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Book Review: “How To Kill a Rock Star”

This week, we tackled a “new” book keeping with our January themeHow to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo.

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I actually was gifted this book from an online drawing at The Book Bosses, one of my favorite book blogs out there. After winning the online drawing (I was shocked because I never win ANYTHING), I received this book, signed with a message from the author. Check it out!!!

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When I was told I won, The Book Bosses told me “I’m so jealous.” Vote of confidence #1. When I opened up the package, my amazing friend Anna was there. She snatched the book out of my hand, and explained how much she loved this book and this author. Vote of confidence #2.

This book was NOT what I was expecting… and I mean that in all good ways!

The story line is rather simple: Eliza, young woman in her mid-20s, needs to start a new life for herself. Driven by her deep, inspired love of rock n’roll, she scores a lucky interview with one of the world’s leading rock stars (and her hero). With his help, she moves from the suburbs to New York City to start her job at a huge music magazine. There she meets her brother’s bandmate (and her roommate) Paul, an aspiring rocker with more than enough talent, good looks, and passion. Their budding romance is coupled by Paul’s rise to fame – but can their love handle the riggers of the music industry?

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I cannot say it enough. You all know (because I’ve said it time and again) that I am NOT a fan of romances, but this book has just enough love, heartache, redemption, and rock n’ roll to keep me interested. The story is actually pretty basic, but it was DeBartolo’s writing style that kept me hooked. I really felt like I was Eliza, suffering her pains and fears, enjoying her elation and successes. DeBartolo has a way of really implanting into the heart and mind of her reader, inviting us to share in the shared experiences of love, loss, and the balm music is to the soul.

DeBartolo’s underlying theme of music really makes the novel a winner as far as I’m concerned. Regardless of a person’s taste in music, I think we can all agree that music has a way of speaking to us, a way of reaching us as nothing else can. We can truly find our emotions in music, and music is one way we can share those emotions with others. The melancholy of minor keys, the passion behind lyrics, the way we are able to connect with a perfect stranger because we know exactly how they were feeling when they wrote the song… DeBartolo uses that shared experience to make us fall in love with her characters. DeBartolo speaks to my inner music lover (music worshiper?) – something which made me feel 100 times more connected to her characters than I have ever felt about book characters before.

This was a book I had a hard time putting down! I really found myself thinking about the characters during the day – wondering what they were going to do next, how they were feeling, sympathizing with their pleasures and pains. It was as if Eliza and Paul were my friends who were experiencing this story, and that, to me, is the sign of a well written book!!

The last few chapters of the book are quite a shock, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for the tissue box more than once. DeBartolo’s words are honest, raw, emotion-filled, and absolutely breathtaking! Really, folks – this is a MUST READ!!! You will NOT be disappointed that you picked this one up (and you can thank me later)!!

You need to buy this book now!! While you’re at it, buy a copy for a friend! I cannot stop singing DeBartolo’s praises. This might possibly be my favorite book of the book challenge so far (this is book #20 for those of you who haven’t been following along). I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to spread the word about this novel or this author, and I am everlastingly grateful to The Book Bosses for introducing me to both!

Any thoughts? Have you read this book, or any other by DeBartolo? Do you believe in rock n’ roll? Can music save your mortal soul? Are you inspired to pick up DeBartolo’s novel?

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Week 20 Reading: “How to Kill a Rock Star”

This week we’re tackling our 20th book – I can’t believe we’ve gotten so far in a few short months! Keeping with January’s “New” theme, I chose a book that is “new to me,” and also falls under the genre “contemporary” (meaning modern, or new). This week we’re tackling How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo.

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You might have a hard time finding this one. Libraries might not have it yet, but it can be found at book stores. If you’re anxious to read along, you can find the eBook of How to Kill a Rock Star by clicking on the link. I hope you’ll read along, because I’m very excited about this book.

I have had this book sitting on my shelf for about a month, and have been anxious to read it. I won it in an online drawing from a great book blog, The Book Bosses. A HUGE thank you to the ladies over there, who hooked me up with a personalized, autographed copy of this book, direct from Tiffanie DeBartolo herself. I felt so honored that I wanted to read it right away, but I couldn’t quite make it fit with the “Holiday” themed reading of December.

The description on this book is rather vague, but it looks like it will contain romance and rock n’ roll – two very good things. I’m not usually a fan of romance (as I’m sure you are well aware of by now), and I usually go more for classics than contemporary, but I’m so excited to read this book (in case you haven’t gotten that by me saying it 100 times in this blog post already)! I hope you’ll be able to find it – try checking used book stores, your local book retailer, or if you have an eReader, you should be able to find a compatible eBook version of it.

Happy Reading.

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