Two months on from the explosive finale to book one, Charlie's life is almost back to normal again: rebuilding her relationship with her father, hanging out with best mate Melissa, and worrying about GCSEs. All the while, Gabe's revelations about her mother are never far from her mind. And neither is Gabe.It's not long before Charlie is pulled back into the world of Fire&Lights - but the band seem different this time. But then again, so is she...Meanwhile, tensions between Gabe and Olly continue to run high, leading to more turmoil between the band members and press than ever before. But when Gabriel and Charlie stumble upon yet another startling truth that links them together - everything they have stands to implode in front of them.
What do Fire&Lights have in common with the Ninja Turtles??
by Chris Russell
Someone asked me once whether I could map Fire&Lights, the fictional boy band from Songs About Us, onto The Beatles. And while this is just about possible (John = Gabriel, Paul = Olly, George = Aiden, Ringo = Yuki?? OK, that last one doesn’t work), there’s another Fire&Lights squad comparison that I’m way more interested in. One that goes back to my childhood, to an awesome foursome who, if it’s not heresy to say so, may have had even more influence on my young brain than the Fab Four.
Yep, that’s right. I’m talking about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I’m not sure it’s possible for me to overstate how much I loved the Turtles as a kid. I drew endless pictures of them, owned all the toys and acted out imaginary Turtle scenarios with my brothers. I even had a Turtles skateboard, which I would skate up and down the road, my feet perfectly aligned with the fluorescent yellow Turtle feet on the board, imagining I was involved in some kind of epic battle with Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady*.
(*For some reason, it was beneficial during this battle for me to be dragging myself around, inexpertly, on a skateboard. Let’s not think too hard about that - it makes absolutely no sense in a combat situation.)
Anyway, my theory is that the dynamic between the four heroes in a half-shell seeped into my subconscious and, decades later, became part of the blueprint for my band of gorgeous, twinkly-eyed popstars.
Have I lost you yet? No?! Then read on!
Leonardo / Olly
Leonardo is the unofficial leader of the Turtles. Kind-hearted, courageous, loyal, he’s the one you can always rely on. He’s goodness through and through. WELL HELLO THERE OLLY SAMSON.
Raphael / Gabriel
Brooding, sensitive and prone to mood swings, Raphael is the outcast of the group. The loner. A natural antagonist to Leonardo, Raph is a tortured soul who nevertheless cares deeply for his turtly brothers. Raphael, meet Gabe … your long-lost twin brother. Except one of you’s a turtle.
Donatello / Aiden
Donatello is the shy one, the quiet one. He’s smart, almost nerdy, but incredibly lovable. If he had an Irish accent - and wasn’t so, y’know, shell-y - he’d be Aiden Roberts.
Michelangelo / Yuki
Michelangelo is the one everybody loves; the joker of the pack. Impulsive, reckless and downright hilarious, Mikey’s never short of a wisecrack, but he wears his heart of gold on his sleeve. Oh, and he never stops jabbering on about food.
Speaking of which, all this Turtle chat is making me crave a pizza. See you on the next stop of the tour!
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