From the moment Liverpool teenager Jess stars in the school musical, she knows that she’s GOT to be a star. Fast forward a few years and the closest the now 22 year old Jessica has got to stardom is as a children’s entertainer – which is where she meets Jack , uncle to the spoiled 5 year old birthday princess who spots Jessica’s talent and offers her a job with a record label. But that means that she’ll have to leave her family and her home and move to London – where she quickly finds that the streets aren’t quite paved with gold. And as she spends her days making tea for bitchy PR girls and her night in a mouldy studio flat, Jessica wonders if leaving Liverpool for London has been a terrible mistake.
Attending an industry party – unfortunately only to serve canapes – Jessica’s fortunes suddenly change when Vogue, the singer due to perform at the event drops out. Before she knows it, Jessica volunteers to stand in and takes centre stage. After a dazzling performance, she is surrounded by people wondering who this amazing new talent is. What’s more, her star turn has been captured by the press and she has become an overnight sensation.
Plunged into the crazy world of glitz and glamour, Jessica’s life is transformed but as her star rises, she loses touch with her roots. Jessica’s teenage dreams of stardom may have come true, but at what cost?
About the Author
Liverpool-born Abbey Clancy is one of the UK’s most in demand models. She successfully combines being a wife and mother with her career as a presenter and model. She is a UK brand ambassador for many top brands including Matalan, Reebok and Avon. Abbey is married to Premiership footballer Peter Crouch and has two small daughters.
Remember My Name is her debut novel.
What we say: Review by Elizabeth Wright
One word that certainly applies to this novel is fun, but it is also laced with the realities of life in your twenties, making it a a great read to curl up with and get lost in. Books that focus on the difficult balance between ambition and the disappointment of real life are not exactly rare, but the pace and tone of Remember My Name adds a touch of entertainment that some books in this genre lack.
Jessica is a very likeable character and as the twists and turns of the story strengthen her, you can’t help but really hope for her success. If you love the ‘crazy world of glitz and glamour’, but also need a strong heroine to root for, Remember My Name is the book for you.