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Date with a Rockstar

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
A Dystopian future + a Bachelor-esque reality show = a sly yet heartfelt love story that will have you tearing through the pages to see how it all ends. –Heather Lyons, author of the Fate series

Monet isn't just another lust-struck teenager trying to win the heart of Rock God Jeremy Bane--she needs the prize money from his new reality show to cure her illness. Monet has Flu
Paperback, 266 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Spencer Hill Press (first published June 16th 2015)
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Sarah A few people have mentioned the similarity. It is a competition between girls, but no royalty and no love triangle. I would say that all the…moreA few people have mentioned the similarity. It is a competition between girls, but no royalty and no love triangle. I would say that all the characters are much different and the world is completely different. America's motivation is also far different than Monet who needs to win the money to cure her disease. I felt that the segregation of careers in The Selection series is also much different. In that book there is an amount of government control that the rebels are fighting against. In Date With a Rockstar the world is more characterized by a complete lack of government involvement, except with regard to taxation.

I read the Selection series after I had written Date With a Rockstar when an agent pointed out the similarities. In overall concept: a girl competing for a famous guy's attention they are the same, but in execution very different books.

By the way, book 3 in that series totally won me over, some very quotable lines. (less)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)

“Fluxem is a disease spread through saliva. The symptoms range from skin lesions, to red banding around the centre of the body. As the disease progresses, a strong iodine smell may accompany the marks. Twenty-five present of the world population reports symptoms of infection with the highest concentration being in poor communities.”

Well, this story was… weird.

Monet wa
Who hasn’t dreamed of winning date with their favorite rockstar? Would you have stood in line for days in rain or shine for the opportunity to be picked to be a contestant on a show that pits several young women against each other for the opportunity of winning money and the attention of a singing sensation?

Welcome to Monet’s life in a dystopian future where those with money have all of the privileges and the poor scrape by by the skin of their teeth. Diseases that are curable cost money, and se
Sophia Sardothien
Jun 11, 2015 Sophia Sardothien rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Spencer Hill Press for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review

This book is really unique as a contemporary novel, since it has the elements of a dystopian novel it was a rather refreshing read. In some ways it reminded me of The selection, as the guy has to pick his "true love" from a bunch of girls.

What I like:
- Interesting premise with the mixed of the dystopian aspects, it makes the book a lot more fun
- no love triangle
- Monet is a decent protagonist
Mandy Sickle
I received Date with a Rockstar in return for an honest review from the publisher as part of the tour. Monet may not be rich but she and her mother have always gotten by. All of that changes when she catches Fluxem the only cure is a treatment she can’t afford. Determined to help her mother with the cost Monet tries out for a reality show hoping to win the prize money. When she’s picked as one of the finalists she’s thrilled because she may just have the chance at winning even though her mother ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Terri rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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3.5 stars

**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is June 23rd 2015**

I had a good time with this story. I think I may have enjoyed it a little more than I probably should have. I'm not saying it shouldn't have but it delivered a little bit more than I thought it would. I am not sure I will be able to voice my thoughts.

I liked the concep
Angie Sandro
Aug 28, 2015 Angie Sandro rated it it was amazing
Oh, Jeremy Bane! *swoon* I really enjoyed this book. I have a thing for reality dating shows. I always sucker myself into thinking they will really find their one true love. And that the couple with remain together after the show ends. I'm a romantic at heart. Maybe this is why this book hit all my feels. I got to fall in love with Jeremy Bane via Monet.

Another thing I enjoyed was the dystopian setting. It was set just far enough in the future to be familiar, but it also made it more realistic.
This was such a fun book! Dystopia + Bachelor game = love!

I just love books about shows like this, and this one had an extra twist. The world in this book isn't healthy, or safe, nor is it often a happy place for the people who don't earn millions of dollars. Most people live in tiny, cramped places. Add to that our MC isn't perfect, not at all. She is the only one in the group of girls who is poor/doesn't have much, but she also has something different. She got Fluxem.

What is Fluxem? A contagio
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Elle (Lost in Wonderland)
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Best way to describe this book- The Bachelor for a post-apocalyptic world.

Monet our main female protagonist is searching to cure herself of the disease Fluxem. Unfortunately, the cure is outrageously priced and even with her mum working two jobs, it’s unlikely that they’ll save up enough before it eventually kills her. Therefore the only logical idea is to enter a competition to win the heart of the dreamy musician Jeremy Bane, with the $20,000 prize mo
Jun 09, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this guilty pleasure of a book. It combines a lot of things that I enjoy - a rock star love interest, an underdog protagonist, and a reality TV competition (I can't watch them, but I love to read about them). Think The Selection minus the annoying love triangle and the reluctant participant, and you have the main idea of this book. Monet needs to win the competition because she has a disease ...more
Michelle Hauck
Jul 03, 2015 Michelle Hauck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This book has a combination two of my guilty pleasures: reality tv and dystopian stories! I love the idea of mixing them.

Monet has a deadly disease Fluxem transferable through saliva. The government is too broke to help the population with health care anymore, not since China called in all the loans. It's up to Monet to find the money for the cure. And winning a date with her favorite rockstar Jeremy Bane may be the pleasantest way imaginable to get the money. But how can she capture his attenti
Jun 02, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our review originally posted at

Almost ten months after the cover reveal for Date With a Rockstar, we were excited to receive our review copy of Sarah Gagnon’s debut novel – but would it live up to expectations? As mentioned in the synopsis above, the story centres around the main character of Monet and her quest to raise the prize money she needs to cure the disease she carries – Fluxem. You might think that this is an excellent idea, but the problem is that Fluxem is
Mandi Alva
Aug 06, 2015 Mandi Alva rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I know that this is marketed as a dystopian novel but I guess I forgot that because I was finding myself so surprised that it was a dystopian world. The whole time I was reading I couldn't help but think, "this is the selection but minus royalty." Also it wasn't as deep as the selection but I digress.

Monet wasn't my favorite character ever but she was pretty cool. I found myself rootin
I received a copy via net galley.

I was so excited when I saw I got to read this one! After reading the description I just knew this was going to be an interesting read. The characters were loads of drama. And the whole concept I found highly intriguing. The game show, the disease, and the flow of the storyline. Everything was just a blast to read. I was afraid it would be a weird insta love but it was nice that the characters had chemistry and meshed well. Definite re-readable quiality.
Jun 30, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Monet was an okay character, and at times I felt sorry for her.

I didn't love the romance in this, but it wa alright.

There wasn't anything awfully wrong with this, but I did find the first half of the story to pretty dull. The other half improved, but it went from being dull to being a bit too predictable.

Overall, An okay read.
Abi Ainley
Jul 05, 2015 Abi Ainley rated it really liked it
I entered Date With a Rockstar with a hell of a lot of trepidation however I finished it in one sitting. (It wouldn’t let me put it down; it’s the book’s fault.)

See the full review at:
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Feb 18, 2015 Krystyna rated it really liked it
Dude, I read this as an intern and recommended it to the agents there, but ultimately they had to pass. So excited that it's getting published and I want to see if anything changed.
Jul 13, 2015 Heidi rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Can't wait to read more from this up and coming author!
Lynanne Carroll
Jun 25, 2015 Lynanne Carroll rated it really liked it
*I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest and fair review*

Date with a Rockstar is the fun, somewhat silly read that I tend to miss out on because such novels tend to have a little too much romance and not enough plot for my taste, but this novel, though both fun and somewhat silly, set itself apart from the very beginning with a lovable protagonist and a fantastic didn't-see-that-coming premise. I really enjoyed it! Yes, there was a good bit of romance, but the subplots and Monet's goal—n
Jun 18, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
Check out the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Spencer Hill Press in exchange for an honest review.

Compared to other sub-genres under young adult (YA) fiction, dystopian stories remain in the minority of books that I have read. It’s not that I haven’t read any nor am I saying the ones I’ve read weren’t any good (because they were); it’s more of my tendency to lean more toward other sub-genres that are set in present times. When it came to Date with a Roc
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank Spencer Hill Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I have recently come across a series of books about rockstars and every day girls. I love it. So when I read the blurb for this, I knew it would be right up my alley. I grew up in the 80s and rockstars were everywhere. And of course I fangirled, A LOT. So I love to read about stuff like this!

Monet lives in a world
Aug 09, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
Review originally from

Date with a Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon features a Bachelor-style competition in a future world. Monet is a teenage girl who enters into the competition to win a date with famous rockstar Jeremy Bane. Although Monet is a huge fan of Jeremy’s music, the real reason she enters the competition is in hopes of winning the money portion of the prize so she can cure herself of the deadly disease she is fighting. Along the way, she has to deal with mean, catty g
Jun 12, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

This was one of those books where part of me was going "wow, this is cheesy/dramatic/over-the-top" and another part of me was going "I LOVE EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW".

What I liked:

-the premise. I was a little worried it would be one of those tragically sad stories where they finally hook up and then someone dies, but SPOILER ALERT, my fears were unfounded. Instead, Monet's disease forced her to work twi
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
This is more of a 3.5 than just a 3.

Thank you to Spencer Hill Press for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was, and wasn't, what I was expecting. This was sort of a Kiera Cass The Selection mingled with The Bachelor TV show and then mingled with that movie Win a Date With Tad Hamilton. And then throw in the fact that it's a dystopian, and this book was very, very different.

I loved Monet as a character right off the bat. First, I love the name Monet for a girl. A
Dec 15, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
Set in America in the distant future, the world is now overpopulated and polluted. Families can only have one child. Disease, while curable, is now rampant - especially in poorer areas, where people can't afford to pay the thousands of dollars needed to buy the cures. Monet O'Neal is a 17 year old girl dealing with one such disease - she has Fluxem, a highly contagious disease that eventually leads to serious illness and death if not treated.

Monet and her mother are poor - her mother works seve
Jennifer Shiels
May 27, 2016 Jennifer Shiels rated it really liked it
This was a really cute and sweet read. This is a Dystopian future meets Bachelor reality show. Jeremy Bane is a rock god and tons of women adore him and his music. He is taking part in a reality show to meet the woman of his dreams and the winner gets him and $30,000. Monet is a 17 year old that just graduated high school but she and her single mother live close to poverty and she has Fluxem. Fluxem is a contagious disease that is spread through saliva but it can be cured with enough money which ...more
diana (chaotic reader)
Dystopian setting + reality tv = what could go wrong? Apparently, a LOT.

I honestly think this book has a unique and brilliant plot. I've never read a book that combined the two elements I've mentioned above and I think it's really badass of the author to have written this. Unfortunately, it fell flat in execution.

It's a miracle itself that I even finished this. I took a week to read the book and I almost gave up on it a lot of times. The one thing that pushed me to read the whole thing was my cu
Jun 17, 2015 Bobbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, dystopia
Okay so this was an unusual genre mash-up. Props to Gagnon for a) coming up with the concept and b) making it work so well. Really, it's inspired. Other reviewers have made comparisons to The Selection, and I get that, but it also had a strangely Hunger Games-ish vibe to it too, if you take out the killing each other part. But that's if you're taking the dystopia genre as your comparison. It would be just as easy to take the reality tv part or the rock star part, and compare to a bunch of books ...more
Books In Brogan
Jan 28, 2016 Books In Brogan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought from the book blurb this would be just the same old YA rockstar book but it is actually set in the future and has a little SciFi spin to it, enough to make it stand out among the rest of the genre.

The writing and world building is also very well done with each character easy to relate to. So if you are looking for a new twist on the Rockstar book try this one.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan
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