Book Title: Sorta Like a Rock Star
Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Page Count: 355
Find it at: Matthew Quick's Official Website
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My Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism—and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope? With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope.
Wondering why all books I read recently were given five stars? I'm wondering as well. Maybe because I've been trying to read all good books recommended by one of my most favorite Goodreaders, Emily May. I don't know, we just happen to have the same taste, so I always rack her shelves to find new gems to read. Thanks, Emily!
I've seen The Silver Linings Playbook before, and I've been wanting to read the book even though I haven't got the chance. So this is my first Matthew Quick's written work. To say that I liked it, would be an understatement. Because i really LOVED this book.
This book is divided into four parts, where the first two parts recount that how much Amber convinces herself to be everything but negative. She has her own special group of friends in school. She teaches English into a number of unconfident Korean women. She volunteers and thus mingles with the elderly people in a retirement home. She makes best friend with a Vietnam war veteran. Amber is nothing but a bundle of sunshine to everyone around her. Now the last two parts deal at how suddenly her life is turned upside down and she loses all the cheerful demeanor and starts to not care about people.
This book is about good people. About no matter how much life shatters you, you need to keep going and be good to others, even though there will be no guarantee that other people will treat you the same as you do them.
Even though the title of this book seems to lead you into an idea that this book is all about rock music, but I think that the 'rock star' part means that no matter how hard her life is, Amber needs to be a rock star to herself, get up and move on from the tragedy life brings to her.
Read my review for Matthew Quick's Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock here.