Author J. Torres now casts his eye back to the early '60s, when pop music ruled the airwaves. Days Like This follows the formation of "Tina & the Tiaras," a new girl group, as they rise up the charts and overcome personal obstacles to become stars. This slim graphic novel features stunning art by newcomer Scott Chantler that's reminiscent of the clean lines of vintage graphic design from the period.
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"Largely based on real-life events, this book takes the reader back to the early 1960s New York pop music scene, to the days of the doo-wop revival and the rise of the girl groups. As the story opens, Karen Prince (a fictionalized Carole King) visits Harmony Plaza (standing in for the Brill Building) for the first time, while Anna Solomon, the recently divorced wife of a record company executive, is planning to start her own record company. At a high school talent show, Anna is so impressed with a trio of black girl singers that she asks them to be the first act on her new label. The only wrench in the works is the father of lead singer Christina, who thinks his daughter should stick to singing in church and not associate with those degenerate rock'n'roll stars. But Tina and the Tiaras (a fictional Shirelles) are going to follow their opportunities, with or without his approval. Torres's simple story packs in a wealth of period detail and character bits, and Chantler's cartoony, black-and-white artwork is appealing." -- School Library Journal