Publish Date: November 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.”
I’m not going to lie for the first 25-30 pages or so I was worried. Worried, because I don’t like letting people down and certainly don’t like criticising someone’s hard work when I’m a creative myself. Then BAM Vicky hits you with the hard stuff I was suddenly whisked away from my bedroom reading her words and transported into the scenes on the paper. You really get a sense of what Vicky went through during her teenage years. I must admit not your average teenage life – although she still remains such a relatable girl to us all… the things she accomplished musically whilst dealing with growing into a young woman – WOW. She takes you on a journey, her journey to becoming a professional singer. The tears the tantrums and the laughter all documented for you to read. Her storytelling throughout is just beautiful. Beautifully told through the eyes of someone who has been through an awful lot.
I absolutely loved hearing Vicky’s experiences and finished the book feeling so connected to her. I could relate to her so much even though my life experiences have been very different to hers, the way she handled everything so eloquently and maturely makes me want to be her friend. Hand on my heart I feel like a lot of people would feel the same. It is honestly like reading a friends diary.
You gain a lot of insight into such an incredibly huge industry that we don’t get to hear about on the every day. The relationship between her and her Dad really was something that I could resinate with too. The experiences she’s shared with him (good and bad) was so honestly written about and a lot of daughters can probably relate to. If you want a heart warming book with an insight into the music industry I 100% recommend you give this a read. I can totally see this book being made into a film!
Vicky also has a YouTube channel which you can find all of her beautiful songs on. (She can sing so beautifully). Her instagram is also here.