I have been a fan of McFly since I was 11 years old. I'm now almost 20, McFly nearing their 10th anniversairy as a band. They have stated themselves that they chose to wait to release an autobiography until the time seemed right, not only for themselves, but for their fans. We have grown up together, and there couldn't be a better time to release their tales.
Unsaid Things...Our Story never struggles to have an interesting and impacting story to tell. It begins with the initial coming together of the band, Tom first introducing his childhood and unsuccessful bid to join the boyband Busted before he met bandmate Danny Jones. Danny, Dougie and Harry then all introduce themselves and their diverse indivial childhoods in the order of which they became members of McFly, all the while we are introduced to the setting of the music industry that the story is about the delve into. Tom in particular makes facinating mentions of the difficulties that surrounded Busted at the time that McFly were forming. It is clear straight away that he is making allusions to what becomes a rollercoaster of a tale of the difficulties that have faced the band over the past 10 years. Busted split up in 2005, and as will become clear as you read this book, McFly feel somewhat lucky that they have failed to call it quits as of yet, or even to have fallen a bandmember short.
This book is as honest as you can expect it to be. The bandmembers do not shy away from discussing private details regarding mental illness, attempted suicide and family affairs. Not a sentence of what is written even feels forced or uncomfortable for them to share. Dougie, for example, rightly refrains from speaking too much about his previous relationship with The Saturday's member Frankie Sandford, mentioning only what is needed to be known for the story he is telling, respecting her own privacy. It is Dougie, in fact, who provides the most emotional yet inspirational content of the book, showing the depth and inteligence of his character. It is easy to forget sometimes that the band, despite their long career, are still very young, and as a 19 year old I felt I could look over his teenager years, and those of his bandmates, relating them to my own experiences, and understanding their feelings as presented. Quite often in showbusiness we witness the decline of young stars who are messed up by their surroundings at such a young age. Quite clearly the band were not left unscathed, but they never deny that they are lucky and particularly show how down to earth they really are in discussing their travels to Uganda for Comic Relief. The emotional chapter shows their dispair at witnessing such devestating scenes of poverty and disease.
Each individual bandmembers personalities seemed well displayed throughout their writing. Each paragraph was started with the first name of he who was speaking, but I found myself able to skip this and still identify who was who easily. The way in which the text flips between the opinions and stories of each bandmember is never irritating, flowing easily.
Overall, I feel as if despite feeling like one of McFly's biggest fans over the past decade, only now I have a fuller understanding a respect for the band. It is clear, throughout the book, that they are perhaps one of, if not the closest band our generation has had the pleasure to meet. McFly have a friendship which, although may have be turbulent on occasion due to events discussed at length, remains apparent and key to the success and ever gaining reputation this band does and will continue to have. As they mention so well in the final and well structured end pages of the book, a decade may have passed, a rollercoaster may have been ridden, but the last few pages do not feel like the end of something, but the beginning. While the reader has had the pleasure to delve into the lives of these facinating men for the first time, there is a key understanding that the band themselves feel like writing this book has been an important and satisfying experience.
I would certainly say this book is a must read, whether you are fan of McFly or just generally interested in the effects on people of being constantly in the public eye.