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How to Kill a Rock Star [Kindle Edition]

Tiffanie DeBartolo
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Book Description

Written in her wonderfully honest, edgy, passionate and often hilarious voice, Tiffanie DeBartolo tells the story of Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a talented songwriter and lead singer of the band Bananafish. Eliza's reverence for rock is equaled only by Paul's, and the two fall wildly in love.

When Bananafish is signed by a big corporate label, and Paul is on his way to becoming a major rock star, Eliza must make a heartbreaking decision that leads to Paul's sudden disappearance and a surprise knock-your-socks-off ending.

Praise for Tiffanie DeBartolo's God-Shaped Hole

"From highs to heartbreak, DeBartolo conjures an affair to remember."--People

"Honest, raw, and engaging."--Booklist

"This generation's Love Story."--Kirkus Reviews

God-Shaped Hole was a Book Sense Top 10 Paperback Selection.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

DeBartolo looks into the love affair between an aspiring rock journalist and a "spirited maverick" musician in her clunky, earnest sophomore outing (after God-Shaped Hole). When Eliza moves from Ohio to New York to work for a music magazine, she finds herself rooming with Paul, the lead singer in her brother Michael's band. Paul and Eliza hit it off immediately: both love the same singer/songwriter (who says things like "rock 'n' roll music is a dying man.... [i]t's a man being crucified"), both are orphans, and both think the other is hot stuff. It could be a decent romantic comedy, but DeBartolo aims for drama, and serves up uninspired prose and a skimpy plot. Paul and Eliza fall in love; he writes a song about her ("She is a virgin. She is a whore. She gives it all and I beg for more"); her fear of flying (her parents were killed in a plane crash) gets worse after September 11; Paul, on the brink of megastardom, refuses to tour unless she comes along; she sacrifices their relationship for the sake of his art. Complications (note the title) ensue. This is best read by younger adults, who might be more forgiving of the inelegant writing and the characters' classic concerns of waning adolescence. (Sept.)
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"Funny, tender, edgy. I wanted the love story to go on forever. I loved it." -- Joan Johnston, best selling author of No Longer a Stranger

"Wonderful characters wrapped up in a story that moves like an express train." -- Sidney Sheldon, New York Times best selling author

Product Details

  • File Size: 1313 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140220521X
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (September 1, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003H29CJI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unfortunately started this book at midnight... July 5, 2006
By O. Kang
...and seeing as it is not 6:30 in the morning, have decided that it's better to just forgo sleep.

i don't know how to explain this book. i don't think that i'm ever going to be able to read the whole thing ever again.

it was joyous and gut-wrenching and euphoric and terrible. it sounds corny but i cried and laughed and for the latter half of the book felt like my heart was going to break.

never have i looked at the last page of any other book i've read before (and i didn't read the whole last page, just glanced at it to spot any key words/names) but i couldn't control myself with this book. it was so emotionally demanding to the point where i felt the anguish the characters were feeling that i had to have some sort of clue of how it would end, just so i could be the reader again and not one of the characters themselves.

the editor's review says that the writing is inelegant... if it was i didn't notice. the meaning behind the words is what grabbed me. it wasn't dickens but it never pretends to be and would have failed if it did.


i'm not even tired.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will Touch a Nerve or Two in Many October 31, 2005
The first book by this author, "God Shaped Hole", was a wonderfully touching story with plenty of sadness along the way. This one is no different, except for being even more so.

Eliza, our complicated and interesting main heroine, manages to meet and interview the famous Doug Blackman. Fed up with Cleveland and her go-nowhere job, she scores a great job and apartment in New York City and decides to start over. She has many insecurities and fears, mainly being of flying, because of the fact that her parents died on an airplane when she was young.

She settles into an apartment with her new roommate Paul, who happens to be: 1. Very attractive. 2. In the same band as her brother. 3. Someone who goes through women like water, but deep down wants one special woman to call his own. The two of them manage to get together after some time passes, and they fall deeply, deeply in love with each other. Around the same time, Paul's band gets "discovered". What more could they ask for? They are in love, they now have money from his new contract, and they trust each other.

But life as an up-and-coming rock star isn't easy. Paul has to go on tour, and Eliza doesn't know what to do. She will never get on a plane, as she has a very strong phobia about them. Yet she doesn't want to stay behind. Meanwhile there are other things happening, such as her growing friendship with Loring, Doug Blackman's son. Eliza's job is not going as well as she'd hoped, due to a jealous coworker who can't deal with Eliza's taking time off.

What happens next? Well, Eliza decides to take fate into her own hands. She makes a complete and utterly ridiculous mistake which in turn ignites a series of unfortunate events, culminating in a disaster and heartbreak.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Wow.....just wow. This book completely broke my heart in two...and then somehow managed to put it back together...and then break it all over again. It was a very intense and emotional real, I'll give you that.

Let first start this by saying I absolutely ADORE THIS BOOK - LOVE it, and I give it 4.5 stars. The only reason it doesn't get 5 is because the beginning was a little drawn out. I considered putting it down a few times, but I am SOOO so so glad that I didn't. (well, later, I did...but not because I was bored - it was because I needed a minute to get myself together emotionally and process what I had just read - more about this later...)

This book drew me in from the beginning. It alternated between Paul and Eliza's point of view. Paul is hilarious, honest, weird and sexy, and the way he feels about Eliza is amazing. He loves her with all he has. The conversations he has with his `tape recorder journal' just cracks me up. Loved those parts. Eliza is also a lovable character. She is beautiful, smart, and knows what she wants. She is just so messed up by her past that she has a hard time moving forward. Her selflessness was my favorite quality about her - she just didn't know what to do with it. By being selfless, she made awful decisions. And when she as making those decisions, I was yelling at her in my mind to stop - she was breaking my heart! But she didn't break Paul's heart...she broke something else:

"My heart's fine. My heart is in the best shape of its life. You know what you did to me? You took an AK-47 and blew my soul open."

Whoa. That line was so deep. I could just FEEL his pain.

And Loring...he was such a great character, I absolutely love him!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated It May 22, 2013
I didn't like this book at all. I read it because it did have great views. Many people said that they felt like they were on an emotional rollercoast, I personally didn't feel that way. I didn't feel that the characters were relatable, or well described. I didn't have an image in my head for the main characters until 3/4 the way through. I also think the ending was very pedicatable. In the authors attempt at foreshadowing I felt gave away the whole ending rather then giving a hint or clue as to what is expected to develope I felt that the foreshadowing gave away major parts. I also felt that a lot of the chapters and scenes didn't tie into the whole flow or plot of the book almost like they were added in as fillers to make the book longer but gave no real relation to the plot of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story about music, love and dreams
There are books you read that you really connect with.
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Published 3 days ago by Book Lover 80
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this
Heartfelt and soulful. Great writing, unforgettable characters. I'll be thinking about this book for a long time. Three more words.
Published 3 days ago by Honeybear
4.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL!
I am a sucker for a rock and roll story. How to Kill a Rock Star drew me in a kept me going so that I finished it in a day. Was I delighted all of the way through? Read more
Published 16 days ago by CP
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
It was a good read. Didn't end the way I was expecting. Engaging and interesting.
Published 17 days ago by Clarisssssa
5.0 out of 5 stars My goodness!
What a story, a ride, a figurative journey of love, music, philosophy, life. I was pleasantly surprised with such a unique romance that doubled as a little mystery. Loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!!
This book has been on my kindle for quite some time, I never got around to read it and am I glad I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Amarosa
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!
I was absolutely moved my both the story and the writing! There are so many quotable lines that are sure to be repeated for years to come!
Published 1 month ago by Tammy Rojas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book!
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars as Paul would "so g@damn good." so very bloody good.
It's been a couple of hours since I put this book to bed and I'm still carrying a range of emotions. I believe this will be the case for a while, it just was so flipping good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by AC Young
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air!!
OMG this book blew me away!! I really had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. I was not sure if it was a murder mystery, a romance, a coming of age story or a... Read more
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