Author: Sophie Lowell
Genre: Young Adult
Released: 3 August 2010
Series: Glee #1
Calling all Gleeks!
Get more of your favorite characters in this official Glee prequel
All great performances deserve a warm-up Enroll early at McKinley High--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 favorite characters before the show-mance began.
As a fan of Glee, I've had this book sitting on my bookshelf for far too long, and I finally got round to picking it up. It's a quick read that's ideal for Glee fans, experiencing these characters through a different medium.
Following the life of our favourite McKinley High students before Glee kicked off, this book follows each of the major characters during the first few weeks of the new school year. Rachel is determined to let her star shine on the unappreciative McKinley, taking over the morning announcements. It's here that Kurt discovers she can sing, and invites her to Glee Club. With the music recital coming up, the Glee kids are hoping to wow the crowd, and maybe gain a few more members. But they butt heads with Rachel's 'help'. Meanwhile, Quinn is torn between Puck and Finn - Finn is safe and the king of school, while Puck is dangerous and makes Quinn want to throw away her celibacy vow. Can she force herself to ignore Puck's advances before anyone notices she's into him? And Mr. Schuster is idly moving through life, board with teaching high school Spanish, but his lost love for Glee Club is about to come back to him.
I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to be back with these characters (whom I haven't been with for a few years) and get a glimpse of life before the cameras started rolling at McKinley. The overall story wasn't anything new, with the majority of the plot covering things that have been mentioned on the show. That's not to say that there weren't new events to watch unfold, and these made for a fun read.
I did, however, find the writing style to be annoying at times, although I can't really put my finger on the why. Some parts of the story also dragged a bit, with a lot of information dumping taking place. Every detail was something we have learned from watching the show, but a lot of it wasn't necessary to the story. It wasn't until the end that I really felt like something interesting was happening, and I kind of wish that we had more of the events that took place after the final page, because that's when things were interesting.
Overall, if you are a fan of Glee, definitely give this book and series a whirl. It's different from the show and you will find enjoyment and nostalgia from reading the books. If you aren't a fan of the show, I feel like you wouldn't enjoy this book as much. Although for the most part I was a bit iffy about this book, I am going to continue on with the next two books - they are fun and quick reads and I am a major Gleek!