Rockstarlet: A Novel
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Rockstarlet: A Novel

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On the day singer Jackson Poole signs his first record contract, he learns that part of the deal is turning over his life to his managers. For his handlers and his record company, keeping Jackson’s gay identity a secret becomes a full-on obsession, particularly since their new star is anything but discreet. They try dressing him differently, teaching him how to speak butch...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Alyson Books (first published 2006)
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Blake Fraina
This book disappointed me.

Legitimate, literary fiction about gay rock musicians is hard to find. With the exception of Joel Lane’s darkly intense From Blue to Black, there’s precious little out there that captures the gritty reality of the music business. In terms of its tone, Rockstarlet is less like a rock novel than it is a throwback to one of those cheesy, dishy 1970’s Hollywood novels by Harold Robbins or Sidney Sheldon. Well…that is without the drugs, alcoholism, sex, bad behavior and sca...more
J.
This is a solid novel. I really wish the world worked this way, but sadly it doesn't. At least, though, we have things like this novel to show us some light. I hope Adam Lambert has a copy of this novel on his shelf; it could really help him out a lot. I was particularly surprised by just how chilling the stalker sequence of the novel was. Bottom line? All the cool, chic references of "Glamorama" but less transgressive.
Kyle
One of my biggest pet peeves, especially when it comes to books, are ones that make excessive pop culture references. I see a lot of these in books that are set primarily in Los Angeles, which maybe shouldn't be a surprise. But it always annoys me when Alanis Morisette or James Gandolfini or Sarah McClachlan or Oprah show up and interact with fictional characters, because it strikes me as more of the author's fantasy than anything else. I get that these books try to show how far the character ha...more
Despair Speaking
I hated this.

First of all, I didn't like Jackson. If he really wants to be honest to others and himself, then he shouldn't have agreed to work with them in the first place! So what if it means he'll have to give up on his chance? You'll eventually reap what you sow. He should have realized lying, especially lying about something THAT big, would bite him back in the butt. We could have avoided all the drama and annoying bits and the book would have ended.

How it should have went:

Jackson: I will ne...more
Stephen
Started kinda slow but it got much better once the annoying user Aden became less present.

Toward the end it was actually very good. It paints a much different picture of the music world than Mark Roeder's books involving Phantom do. This one is more centered on the artist as a young man phase and deals with a number of interesting issues. The author is also a working musician and it shows in his writing. He's also a New Yorker and the East Coaster's disdain for L.A. comes through loud and clear...more
ManOhMan
Reviewed by Kerri: I purchased this book a little while back and while this author was unknown to me, it garnered my interest.

Jackson Poole is a struggling musician who is on his way to stardom. He's a great character and often I laughed right along with him while reading about his many zany antics. With a wonderful array of supporting characters, this book shone. It also has many sexy moments which were... stimulating.

This wasn't a romance novel, but it did carry a romantic subplot. I will defi...more
Bradley
It's about a newly signed rising singer/sonwriter forced to hide and lie about his sexuality by the record company. I thought it really entertaining.
Chris
While on the rise to pop stardom, a young, gay musician is forced to play it straight. A quick, simple, fun & entertaining read.
Greg Wolfson
mindnumbingly boring
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STEWART LEWIS is the author of the novels Rockstarlet and Relative Stranger. He is a singer-songwriter and radio journalist who lives in New York City and western Massachusetts.
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