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How to Kill a Rock Star Paperback – September 1, 2005
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"Wonderful characters wrapped up in a story that moves like an express train." -- Sidney Sheldon, New York Times best selling author
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To say I experienced every possible emotion would be a goshdarn understatement!
How to Kill a Rockstar was put together with such phenomenal writing. Read more
I read it in 2 days since I couldn't put it down. Great romantic story that seems like all the rest but with an interesting ending.Published 1 month ago by Michelle Goetz
This story was like WOAH! Intense and dramatic all the way to the very end. The intense need and attraction was so awesome to read about. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephanie Brown
This is not my typical read. I admit I have been reading sleazy, sappy, new adult romances. But lately nothing has moved me. I've been in a book fog. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Devan Fox
I loved this book! Great story , intelligent writing, humor, angst, and some great surprise twists.Published 4 months ago by Diane
I loved this book. I just wanted more. Paul reminds me a little of kellan in thoughtless. If you have not read thoughtless, it's a must read.Published 4 months ago by Krista Campbell
This book seriously changed my life. The characterization is done so well that I swore I knew Eliza, Paul, Vera & Michael like I know my own family. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alyce
This was a book I simply could not put down. When it comes to romantic novels, I often find the male characters cliched or excessively perfect to the point of boring me to tears. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Samantha Cross