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'I have long believed that loving a boyband brings with it a wealth of transferable skills, but I'd never imagined solving a murder would be one of them...' Harri and her best friends worship Half Light - an internationally famous boyband. When frontman Frankie is arrested on suspicion of murdering his oldest friend Evan, Harri feels like her world's about to fall apart 'I have long believed that loving a boyband brings with it a wealth of transferable skills, but I'd never imagined solving a murder would be one of them...' Harri and her best friends worship Half Light - an internationally famous boyband. When frontman Frankie is arrested on suspicion of murdering his oldest friend Evan, Harri feels like her world's about to fall apart. But quickly she realises that she - and all the other Half Light superfans out there - know and understand much more about these boys than any detective ever could. Now she's rallying a fangirl army to prove Frankie's innocence - and to show the world that you should never underestimate a teenage girl with a passion...


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'I have long believed that loving a boyband brings with it a wealth of transferable skills, but I'd never imagined solving a murder would be one of them...' Harri and her best friends worship Half Light - an internationally famous boyband. When frontman Frankie is arrested on suspicion of murdering his oldest friend Evan, Harri feels like her world's about to fall apart 'I have long believed that loving a boyband brings with it a wealth of transferable skills, but I'd never imagined solving a murder would be one of them...' Harri and her best friends worship Half Light - an internationally famous boyband. When frontman Frankie is arrested on suspicion of murdering his oldest friend Evan, Harri feels like her world's about to fall apart. But quickly she realises that she - and all the other Half Light superfans out there - know and understand much more about these boys than any detective ever could. Now she's rallying a fangirl army to prove Frankie's innocence - and to show the world that you should never underestimate a teenage girl with a passion...

30 review for The Boyband Murder Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lex

    Brilliantly written, gripping and so true to the experience of throwing yourself into loving a band or a book or a film and building something beautiful around it! I don’t read a lot of contemporary but this was the perfect chaser after recently reading One Of Us Is Lying.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Thanks to Netgalley and Publisher for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. You all know I started reading Mysteries/Thrillers last year and after that, I didn't stop. I am a sucker of YA mysteries. When I saw this I had to read it and fortunately, Netgalley approved it.  I started this book with high expectation, although I am a fangirl of fictional characters I thought It won't make a difference. But I was wrong, I struggled hard to get connected to any of the characters, I couldn't feel Thanks to Netgalley and Publisher for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. You all know I started reading Mysteries/Thrillers last year and after that, I didn't stop. I am a sucker of YA mysteries. When I saw this I had to read it and fortunately, Netgalley approved it.  I started this book with high expectation, although I am a fangirl of fictional characters I thought It won't make a difference. But I was wrong, I struggled hard to get connected to any of the characters, I couldn't feel the spark or relation between fans and the boys, and I am sure it was the writing and character development that didn't let me connected to the book. Harri is so unlikeable character and narrator, She is selfish, immature and has a superiority complex. She made it so hard to enjoy the book. Another big problem was that I couldn't find the mystery. This book more focused on Harri and her misbehaviours than the so-called mystery. The plot was bland and didn't succeed in getting my attention because there was nothing to enjoy. Stef/Steph and Harri relationship were half-baked and it was totally filler part of the story. In short, It wasn't a mystery, it was a story of a self-obsessed girl who is trying to prove her superiority to people.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Healy

    I just could not get behind this book. At. All. I thought the concept of this book had so much promise but it just failed to deliver. The Boyband Murder Mystery is about a young lady named Harri, who adores this band called Half Light - specifically the lead singer, Frankie Williams. Suddenly, the rug is pulled from under her, as Frankie Williams is arrested on suspicion of murdering his best friend, Evan. Springing into action, Harri, along with her best friends Jas and Alex, are determined I just could not get behind this book. At. All. I thought the concept of this book had so much promise but it just failed to deliver. The Boyband Murder Mystery is about a young lady named Harri, who adores this band called Half Light - specifically the lead singer, Frankie Williams. Suddenly, the rug is pulled from under her, as Frankie Williams is arrested on suspicion of murdering his best friend, Evan. Springing into action, Harri, along with her best friends Jas and Alex, are determined to prove that Frankie is innocent. What follows is the most infuriatingly naïve, incredulous plot I have read in a long time. This book had potential and I feel like it just... Never amounted to anything. However, I think it did touch on a couple of topics sensitively, such as Jas discussing her sexuality and race/identity, and Harri testing the waters with her potential love interest at University. I also really enjoyed Jas' and Stefan's character - I enjoyed the scenes with them in it the most, and I just wish we could have seen more of Stefan. Eldred certainly did her research into fandom culture and had a very good grasp of how all-consuming being a 'stan' can be. However, I couldn't stand Harri. Her character made no sense to me. This plotline would have suited a thirteen-year-old protagonist as I remember how obsessed I was with my pop idols at that age, but certainly not at eighteen when I had just started University. I was well past that period of my life. But, God, Harri was just obsessed, to the point where I groaned every time she mentioned that 'she just knew Frankie better than anyone', I mean, how naïve and pathetic can you be? Every thought Harri had was about Frankie, or the band, and she just could not think of anything else. I also just wish there had been a genuinely sane character in this book? I mean, bless Stefan for putting up with Harri's erraticness, but I just wish he had been the voice of reason, and just straight up told Harri she was off her rocker. Even Harri's parents didn't seem to care. I just found the whole story line baffling and I just could not get over the fact that Harri was supposed to be eighteen-years-old and a UNIVERSITY STUDENT. I just, ugh. Sorry, this book just wasn't for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Roz

    The Boyband Murder Mystery is a well written and easy to read YA book with good likeable characters, a murder to be solved and a heavy dose of boyband fandom. Harri and her many friends live all over the world but bond because of their absolute worship of the band Half Light. Most of the friends have never met, but know everything about the boys and the band and their love of them takes over their lives. When one of the band, charismatic lead singer Frankie, is arrested on suspicion of the murder The Boyband Murder Mystery is a well written and easy to read YA book with good likeable characters, a murder to be solved and a heavy dose of boyband fandom. Harri and her many friends live all over the world but bond because of their absolute worship of the band Half Light. Most of the friends have never met, but know everything about the boys and the band and their love of them takes over their lives. When one of the band, charismatic lead singer Frankie, is arrested on suspicion of the murder of his best friend Evan it looks like this is the end for Half Light. Together Harri and best friend Jas combine efforts to clear Frankie’s name and with other fangirls piece together what happened on the roof of the building that Evan fell (or was pushed) off. Although this is a book about fandom it is also about friendship and growing up, realising that the hero worship of these boys is okay but they are just people too with flaws and insecurities. The friendship between Harri and Jas was really well written and not without its issues, just like other teen friendships. A good read and one that I would recommend. Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    stef

    1 star “ I'd long believed loving a boyband brought with it a wealth of transferrable skills. I'd never imagined solving a murder would be one of them. „ Thank you NetGalley and Penguin for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I'm so annoyed. At this book, at myself. But mostly at Harri for being such an awful person and friend. I won't sugarcoat it; I really disliked this book, as much as I wish I hadn't. The way it was written, the constant need to suspend m 1 star “ I'd long believed loving a boyband brought with it a wealth of transferrable skills. I'd never imagined solving a murder would be one of them. „ Thank you NetGalley and Penguin for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I'm so annoyed. At this book, at myself. But mostly at Harri for being such an awful person and friend. I won't sugarcoat it; I really disliked this book, as much as I wish I hadn't. The way it was written, the constant need to suspend my disbelief (which I quite frankly did not want to do), and the incredibly bland cast of characters.. everything just irked me. So much. The Boyband Murder Mystery follows Harri and her friends as they try to solve the murder of Evan Byrd, which his best friend Frankie Williams has been accused of. The twist? Frankie is the lead singer of Half Light, an international boyband sensation of which Harri & Co. are dedicated Stans™, and they're hell bent on proving he didn't do it. The premise of this sounded so fun and, as someone who has dedicated many years of her life to being a One Direction Stan™, something I could really relate to and enjoy. Did I do either of those things? No, I did not. And, like I said, I'm really annoyed about it. Let's start with something that was, and still is, bothering me: I have no idea what demographic this is written for. Yeah sure, it's YA. But is that 12 year old YA? Or 18 year old YA? Because Harri is the most childish and naive 19 year old I have ever come across and it's jarring. I used to think the same way Harri does; that no one knows 'the boys' the way the fans do. But I was 12 years old, and Harri is 19. She constantly puts her obsession with the band above her own personal relationships and, despite how high a pedestal she puts herself on, acts like the very same self-centred and delusional stalkers she condemns. And it makes her so unlikeable. The other characters aren't much better, with most of them being throwaway cardboard cutouts that I honestly couldn't care less about (seriously, who is Ruby?). I only liked Stef because we share the same name, and the poor guy was constantly being blown off because Harri was taking the whole lol ur not *celebrtiy name* trend from 2013 a little too literally. The mystery aspect of this also wasn't the greatest. The 'big reveal' felt like something out of a fanfic I read when I was 14 (this is not a compliment, unfortunately) and it was such an underwhelming and unsatisfying climax. The fact that a lot of the mystery unfolded because Harri & Jas were somehow able to get in contact with these people who were supposedly incredibly famous? On an international scale?..... yeah, it doesn't add up. Someone with a couple million followers isn't going to see your message and respond within seconds, as much as we all wished they would. This isn't a fantasy, but it sure as hell feels like one. I wish I could end this review on a lighter note, and tell you something that I enjoyed about this book, but I don't normally like anything about the books I give 1 star. The ending was almost good in a bittersweet way, but it was ruined because of how unsubtle this book is about everything it does. It's hard to appreciate whatever is being said about fan culture when it's immediately pointed out with such little grace that it actually becomes irritating. It hurts my little 1D heart to say this, because I had such high hopes, but I really can't recommend The Boyband Murder Mystery to anyone. I can only hope that, if you do pick it up, you at least have a better time reading it than I did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jade Clarke

    Boy bands… am I right? This ya mystery centres around Harri, a uni student and super fan of the boyband Half Light. It’s this very band that has connected Harri with her very best friends from all over the world. So naturally when Frankie, Half Light frontman, is accused of murder, it’s down to Harri and her little internet gang to solve the mystery and clear Frankie’s name. Risky moves and illegal activity ensue between the chaos of their own lives unfolding as Harri and her friends hurry to un Boy bands… am I right? This ya mystery centres around Harri, a uni student and super fan of the boyband Half Light. It’s this very band that has connected Harri with her very best friends from all over the world. So naturally when Frankie, Half Light frontman, is accused of murder, it’s down to Harri and her little internet gang to solve the mystery and clear Frankie’s name. Risky moves and illegal activity ensue between the chaos of their own lives unfolding as Harri and her friends hurry to uncover the truth. But will digging this deep turn up answers the girls are ready for, or will they realise that sometimes people are just keeping up appearances… I absolutely adored this book! I couldn’t put it down and found the girls experiences very relatable particularly as my own experience with starting uni was far from what I expected. I think that the dynamics of Harri’s friendships developed over long term love of a mutual thing is something we can all relate to when we find friends online we connect with so well and can’t help but bare our souls to. It’s magnetic and beautifully put and despite the trials and tests the girls face in the dangers of what they’re uncovering, their unwavering loyalty and sense of unity was so lovely to see. I think it was a great blast from the past, reminding me of my own experience with boy bands and how friendships developed and changed overtime. Combined with the sleuthing and scheming to prove Frankie was innocent made for a great, easy to read page Turner I’d happily read again. 4/5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katey Lovell

    A perfect mystery for fangirls everywhere! I adored this story of friendships formed through a shared love of a band (Half Light, who I wish were real!) and the lengths that fans will go to. So much of Harri and Jas's friendship (along with the others in their gang spread across the country and the globe) is relatable to anyone who has followed a band in the social media age and Ava Eldred really understands what it is to share these bonds, as is evident from the nuanced observations throughout. T A perfect mystery for fangirls everywhere! I adored this story of friendships formed through a shared love of a band (Half Light, who I wish were real!) and the lengths that fans will go to. So much of Harri and Jas's friendship (along with the others in their gang spread across the country and the globe) is relatable to anyone who has followed a band in the social media age and Ava Eldred really understands what it is to share these bonds, as is evident from the nuanced observations throughout. The girls devotion to the band leads them into the inner circle as they become more and more determined to prove the innocence of frontman Frankie Williams, who is being investigated in relation to a murder. Through ups and downs they persevere, determined to clear Frankie's name, and perhaps uncovering more than they would have liked along the way. But although the mystery is great, it's the female friendships that are the very foundation of this book. Robin Stevens meets Rainbow Rowell in this story of fandom, fame and murder.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amaris

    It was fine, theres honestly nothing wrong with this book I enjoyed reading it and think its great if you wanna start getting into mysterys. But this book isn't for me its a good extra book to read but nothing major. It was fine, theres honestly nothing wrong with this book I enjoyed reading it and think its great if you wanna start getting into mysterys. But this book isn't for me its a good extra book to read but nothing major.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    This book pleased my inner teen boyband fan immensely

  10. 5 out of 5

    TBHONEST

    Wow just wow. The Boyband Murder Mystery has perfectly captured the true heart of what being in a fandom means, and the friendships you make being in one. I had tears in my eyes by the time I'd finished as it's a love letter to any fan who's ever found a sense of belonging within a fandom. It's a fantastic debut from Ava Eldred, it shows how powerful fans can be and how people come together over a mutual love for a band and artist, but end up finding and discovering so much more. Fans are a band Wow just wow. The Boyband Murder Mystery has perfectly captured the true heart of what being in a fandom means, and the friendships you make being in one. I had tears in my eyes by the time I'd finished as it's a love letter to any fan who's ever found a sense of belonging within a fandom. It's a fantastic debut from Ava Eldred, it shows how powerful fans can be and how people come together over a mutual love for a band and artist, but end up finding and discovering so much more. Fans are a bands power and lifeblood. Yes, branding and marketing help, but it's the fans devotion, love, and passion for a band that make or break them. Ava pays homage to that perfectly. with nods to fandom lore and tales which create the foundation of many a boyband fandom. This is a book that feels like a thank you to one fan to another. And despite the murder that happens it's a beautiful to nod to fandoms.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Young

    *I was sent an arc of The Boyband Murder Mystery in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Penguin Random House Children’s UK and Ava Eldred.* Synopsis: “'I have long believed that loving a boyband brings with it a wealth of transferable skills, but I'd never imagined solving a murder would be one of them...' Harri and her best friends worship Half Light - an internationally famous boyband. When frontman Frankie is arrested on suspicion of murdering his oldest friend Evan, Harri feels like he *I was sent an arc of The Boyband Murder Mystery in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Penguin Random House Children’s UK and Ava Eldred.* Synopsis: “'I have long believed that loving a boyband brings with it a wealth of transferable skills, but I'd never imagined solving a murder would be one of them...' Harri and her best friends worship Half Light - an internationally famous boyband. When frontman Frankie is arrested on suspicion of murdering his oldest friend Evan, Harri feels like her world's about to fall apart. But quickly she realises that she - and all the other Half Light superfans out there - know and understand much more about these boys than any detective ever could. Now she's rallying a fangirl army to prove Frankie's innocence - and to show the world that you should never underestimate a teenage girl with a passion…” Review: This was super fun and a pretty quick read. You jump into the mystery very early on and it manages to keep you interested throughout the entire book. One element that I didn’t enjoy so much was the ‘how we met’ which took me longer than I would like to admit was little snippets of a fanfiction/one-shot. I feel like these did take away from the intensity as they broke up sections of the chapters. However, the inclusion of them did play massively to the fan culture side of this story. As someone who used to be a part of a fandom just like this one, I found this book quite nostalgic, well other than the whole murder mystery part. It really shows fan culture in a good light and I’m glad that it didn’t at any point cross the line into ‘crazed fan-girl territory. Although some moments can be seen a little like this, for example sneaking into a press conference and having other fans wait outside the band’s house. I do think it still shows a very mature side of fandom. I absolutely love that part of this book is set in Brighton, as I live there myself, however, the only time spent there is in uni halls so that was disappointing. Including well-known parts of Brighton such as The Lanes and The Pavillion would have been incredible. Obviously, this did not take away from the story and would not have added anything to it, but it would have been a nice element if it was included. The characters were really strong and portrayed different types of fans very well. I loved the dynamic between Harri and Jas and it really made me nostalgic for old fandom friendships. Showing the international friendship side of fandom was a joy to read. Having Jas’ parents meet Harri for the first time and Jas telling them she’s a friend from uni because they don’t understand that people online are real friends was extremely relatable. I’m sure a lot of people reading this will agree with this. Having this huge army of girls from all over the world working together to solve a murder case honestly didn’t seem completely over the top even though it probably should. A huge part of being in a fandom is having friends from all over the world and let’s be honest I wouldn’t put it past boyband fandoms to try and go as far as solving a murder case. There is a romance sub-plot throughout this book and even though I really appreciated that Stefan was not scared by the whole “We’re going to prove the innocence of a world-famous pop star”, I do think his character was mostly pointless. Although he did in a way show Harri that she doesn’t really ‘love’ the boys in Half Light and this helped her to come to the conclusion that she won’t end up with one of them and that’s ok. I do think he could have maybe played a bigger role in helping them solve the case and then I wouldn’t have minded him being there so much. But romance was not the main element of this book so honestly, it doesn’t really matter. Overall I really do think this is a great realistic look at fan culture in the modern-day. I loved seeing how a band can connect so many people from all over the world and being able to relate this to my teenaged years obsessing over a band. The Boyband Murder Mystery is a love letter to those who may be in a fandom now or those who are looking back on their fandom days. Everyone will find a character they can relate to and the mystery side of the story keeps the book entertaining throughout.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Before I begin, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Rating - 2.5 stars. I always feel bad being critical of a book someone has spent time and effort writing but I think this one warrants useful feedback of a kind. It has good bones but the meat of it is where it goes wrong for me. I chose this book because I know where it's coming from. Boyband Fandom? I was adjacent to one for most of my teenage years (McFly were my LADS and whilst I was mostly ver Before I begin, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Rating - 2.5 stars. I always feel bad being critical of a book someone has spent time and effort writing but I think this one warrants useful feedback of a kind. It has good bones but the meat of it is where it goes wrong for me. I chose this book because I know where it's coming from. Boyband Fandom? I was adjacent to one for most of my teenage years (McFly were my LADS and whilst I was mostly very tame, some of what this book is hinged on, I can see myself and my friends getting up to at that age) and it was a wonderful time of my life. Obsessive, maybe, but I always justified it because you do. Plus, I find treading into people's personal lives, when they are giving you so much of a public life is ick territory so I always felt I was okay because I had my own line. Then One Direction turned up on the scene and I got to see what true obsessive boyband fandoms were like (from afar because ugh) and I was so grateful I had never been *that* kid (for my own mental health). So I read the Boyband Murder Mystery and it was solidly in that ick territory that I mentioned. It has no line. It's like reading a fictional version of what would have happened if fans could have written the narrative for One Direction, plus a murder, and why that actually isn't okay. I appreciate what Ava Eldred is doing and I do believe she loves fandom. I do believe that she thinks what she's done is an homage to fans that stand in the wings of famous bands but to me, it's too much. It takes that careful line I was upheld - personal and public are two different things and I only have a right to one of these lives - and smashes it up, like that's okay. Which is isn't. Especially in a narrative where I think some of this is pretty illegal, or at least VERY GREY AREA stuff. Harri is also awful. I'm sorry, she's just. I'm speechless. Her understanding of boundaries is clearly flawed but she just opens her mouth and at NO POINT, does her brain stop her. She's lucky to have friends by the end, quite honestly. Her family also come round for reasons I don't understand because she's not nice to them either. The shoehorned 'romance' is also.. unnecessary? It's either a murder mystery around a boy band or a girl going to university story, not both. It does not need to be. I wish it was better. I do. I think Ms Eldred has such a strong concept but she loses her way in dubious behaviour and abhorrent characters. But I'll tell you what I did learn from this, and rather liked - she wants to highlight what we learnt from our obsessions as a teenager, our fandoms and our lives lived online and that, I can relate to. Clearly! I made my close friends at high school by finding my tribe that loved pop music and boy bands like me. I also very much established my code of morals and ethics from my tiptoe into fandom and they are too strongly embedded to be broken by this book. I think she will get it right next book. But not this one. Not if you were like me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dearbhla

    The Boyband Murder Mystery is a book about love but not in the way you might expect. Everyone at some point in their life has loved something with the intensity of a teenage girl, but not everyone was brave enough to admit it. This book is about those of us who were. Those of us who sought out every picture, cut out every article, examined every tweet, every photo, until we decidedly knew way too much about our object of fannish affection. For our protagonist, Harri, that affection is all directed The Boyband Murder Mystery is a book about love but not in the way you might expect. Everyone at some point in their life has loved something with the intensity of a teenage girl, but not everyone was brave enough to admit it. This book is about those of us who were. Those of us who sought out every picture, cut out every article, examined every tweet, every photo, until we decidedly knew way too much about our object of fannish affection. For our protagonist, Harri, that affection is all directed towards international boyband Half Light and its lead singer, Frankie Williams who has just been arrested for murder. Harri is naturally distraught, and loves Frankie enough to fight for him, to fight for the band, and investigate the murder in order to clear his name. But she does not act alone. Behind the scenes of the often-explored complex love between fan and celebrity is something even greater, and that’s the love between fans. Harri has a circle of friends who love her. They come from all over the place, Berlin, London, and potentially LA. These girls who in any other time period would have never met, find each other in the comments of one of Frankie William’s Instagram posts. For me, this is the book’s strongest message. Being a fan isn’t just fantasising about the different ways you can potentially meet your favourite boyband member (although there is a bit of that) it’s finding a community around you. It’s building a circle of love, friends that will fight for you because they understand your interests and most importantly they understand you. To be a fan is to love openly and honestly, and to share that love with the people around you. There is a misconception that fandom is a lonely hobby, but it’s a lot more. Behind every fanfiction, every bit of fanart, every video, there is a host of comments from the most supportive and wonderful people on the internet. The Boyband Murder Mystery isn’t just a novel about a group of fangirls trying to solve a murder but it’s a celebration of fandom at its heart. Of not underestimating friendships forged in twitter replies, or teenage girls with a wealth of knowledge of boybands and all the love in the world. (This book is absolutely incredible and has all the heart in the world and I highly, highly recommend.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    I've never found myself being so enamoured with a boyband that I could fully understand the mentality of those who find themselves immersed in the fandom. I know it happens, but there's something inherently worrying for me that people can become so attached to a construct that they come to define themselves by it. The friendships forged in the name of such fandom can, I'm sure, be intense...and perhaps my lack of understanding for such a situation is why I found myself not quite as engaged with I've never found myself being so enamoured with a boyband that I could fully understand the mentality of those who find themselves immersed in the fandom. I know it happens, but there's something inherently worrying for me that people can become so attached to a construct that they come to define themselves by it. The friendships forged in the name of such fandom can, I'm sure, be intense...and perhaps my lack of understanding for such a situation is why I found myself not quite as engaged with this as I hoped to be. The Boyband Murder Mystery sounds as if it should have all the ingredients for success. A world-famous boyband, a close friend, an inter-group relationship and something alarming that happens which threatens to rock the band to its core should make for an interesting story, but there were times within the story where I found myself not being quite sure what I was reading. Our main character is Harri, a nineteen year old in her first year at university, who has spent the last five years defining herself by the friendships formed around her love of the boyband Half Light. For Harri, the boys (Frankie, Kyle and Jack) are everything and she - along with the other millions of girls like her - is convinced she knows everything about the boys, would do anything to save them and can't live without them. When Frankie is arrested on suspicion of murdering his best friend, Evan, nobody can quite believe it. Harri and her best friend Jas - who she has never met, and doesn't really know - are determined that they will use their knowledge of the group to do whatever it takes to prove Frankie's innocence. Now, a far more interesting story might have been if such a person had murdered someone...but the focus is really on the girls, so we assume he is innocent and watch as they carry out their own investigations - without ever coming across a police officer - and try to work out who is responsible for setting him up. There's no doubt this was entertaining. The story itself felt crazily far-fetched and I found myself quite irritated by Harri and her inability to interact with anyone in the flesh - but it was a good way to while away a few hours. Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to read this before its publication.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Holland

    Full review now up on the blog: https://www.thewritinggreyhound.co.uk... The Boyband Murder Mystery is a novel all about boybands, fangirls, and the relationship between them. Main character Harri is a massive fan of the boyband Half Light. They shape her friendships, her chosen degree, and her spare time. So, when news breaks that frontman Frankie has been arrested for murder, Harri and her fangirl besties waste no time wading in to help solve the mystery. Determined to prove Frankie's innocence Full review now up on the blog: https://www.thewritinggreyhound.co.uk... The Boyband Murder Mystery is a novel all about boybands, fangirls, and the relationship between them. Main character Harri is a massive fan of the boyband Half Light. They shape her friendships, her chosen degree, and her spare time. So, when news breaks that frontman Frankie has been arrested for murder, Harri and her fangirl besties waste no time wading in to help solve the mystery. Determined to prove Frankie's innocence and return her favourite band to the spotlight, it isn't long before Harri's devotion to Half Light is put to the test once and for all. Although Half Light is a fictional band, it's all too easy to picture them in your mind. Jack, Kyle, and Frankie - the charismatic frontman. The beauty is that this trio could easily be swapped out for any one of a number of boybands with dedicated fans all over the world. The fangirl community in this book is intense, yet true-to-life. From the girls who camp outside the member's homes and studios to the army of fans watching their every move over the internet, these are the people who know every last little thing about the boys they idolise. Interestingly, though, the shared experiences bond these girls together like nothing else could. They come from all over the world, from different cultures, countries, and backgrounds, yet they all have one thing in common - and it's incredible to see this spirit put into words. I actually found reading this book to be quite an emotional experience. At its heart, this is a love letter to all the boybands we worship, and the friendships those boys have given us. Those special bonds between fangirls are a boyband's greatest gift - even more so than the music. Fifteen-year-old me would have enjoyed this book, but twenty-something-year-old me loved it. From the nostalgia to the community and the sense of being part of something so much bigger, this book made me feel all of the feels!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claire Davis

    I received The Boyband Murder Mystery by Ava Eldred from NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children’s UK in exchange for an honest review. I have given this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Filled with friendships, fandoms and secrets; I had such a fun time reading this book. Ava Eldred captured what it means to be part of a boyband fandom perfectly. I really enjoyed the murder mystery element to this YA book, it really helped draw me into the story. The characters were strong and well-develo I received The Boyband Murder Mystery by Ava Eldred from NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children’s UK in exchange for an honest review. I have given this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Filled with friendships, fandoms and secrets; I had such a fun time reading this book. Ava Eldred captured what it means to be part of a boyband fandom perfectly. I really enjoyed the murder mystery element to this YA book, it really helped draw me into the story. The characters were strong and well-developed, especially the relationship between Jas and Harri. I absolutely adored their friendship, I felt as though they were soulmates and really enjoyed the dynamic from them. The friendships between all of the fandom friends from all over the world felt so special. Whilst reading this book I definitely had the feeling of nostalgia; memories from when I was younger came flooding back, the time when I became friends with people from different countries around the world as I was part of some fandoms. I have to admit I wasn’t fully immersed in the fandom as Jas and Harri were, however I can definitely relate to some of the feelings they felt towards the three boys in Half Light; Frankie, Jack and Kyle. Ava Eldred’s writing kept me wanting to read page after page until I was able to find out who the murderer was and I have to admit, I didn’t see it coming which made me enjoy this book even more. An element of surprise from a book is always a winner in my eyes. There’s such a special bond between fandoms and I could definitely feel that seeping out from the pages of this book. Thank you to Ava Eldred for creating such a special debut book for myself and other readers who will be able to relate to this brilliant story and to reflect on memories from our past. I would definitely recommend this book to young adults who enjoy murder mysteries as well as boybands and fandoms.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eeva

    The concept of this book is really solid, but the execution fails on every line. For a book literally called "Murder Mustery" there's surprisingly little of the actual murder mistery. There's a lot of Harri (the protagonist) throwing accusations at everyone, though. Talking about Harri. I totally get being obsessed with a band/artist and thinking that only WE REALLY KNOW THEM (which we obvs don't, duh), but being that obsessed for 19yo girl is just weird, unhealthy and, again, weird. Harri in gener The concept of this book is really solid, but the execution fails on every line. For a book literally called "Murder Mustery" there's surprisingly little of the actual murder mistery. There's a lot of Harri (the protagonist) throwing accusations at everyone, though. Talking about Harri. I totally get being obsessed with a band/artist and thinking that only WE REALLY KNOW THEM (which we obvs don't, duh), but being that obsessed for 19yo girl is just weird, unhealthy and, again, weird. Harri in general is super unlikable, obnoxious to her partents and her friends and I'm actually surprised that she has any friends left at the end of the book. If my so-called-friend accused me of murder I wouldn't be quite so forgiving, to put it mildly. Her "thing" with Stef is just a page filler and has no reason to even take up so many pages, since it does nothing to the plot. I hope it'll be either changed/expanded or deleted entirely in the finished version. The other characters are lukewarm at best and I had zero feeling for them. As for the "famous" characters, I honeslty can't believe that anyone famous would even see (not to mention reply) to Harri's instagram message, since I'm more than sure these things don't happen. Like, just imagine being a celebrity, getting hundreds (if not thousands) messages daily and seeing and replying to some rando's murder accusations. Sure. Unfortunately this book is just made out of numerous coincidences and unprobable situations. Then we have the big reveal, which is not exactly surprising. I'm honestly very disappointed with this book, as the blurb souded amazing and I just love YA mysteries. I received this book from the Publisher in an exchange for an honest review

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Veight

    When the best friend of Frankie, frontman of the internationally know boyband Half Light is arrested for murdering his best friend, Harri an avid fan decides to prove his innocence. Cause who knows him best than her and her group of fangirl friends? Even more fun than the premise promises. Full of charm, smile-worthy and spot-on for a fan's perspective, for a young person's perspective in this day and age. The 1st person POV is endearing and pragmatic/grounded, for a bit of an over the top situat When the best friend of Frankie, frontman of the internationally know boyband Half Light is arrested for murdering his best friend, Harri an avid fan decides to prove his innocence. Cause who knows him best than her and her group of fangirl friends? Even more fun than the premise promises. Full of charm, smile-worthy and spot-on for a fan's perspective, for a young person's perspective in this day and age. The 1st person POV is endearing and pragmatic/grounded, for a bit of an over the top situation. You feel like you are in Harri's shoes. You identify with the end of the world sensation of that age, and how you lose the earth under your feet when faith in your idol is shattered. How it can be a metaphor for life itself. Including extremely likeable characters and a plot that thickens in just the right way. I love how the clues and suspicions just trickle intelligently and naturally into the narrative. An intriguing mystery, pleasantly unpredictable. Harri's musings and many conversations with her friends make you think on many aspects of life, including relationships and identity. What can inspire loyalty. Shows how much music is an integral part of our present and our past. It deals with how much of our existence online is 'real'. What constitutes a 'real' friendship? Something that bothered me was these "How we met" daydream interludes that throw you out of the story. I didn't really understand their significance right at the actual event, I wanted to get to what was happening in the moment not read hypothetical situations. A love letter to any kind of fan with its realistic and respectful take on fandom, while still depicting the honor and joy of it. And a nice little mystery to boot.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Brown

    The Boyband Murder Mystery by Ava Eldred is a YA contemporary about the power of fandom and the ingenuity and passion of teenage girls. Harri has been a fan of the British boy band Half Light for many years but finds her world turned upside down when the band’s lead singer, “bad boy” Frankie Williams, is arrested on suspicion of murdering his life-long best friend Evan. Unable to accept that Frankie could ever have done such a thing, regardless of his image, Harri teams up with a group of other f The Boyband Murder Mystery by Ava Eldred is a YA contemporary about the power of fandom and the ingenuity and passion of teenage girls. Harri has been a fan of the British boy band Half Light for many years but finds her world turned upside down when the band’s lead singer, “bad boy” Frankie Williams, is arrested on suspicion of murdering his life-long best friend Evan. Unable to accept that Frankie could ever have done such a thing, regardless of his image, Harri teams up with a group of other fangirl friends to prove his innocence. Together they use their near-infinite knowledge of the band to comb through the evidence and find the proof they need to clear Frankie’s name. But will they destroy the thing they love in the process? Sophie imagines that if you are reading a website named GeekMom, you have probably experienced the passion that comes with being in a fandom at some point in your life. While Sophie has never had the need to use her own fandom knowledge for something as serious as clearing murder charges, she is pretty certain that her twelve-year-old self would have leaped at the chance to team up with other fans and save her beloved band – even if group chats, Tumblr, and many of the other resources relied upon in The Boyband Murder Mystery didn’t exist back then. Sophie really enjoyed the first two-thirds of this story but with the core plot wrapped up surprisingly quickly, she found that the ending dragged on and petered out in a way that did the rest of the book a disservice, and while the main plot was interesting, she wished the main characters would have been a bit more fleshed out. Overall, this will make for a fun summer read but is unlikely to stick with you for long.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    3.5 stars 'The Boyband Murder Mystery' was such an enjoyable read. This book focuses on fandom and how friendships can be made because of a shared love of a boyband and I loved that so much. I really enjoyed reading this book, I found all the characters so likeable and realistic. I loved the friendship between Harri and Jas and how we get to see them meeting in person for the first time, watching their friendship blossom outside of just the fandom and even watching them fight with each other. I j 3.5 stars 'The Boyband Murder Mystery' was such an enjoyable read. This book focuses on fandom and how friendships can be made because of a shared love of a boyband and I loved that so much. I really enjoyed reading this book, I found all the characters so likeable and realistic. I loved the friendship between Harri and Jas and how we get to see them meeting in person for the first time, watching their friendship blossom outside of just the fandom and even watching them fight with each other. I just loved how realistic their friendship was and how it wasn't showed to be perfect all the time. I really liked Harri as a main character. I liked seeing her growing and changing throughout the book and learning how to become herself outside of the fandom that she relied so heavily on growing up. The murder mystery wasn't the best I have ever read but it was a lot of fun trying to guess who actually killed Evan and the plot twist/murderer made a lot of sense when it was revealed. I love reading books about fandom and fame, and I loved that this one was a lot different from any book I have ever read before. I liked that this book had a murder mystery element and asked the question 'how far would you go for the boyband you love?'. Definitely check this book out, especially if you love murder mystery books, books about fandom and especially books about the importance of friendship. Thank you to Penguin Random House Children's UK for providing me with an advance copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Iza Soares

    4 stars? 3,5 stars? A huge thanks for Netgalley and the publishers for a copy (specially since its been a while) I didn't want to give 3 stars, but maybe 4 is too much. But for the target audience, I think it could be a 4 stars. But I'm a 27 cynical woman, outside of every fandom because they are usually pretty toxic, people are too delusional and use to think they know their idols "better than themselves" *eye roll*. Publicity stunts are a real thing! Maybe the main character can be relatable, b 4 stars? 3,5 stars? A huge thanks for Netgalley and the publishers for a copy (specially since its been a while) I didn't want to give 3 stars, but maybe 4 is too much. But for the target audience, I think it could be a 4 stars. But I'm a 27 cynical woman, outside of every fandom because they are usually pretty toxic, people are too delusional and use to think they know their idols "better than themselves" *eye roll*. Publicity stunts are a real thing! Maybe the main character can be relatable, but definitely not unlikeable. She's that kind of person who doesn't thinks she's actually better than others but sure acts like it. She literally accused three people of being the murder, one of them being a close friend. And honestly in this digital era it's very common for famous people don't even bother to menage their own media accounts. We also got a totally side relationship that's not even plot-device, is even less than that. And to crown it all, the solution wasn't even about being smart or whatever. It's all coincidental coincidences. Also, lol, what kind of police wouldn't charge you of crimes you actually committed and confessed just bc you were trying to clears someone else's name? To be honest the only character I actually liked was Jack. The rest of them is just so... whatever. I couldn't even care. Oh, and Kyle? Honestly? I think he's an a**hole Oh, and to think the author says she was inspired by One of us is lying! This doesn't even begin to look like one of Karen's works even remotely

  22. 5 out of 5

    BookEater

    Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for an early copy of this book. *Sigh* I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I didn't. From the first page to the last one, I kept raising my eyebrows, frowning, and clenching my teeth because it kept making me angry. I think the main character, Harri, might just be one of the most infuriating brat of YA literature. I mean, seriously – her family and friends are amazing, and yet, she keeps being an asshole to them, accusing them of murder notabl Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for an early copy of this book. *Sigh* I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I didn't. From the first page to the last one, I kept raising my eyebrows, frowning, and clenching my teeth because it kept making me angry. I think the main character, Harri, might just be one of the most infuriating brat of YA literature. I mean, seriously – her family and friends are amazing, and yet, she keeps being an asshole to them, accusing them of murder notably. Girl. Stop it already! She's also very veryyyy delusional and felt very childish to me. For the love of God, I wanted to tell her to just grow up a bit. The plot didn't work either. It's just – too much. It's sort of like bad fan fiction published in a novel. Every single thing that happened seemed so far-fetched that, at some point, I had to put down my Kindle and take a very deep breath. I totally get being in love with a group of singers, or actors, or whatever. Fandom is awesome... but it's not everything. Never in the history of ever will fans solve a murder case involving someone they're a fan of. Never in the world of ever will members of a group just chill in a fan's room because said fan sent them an Instagram message. I honestly know the author must have had a lot of fun writing this, and I'm glad about that, but it just wasn't for me. I need my fiction to be at least slightly plausible.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Afifah Mohd

    Summary: Harri and her friends are superfans of Half Light, an internationally famous boyband. They practically worship them. However, bad news has arrived. The frontman, Frankie has been arrested by the police as a suspect on his oldest bestfriend’s murder. She is devastated. She and other Half Light superfans realise that they know and understand the members more than anyone else. Hence, she and her friends have gathered an army of fangirls to investigate the case in order to prove that Frankie Summary: Harri and her friends are superfans of Half Light, an internationally famous boyband. They practically worship them. However, bad news has arrived. The frontman, Frankie has been arrested by the police as a suspect on his oldest bestfriend’s murder. She is devastated. She and other Half Light superfans realise that they know and understand the members more than anyone else. Hence, she and her friends have gathered an army of fangirls to investigate the case in order to prove that Frankie is innocent. Do not underestimate passionate fangirls. My opinion/review/thoughts: First of all, I want to thank NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children’s UK for this ARC with an exchange of an honest review. This review is written by me voluntarily. Okay, this is another level of fangirling. Investigating a murder mystery which involves a member of your favourite boyband. I am really intrigued by the premise of this story. For me, the idea is really cool but the execution is not quite attractive to me. There are some parts that are not quite clear, but it may just be me. Because they cannot interfere with the police investigation, they need to solve the case on their own and some of the methods are actually at the wrong side of the law. In my opinion, some people may not be quite comfortable with the story because from what I see, their crime-solving is quite mixed with obsession. That matter might be not sitting well with some people. Because I am a part of fandoms too, even though I am not really a superfan, I can understand their reasoning but not really their ways of conducting the investigation. For me, I don't really like how the main character behaves, for me, she is quite unstable but luckily she has friends to help her. There are filler characters too that in my opinion do not really affect the story flow. For me, I much prefer the friendships between these girls rather than crime-solving itself, but the story is still nice to read even though it is a slow read for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holly Marshall

    A good girl's guide to murder meets fandom culture in a brilliant bundle of nostalgia is the only way I can sum up this novel. It felt like the novel my younger self wanted to be in (besides the murder), I can't honestly explain how real the fandom culture representation was in this book - I really saw myself from my teenage years represented in a way that rarely happens. I am not ashamed to admit I am a hardcore boyband fan, and when I was younger I was fully in deep with fandom culture online A good girl's guide to murder meets fandom culture in a brilliant bundle of nostalgia is the only way I can sum up this novel. It felt like the novel my younger self wanted to be in (besides the murder), I can't honestly explain how real the fandom culture representation was in this book - I really saw myself from my teenage years represented in a way that rarely happens. I am not ashamed to admit I am a hardcore boyband fan, and when I was younger I was fully in deep with fandom culture online and had some experiences that felt very similar to that of the main characters in this book and I really loved seeing that, it made me feel so nostalgic for when One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer were at their prime and if I'm honest that made me adore this book. In the end, I saw much of myself in the characters it didn't really matter that they had their flaws. I loved the murder mystery element - even if the lengths some of the characters went to were a little unbelievable. I did find that some of the characters felt much younger than two girls who were at uni, but this did not deter from how much I really enjoyed the story. It's not perfect by any means but it was such a fun book, that made me feel some kind of way about my own childhood. I think if you have never been a huge fan of fandom culture, or aren't a huge fan of YA murder mysteries this book might not be for you, but if you are either of those things, definitely give it a go. 4 out of 5 stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steph Hanlon

    Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children’s UK for giving me an e-arc of this title in exchange for an honest review. This modern mystery novel is fast paced and easy to read, with a heavy focus on fandom and how it can bring people together. The boyband in the storyline is incredibly reminiscent of One Direction though, admittedly, there are multiple other bands which could probably draw comparisons. That being said, the strange familiarity does drag the reader in to the all-encom Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Children’s UK for giving me an e-arc of this title in exchange for an honest review. This modern mystery novel is fast paced and easy to read, with a heavy focus on fandom and how it can bring people together. The boyband in the storyline is incredibly reminiscent of One Direction though, admittedly, there are multiple other bands which could probably draw comparisons. That being said, the strange familiarity does drag the reader in to the all-encompassing world of being a fan. The protagonist - Harri - is dragged into a police investigation when her favourite boyband member is accused of the murder of his best friend and, utilising the friends she has made through the internet, sets out to catch the real killer, the person she believes to have set him up. As is to be expected of this type of book, a lot of the narrative is rather far-fetched with certain instances involving the band members or the access to their management/publicity team extending past all realm of possibilities, yet this doesn't detract from the narrative. At times, the story can read a little like fanfiction, but Eldred pulls back before delving into this too much. While most of the characters are engaging and add layers to both the friendship narrative and the mystery, Stefan is a bit of a let down and seems to add little to the story. Other characters - friends from across the globe, connected to Harri by their love of the band - could have had more focus, development or even involvement in order to really connect the fandom/friendship dynamic. However, the novel is a fun, easy read and one which is easy to whizz through in one sitting. It may not be believable, but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alison Pashley

    OK, if it has the word 'boyband' in the title you know I'm going to read it, right?!? The murder mystery of the title is a perfectly good story in its own right, but what I LOVED was the perfect way the book captures all the wonderful things about fandoms and those who fill them. So often written off as screaming girls to be mocked, but actually as individuals and as collectives they are the life blood of bands like Half Light (who, by the way, I'm pretty sure I would've been into in a big way!). OK, if it has the word 'boyband' in the title you know I'm going to read it, right?!? The murder mystery of the title is a perfectly good story in its own right, but what I LOVED was the perfect way the book captures all the wonderful things about fandoms and those who fill them. So often written off as screaming girls to be mocked, but actually as individuals and as collectives they are the life blood of bands like Half Light (who, by the way, I'm pretty sure I would've been into in a big way!). The friendships made, the random facts you can recite about band members you've never even met, the bemused expressions on other people's faces when you talk about it... Spot on. Also great exploration of the PR machine and the brand identity behind a boyband, the fantasy characters created through a combination of clever PR and the fans' own desire to believe vs the reality of the real lives of the stars. Finally the concert scene near the end of the book just about had me in tears, the descriptions and feelings again were so accurate. Made me miss gigs so much. I also think Stef deserves a mention here - a boyfriend/potential bf who accepts your fangirl ways without question? A keeper for sure!! Anyone who has ever been part of a boyband fandom i guarantee you will love this book! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my review copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bee Jay

    The first thing you should know; the murder isn't really the point of this book. It's what starts everything off, but it's not what the book's about. What it's about is the awesome power of late teen girls, and the sheer joy of fandom, and how online friends are just as valid as offline. This book is really good fun, but I do have a couple of reservations; first of all, Harri is frequently mean to people for no particular reason other than 'I'm stressed' (which, fair enough, we can all be stresse The first thing you should know; the murder isn't really the point of this book. It's what starts everything off, but it's not what the book's about. What it's about is the awesome power of late teen girls, and the sheer joy of fandom, and how online friends are just as valid as offline. This book is really good fun, but I do have a couple of reservations; first of all, Harri is frequently mean to people for no particular reason other than 'I'm stressed' (which, fair enough, we can all be stressed, but accusing her father of being happy someone died and someone else went to jail? Not cool.) I also would have loved to have seen a guy in the Superfriends. I know fandom in general, and very particularly in boybands, is seen as a female space, but there are plenty of boys in there too. Adding a boy to the group would have been nice. Those are minor things, though. Ava obviously has a real love for fandom and it shines through in her writing, raising up a group that's more often torn down because they dare to enjoy something. I loved watching this group hold each other up and help each other out, and I'm really glad they plan to stay together at the end. I wish I could put in my favourite quote, but it's a spoiler, so I'll just say; definitely read this one. It's fab. (There is some minor, mostly implied sex.)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This YA modern mystery novel is fast paced and easy to read, although at times very unbelievable, I know it’s a story, but… It has a heavy focus on fandom and how it can bring people together. The boyband in the story is incredibly similar to several boybands that have graced our airwaves over the years. When Frankie, the lead singer of the band is accused of murder, Harri, who is a huge fan of Half Light, and her fandom friends decide to try and prove his innocence, using their love and knowled This YA modern mystery novel is fast paced and easy to read, although at times very unbelievable, I know it’s a story, but… It has a heavy focus on fandom and how it can bring people together. The boyband in the story is incredibly similar to several boybands that have graced our airwaves over the years. When Frankie, the lead singer of the band is accused of murder, Harri, who is a huge fan of Half Light, and her fandom friends decide to try and prove his innocence, using their love and knowledge of their favourite band. As is the way with this genre of book, a lot of the story is rather far-fetched and certain situations involving the band members, or the access they get to the Half Light team are somewhat unrealistic, but somehow this doesn’t detract from the storyline. Most of the characters are there with a purpose and it adds layers to both the friendships and the mystery. Not sure how Stefan fits in to this though, he is a bit of a let-down and seems to add very little to the story. The friends from across the globe, connected to Harri by their love of the band. Could have had more focus or even involvement to connect the fandom/friendship dynamic. This novel was an easy, fun, at times annoying read. I read it in one sitting and would recommend this to older YA. I would like to thank Penguin Random House Children’s UK and Netgalley for an Earc in return for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I knew that I would enjoy this one because I am also a band fangirl, so I was instantly intrigued by the premise, which definitely made me think about what I would do in Harri’s situation. Harri’s love for the band is so tangible throughout, and because her loyalty to them is so clear from the beginning in a way which felt so real, I myself started feeling invested in the band. The murder mystery element was so much fun to try and solve, I loved how everything slowly came together in a way which I knew that I would enjoy this one because I am also a band fangirl, so I was instantly intrigued by the premise, which definitely made me think about what I would do in Harri’s situation. Harri’s love for the band is so tangible throughout, and because her loyalty to them is so clear from the beginning in a way which felt so real, I myself started feeling invested in the band. The murder mystery element was so much fun to try and solve, I loved how everything slowly came together in a way which I was not expecting. The book showcases the power of a fandom, and how the fans make the bands that they adore so much. But, it also showed how a band can bring people together from all walks of life, and create life-long friendships. The female friendships in this book were wonderful. I adored how the girls had each other’s backs and supported each other throughout when things were looking bleak for their band. Jas in particular was a great friend to Harri, she was probably my favourite character. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend if you’re a fangirl yourself looking for a fun contemporary read with a plot (and a boyband) to easily invest in.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    The boy band murder mystery is a story that was quite refreshing and honest about the fandom life- and honestly how it never....ever...leaves you. Many Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for allowing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Plot summary: Harri has met all her friends through her love of Half Light- a boy band that has helped her overcome some of the most difficult times in her life. But when the lead singer Frankie is accused of murdering his best friend Evan, the entire fandom The boy band murder mystery is a story that was quite refreshing and honest about the fandom life- and honestly how it never....ever...leaves you. Many Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for allowing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Plot summary: Harri has met all her friends through her love of Half Light- a boy band that has helped her overcome some of the most difficult times in her life. But when the lead singer Frankie is accused of murdering his best friend Evan, the entire fandom is thinking the same thing- it wasn't him. With the support of her best friend Jas and the worldwide fandom they work to prove Frankie's innocence and save the band they all love from destruction. Review: Plot wise- a very intriguing take on a murder mystery that I definitely have not seen before but would love to read again. It kept me engaged throughout. It took me a while (and a few guesses) but the ending and the plot was genuinely satisfying and well thought out. The pacing was very fast but honestly as a ,mystery book for teens it worked extremely well. Character wise- I loved Harri, Jas and the friendship that blossomed between them throughout the book. the development was well thought out for all the main characters and the boys within the band. Some of the side characters, e.g. Georgia, I felt were slightly lacking but that could just be due to the short time they were brought into it for. World building- I don't have a lot of knowledge of the music industry but this explains it pretty well for me to be able to understand the premise of the story and what is happening to progress the story. Final Thoughts: An engaging and very relatable book to anyone who would do anything for a band they grew up in the fandom of. Engaging, mysterious and is definitely going to be a hit.

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