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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158005417X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I wish Laura's book was available when I battled breast cancer. It's inspirational, authentic, and incredibly humorous. She's not only a survivor, she's a thriver. Rock on, Laura, rock on!” —Robin Roberts, Co-anchor, Good Morning America

About the Author

Laura Roppé is an award-winning singer-songwriter, cancer survivor, speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. She obtained a bachelor's degree in theater arts from UCLA, but then pursued the “family business”—she attended law school at the University of San Diego, where she graduated number two in her class, then went on to practice employment/business litigation for over a decade.

In 2008, the year of her diagnosis with triple negative breast cancer at age thirty-seven, Roppé ditched her legal career to follow her musical dreams in earnest. She won Song of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards in Hollywood in 2009. Upon the release of Roppé's second album, I’m Still Here, which Laura wrote during her chemo treatments, Billboard Magazine ranked her as third on its chart of the top fifty emerging artists in the world.

Roppé spends her time hanging out with her husband, two daughters, and dog, Buster, writing and singing, playing Bunco on the second Tuesday of each month with her girlfriends, and—last but not least—devising various schemes to get herself into the Copa Cabana.

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Laura Roppé is an award-winning singer-songwriter, author, audio book narrator, dance-band frontwoman, cancer survivor, motivational speaker, and host of Amazon's weekly podcast, "Kindle Love Stories." Laura lives in San Diego, California with her family and dogs.

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While reading this book, you will laugh out loud, and you will cry, perhaps more loudly than you laughed!
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How one can be in complete turmoil and still inspire others, have humor and have a good attitude while having hope to live the dreams she's always felt deep within.
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I started this book on Friday night and read for an hour and then picked it up Saturday morning and did not put it down until I was finished.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Lawrence on March 9, 2012
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What a great book! Soulful, wise, profound, magic, motivating, and fun---yes, FUN! Laura Roppe has so much brio, such a superabundance of cosmic prana, that she truly is a shining star. The best part? While this author has a hugely entertaining personality, her ego is negligible. She's perfected the art of laughing at---but never mocking---herself. I, too, laughed. I also cried---and marveled at her talent. I stayed up way too late because I just couldn't stop reading.

And oh, the stories! Stories to get lost in. Characters to root for. As I finished Rocking the Pink I thought, "This is why God created language--to fill us with wonder and joy."

I bought multiple copies of this book. If you know anyone who needs a boost, Rocking the Pink will make a great gift. Life slaps us all around sooner or later. Laura shows us how to slap back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet L. on April 2, 2012
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A girlfriend of mine recommended this book to me. She had just completed cancer treatments very similar to Laura's and was so inspired by Rocking the Pink she wanted me to read it. Like many other reviewers, I read it from front to back unable to put it down. Simply put, Rocking the Pink is a remarkable book by a very talented woman. It is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to laugh, cry, cheer, rally, and be inspired by each page she writes.

Laura gives us an honest and transparent account of what its like to live your life in a career you felt compelled to choose, chuck it all for the dream of making it as a rock star, and then, just when you are about to hear your named called in the Best New Country Rock Artist of the Year category, you find yourself instead dealing with a life threatening diagnosis and debilitating cancer treatments. Yet through it all, Laura stays true to her spirit never losing her love, compassion, humor, wit, brutal honesty or rock godnessness while she deals with the fall out from breast cancer. Although I don't know Laura personally, I feel like I do, because she writes in such an intimate manner and shares many candid details with us about her personal, professional and family life (and husband Brad, what a God. Don't even get me started...)

Rocking the Pink is laugh out loud funny (think crazy beads), poignant, heartbreaking, real, but most of all inspiring. If she doesn't make it big as a rock star I hope she'd consider writing more books because she is a very talented, funny and creative writer. Most of all though, I hope and pray for her continued health and recovery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kara on August 15, 2012
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One of the best books I've ever read. Only took me 2 days to read! If you've ever had cancer or have been close to someone who had/has cancer, this book is a must read. I laughed out loud, cried, smiled, and felt everything Laura was feeling. Absolutely wonderful writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Anderson on April 21, 2012
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Rocking the Pink is NOT your typical book about cancer. Actually, this book is really not about cancer at all. Though cancer may prove to be a catalyst in Laura's life, it is not the defining factor. This book is about life and dreams. It is about recognizing early on that life is fleeting, and that if we don't do what we know our spirits are capable of, then it is all for naught. Whether you want to be an astronaut, a ballerina, a mommy, or a rock star, doesn't matter. What does matter, and Laura has made this clear in her brilliantly prosed memoir, is that you must take the proverbial bull by the horns and create your own destiny, and do it now! While reading this book, you will laugh out loud, and you will cry, perhaps more loudly than you laughed! But that's alright, because by the time you get to the last page, you will feel as though you are capable of soaring higher than you ever dreamed possible. Inside each and every one of us is a rock star, so let it out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Nissen on March 25, 2012
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I really really wish I would have had this book about a year and 4 months ago. If you've had cancer or not- this book must be on your list of books to read. Its very motivational, emotional, funny, sad, wonderful and most of all- the very truth- not only about cancer- but about life. I was completely speechless after finishing the book- which only took me a day. (Ive never read a book that fast in my life.)Please, if you only read one book in your entire life- this needs to be the one. There arent enough words to describe how amazing this book was. I want to keep reading it over and over again. Well done Laura- and thank you, thank you, thank you. You truly are in inspiration, and a wonderful person. Thank you so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Gallant on March 22, 2012
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Rocking the Pink is a triumph! With humor, humility, and incredible honesty, Laura Roppe takes you with her on a journey of reminiscence through her remarkable life. Laura's voice is as powerful on the written page as it is on the stage, and she is as talented a storyteller as she is a songwriter. Any woman facing cancer should read this book. Any woman who has ever questioned her choices should read this book. Any woman who has ever told herself "I can't" should read this book. Rocking the Pink isn't just a book about how to survive, it is a book about how to live. It will change the way you look at cancer, and it will change the way you look at yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SanDiegoSanDiego on March 14, 2012
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I started reading it one evening and could not put it down. Read it cover to cover, and finally finished after 1AM. I got misty eyed by Page 2, laughed out loud several times, cried a couple more times, but mostly I felt so INSPIRED! The next day I had shared it with a girlfriend and sent off another copy for my own mom. Laura is such a good writer and so funny! Even though the story includes her battle with cancer, it is really so much more; her life as a young girl, a dreamer, a mom and wife, and someone who has the courage to follow her passion in life. From the story of Mike Tyson on her UCLA dorm-room couch to the awakening that comes with motherhood, there was a bit of everything in her story that so many could relate to...and feel inspired by. This book is uplifting and a feel good story. I loved it!
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