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For the Record

Huang, Charlotte (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 314 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9780553511826 (hardcover)
9780553511840 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Novel
Book genre: Realistic

Text Elements:

characterization, conflict, dialogue, point of view

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Chelsea goes from unpopular in high school to the lead singer of Melbourne, a veteran rock group. She is the least experienced member and must earn her bandmates’ respect, but when she starts dating movie star Lucas Rivers, she becomes an instant sensation, further alienating her from her bandmates.

The fast-paced but intimate text alternates between touring life and live performances. “You developed a common language, a flow ... within the structure there was room to play, to be spontaneous.” The behind-the-scenes narrative often focuses on the unglamorous: snoring bandmates and bickering over who gets to shower, who drank whose milk and how long to spend signing autographs.

External pressures present constant tension: Lucas wants to sleep with her; her bandmates want her to break up with him; the record label wants her to sign with a cosmetics company; her bandmates don’t; she has feelings for the guitarist, but expressing them is against Melbourne’s policy.

When her bandmates urge Chelsea to write her own songs, she pushes past her resistance and learns it’s “a whole other level of satisfaction to deliver something you created to an audience and feel how they were affected. That was art.” After the tour, when she’s approached to write a solo album, Chelsea has a clear vision: “I don’t want to be turned into another bubblegum singer.” This book offers an exhilarating inside glance at the ups and downs of being a touring musician.

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    YA literature offers readers opportunities to examine and question representations of youth. Readers should consider how these representations function as a part of a larger social message about adolescence.

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    In small groups, determine how adults and adolescents are represented in the text. Explore whether these distinctions are firm and consider the possible meanings that collect around age-based behaviours.

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    Use ideas generated during reading of this and other YA texts to inform a literature-based inquiry project that explores issues stemming from the social world of the reader and the texts.

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    Touring with a band across the country—on a bus, for an extended period of time—would be a unique experience. Should there be rules in place for everyone to follow? If so, what should they be (and what if someone breaks them)? If not, why not? Discuss your answers in a small groups.

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    As you read, notice Mandy’s interactions with Chelsea and determine whether or not she is a true friend.

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    Write some lyrics for Chelsea’s new song about her summer tour with Melbourne.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Music
  • Social Sciences