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    • ISBN:9780349002712
    • Publication date:02 Feb 2017
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This Beats Perfect

By Rebecca Denton

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THIS BEATS PERFECT is the story of a precocious girl who dreams of picking up guitars not guys... Come on girls, make some noise.

'This Beats Perfect is a fabulous celebration of music, friendship, and following your dreams' Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones

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 the 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 cross between Elvis and a My Little Pony, he is actually rather normal, talented and has creative struggles not too dissimilar to her own.

But the next morning she wakes up and rolls over to discover a million new @'s on social media. Overnight, a photo of her at the gig has made her a subject of global speculation. Suddenly the world needs to know #Who'sThatGirl? - but for all the wrong reasons.

All Amelie wants is to play her music. She's got the guitar, the songs, the soul and, in the safety of her bedroom, she's got the voice. But when it comes to getting up on stage, she struggles with self-doubt.

Immaculate's a concept. Flawless is fake. But just sometimes music - and hearts - can rock a perfect beat.

'A witty exploration into the world of celebrity' The Sun

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  • ISBN: 9780349002729
  • Publication date: 02 Feb 2017
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: ATOM
Tapping into boyband mania as well as artistic pride, Denton turns her sharp eye to the fallacies of painting women as 'groupies', creating a main character more interested in artistic integrity than fame and fortune. Young women looking for more positive female role models will love Amelie's passionate pursuit of her dreams, which is both inspiring and hugely relatable. — Evening Standard
THIS BEATS PERFECT is a fabulous celebration of music, friendship, and following your dreams. It's hugely entertaining with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and Amelie is a wonderful heroine. She's smart, loyal, and fiercely independent. Rebecca Denton's music expertise shows in the incredibly authentic backstage and on stage scenes. A fantastic addition to the burgeoning category of YA books about music, fandoms, and fame. — Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones
A fun, I'm-NOT-with-the-band, tale — Red magazine
A witty exploration into the world of celebrity — The Sun
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The Punk Factor

Rebecca Denton
Authors:
Rebecca Denton

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Rebecca Denton
Authors:
Rebecca Denton
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Kirsty Moseley
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Kirsty Moseley
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C. J. Daugherty, Carina Rozenfeld
Authors:
C. J. Daugherty, Carina Rozenfeld

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Raziel Reid
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Raziel Reid

Everyone wanted to break me. But stars aren't broken, they explode. And I was the ultimate supernova. My name was Jude. They called me Judy. I was beautiful either way.School was basically a movie set. We were all just playing our parts. The Crew, the Extras, the Movie Stars. No one was ever real . . . especially me. I didn't fit any category.All the girls watched me - I could walk so much better than them in heels, and my make-up was always flawless. All the boys wanted to, well, you know . . . even if they didn't admit it. They loved me, they hated me, but they could never ignore me.I only had eyes for Luke. A red carpet rolled out from my heart towards him and this year, on Valentine'sDay, I was going to walk that carpet and find my mark next to him. It would be like a dream.But my dream was going to turn into a nightmare. This is my story.#WEFLTM

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Keren David
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Keren David

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Little, Brown Young Readers US

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Jenny T. Colgan
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Jenny T. Colgan

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Consumed

Abbie Rushton
Authors:
Abbie Rushton

Myla used to love spending long, hot days on the beach with her sister, Asha. Until the day Asha was taken from her and the sun went out. Forever.That was two years ago. Myla hasn't been down to the beach - or even left the house - since. Crippling agoraphobia and panic attacks keep her locked inside a nightmare of the day she can never forget. Her main contact with the outside world is online - until she meets Jamie.Jamie is new in town and also struggles with things most people find easy. Nobody gets why it's so hard for him to eat. But, like Myla, Jamie is trapped by his fears and feels anxious, awkward and alone.Gradually the pair begin to trust each other. Are they willing to reveal their secrets - and risk discovering the truth? Or will they let their pasts consume them for good...

Little, Brown Young Readers US

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Alice Kuipers, Bethanie Deeney Murguia
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Alice Kuipers, Bethanie Deeney Murguia

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Allison Glock-Cooper, T. Cooper
Authors:
Allison Glock-Cooper, T. Cooper

Some teenagers worry about who they'll wake up next to. Others worry about who they'll wake up as...Ethan Miller is about to start high school in a brand-new town. He's finally sporting a haircut he doesn't hate, has grown two inches since middle school, and can't wait to try out for the soccer team. At last, everything is looking up in life.Until the next morning. When Ethan awakens as a girl.Welcome to the world of Changers.

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C. J. Daugherty, Carina Rozenfeld
Authors:
C. J. Daugherty, Carina Rozenfeld
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Libba Bray
Authors:
Libba Bray

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Little, Brown Young Readers US

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Sandra Magsamen
Authors:
Sandra Magsamen

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Keren David
Authors:
Keren David
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Melissa Grey
Authors:
Melissa Grey

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Little, Brown Young Readers US

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Sandra Magsamen
Authors:
Sandra Magsamen
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Abbie Rushton
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Jennifer Rush
Authors:
Jennifer Rush

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