Calvin Simms actually comes off as a rather likeable bastard – the kind of person who you like despite yourself, as we see his attempts to make the Prince of Wales the Nation’s Chart Throb!!
There isn’t a great deal of characterisation – there’s no need for it, because we see the real life counterparts of these characters all the time. We know who these people are supposed to be. However, the parts which show what happen behind the scenes of the show are very funny and I suspect, disturbingly close to the reality (of course, these scenes are exaggerated; that’s necessary to get the point across).
I personally am cynical about shows like X Factor, and do feel that it is cruel, cheap tv, so I enjoyed this book. I wouldn’t recommend it to fans of such shows, as it may cause disillusionment!! The only complaint I have is that the ending is a bit of a let down. There is a twist which I never would have guessed, but it was something of an anti-climax. Nonetheless though, this is an enjoyable read.