"Alex is a great and complex girl (as we all are). She is strong and sensitive, brave and nervous, giddy and gritty, wise and young. And she rocks! Literally and figuratively. This is a true-feeling story about the power of picking up a guitar or some drumsticks, making some noise, and finding your voice. This is how it feels."—Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses, The Breeders, Belly, and the Tanya Donelly Band
"I love this book. I only wish I could have been able to read it when I was 14 and getting into music."— Mary Timony of The Mary Timony Band, Wild Flag, and Helium"When I was a young teenager trying to learn how to play guitar and start a band I felt very alone. Girls today can turn to this book when they need some sisterly solidarity and guidance."—Juliana Hatfield of The Blake Babies, Juliana Hatfield Three, and Juliana Hatfield "[Joyce] continues to be a remarkable female roll model in my life and I am so excited to know she will influence and inspire hundreds if not thousands of more girls from a whole new generation. Truly awesome stuff."—Lightning's Girl, blogger " . . . Chu’s doodles and Raskin’s concluding personal experiences, as well as tips on playing the guitar and writing song lyrics, will strike just the right chord."—Booklist
The doodles are cute and fit in with the diary-tone underlying the novel.
While you will probably find this book shelved in your teen section, I think plenty of tweens (11-13) will enjoy it as well, and in fact are its target audience.
Joyce Raskin tells how a bass guitar helped her stop feeling like a high school loser and gave her the confidence to be herself.
Highly recommended for all girls aged 11-15. This positive little volume encourages girl power, rock and roll, skateboarding, a healthy attitude toward boys, colorful hair and... Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Erin O'Riordan
This cliche-laden plot follows the fantasy adventure of 14-year-old Alex, as she pursues membership in a rock band. One that plays in New York! Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by betc2