McFly: Unsaid Things. . .Our Story
by Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter
Overview (from Goodreads): Prepare to meet the real McFly …
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 new-found fame – and everything that came with it. Now, at last, they have decided to tell their story, in full and revealing detail.
Speaking with candour and their trademark humour, 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 …
My Thoughts: Does anyone else listen to McFly? It always shocks me when people don’t even know who they are. That’s definitely an oversight and you’re missing out if you’re unaware of them. Since I was already a fan I was unbelievably excited when their book came out in 2012. I read it in 2012 when I first got it and I’ve read a few more times since then. So this review is based on a recent re-read.
For those that are unaware, McFly is a band from the UK (and by band I mean they play instruments and the whole nine yards). I’m a huge fan, but have never seen them live. I own all of their CDs and 2 of their concert DVDs. I first came across them when I saw Just My Luck with Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine. My initial thought was, “wow, they’re really good-looking, AND they have British accents (I’m a sucker for those)”. Then I looked them up and saw they were a real band. They pretty freaking awesome (outside of my shallow first assessment) and I was hooked.
Unsaid Things was an eye opener. I never knew nor would I have guessed anything they talked about in the book. All four guys were very candid about the good and the bad, which was really nice (whether I agreed with what they did or not). Some of it was a bit dark, but that humanized them and reminded you that they’re human too. I learned a lot about one of my favorite bands, but I also walked away with a realization that I probably should’ve come to on my own a long time ago. No one is perfect and no one expects you to be perfect. Great life lesson there.
I loved the format of the writing. Each guys section starts with their name and it’s kind of like you’re an observer to a conversation. It all stayed on track and was pretty fascinating, but I was impressed with how it managed to “capture the essence” of the guys. For the record, I hate that I just used the phrase capture the essence, but I couldn’t think of how else to phrase that. It’s very well-written and the introduction story is nothing short of hilarious (in a mildly vulgar way; you’ve been warned).
I’m sure you can guess by my heaps of praise for Unsaid Things that I would recommend it. If you’re already a fan of McFly, I think you’d find Unsaid Things very interesting. If you love reading biographies and memoirs, you too would get a kick out of Unsaid Things. If you’re still on the fence, I recommend checking McFly out on Youtube or iTunes and that will help you make the decision.
5 out of 5 Bookmarks = I loved it and wouldn’t hesitate to buy another book by them, if they decided to write one.