How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo
3.75 American Pie stars
“Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.”
That wasn’t quite what I expected, but in a good way!
How to Kill a Rockstar is the story of Eliza, a young rock journalist who in a twist of fate, meets her idol and follows her dreams. After landing a job as a journalist in a prominent magazine in New York, Eliza moves in with her brother, and meets her new roommate Paul Hudson.
“Personally, I don’t like inherently happy people. I don’t trust them. I think there’s something seriously wrong with anyone who isn’t at least a little let down by the world.”
Paul is the lead singer of her brother’s band Bananafish, and Eliza recognizes the genius in him. Over time their feelings for each other grow into love, but then the Man (or Winkle) threatens to tear down everything Paul believes in.
“Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll tell you who you are.”
What I liked about this book:
-The writing. It was magnificent. I think that’s the main reason I liked this book as much as I did was because of the writing. The author made this book more than just another rock romance, and I have a feeling if anyone else had written something like it, it would have fallen flat.
-Eliza: Yeah she was dumb at times, but I understand from her standpoint she was desperate to help her brother. She was a great supporter and sister.
-Loring: I root for the underdog, what can I say? And as the underdog, this guy rocked!
My issues with this book:
-My biggest issue? The casual use of the words “gay” “lesbo” and “retard” being used as insults. I don’t care if it’s half-hearted or a joke. It was insulting to me. Maybe because this book was written 10+ years ago and was placed in 2000 it was okay then, but not okay now (and for me not ever).
-Paul: Dear God, I really didn’t like that man. I spent most of the second half of the book wanting to slap him and not understanding why Eliza loved him.
^^^in an unconventional rating system from me, I docked off half a point rating for each of these things = 4 stars. I docked another .25 points because I felt the story was fairly predictable even though it was enjoyable.
Overall, I really liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I’m glad I didn’t pay the $7.99 and was able to get an inter-library loan on this one.
“It sounds silly, I know. But for me, the power of music rests in its ability to reach inside and touch the places where the deepest cuts lie. Like a benevolent god, a good song will never let you down.
And sometimes, when you’re trying to find your way, one of those gods actually shows up and gives you directions.”