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1.) The narrative style. The book is written in the heroine's POV, and that is totally fine. However, the storytelling was very evenly paced, not distinguishing between important scenes where it made sense to draw them out and lesser important ones, as what to wear on a hot summer day (right now, without counting, I remember at least four places where we are told in detail what Ali/Deklan/her friends are wearing). Another stylistic problem to me is the monotone writing that permeated the book.
[page 261-262] He flips us over (..). He holds his body away (...). Then he's pulling up (...).
It made reading less enjoyable as I was getting annoyed by the middle of the book, and as we know, what has been seen... yeah. To me, the narration felt less like a romance but more like a travel report - details are all noted, no matter whether they will be interesting to the reader or the plot.
2.) The plot. A lot of it was very enjoyable, if slightly random at times . These random moments then turned out to be fortuitously lucky (such coincidene!) To me, it made the book less believeable. It's just so very unrealistic that everything works out perfectly, stuff comes neatly together and everybody likes each other (unless they are idiotic/jealous/moneyhungry other fangirls)
3.) the protagonists. Ali is a strong personality that defies first her parents and then, after re-inventing herself, becomes a brilliant business owner in LA. Okay. The thing is that Ali's change, IMHO, is not portrayed realistically. She just stops eating, starts kickboxing and four years later, she is super hot. What about the self-doubts she had for so long? What about her worthiness as a person before 'the makeover'? In the book, they laugh about salad-eating girls after she becomes the hot thing - how is that different when she was also dieting on raw doos and produce to loose weight?
Furthermore, I am all kinds of troubled how they meet at the very beginning with no real ramifications, but once he sees this hot woman years later who turns out to be his online friend, he is all in and ready to go all white picket fence. Too smooth in the best case, and worrisome message in the worser case. (also, Deklan has a YOLO Tattoo on his knuckles, apparently. I am not a fan :P)
All in all, I thought the book was too long and even-keeled. It merely had one or two spelling mistakes/typos, but I do think it should have seen more editorial input.
I couldn't give a five star only because I felt a lot of people said it lacked the normal clichés but in reality it still had an immense handful of them. But I enjoyed a lot of other things floating on the pages.
The characters I wish were a bit more fluffed or something this whole book I felt you still barely knew them so that was one major bore for me.
But on the other hand I liked the whole fan girl part and how she really supported them throughout the whole journey of them being a garage band to them getting a major record deal. Even if she wasn't really "known" to them, etc.
Her transforming herself was pretty major I mean going from big to "normal" size made a huge impact on the story cause I mean sure be who you are but if your not happy with yourself figure out how to make it better I love those types of things so it was pretty cool getting to see the character change herself for the better. even if we the readers didn't get to take the whole thing in. but you got the jist of what was going on.
Oh Dek, now I would probably be a swooning fan girl at home and say I loved the hell out of him but I needed so much more in that character development but for what its worth he still made this book worthwhile <3
This story for me sadly will probably be a one timer I will however look forward to the next one seeing how this is the authors first kick at this and id love to see how well the next one goes. :)
3 1/2 stars
We first meet Ali when she is 15 and kind of a rebel. She often goes to garage, dive, bar gigs with her best friend where she first meets Deklan and his band Rolling Bridges. Ali is quickly their biggest fan and will be able to look back and say she’s been there from the beginning. Ali was always comfortable being herself but she was shy and sat in the corners and never thought someone like Deklan would never be interested in girl like her. Eventually, the band finds fame and Ali goes through some major life changes. The story progresses rather quickly but we watch as Ali undergoes weight loss, healthy living, tattoo internship and eventually finding her own success all the while she’s still RB’s #1 fan.
Deklan. I loved him. Through the whole book – I loved him. He was funny, sexy, smart, and just an overall good guy. I never wanted to punch him; never wanted to tell him to grow up because he had a good head on his shoulders. Even when living his rock star life he was a great guy.
Through all the changes would Deklan recognize Ali? Would he even know who she is? What happens when their paths cross again is something neither of them saw coming.
Would fate bring them together or will Ali just continue to be their number one fan in the shadows of the concert halls? This isn’t your typical Rockstar romance and groupie turned into love of your life read. This was a wonderful read that apparently I’m a FAN GIRL of! I can’t wait to read the second novel, Fate’s Mistake.
The author has created beautifully well-rounded characters, especially the 2 main characters. So many "Rock Band" books focus so much on man-whore status and much drama and angst before the main characters get together.
Kudos to Brandace Morrow for writing a STRONG, comfortable-in-her-own-skin female protagonist, as well as giving us glimpses into a rock band with members that have or want families and a "real" relationship.
I loved both the protagonists, and their journey from obscurity to fame and beyond. The whole book was heartwarming, yet magnetic and affirming.
I would now buy anything she writes!
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