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The Rock Star in Seat 3A: A Novel Hardcover – May 22, 2012

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“The Rock Star in Seat 3A is funny and irreverent, a brash and appealing account of a long-devoted fan-girl and how she copes with her rock idol fantasy come true.” (USA Today)

Fantasy, fiction and the sex appeal of rock god Finn Schiller are the three key ingredients in the cocktail recipe for this summer’s must-read beach book: THE ROCK STAR IN SEAT 3A. (

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It's Hazel's thirtieth birthday and she has everything she's ever wanted: a kickass job, a dream apartment in New York City, and the perfect boyfriend—who's just days away from proposing. Hazel thinks she's happy but isn't quite ready to settle down. So when her most far-fetched fantasy enters the realm of the possible, shouldn't she drop everything to see it through?

The morning after her birthday, Hazel boards a flight to L.A. only to get the surprise of her life. When she's bumped up to first class, extra legroom and free drinks are absolutely the last things on her mind when she catches sight of her seatmate: her all-time biggest celebrity crush, rock star Finn Schiller! Only the night before she'd confessed her infatuation with the gorgeous musician, and her boyfriend joked that she had a free pass if she ever met him. Hazel can't believe fate has actually thrown them together.

Even more unbelievable is that during the flight they genuinely connect. Finn likes her uncensored cursing and wicked sense of humor, and that she's unlike all of his groupies; Hazel likes his killer looks, ripped physique, and soulful music. But what started as a fantasy quickly becomes a real attraction, and after a dream date and taste of the rock-star life with Finn in L.A., Hazel is forced to examine the track her life is on. Indulging in a passionate affair with a rock star seems crazy—but could she ever forgive herself if she walked away from her wildest dream coming true? And is her wildest dream the stuff that happiness is made of?

A lively novel about a down-to-earth New York City girl who suddenly finds herself in a rock 'n' roll Cinderella fantasy, The Rock Star in Seat 3A is seasoned with Jill Kargman's signature wit and hilarious dialogue. This is a fairy-tale romance with a twist.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062007203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062007209
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jill Kargman is deathly afraid of clowns. And mimes. Wait, mimes are worse. She lives in New York City where she writes magazine articles and trashy novels and enjoys wrap sandwiches. She is the author of teen books Bittersweet Sixteen, Summer Intern, and Jet Set, plus some excellent grown-up books. And by grown-up books she doesn't mean porn; she means not young adult but plain old adult. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, Travel + Leisure, Elle, Elle Décor, and a bunch of British magazines you've never seen. She went to Yale where she did not study writing and has three children who keep her young. And exhausted.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E's bees on June 7, 2013
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Wow, is all i can say. Yes, this book is an easy read.... but not worth it. I like a fun, easy read, especially in the summer time. But this has to be one of the worst books of all time! It is so unrealistic and painful I want to make sure no one else wastes their time. It is like the author wanted to live vicariously through her lead character. In what world can an immature woman "take a break" from a great man so that she can go have crazy sex with a rock star. Then have the rock star fall for her, only to turn around and go back to the amazing man she left in the first place and Wylie is there waiting for her with open arms. That would never happen. I was hoping that Wylie would not take her back and she would learn and grow up. This is no way that two great guys would like this woman who acts like a teenager. NO-this book makes it seem that you can have your cake and eat it too. So dumb. Also, I'm pretty sure a teenager wrote this because no woman in her twenties talks like that (I would know, I am in my twenties). I just recently got married and it makes me sick how the lead character acted in this book. Please stay away from this book unless you want to read some poorly written book that is unrealistic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nora Murphy on January 6, 2014
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I brought this book with me to have a nice day reading in the park, but I couldn't get through the first two chapters because I couldn't take the overabundance of pretentious similies/metaphors/analogies, so I skipped through most of it and still got the main story: 30-yr-old Avril Lavigne wannabe works for a video game maker and has a lovely boyfriend meets her rock star idol on a plane, they fall in love, she accompanies him on a tour, realizes she wants babies, then goes back to her original boyfriend. That's it. That's the whole book.

These characters are supposed to be in their 30s/40s but they all sound 13. All her emotional outpouirings are very ham-fisted. The narrator is an immature "I'm not like other girls" Mary Sue. The author clearly tried way too hard to come off smart and edgy. Don't waste your energy on this one.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rack on December 13, 2012
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I am by no means an intellectual or book snob but this was the absolute worst book I have ever read. Hazel is idiotic, immature, unlikable and completely unrelatable ( being that I'm a recently engaged almost 30 year old marketing executive who lives in NYC I should know). The only reason I continued to read this disaster was 1) it's my book club book 2) I was waiting for Hazel's life to fall apart so I could laugh about what an idiot she was. Well that never happened. I can not believe an incredible catch like Wylie would get back together with a dull, boring, uninteresting character who left him so she could get it on with a rock star. Oh and the writing was an embarrassment. Tummy? Shizzle? Download the deets???
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SpeechReader on June 10, 2015
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I think this might actually be the worst book I have ever read, and that is saying something.

It's not the thin plot, which is as advertised. After a string of heavily-referenced non-fiction, I needed something that wouldn't expect me to think too hard. In that respect, it delivered. I read a few of the negative reviews, and dismissed them. I really wish I hadn't.

First, the voice. The character is turning 30 and she speaks like a 12 year old. I didn't get the feel of a super hip, edgy character. I got the feel that the author was trying to impress her readers. Possibly she was attempting to win a prize for packing as much slang as she could into one sentence, which led to ridiculous run-on sentences which could easily have been edited down to a quarter their size. Now, a truly funny writer can carry off intentional run-on sentences. This author just isn't that funny.

Second, the gratuitous use of profanity. I saw other reviewers mention this and ignored it. I don't care about profanity. I'm married to a paratrooper, I can handle a bit of profanity. This just seemed unnecessary and I was over it after about a paragraph, but it didn't stop. And beyond the profanity, it just seemed to be trying as hard as possible (see the previous paragraph) to gross out the reader. I counted 5-6 uses of "chunder" within a page or two, in addition to other synonyms. I get it, right? You know how to use Urban Dictionary.

Worst of all, though, is just the terrible editing. The author mentions repeatedly that Hazel doesn't know how to drive. At one point, she mentions that her boss hates having to hire her a driver when she travels to LA on business. Later she talks about not wanting to learn to drive because she likes living in NYC.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson on October 2, 2012
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This is an entertaining chicklit read. Hazel is a 30 year old PR director for a video game company, in a longstanding relationship with Wylie, a sweetheart of a chef, and she's feeling conflicted about their future together. I appreciated the fact that Hazel is not your typical NYC glamor girl - she's a rebel rocker techie type, who swears up a storm and speaks her mind. When she finds herself sitting next to a rock legend who also happens to be her number one fantasy crush, her life is turned upside down. Through her whirlwind romance with him the book explores fantasy vs. reality, especially in love and relationships. It's not heavy-handed though - this is mostly meant to be pure, light entertainment with a good heart - good as an 'escape' read.

In books like this (which always have pretty much the same plot point - who will the heroine end up with?) - it's really about the characters and setting. Hazel is well-drawn, but both Wylie (her boyfriend) and Finn (the rock star) are pretty thin. The book also felt abrupt in parts, particularly when she makes her big decision about who to be with. But overall, the rock-star world was fun, and it delivered what it set out to do.
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