I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fireworks on April 18, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, YA
It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.
But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.
It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.
Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.
- If you know me at all you know that I L-O-V-E the 90’s, so I was super excited to be able to read a book that takes place in the 90’s. I think the best part about Fireworks was that the 90’s weren’t completely in your face. While this would have been fine for me, it may have turned off those that do not appreciate the 90’s like I do.
- It’s impossible not to like Dana. She doesn’t have a great home life and she’s a little insecure but you just can’t help but love her.
- I adored Alex and loved that he saw the best in Dana, even things she didn’t always see in herself.
- While there was definitely a dose of romance the story is really about Dana and Olivia. Best Friends who end up competing against each other. I don’t want to say much because of spoilers but I was very pleased with the outcome.
- Being in a girl band/boy band/famous person has got to be exhausting. Just reading about all the practices made me tired.
- I truly loved the ending. It was the best possible way that it could have ended, no other outcome would have been as satisfying.
- View Spoiler »Olivia is a bitch. « Hide Spoiler
When Alex finally wears Dana down. Swoon.
Stop the Clock:
The end with Dana and Olivia. Just… damn.
Fireworks gets a Midnight Book Rating of: