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Ready To Fly is 100% official book from British Girlband Little Mix. The book was released in 2012 and so is quite recent. The book is currently selling for £9.00 on Amazon which I do think is a bit expensive.
The girls come across as being really lovely and down to earth. They talk to the reader as though they are your friend. I felt that whilst the book is quite brief and basic, I got to know the girls quite well. I found the book to be very interesting. I certainly learned a lot about the band as well as the band members as individuals.
There are lots of pictures in the book. The majority of the photos are unseen and so that's good because it means....that we obviously haven't seen them before. Young fans who can't yet read will enjoy looking at the photographs. The book is written in a very easy-to read way which is good for children.
There is a style section in the book where the girls talk about their style and make up and how you can dress and do your make-up like theirs. To be honest, this didn't really appeal to me as I always think that what suits others isn't necessarily going to suit me and so I don't go out to 'copy' celebrity looks. Although if you are into fashion and make-up then you may like this.
I think that this is a lovely book and would make a nice stocking filler for a Little Mix fan this Christmas.
Thanks for reading!
Ready to Fly is the official autobiography of Little Mix. I was reluctant to buy this as it had only been eight months since they won the X Factor and probably just over a year since they met. I bought it for £8 at WHSmith on the release date of August 30th 2012 which I think is quite cheap as the RRP is £16.99. I think that price is far too expensive for an autobiography aimed at a younger audience so I'm glad I didn't pay that much.
The book has 224 pages which are a good quality thick paper or thin card, not sure which. It has a lot of photos throughout the book, some of which are recent and others from early childhood. This doesn't take away from the writing though as there is still a lot of detailed biography to read. I read this the day I bought it but this is because I found it interesting, not because of the amount of writing.
The cover is a hardback which is what contributes to the price and is not in a identical sleeve like some hardbacks are. As you can see by the image, the cover is split into four with each member in a quarter. What I find strange is how Jade is the only one in black and white which I believe makes the others stand out more because of the colour. In the centre is the Little Mix logo of 'lm' in a heart. This heart isn't always the same though. This one is like a line drawing heart and sometime it will be a colour filled heart also with 'lm' in the centre. This logo is at the top corner saying '100% official'. The back cover has a photo of the group in black and white with pink signatures above themselves which looks effective because of the colour contrast.
The book was published by Harper Collins. The photography was by Dean Freeman and the authors were, obviously, Little Mix.
The members of Little Mix are Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall. When you first open the book there are four logos which each represent a member of Little Mix. The bow is for Jade as she loves bows and is often seen wearing them, a beatbox for Jesy as she enjoys to beatbox, a flower for Perrie as she likes flowers and her look is described as hippie and a cap for Leigh-Anne again as it relates to her style. These icons are always found next to their names when the author in the autobiography changes.
Each member takes turns in writing the book and I think you can really imagine them saying it which clarifies it is official. They change a few times each chapter which means you don't have to read the whole of one story to find you are reading it again, as when they get to the group part they take turns in speaking.
The chapters are:
Life before the X Factor: This is all about their childhood and families. I found this especially interesting and thoroughly enjoyed reading this chapter. It was good to read about how they wanted to become singers from an early age and a few of them even went to school with a few well known celebrities (you'll have to read to find out who.)
Showtime: This includes their time in the X Factor, what they enjoyed, auditions, being a group and the X Factor live finals. I was intrigued about behind the scenes in X Factor and learnt things I didn't know before. I also found it sad about the cyber bullying Jesy faced because of her looks.
Life after X Factor: This includes how they adjusted from being 'normal' people to recognition wherever they go and what they're getting up to now. It must have been hard as the week after winning they were on TV and radio shows everywhere which must have been a shock to the system as well as leaving the comfort zone of the X Factor which they had got used too.
The Big Little Mix Fun Q & A: This is fun questions, as the title suggests, about fave films, books, food etc. A nice addition to the autobiography. This goes on for four or five pages which is great as they really are fun questions.
Thankyous: They each thank the Little Mixers for the support as well as family, friends and colleagues.
Little Mix are a great group that made history on the X Factor for beating the curse of the girlbands. They have since had two number 1 singles an album and are currently on their first UK tour. Having built a huge fanbase hopefully their music and friendship will last for a long time yet and maybe they can conquer America.
Definately worth the read for any fans of their music or Little Mixers around the world.