Saturday, April 9, 2011

Review: Glee- The Beginning by Sophia Lowell


Released: August 5th, 2010
Published by: Poppy
Series: Glee, 1
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5
Source: Chapter’s (Local Book Store)
Page Amount: 216
School Rating: C+
Age Group: Young Adult


Fans are clamoring for more showmance, more mash-ups, more Cheeri-os...more Glee! Now, Gleeks everywhere can spend more time with uber-ambitious Rachel Berry, outrageous Kurt Hammel and dreamy Finn Hudson with these completely original stories about everyone's favorite Glee Club.

Want to know what was happening with Rachel, Kurt, Quinn and Finn before Will Schuster took over the Glee Club? Find out in the first Original Glee Novel, a prequel that transports readers to McKinley High's hallways before the show began.

Each Original Glee Novel reflects the show's intelligent comedic sensibility and quirky, heartfelt storylines.

First Line:

“Rachel Berry paused outside the door of Principal Figgin’s office just long enough to straighten her knee socks and smooth down the sides of her corduroy skirt.” - Page 1

Cheesy Back Cover Quote:

“It was interesting to see what happened to our favourite Gleeks before Mr. Shuester took over the Glee club. Lets just say things didn’t go as smoothly as you may think”


This book took me awhile to pick up. The first time I heard of it, I actually didn’t watch Glee, so naturally I didn’t want to pick it up because I didn’t watch it. Once I started watching the show, I wanted to read this book. This book was iffy for me.

The plot and story was… okay. A lot of it was incredibly inaccurate, but if it wasn’t for that, I think I would have liked it more. If I could get over that, I think I would have liked it a lot. I like the whole concept of knowing what happened to Glee club before Mr Shue came into the picture.

The writing, was again okay. It was written in third person, which I felt didn’t fit for the story. I think every chapter should have changed to a different POV, I think that would have been a better way to go.

I obviously love the characters to death, because its my favourite show and if I don’t like the characters, what’s the point in watching it? In this novel, Kurt is my favourite.

Overall, this novel was a overall okay for me. I think it would be a good read for some people, but I think I am such a perfectionist when it comes to my books that I could find all of the flaws in it. I do plan on reading the rest of the books, though, just to see if they end up getting Blaine into them.

Cover Comments:

I can honestly say I HATE this cover. I wish that they would have made it look less like a TV show cover. That may not make sense, but I wish they chose a cover that looked like a actual book cover. Maybe one that was shot at McKinley High?


Plot 10/10
Like able Characters 10/10
Problem Development 5/10
Solution Effectiveness 5/10
Writing Style 7/10
Character Development 4/10
Cover 2/10
Setting 10/10
Ending 8/10
Beginning 8/10



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