Drummer Girl By Bridget Taylor
Published May 2013 by Templar Publishing
Summary: It was supposed to be the summer of her life. Instead, 17-year-old Lucy finds her best friend Harper shot dead in an LA swimming pool. How did it come to this? Lucy Gosling is the drummer in Crush, a rock band formed by five London schoolgirls that has just won the UK semi-final of an international talent contest. But when the band lands in Hollywood for the big final, things are not quite as they seem.
The band’s lead singer, Harper, has just one thing on her mind – using sex, drugs and rock and roll, not to mention Crush itself, to win back her bad-news ex-boyfriend. Lucy must decide whether she’s playing to Harper’s tune, or setting the rhythm for the rest of the band.
Review: Drummer Girl started off with an interesting prologue, but fell short of expectations. The plot of Drummer Girl had such potential but there were aspects of the book that made it less than exciting.
Drummer Girl follows the story of Lucy who is the drummer of the band Crush. Along with her best friend and other friends from school, they enter a band competition and needless to say they won it and are jet set off to Hollywood. A good majority of the story follows the 5 girls and their journey in Hollywood and stardom, rather than in the UK where they actually competed in the talent show (in fact, it skips immediately to the part where they win the competition – not a spoiler, it’s in the summary).
The writing takes a lot of getting used to because we’re not just following the POV of Lucy, but everyone in the band as well as some other characters like former boyfriends and managers. The POVs are not separated by chapters but rather through alternating paragraphs so it gets a little bit confusing if you’re looking to speed through the book.
I didn’t quite enjoy that aspect of the book where there’s so many different voices and some of them are lacking for me, like the pianist Iza. I think Drummer Girl would be better off simply following the voice of one character, namely Lucy who is supposed to be the main character anyway.
I was really disappointed with the climax because it wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. It sounded so good in the prologue but how it happened wasn’t that interesting and the reason why it happened was also lacking for me (since it is a murder mystery).
Though there were flaws in the book, I did like the musical aspect of the story and I did enjoy reading about the life of a musician and the problems that come with it. I also liked how the chapters were titled after different songs from the band’s album, which made the story a little bit more interesting.
I liked it overall, but it’s not a book that I would re-read in the long run.