Title: The Singalong Society for Singletons
Author: Katey Lovell
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit
‘Quirky, cute and utterly romantic’ – Bestselling author Rebecca Raisin
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…
Source: ARC from HarperImpulse via NetGalley
At it’s heart this is a warm, feel-good tale about friendships and romance and daring to dream, all accompanied by a musical soundtrack that will have you humming throughout. It’s easy and enjoyable and even has a sprinkling of Christmas spirit.
However, it’s told entirely from Monique’s first person pov in weekly installments as everyone gathers for their latest musical fix. At first this is quirky and cute, but towards the end when there was so much else going on beyond Friday nights, I did feel a little frustrated by the restricted format.
Also, of all the members of the Singalong Society, Mon is the most boring. While interesting things happen to everyone else, Mon is basically marking time until her boyfriend comes home. Mostly she mopes about how her life is going nowhere and worries about her conflicted feelings, while clinging to her friends and trying not to feel jealous when things go right for them. Then just when things might be getting interesting in her life… everything jumps forward a load of months and, well, it all ends. I hate it when that happens.
I did, however, love the rest of the cast: badly-named, big sister Hope, pouring unconvincing scorn on so many things; house-mate Issy who doesn’t hold back when she has something to say; Connie with her big dreams and tricky responsibilities; musical expert Ray and his acting ambitions; and Liam the player with a few hidden sides of his own. They’re a great bunch who more than made up for Mon’s lacklustre life.
In all this is a great idea, written in a fun way, which mostly worked well. I wish I’d been able to connect with Mon a bit more and that there had been maybe one extra chapter to wrap everything up, but if you love a good musical and are looking for something easy with a few emotional tweaks here and there, then give this a go. It certainly left a smile on my face – and too many songs in my head to count.
The Singalong Society for Singletons is Out Now.
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