Monday, March 28, 2011

Days Like This by J. Torres and Scott Chantler

It's the 1960s and Anna Solomon is looking expand her horizons after her divorce from music mogul Abe Solomon. She's decided to start her own record label and has already found her first group she wants to sign, three seventeen year old black girls that go to the same school as her daughter. The only problem is the lead singer's father doesn't approve. With everyone taking big risks on these rookies, will they be able to prove themselves?

This book was like the sweeter, nobody gets addicted to coke, version of Dreamgirls. It's super idealistic and the focus is on the battle of the sexes, it doesn't even touch the racial aspect which I had initially played a larger role considering this is supposed to be the 60s but no. I get it though, this standalone book is about how women overcome the setbacks and pessimistic opinions of the men in their lives. It would be difficult to delve into all of the class/racial issues that would realistically take place. And anyways this was a pretty light-hearted, so I don't think that J. Torres and Scott Chantler wanted to be Debbie Downers and leave it with a postscript saying, "Let's face it. Tina and the Tiaras will probably face years of discrimination not just because of their sex but also because of the color of their skin. Their agent quite possibly will rip them off because she's able to with her better education and higher social standing. There's a good possibility that none of these girls will go on to be anything special, especially considering that the 1970s are trucking along with its free love and drugs." Not good times. Regardless, I liked the focus of the book. It did what it could with the space it had. It's a tight plot line, uplifting, and some nice artwork. Not a ton of depth, but for some reason it's ok.

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