I’m so grateful to Katey Lovell for a copy of The Singalong Society for Singletons in return for an honest review. I’ve previously enjoyed Katey’s Meet Cute series and you can read my review and a smashing guest post from Katey here.
Published by Harper Impulse The Singalong Society for Singletons is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here.
The Singalong Society for Singletons
Monique and Issy are teachers, housemates and lovers of musicals! Their Friday night routine consists of snacks, wine and the Frozen DVD. So when Monique’s boyfriend moves to America for a year and her sister Hope moves in because of her own relationship woes, Friday nights get a new name… ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons’!
It’s a chance to get together, sing along to their favourite tracks from the best-loved West End shows, and forget the worries of work, relationships and love (or lack of it). But when Issy shares the details of their little group further afield, they get some unexpected new members who might just change their opinions on singledom for good….
My Review of The Singalong Society for Singletons
When Justin heads off to America to work, girlfriend Monique (Mon) is left to start a mini-club where single friends can sing out their woes to a Friday night musical DVD.
I have to confess that I had wondered if The Singalong Society for Singletons would be rather saccharine, but not a bit of it, as it’s a charming story of hopes, fears, friendship and making the most opportunities.
Aside from a well-plotted narrative that revolves around the films that are watched, there are some intense themes explored in an enlightening and fresh way. Linking the films with the lives of the Cast (as they are presented at the start of the book), Katey Lovell provides a supportive and interesting commentary on relationships in many forms from sibling bonds and parental influence to lesbian love and heterosexual desire. The need to make the most of life is sensitively woven into the story so that the reader feels they have learnt a life lesson. I felt quite inspired and uplifted by reading The Singalong Society for Singletons. Whilst I think the reader will gain more from the story if they are familiar with the films too, The Singalong Society for Singletons works, without such knowledge, as a romantic and entertaining read.
Katey Lovell’s makes very good use of the senses in her descriptions so that I could easily picture the scenes, especially those in the flat. Indeed I have a criticism of The Singalong Society for Singletons arising from the quality of Katey Lovell’s prose – it made me very hungry! I also really enjoyed Mon’s first person perspective. It made me feel as if I also belonged to the Friday night activities as it was as if I was being spoken to directly. It’s good too that the characters aren’t perfect, but have their human flaws making them realistic.
The Singalong Society for Singletons is a smashing read and if you’re a film lover, all the better!
About Katey Lovell
Katey Lovell is fanatical about words. An avid reader, writer and poet, she once auditioned for Countdown. Getting the conundrum before the contestants is her ultimate thrill.
She loves love and strives to write feel-good romance that’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and son. When she’s not writing she’ll most likely be found reading or watching musicals.