Today I’m part of another blog tour, this time for Katey Lovell and her new release, The Singalong Society for Singletons. I’d like to say massive thanks to Zarina and the guys at Harper Impulse for the chance to take part and for my review copy. If you’re single and are looking for a feel good read to forget your heart break, this is the book for you. Just continue reading for my review. Cheerio, sweethearts!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Singalong Society for Singletons by Katey Lovell
Published by Harper Impulse
Published on 7.10.2016
Genres: chick lit
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A charming, feel good novel about the healing powers of friendship…and Frozen!
Monique and Issy are teachers, housemates and lovers of musicals! Their Friday night routine consists of snacks, wine and the Frozen DVD. So when Monique’s boyfriend moves to America for a year and her sister Hope moves in because of her own relationship woes, Friday nights get a new name… ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons’!
It’s a chance to get together, sing along to their favourite tracks from the best-loved West End shows, and forget the worries of work, relationships and love (or lack of it). But when Issy shares the details of their little group further afield, they get some unexpected new members who might just change their opinions on singledom for good….
The Singalong Society for Singletons by Katey Lovell is one of my most anticipated autumn releases. I haven’t had the chance to read any of Katey’s novellas in The Meet Cute series, and was so excited when I was approved to read her new full length novel by her publishers.
Although I’m not single and I hardly even remember how singledom feels like, this cute novel refreshed my memory and made me think of those years. What immediately caught my eye were the gorgeous cover and super fun blurb. I’m a big sucker for a beautiful cover and books on friendship.
The Singalong Society for Singletons tells the story of few friends, all single who spend every Friday night devouring musicals and Disneys animated movies. Friday is the day when anything is possible, to cry about your life taking the wrong turn, laugh like crazy while singing to LET IT GO for the millionth time and even have a break through moments while chatting and deciding to take up a new career. You see, for Monique, Issy, Hope and Connie the singalong society is not just just a way to vent, but a place where you can share anything and not be judged. Monique has just been through a hard break with a man she was with since 11th grade. Justin leaves for a year and even though original plans are to make their relationship work even long distance, it seems Justin wants to focus on his career more. Mon is practically left without a say and finds herself single. Single but not alone, as she has her friends who will not only cheer her up but also change her life for the better. Issy’s having her own problems, trying to figure out how to help her 17 year old pregnant sister. Connie is helping out her dad and seems she’s settled for so little. She feels like her life is not what she wanted and that she forgot her dreams. But thank god for the singalong society and her friends who make her realise she needs to chase her dreams. Hope is Mon’s sister and has just been dumped by her girlfriend. But all their troubles seem to vanish when they hear the tunes of their favourite musicals. When Ray and Liam join the group, things get a lot more interesting and fun.
The Singalong Society for Singletons is a cute, undemanding book. It’s easy to read and perfect after a hard working day. However, it felt too light a read for my taste. The girls are an interesting bunch and despite going through a rough period, they are optimists (I love these type of characters in my chick lits), but I didn’t feel them on a deeper level so I could make a decent connection with them.
I’m not the biggest fan of musicals but I do believe music heals. I’ve been there, singing Let it Go from the top of my lungs trying to forget how some person mistreated me. I was not familiar with some of the songs or musicals mentioned, but that didn’t stop me from reading.
The thing I liked the most was the girls’ friendship. The girls have this amazing bond between them and it made me think about friendships and how much one true friend means more than million ‘so-called-friends’. But I expected more romance, especially at the beginning of the book when Mon and Justin break up. I wanted to feel a bit more of her grief, rage, whatever. I wanted her to persuade me she loved Justin so much in deeds, not just words. I couldn’t help but think a crucial part of their story is missing, and this definitely affected my perception on Monique later on.
However, it’s a super fast read and I think it took me less than 3 hours to finish it. If you’re looking for a light chick lit to take your mind off your problems, this is the book for you. Who knows, you might even sing along to some songs or put that Frozen DVD on to watch for the millionth time. 🙂