Happy is the rock group who are going to make it. Will dreams of being a rock star, but nobody believes he can do it. His teachers complain that his school work is slipping and his friend, Danny, can't decide where his loyalties lie. Will has to succeed somehow, for his father's sake.
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Will and Danny are desperate to start their own band and achieve rock star status. After stealing a drummer from another band, the boys acquire a bass guitarist and manage to book their first gig. Unfortunately they never get to play and their friendship begins to disintegrate. After the disappointment of their abandoned gig Will retreats from his friends and his girlfriend, Beth, and spends his time writing songs. Upset by his seeming rejection of them, Danny and Beth spend more time together and eventually start going out. Will's discovery of this apparent treachery leads him to run away to live with his father. Danny eventually follows him as his developing maturity and greater self-awareness make him realize that he has not always been the best of friends to Will. The final meeting between the friends demonstrates the differences between those who dream and those who are ruthless enough to realize their dream. Happy cleverly intertwines the many strands of teenage life - friendship, boy/girl relationships, family and school. The author does not fall into the trap of presenting a fairytale come true story but illustrates the realities of life and demonstrates how pragmatics can destroy a dream. It is good to see a lively and engaging text aimed at teenage boys and the subject matter and realistic approach mean it is sure to do well. Ages 13+ (Kirkus UK)