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Friday 20 August 2010

Glee: The Beginning [Review]

Written by: Sophia Lowell.
Published by: Headline.
Format: Paperback.
Released: 5th August 2010.
Rating: 4.5/5.

Official synopsis: "CALLING ALL GLEEKS! Get more of your favourite characters in this official Glee prequel! All great performances deserve a warm-up! Enroll early at McKinley High to find out what went on before New Directions was even a glimmer in Mr Schuester’s eye. When did Rachel first decide Finn was more than just a jock? When did Puck and Quinn start their secret romance? And how did the fledgling Glee Club function without a fearless leader? Hint: It wasn’t exactly a perfect melody.  Break out the gold stars and refill the slushies: it’s time to find out what happened to all your favourite characters before the show-mance began. These novels contain additional storylines to those featured in the hit TV show."

Glee fans, listen up. If you do not get this, you will seriously regret it! When I heard that a series of original Glee novels was going to be published, I was a little sceptical. How could you take the all singing, all dancing drama to the printed page? I didn't think it'd be a very good transition.

How wrong am I? 

The Beginning is the first in what is promising to be a very accurate tv-to-book adaptation. These are stories that you won't see on your screens, so it's not even as if you can just wait for the show. You need to read these to know what's going on!

I am amazed at just how much it is like watching the programme. You can imagine it in your head so vividly, something that writer Sophia Lowell needs to be praised for. The only thing that is missing, and thus taking what would of been a 5/5 rating down to a 4.5 is the music! But of course you can't just burst into song and dance in a book!

Glee fans will love this, and it may even introduce new people to the programme. It's funny. Interesting. And above-all, entertaining.

I look forward to the next book, Foreign Exchange, published in February 2011! My thanks to Sam Eades at Headline for my copy! One very happy Gleek here!

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