Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Author: E.A. Rigg
Release Date: 1st January 2012
It's three weeks into the school year when music junkie Casey Barnes gets a second chance with her mysterious, heartbreaking ex-boyfriend. She comes up with a plan to win him back, but it soon spins out of control as rivalries, revelations about him, and music itself all start to collide. For Casey the newfound attention means learning the difference between wanting center stage and actually being on it.
I was sent an e copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I decided to accept this book because it sounded different, I also love it when there are song lists in books and this promised to have music throughout and on that aspect it definitely did not disappoint, I had heard of some of the songs but others were new to me. I am going through them to see what the music is like and see if I can find any new good tunes, so that's cool.
Casey Barnes likes to make 3 song lists and slip them into peoples books, I htink it's a way of spreading new and different music into their lives. I think that's quite cool, I would love to find a personalized song list in my book. However Casey did annoy me quite a bit, she is bright and bubbly and could do well in school but decides she can't be bothered and would rather back-chat at her teachers. She seemed a bit of a spoilt brat and if I was her mother I would have grounded her long ago. Granted she does have drive and ambition with her music and I loved how into it and passionate she was, I really enjoyed the bits where she was talking about her music, but at other times I wanted to slap her.
Alex Deal - her ex/current/possible boyfriend throughout is a pig, so full of himself and I was screaming at Casey to see some sense and just dump him.
I really liked her friend Leigh who was quirky and funny and Ben, the bands drummer was a sweetheart, bit mysterious but a softy.
Overall the characters had real life and exuberance, I just didn't like all of them, shame one of those was the main character. But there can be no doubt they were well written.
The book is quite short at 220 pages and the dialogue is easy to read and flows. I sat down tonight with 125 pages left to read, thought I would get through about 50 of them before shutting down but I ended up finishing it, didn't realize how far I had got until it ended.
I will say I love the cover though, it's one of those that would always catch my eye and I would definitely pick it up off the shelf.
This is a sweet little book and really shows the authors knowledge of music, easy to read and flows well, but it didn't wow me. I think I lacked a connection with Casey which made it harder for me to really care what happened with her, for me Ben saved the story, in the end it was him I was reading for, I wanted him to get that happy ending.
Worth a read if you want a quick, lazy day read.
Posted by barmybex at 23:42