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3.0 out of 5 stars Will Touch a Nerve or Two in Many, October 31, 2005
This review is from: How to Kill a Rock Star (Paperback)
The first book by this author, "God Shaped Hole", was a wonderfully touching story with plenty of sadness along the way. This one is no different, except for being even more so.

Eliza, our complicated and interesting main heroine, manages to meet and interview the famous Doug Blackman. Fed up with Cleveland and her go-nowhere job, she scores a great job and apartment in New York City and decides to start over. She has many insecurities and fears, mainly being of flying, because of the fact that her parents died on an airplane when she was young.

She settles into an apartment with her new roommate Paul, who happens to be: 1. Very attractive. 2. In the same band as her brother. 3. Someone who goes through women like water, but deep down wants one special woman to call his own. The two of them manage to get together after some time passes, and they fall deeply, deeply in love with each other. Around the same time, Paul's band gets "discovered". What more could they ask for? They are in love, they now have money from his new contract, and they trust each other.

But life as an up-and-coming rock star isn't easy. Paul has to go on tour, and Eliza doesn't know what to do. She will never get on a plane, as she has a very strong phobia about them. Yet she doesn't want to stay behind. Meanwhile there are other things happening, such as her growing friendship with Loring, Doug Blackman's son. Eliza's job is not going as well as she'd hoped, due to a jealous coworker who can't deal with Eliza's taking time off.

What happens next? Well, Eliza decides to take fate into her own hands. She makes a complete and utterly ridiculous mistake which in turn ignites a series of unfortunate events, culminating in a disaster and heartbreak. Although there are some interesting twists and turns...

Much as I loved the authors first book "God Shaped Hole", I just had a hard time getting into the whole tortured-love-conquers-all mindset this time around. We are also supposed to believe that Eliza is such a great and interesting person whom everyone falls in love with, but somehow she just never comes across as so. Eliza also makes such a ridiculous and idiotic mistake, and I was appalled that the second part of the novel was based on the events after she made her mistake. I had to suspend WAY too much disbelief for this novel.

On the other hand, the novel managed to evoke very strong feelings of sadness at one point. I do not in any way recommend that a depressed person read this book, because the author really manages to get you emotionally involved with the characters (despite being frustrated beyond belief with them). Once you are involved with them, they will take you for quite a hilly and tortured ride.

But don't get me wrong- I didn't hate this book. I have very opposing and conflicting feelings about it. The author's wonderful way with words and dialogue really comes through in this book as with the last, and I was impressed with the story line she concocted. Fresh, different, strange, sad, but will keep you reading.

Overall, I'd recommend this book to people who enjoyed Tiffanie Debartolo's first, and to anyone who likes a true-love-conquers-all type of story. But beware: have tissues on hand. You will cry.
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Initial post: May 5, 2013 8:03:39 AM PDT
amac says:
Does this book involve cheating? I can't read about cheating so I need to know, please. Also, does it have a HEA or cliffhanger? I like HEA's and no cliffhangers. I would like to know before I decide to purchase. Thank you!

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 9:19:03 AM PDT
LovesToRead says:
I agree with much of your review. Boy did this book touch a nerve in me. Big time! I think Tiffanie DeBartolo is a very talented author, but man oh man did Eliza get on my last nerve. I didn't hate this book either, but I didn't like it because of Eliza and her stupid choices/mistakes, so I personally give it only 2 stars. However I can't deny the story kept me gripped and reading it until the end.
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