Posted in 2013 Book Reviews

The overnight fame of Steffi McBride – Andrew Crofts

The overnight fame of Steffi McBride – Andrew Crofts

Source: Personal Copy

Blurb: When Steffi McBride is plucked from obscurity and lands a starring role in the country’s most popular soap opera, it seems as if all of her dreams have come true. Little does she realise that far-reaching effects her new found fame will have...

Steffi’s life changes beyond recognition when she gets her lucky break. The whole country falls in love with her, including the gorgeous pop star she had a crush on throughout her teenage years. For the up-and-coming star, it seems as if life just could not get any better…

But someone out there has in their possession a secret about Steffi’s past and heartless media revelations blow apart everything she ever believed to be true about her family and about herself.

Review: Okay, so I’ve just this minute finished The Overnight Fame Of Steffi McBride. I can’t express my hatred for crap endings enough! You know the ones that just stop dead in the middle of a story, making no sense, and leaving you feeling like a withered up deflated balloon? This book has that exact ending. I’m seriously feeling robbed here.

I’ll start again properly this time haha, I just had to get that off my chest.

Steffi McBride is a typical girl from the bad side of town, bought up with less than most and striving attention from her parents and siblings. She’s not got many friends and feels like a total outcast in all situations. Her dreams of being a star are that overwhelming she goes out of her way to deliberately ignore her father’s wishes and starts drama school. Her Father is a bullying drunk who likes old school ways of thinking and male dominance in his home. This all results in numerous twists, tales and turns throughout Steffi’s story.

The book really does read like a dream. It’s like you’re watching a documentary on the TV of your mind. That alone is the highest praise an author can receive. It’s thorough and straight to the point. Always leaving you wanting more and you not being disappointed in what you get when it comes. Page after Page of unbelievable family and fame drama. That is until the end like! “Tut”

I must mention that I was loving the book until a song was featured heavily in it. For the life of me I couldn’t match the connection to the lyrics and the story it symbolised. It threw me completely of track and I started losing interest a bit after that. Now maybe that’s just my mind, I’m not too sure. I don’t know if all your minds work like mine whilst reading. So maybe you won’t think the song is an issue.

I feel like this is has been more a negative review which is hard because I did actually enjoy the book. It’s full of everything and anything you can imagine, it does have you gripped from the start. It’s not heavy and it doesn’t start to bore you in anyway. I think that’s what makes it all the more frustrating once you get to the end.

I’d definitely recommend this book for you to read. It’s a marmite book you’ll either love it or hate it. Or like me do both.



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