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Age of Dreams [Kindle Edition]

Marie Symeou
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Book Description

Highly-sensitive teen Nicola James is depressed. Growing up with a gambling addicted, alcoholic dad and having had endured constant bullying at school does that to people. And now her parents are divorced, and she, her mum and younger brother have moved to a new home. If that wasn't bad enough, Nicola has just left the hell that was school and walked straight into the most miserable job ever.

But Nicola has dreams. Big dreams. She wants to be a singer. A pop star. Only then can she truly be happy.

Enter Joe, her new neighbour. He plays in a band. Nicola is amazed at how quickly everything falls into place. She now has a boyfriend and sings in a band. And her dream has come true.

However, fame only leads to more emotional trauma and Nicola, now on the road to self-destruction. finds herself tortured by the same inner demons as her father.

Who will catch Nicola when she falls?

Set against the backdrop of the 1980s music scene, Age of Dreams is a gripping coming-of-age story of fame, addiction and love.

A must read for young adults (especially those with big dreams of pop stardom) and older adults longing for a nostalgic trip back to the hedonistic 80s.

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About the Author

Born in London, UK, Marie Symeou is a writer and singer and holds a BA (Hons) in Humanities and Literature. Visit:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1146 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Marie Symeou; 2 edition (27 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SE2VMS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,041,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marie Symeou is a writer, pet blogger and animal rights advocate. Her rescue cat, a sweet and very wise tabby named Athena, is her muse and soulmate.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for young adults 7 Dec. 2012
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I pick up a lot of books, and put most of them down. Sometimes the blurb entices me into buying one, but I often abandon it after the first chapter. I bought AGE OF DREAMS because I'd already read a book by this author, and I wasn't disappointed. This compelling story of a sensitive teenager's search for a fulfilling life kept me turning the pages far into the night.
Told in the first person, AGE OF DREAMS is the story of a young girl, Nicola, who dreams of becoming a pop star and longs to find a soulmate to truly love her for who she is. From the very first page it feels as if Nicola is a time bomb. You just know she is heading for trouble, and this tension is maintained all through the book as Nicola achieves her dream of fame but struggles with alcohol,and with unsuitable men who use her ruthlessly. The love of her life, Joe, turns his back on Nicola and marries someone else. There is hope for Nicola as she goes into rehab, and the author's description of the centre and its therapies is vivid and honest. When she is discharged, she is quickly swept into another loveless, draining relationship, as well as coping with her father's long term addiction to alcohol, and trying to stay friendly with Joe without allowing her jealousy of his apparently perfect wife to surface. I won't give away the end of the story, but I found it gripping, right to the last page.
A compelling, well written and thought provoking book which should be essential reading for all young adults. I would say that this author writes with the same breath-taking honesty as the New Zealand writer, Janet Frame in AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading! 30 Dec. 2011
By Angel A
Format:Kindle Edition

A wonderful novel about dreams and what happens when they come true.

Told in the first person by Nicola James, who dreams of escaping her troubled family life by becoming a pop star, this coming of age tale touches on many subjects such as school bullying, divorce, relationships, addiction and obsessive relationships.

Nicola is a young woman most people could easily relate to, and though the novel is set in the 1980s (before X-Factor, etc), many young people today would empathise with her trying to make her dream come true and her craving for the limelight and passion for singing.

I thought all the characters were well-drawn and believable. The author's portrayal of the 1980s and the music scene of that time is totally spot on. I found myself reminiscing and it was like travelling back in time.

I found this story to be an inspiring read and one that stayed with me for many days. Especially the father-daughter relationship, which made me understand why Nicola behaves the way she does.

This novel would make a great movie as the 80s are quite big right now and many people can't help but feel nostalgic for those times.

A fabulous read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fame, Fortune, and Fantoms 11 Jun. 2012
By Linda Baumann - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok, so I didn't spell phantoms right, but you get the idea. Although this book started a little slow for me and seemed a bit choppy, it wasn't soon before I was hooked. Personally, I felt the writing didn't grab me enough in the beginning as I would have enjoyed a slower pace and getting to know the characters more instead of being rushed into the non-stop world of the music business. Having said that, I have nothing else to say than read the book! It's funny, sad, and offers a view of the innermost circle of being famous that most people never experience or see. As a singer/songwriter I have seen much of the seamier side of the way the business works, but even I was surprised. I was at times sad to the point of tears for the heroine, Nicole James, and at other times I felt like wringing her neck for being such a spineless twit. For that, I give Ms. Symeou kudos, as she wrote her character with actual feelings and defects that the reader identifies with. I found myself spellbound, hoping that Nicole would come to her senses, watching her wade through years of abuse and self doubt. From coming to grips with the past and looking forward to the future, the reader follows a famous woman who has no feelings of self worth and must learn to love herself before she can love someone else. You won't be disappointed in this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars All pretty little roses need a closer look 18 Dec. 2011
By Tiffany Fulton - Published on
If my book Idol Siren is a peek into the sunshine of a soon-to-be starlet in the making, then Age of Dreams is a movie about the dark side of fame. (^_^) It's a fast paced novel about a girl named Nicola James who is an aspiring singer-songwriter. We go on a wild ride as she quickly soaks up fame that presents her with challenges like addiction and love, and her past merges with her present self very obviously in this book. Her band is really cool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A singer's journey though the 80s and 90s 11 July 2012
By Kelly Hitchcock - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Age of Dreams chronicles the life of rising and falling star Nicola James, a depressive singer who's so wrapped in her own trauma she lets it drive to her to make one bad decision after another, but life finally works out for her in the end. Joe was my favorite character; he never gave up on anyone (especially Nicola) even after she hurts him repeatedly. The book goes from one year to the next, over the span of about 20 years. I enjoyed the 80s the most - all the silly fashion and music references made me smile, but Symeou balances it with the darker side of drug and alcohol abuse. Nicola has all kinds of complicated relationships over those 20 years: with the band, with her family, and with her romantic interests (who never quite seem to measure up to her first love).

It's a fast-paced story that covers a lot of ground and has some flashes of literary brilliance. My only criticism is that I had a hard time connecting and empathizing with the main character, but there were plenty of others that made up for it. It's definitely worth checking out.

Kelly I. Hitchcock
Author of The Redheaded Stepchild
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