Pop Stars and Broken Dreams

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R Sloan

An aspiring solo artist

A girl group that needs a fourth

Teenage girls with too much money, fame, and freedom

What could possibly go wrong?

We find out in The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes. I’ve wanted to read this book since it’s 2020 release, and while I’m glad I finally read it, it left me slightly underwhelmed.

This book should have brought up all the emotions for me. Failed friendships, body image issues, mental health struggles, toxic relationships, and the Me Too movement all play significant roles in this book. Told in dual timelines of the girl group Gloss’s rise to fame and the death of Cassidy “Sassy Gloss” Holmes more than 10 years later, this book is packed with so much. But, that’s what keeps me from giving it 5⭐️s. It was just too much. If maybe one or two of the subplots weren’t included, I would have enjoyed it more. However, Ms. Sloan handled sensitive issues with care and Grace.

A 4⭐️ read for me.

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