“It’s the possiblity of having a dream that makes life interesting.” – Vicky Nolan
Title: Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress
Author: Vicky Nolan
Genre: Non-fiction, autobiography
Published: Nov. 20, 2017
You’re a 15-year-old schoolgirl who has big dreams of becoming a pop star, and then one day you get your lucky break. Polydor records sends you to Copenhagen to make pop music – to make you a recording artist. You get back home and your future is looking brighter than ever – until the High Court writ hits the door mat – you’ve fallen out with your management and they have decided to sue. No, this isn’t a dream, this is now Vicky Nolan’s reality and fast becoming a nightmare, and all while still at school at the sweet age of sixteen.
Read about the trial, the family, Hollywood, London town, the glamour, the dog (eh?) and most importantly, the music. Curiouser and curiouser?
We always talk about ‘making it’ and fulfilling your dreams. The question is, what if you don’t? What happens next? Ultimately, this book speaks about life and family; its hopes and disappointments, its ups and downs. Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress is in some way a story that speaks to us all, because in the end, the best stories are always true.
“I’m living my life as consequence of yesterday.
And all of my choices compliment my life today.
There may have been times I could have gone and lost my way,
I could have, I would have, I should have, I don’t care – I’m here now.”
The cover is simply gorgeous and self-explanatory.
Few months ago, a girl by name Vicky Nolan followed me on instagram. I checked out her feed and found out she is a singer and to my amusement, she has also written a book. I listened to her cover songs and fell in love with her voice. Undoubtedly, she is an amazing singer with a beautiful voice. A few days later, I received a review request for her book Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress in exchange of an honest review. Curious and intrigued as I was, I couldn’t resist and I am glad I accepted to read and review her book.
The music industry and lives of singers look all glitz and glam from afar but thats not the complete picture. We never got to see what happened before that and how did they achieve the fame and lavish lifestyle. I have always been curious what singers go through before fame especially the young stars.
Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress by Vicky Nolan is an autobiohraphy that provides an insight to the behind the scenes of music industry and the life of the singer in making. She tells us about her supportive family, dreams, passion, love for singing, struggles and frauds in music industry.
She was lucky enough to get noticed as an amazing singer when she was only 15! Her record label flew her to Copenhagen to sign a deal and make music but as soon as she returned back home she found out her manager had sued her. It was heartbreaking to see how soon her dreams of becoming a singer got crushed like this. I liked how she openly shared her emotions and what she was going through during all this time. She seems really wise and mature while taking decissions of her life and urging the reader to think harder about what actually makes them happy and do they need to adopt the same or different approach to achieve their dreams and happiness.
This book is written in a unique and interesting format alternating between chapters (Vicky’s perspective), journal entries, glimpses and script like accountings of her past. It was confusing at first but then I started to like the format. The lyrics of her songs in between added a beautiful touch to her story.
All in all it is a beautifully written book. Great for dreamers and people who want to be a singer. There were also refrences to Alice in the Wonderland and Pride and Prejudice. No doubt, she has put great effort in writing this book but I had only one issue. If the events in the book were chronologically arranged, it would have been much better and not that confusing at the start.