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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670059331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670059331
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,538,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 9-12. Pete is a talented bass guitarist in his suburban Portland, Oregon, high-school rock band. As the story progresses, he dates two girls, engaging in fairly explicitly described sex, and goes to a number of drunken parties. Meanwhile, his musical career takes off after he hooks up with a new band that's headed for a recording contract, but the signing process leaves Pete painfully aware of the tough nature of the music business. Despite a title that's unlikely to send readers to the YA literature mosh pit, this novel "rocks." Pete is a fully drawn character who reveals in a fast moving, first-person narrative what a commitment to music can mean to a young person. Todd Morning
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About the Author

Blake grew up in Portland, Oregon.

His first love was books but he spent several years in his teens and twenties playing in bands.

Blake's first writing job was at Details magazine, where he wrote short humor pieces on the slacker lifestyle. His fiction remained unpublished until Sassy Magazine (cool girl magazine from the 90s) began publishing excerpts from his first novel.

These excerpts generated enough response to get his first novel GIRL published by Simon and Schuster. GIRL (1994) has since been translated into six foreign languages and was made into a feature film.

After GIRL, Blake published two more adult novels, EXILE (1997) and USER (2001). In 2003 he decided to try a Young Adult novel, (a book specifically for teens) and wrote THE NEW RULES OF HIGH SCHOOL. Since then he has published five YA novels, NEW RULES, ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR, PROM ANONYMOUS, GENDER BLENDER, and PARANOID PARK.

His books have won numerous awards and continue to be translated around the world. A TV movie for GENDER BLENDER is currently in development at Nickelodeon. And PARANOID PARK, is being made into a film by Gus Van Sant and MK2 Productions.

Blake Nelson currently lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Blake Nelson grew up in Portland, OR. He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details Magazine. His first novel GIRL, was serialized in SASSY Magazine and was made into a film starring Selma Blaire and Summer Phoenix. His 2006 novel PARANOID PARK was made into a film by Gus Van Sant. His latest book DREAM SCHOOL is the sequel to GIRL and was published in December 2011.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trish Carlson on November 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
blake nelson is probably my favorite author right now. He makes people and situations so realistic you feel like the characters are your best friends. This book tells what it's really like to be a musician and the ups and downs and how if you're an artistic person it can effect your relationships in certain ways. As with all nelson's books I don't know how to describe what I love about it except to say that it makes you realize that all the little thoughts you have about things are the same little thoughts that other people have too. If that even makes sense. I recommed this book totally to all my friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rizfat on November 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am one of those older people who still read YA books if they are about something I'm into or are recommended and that is how I came to this book and it was excellent and very accurate about the current music scene. I am kind of amazed actually how good it is and smart about the music world and being a pro musician. excellent book. highly recommmend
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jesus Christ on November 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Although relevant and relatable, "Rock Star Superstar" is a novel with obvious faults. It almost tries to be TOO relatable, with its constant references to recent and 'underground' bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, and Hot Hot Heat. The repetitive naming of everyday items associated with brand names verges on outlandish product placement, with mentions of Fender Precision basses and iPods. I feel these snippets of "current life" date and I don't see this novel as being very memorable or having any longevity.

Other reviewers have brought up the realness of the writing, and that is only because the style feels like it was written by a fourteen year old who had to do this for an English 9 project. Everything that happened in the book seemed rushed and hardly explained anything, all the characters were stereotyped to the point of unrealistic, and I found that I hardly felt for the protagonist at all.

This novel is worth a solid hour and a half of snickering, but that is all. Terribly written, terrible book.

There are much better books in this genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midge on October 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my little brother because he's into music and supposedly this is the most realistic book about being in a band. I read the beginning of it and ended up reading the whole thing. It was fantastic. There are so many good things I don't know where to start. First of all, the love story was hilarious and sweet and so so real. Not like most books for teens that always talk about Issues with a capitol I but never show what real teenage life is like. Anyway I htought this book was fantastic and I totally recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tyger on October 12, 2004
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I have been a big fan of Blake Nelson every since I had a chance encounter with "Girl". Unfortunately I found "Rock Star, Superstar" to be disappointing. In Girl the charters were vivid and three dimentional. In Rock Star the characters lacked depth and appeared two dimentional, predictable and the writing style of the book appeared amaturish in comparason with Girl. I wish Nelson would give the world what it wants which is a part two to Girl. In my opinion he would not be able to keep that story on the bookstore bookshelves.
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