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My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star Paperback – June 13, 2011
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"Alex is a great and complex girl (as we all are). She is strong and sensitive, brave and nervous, giddy and gritty, wise and young. And she rocks! Literally and figuratively. This is a true-feeling story about the power of picking up a guitar or some drumsticks, making some noise, and finding your voice. This is how it feels."—Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses, The Breeders, Belly, and the Tanya Donelly Band
"I love this book. I only wish I could have been able to read it when I was 14 and getting into music."— Mary Timony of The Mary Timony Band, Wild Flag, and Helium"When I was a young teenager trying to learn how to play guitar and start a band I felt very alone. Girls today can turn to this book when they need some sisterly solidarity and guidance."—Juliana Hatfield of The Blake Babies, Juliana Hatfield Three, and Juliana Hatfield "[Joyce] continues to be a remarkable female roll model in my life and I am so excited to know she will influence and inspire hundreds if not thousands of more girls from a whole new generation. Truly awesome stuff."—Lightning's Girl, blogger" . . . Chu’s doodles and Raskin’s concluding personal experiences, as well as tips on playing the guitar and writing song lyrics, will strike just the right chord."—Booklist
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Top Customer Reviews
Is that a lot of middle grade and young adult books? Maybe, but this has a feminist edge. The challenge is not learning the bass guitar- Alex picks that up after a few (tearful) lessons and finds success playing in two bands. She has to learn quickly to be careful what she wishes for: the boyfriends she pined for turn out to be unfaithful stoners, and the fame and attention she craved as a musician turn out to have a dark side she could not have imagined. What's inspiring about the character is that once she finds strong, slighter older female role models, she does indeed figure out that she doesn't need boys to make her happy and she doesn't have to tolerate mistreatment, whether it's being called a "Betty" at a skate park or being talked down to by a guitar salesman. And while she first finds happiness by putting on the identity as a musician, by the end of the book she's still a strong, young woman even when she has to put that down. I love that message: you don't have to find an identity and stick with it.
I loved the guitar primer at the end of the book. My tween has been playing the guitar for about a year, but some of the information is still useful to her.
Recommended for 11 year olds and older.
This book is such a strong, positive story for younger teens. My niece (15 and a reluctant reader) read a few chapters of it and declared it "real, this is how real kids my age talk". She really wanted a copy of her own when it is released. Alex is truly the perfect character to portray the hopes and dreams of young teens everywhere. She is smart, funny and doubts herself all at the same time. The author did a wonderful job of making this book appeal exactly to the audience that needs to be reached the most: young teens and tweens who are just about to make life choices and need to have a positive role model. The end of the book also has a primer on how to play guitar and start your own band.
Things I liked about the book: The title is catchy as is the cover image. I loved the chapter titles. The doodles are cute and fit in with the diary-tone underlying the novel. Pictures that we can assume come from Alex's diary (spread out over the course of the novel) and a series of lessons on how to play the guitar (in the back of the book) add some fun elements to the book. Best of all, there are poems, which tie into Alex's rock-star character.
My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star explores peer pressure and self-acceptance. I enjoyed watching Alex grow from a self-conscious girl to a self-assured teenager. If you're looking for a fun, light-hearted read filled with teen angst and a bunch of laughs, this is a great book to check out!
MY MISADVENTURES AS A TEENAGE ROCK STAR is written by a woman who knows rock-n-roll. Joyce has been in bands, has rocked along with the boys, and even includes a section at the back of the book on learning to play guitar and writing lyrics.
But, more importantly, MISADVENTURES s the story of Alex, a girl who doesn't fit in, who isn't cool, and who more than anything just wants to kiss her crush. That is, until her brother's friend asks her if she wants to learn bass and be in his band. Turns out, Alex is a natural, and it's not long before she's light her local scene on fire with her seriously rockin' skills. Told in a series of vignettes, we follow Alex as she learns about having to rock twice as hard as the boys, as she adopts the straight edge (no drugs, no alcohol) lifestyle, as she both falls for and dumps her first boyfriend, and as she makes the friends she never really had at her school. We also see her rise to success -- success that she finds just by being who she is and working her butt off.
While you will probably find this book shelved in your teen section, I think plenty of tweens (11-13) will enjoy it as well, and in fact are its target audience. Yes, the book references swears, sex, and drugs -- but its voice is quite young (Alex is barely 14 for most of the book) and it is full of positive messages for young girls. The sparse text and fun illustrations make also make MISADVENTURES a perfect book for reluctant readers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Highly recommended for all girls aged 11-15. This positive little volume encourages girl power, rock and roll, skateboarding, a healthy attitude toward boys, colorful hair and... Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Erin O'Riordan
This cliche-laden plot follows the fantasy adventure of 14-year-old Alex, as she pursues membership in a rock band. One that plays in New York! Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Amazon Customer