Sunday, 16 February 2014

Book Review: Unsaid things... our story - McFly

McFly - Unsaid things... our story

The blurb.
In 2003, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd, and Dougie Poynter came together and formed what would become one of the most popular and successful bands in the UK. Just teenagers at the time, they were catapulted into the limelight and had to adapt quickly to their newfound fame—and everything that came with it. Now, at last, they have decided to tell their story, in full and revealing detail. Speaking with candor and their trademark humor, Tom, Danny, Harry, and Dougie share both the stories of their own lives and that of McFly. They give their personal insights into their contrasting childhoods, the individual paths that led them to the band, the struggles they have each overcome, their love lives, and, of course, their music. Packed with previously untold stories, a lot of laughter, and the occasional tear, Unsaid Things offers a privileged look into the lives of four guys who started out as bandmates and became best friends. Their unique camaraderie radiates from every page, and by the end of the book, you’ll know them almost as well as they know each other.

Mary, the fan girl.

From the age of 14 I've been a McFly fan. Ok. I was (am?) a fan girl. Big time.
McFly wasn't (isn't) very well known in Belgium. This meant that seeing them perform live wasn't something that happened often. It did mean however that I felt privileged. I felt a bit superior, knowing everything about this awesome band no one in my class had even heard off - almost like it was all especially for me, the interviews, the music, the YouTube videos and compilations,...

I've seen them perform 4 times over the years: once in London (yes, I booked a trip to London JUST for them), twice in Holland (once in Amsterdam, once in Tilburg) and finally in Brussels, BELGIUM.
In Tilburg my two friends and I waited in line for over 8 hours to get a front row view.
It was worth it. Goosebumps.
(see video above: 4min. pictures, 22min. live clips!!)

My opinion 
And now there's this. "Our story". I'm surprised it took me this long to finally read it, but I'm so happy I did. Apart from those very first years, I witnessed all those moments as a fan. It now seems so funny that I was convinced I knew everything about McFly and it's members. Turns out: I knew next to nothing! Ha! I loved reading their side of things and parts of their story were just heartbreaking.
[I do feel a bit relieved: I wasn't a big fan of the Above The Noise album and I felt like a bad fan for saying it. But the guys were totally honest in this book and expressed their own doubts about it. Relieved! And now even more excited about what the next album will bring!]
Tom, how many times are you going to make me cry over your wedding speech? I mean, seriously! And Dougie... so much hugs your way. I cannot imagine what hell you've been through, and how hard your struggle still is... You're an inspiration!


  1. Unsaid Things... Our Story had me in hysterics and also in complete sadness, but most of all, admiration. I loved it so much! Great review!

    1. aww, thank you! And thanks for stopping by!
      I felt 14 all over again. I LOVE those guys. And you're right: funny, emotional... roller coaster book! Never thought I'd enjoy an autobiography this much!