"In this thoughtful tale, sibling rivalry is taken to the next level. Both Ori and Del prove to be likable characters in their own respective ways."—SLJ
"Vega has imbued her tale with well-developed characters...readers will appreciate Ori's gently self-deprecating humor and the lively Web postings and texts woven throughout that help tell the story."—Kirkus Reviews
"Ori's honest voice will have readers caring about the outcome...Blog entries from the band's Web site are interspersed, giving an amusing glimpse of the drama among the band's budding groupies, while third-person flashbacks to Ori's younger days take readers behind the music-and behind Ori and Del's strained relationship."—Publishers Weekly
"Readers will feel like they have insider information on what it is like to be in a band....This book will be enjoyed by teens who like music, poetry, or a good family story."—VOYA
"A smart, absorbing read about music, relationship complexities, and reconciliation."—Booklist
"Engaging and smartly paced....Vega has a way with details, creating a pattern of incidents and emotional beats that builds assuredly to the final face-offs between bands and brothers. Likable three-dimenstional characters and rock-solid friendships add considerable appeal to this feel-good tale."—The Bulletin
From the Author
It might seem strange for someone who is (a) not a guy and (b) not musically inclined to write a book about a naturally gifted guitar-playing singer-songwriter dude, except...(a) I grew up listening to my dad and my brother play their guitars, (b) Dad would spin the Beatles, Jose Feliciano, the Kingston Trio, John Denver and Charlie Byrd, among others, on the record player and (c) I spent hours listening to albums and singles (yes that would be vinyl cuz I'm old
) and going to concerts (yay, Red Rocks!), absorbing the music and lyrics until they were part of me and I was a part of them. I love music--how it makes me feel, what it promises, where it takes me.
And I'm also fascinated with the relationships between brothers, which is a big part of the story. Rock On
is my love letter to all the bands and musicians who pour their hearts and souls into their music, changing lives in the process, and to all thewho love to hate to love each other.
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