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Sorta Like a Rock Star Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Don't be foolish.
In the hands of author Matthew Quick, you are well cared for. Amber Appleton is real -- as real as any of the great teenage voices that have come before. I can name them, but why clutter your mind with comparisons? Amber is new and yet familiar. She is a girl with a troubled mother. She is a girl that has a list of her favorite mother-daughter moments. She is a girl who thinks about fathers, who tries to help everyone else in order to help get through her own day.
Her world is real -- both joyous and grim. Her problems are real. She sleeps on a bus, for starters. Her favorite teacher is under siege. Her mother is depressed. And yet, there's something magic going on here that I can't describe without giving too much away. It has to do with haiku and video games and people coming together when everything is coming apart.
Yes, this book has so many important themes: homelessness, death, alcoholism, autism, diseases, poverty, bullying, outcasts, veterans, senior citizen, religion... So I felt like I should have liked it. But I just couldn't get over the writing. Every other line had "word" after it or "sucka" or "true? true." Kinda gangster-like. Which the character wasn't at all. And it just bugged me so much.
Yes, the book was about hope. And parts of it were heartbreaking towards the end. But it was all just too much, too over the top.
Amber Appleton is a girl with unusual circumstances. She lives on a bus with her mother, takes showers and eats what she can at one of her best friend's houses, is part of a school organization with a bunch of oddball boys and volunteers at a local church and a senior center. With that much on her plate, you'd think that Amber would collapse into a ball and die of exhaustion (physical or emotional), but the girl is a ball of energy, optimism and strength. She has an unusual way of thinking (which takes some getting used to), but it fits right in with who she is.
But then, the great tragedy strikes. A tragedy that turns Amber's world upside down.
It's almost as if a switch is flicked, and Amber becomes a robot. She goes through the motions, even as despair and doubt threaten to drown her. My heart completely broke for her, and it was no hardship to understand where her anger, sorrow and doubts were coming from. Her situation, as viewed through her eyes, is hopeless.
And yet, as I've said before, Sorta Like a Rock Star is hopeful. How so, you might wonder, after reading the previous paragraph. Well, turns out that Amber has a great support system in her best friends, her favorite priest and the Korean ladies from church, her friends at the senior center and many, many more. Just seeing how much people were willing to reach out to Amber and help her in a time of need spoke volumes of her impact on them and their lives, and I loved that.Read more ›
There is bleakness and inhumanity all around her, but Amber sees it all with a tint of rosiness, sure that she can rise above her situation to be like her role model, Donna, who is a lawyer. But when tragedy strikes, Amber finds herself questioning everything she believes and wondering if her view on life is all wrong. When disaster threatens again, she has to decide what's really important to her.
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick is funny and sad and hopeful and uplifting and so much more. Amber shows that you don't necessarily have to be defined by your circumstances, and that individuals can make a difference--for good or bad--in others' lives. Mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 15 and up will be able to talk about several important issues, such as homelessness, alcohol addiction, the effects of autism, building community, and more. And Amber may just inspire you along the way to put your own efforts behind a cause or person who needs it. I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. It is engaging, inspirational, and well written. As usual, Matthew Quick has written a book that can change non-readers into readers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RHPD
Love love love Matthew Quick. Am reading ALL his novels. This was by far my fave. Great characters and great story. Loved it. Was disappointed that I was finished reading!Published 6 months ago by Annie c
Quick keeps the action going and captures the voice of the underdog. I really enjoyed Amber's battles with youth and real life. She's a hero!Published 10 months ago by Marten J. Wennik
This book is a great combination of touching and funny -- the heroine is so quirky and charming and weirdly resilient that even when the sad things happen, you sort of roll with... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jess, Mom of 2
This was the last book written by Matthew Quick that I hadn't read. I think it's plot is mainly geared towards the young adult reader centering around a young girl named Amber... Read morePublished 15 months ago by The Accidental Druggist
I wouldn't go so far as to say the book was horrendous, or even so much as bad--it just wasn't...deep. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stacy
Everyone should read this book, followed by every book Matthew Quick has written. End of story. As Amber Appleton would say, "True."Published 17 months ago by HobbyCat
This is a great book about the power of hope and a good attitude. You should read it. True? True.
Amber Appleton kicks a**! Yes.