into the listening station, and go through track after track until we knew if we liked it or not. We would do this for hours with new CD after new CD, just flirting and discovering new music together.

This book feels like that. It feels cool and exciting and fun and triumphant, all at once. I fell in love with Amelie and Maxx and their discussions abo
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You guys, I was 100% hooked from the moment I cracked this book open. THIS BEATS PERFECT is unapologetically—*delightfully*!—British and compulsively readable, with these huge personalities that absolutely leap off the page.

I loved main character Amelie for so many reasons, but one of the biggest was that I felt like I hadn't read anyone quite like her before. I loved her for her talent, for her oh-so-real fears and layered dimension, for the way she was completely unimpressed with all things b
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
Friends. I absolutely FLEW through this ooey-gooey in all the right ways contemporary. This Beats Perfect was laugh-out-loud funny with a lot of heart (and it's British, which automatically puts it a step above.) Even while dealing with a MC who is uber famous and, therefore, seemingly unrelatable, I felt deep feels for Max. Denton's background in the music industry shines through and makes everything feel that much more authentic. I was listening to each song on the track list along with each c ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good. Stay up reading past your bedtime good.

I love a YA novel based around music and boybands and this had me hooked from the first page. I adored the main character Amelie and loved that this book was more focused on her and her musical ambitions rather than the boyband as such.

I loved Amelie's best friend Maisie. There's not enough good girl friendships in YA and this did that aspect wonderfully.

If you loved Chris Russell's Songs about a girl or Sophia Bennett's Love Song y
Amy Giles
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca really puts her knowledge of the music industry to hard work here. She deftly explores everything from the perils of the paparazzi to the mixed dreams of wanting to “make it" in the business, but maybe without all the attention. There are so many laugh out loud moments from truly likeable characters that you really care about and root for. A fun, fun read! ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't think I like boy bands enough for this.
The plot in general felt a little cliche, and I thought that Amelie was pretty inconsistent, like she couldn't decide whether she was really nervous or confident and was somehow able to slip the switch immediately.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is so good and can't wait for more Max and Amelie! ...more
Have you ever read a book only to realise it's a hundred percent better than the blurb led you to believe? That was the case with Rebecca Denton's This Beats Perfect.

This book surprised me because I went in expecting to read boyband fanfiction. Instead what I got was a beautiful story about music, friendship, love and growing up. Seventeen year old Amelie Ayres is not the boyband type. You're more likely to find Oasis and the Beatles on her playlist than One Direction or bubblegum pop. When her
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-debuts, arcs
You know that you are loving a book, when you find yourself making excuses to your kids why you might just need an extra ten minutes... thirty minutes... an hour... before you can take them where they want to go because you've got to do some 'work' first. And then they catch you, again, curled up on the sofa, nose stuck in a book - okay, it was my iPad, since I read this as a digital ARC.

Basically, THIS BEATS PERFECT made me happy. Even when all the stuff was going on which made me grit my teeth
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THIS BEATS PERFECT has a catchy YA premise - girl meets boy in boy band. Author Denton not only has the razor-sharp wit and pitch-perfect ear for dialogue to pull off a story like this, she's worked with MTV and some of the biggest names in music (Jack White, Sonic Youth, etc.) - so she gets her details right (which makes for a fascinating inside glimpse into the music industry, which I thoroughly enjoyed). The characters are well drawn (and often quite funny - Geoff and Julian are my personal f ...more
Joanne O'Sullivan
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book! It swept me away to a world of all-access backstage passes, East London recording studios and street markets and Paris! Amelie Ayres is a heroine to root for, daughter of a brilliantly eccentric single mom and a sought-after sound engineer dad. She dreams of music-biz fame, and indeed achieves it in privacy of her own bedroom recording studio, but freezes when it comes to performing in public. A special invitation on her seventeenth birthday puts her in the path of The Keep, ...more
A.V. Geiger
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For pop music fans like me, this book is a must read. Maxx is the hottest guy in the biggest boyband in the world… the dark, brooding one who’s chafing to break free from his bandmates and actually has some musical chops to back up his manufactured image. The other MC is Amelie, a talented singer/songwriter with a terrible case of stage fright. She’s a bit of a music snob, so of course she turns her nose up at Maxx and everything his band represents. And of course, she can’t help but find the re ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review.

This book was adorable! The characters were engaging, relatable, and just so well-written. She also creates an authentic and insightful portrayal of the music world which (after reading her bio) she has first hand knowledge of. It made it that much more captivating! I LOL'd at parts and at the end--the perfect ending, by the way--I do believe I actually sighed!

If you're looking for a well-written and engaging light romantic comedy, this is the book for you!
Rachael Johns
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I may be a little biased, cos this is my cousin's debut YA, but I reckon it rocks! ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this blend of music, friendship, romance... Ah, so good. Definitely his all the right notes!
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's set all around the area I live in and it's such a romp through gritty cool London. If I was a teenager I'd be so jealous of Amelie and her life. Cool to the bone! ...more
Angel - Angel Reads
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about the book.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading this book. I wasn’t expecting much, I just felt like a good read for summer. But, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I sat by the pool for a couple of hours and finished with a smile on my face.

This Beats Perfect follows protagonist Amelie Ayres
Katey Lovell
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amelie doesn't like boybands. She'd rather be listening to her diverse collection of original vinyl. However, because of her dad's job in the music industry, she finds herself surrounded by the biggest pop band of the moment 'The Keep'.

This is a book I'd been really looking forward to, and it was a quick YA read. The plot wasn't complex, but didn't need to be as it was still very readable.

My main issue was that I didn't always like Amelie and her ways. Yes, she is a teenager, but she came acro
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aussie-ya, borrowed
This Beats Perfect. This Book’s perfect. I loved it. Rebecca Denton has done a standout job with this cool contemporary that is all about the music. She herself has a career in music and has used her insider knowledge to bring true authenticity to this book.

Amelie Ayres is just like you and me, except she is an incredible singer and has a famous producer father – but she doesn’t want to use her father but wants to build her music career on her own. She is a bit of a music sob and would never enj
Rosalyn Eves
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got an electronic copy of this book for early review and it was just what I needed to get through a rough patch: fun, breezy, cool with a simmering romance.

Amelie Ayres lives with her hippy mother and works hard at her music, growing an anonymous online channel. But what she really wants to do is perform live. But her work towards a summer performance are complicated when, for her birthday, her sound-technician dad takes her to a concert of *the* it boy band, known as the keep. As Amelie is d
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The style was a bit off-setting in the beginning, but in the end it didn't bother me anymore. A nice and easy read for those sweet cravings. ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great British author... Will be reading more by her in future!

Kept me up until 3AM...
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good fun. Not quite Guitar Girl or This Lullaby but pretty great anyway.
Caroline Hanssen
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
This is a quick and easy read for those that wants something light to read between other books! Even though it was very predictable, I really enjoyed it! I could easily finish this in a day if I didn't have anything else to do!

Is there going to be a sequel?!
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews

This Beats Perfect is a relatable story of overcoming your fears in order to realise your dreams.

The story is told in third person narrative but it has the feel of an omniscient narrator providing insight into the thoughts and actions of both the main character, Amelie, and the significant supporting characters. All of the characters are extremely well-developed, their individual personalities shone through the narrative. Each character developed through the plot and bec
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, proof-copy
So I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book, which normally when I read a proof copy I don't really mention but it feels necessary in this instance because I felt there were a few inconsistencies when reading this that I'm sure will have been fixed in the final copy but left me feeling confused at times.
I did enjoy this books I thought it was a quick easy read and I loved the element of music and the way recording and producing was quite a big part of the book.
For me the fact that
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