Rebecca Denton is back with a brilliant new young adult novel A SECRET BEAT, published today by Atom. Set in the same world as her debut novel, THIS BEATS PERFECT (Atom, 2017), A SECRET BEAT follows the lives of two girls, Alexia and Greta, who are hoping an internship at a prestigious production company will be the first step in a glittering career.
Alexia Falls is eighteen, living in her parents' New York penthouse and working with superstar boyband The Keep. But with her heart set on independence and a career behind the camera, she trades it all for a take-it-or-leave-it internship at London's Bright Star Productions.
There, she meets fellow intern Greta. Greta's East End upbringing couldn't have been more different from Alexia's, but she's every bit as hungry for her big break.
But both girls have secrets.
While Alexia doesn't want anyone knowing about her privileged connection to The Keep, Greta has been anonymously running their #1 social fan-feed since she was at school. And when the gossip columns somehow get news of the band's latest scandals, suspicions and accusations start flying...
Real art demands integrity. But staying in the music business requires the opposite. Can you stay true to yourself when your heart follows a secret beat?
Rebecca Denton lives in Hackney. She spent her career traveling the world making Music TV for MTV and Channel 4, and wrangling young adult audiences for the BBC and ITV. She's filmed Iggy Pop, MIA, Kaiser Chiefs, Sonic Youth, Jack White, Dirty Pretty Things, and The Klaxons to name just a few.
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Praise for Rebecca Denton:
‘Sparkling with wit, A SECRET BEAT explores celebrity, fandom, and being true to yourself. It’s sharp, fresh, and so much fun.’ – Carlie Sorosiak, author of IF BIRDS FLY BACK and WILD BLUE YONDER
‘A fun, I’m-NOT-with-the-band, tale about too-cool-for-school Amelia, who wants her music to change the world - if only she had the confidence to get up on stage.’ - Red
'THIS BEATS PERFECT is a fabulous celebration of music, friendship, and following your dreams. It's hugely entertaining with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and Amelie is a wonderful heroine. She's smart, loyal, and fiercely independent. Rebecca Denton's music expertise shows in the incredibly authentic backstage and on stage scenes. A fantastic addition to the burgeoning category of YA books about music, fandoms, and fame.' – Katherine Webber, author of WING JONES