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Amplified (Amplified #1)

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When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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4.5 stars

So I guess I might have a thing for books with music in them.
Might it be because I can actually hear it like a soundtrack, just like in a movie and it makes it more vivid? Maybe. Might it be because musician are always irrevocably hot? Yeah, that's probably more like it.
Come on, who wasn't mesmerized at some point in their life by the guy playing the guitar in front of a bonfire during a hot summer night? Only me? Ok, FINE. Moving on.

My expectations for Amplified were middle to low
Help! I can't get this stupid grin off my face! :D

Yeah, this means that I loved this story!
And no, I don't really want it off - I kinda look cute with it.

Now back to our story..
There are books with deep messages that touch the bottom of my heart, but there are also books like this one, with simple meanings but with a great power to make me laugh, to make me dream, to make me hope, to fill my sleepless nights.

I love them all the same - some for making my heart ache, some for making my stomachflu
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I made one note of this book while reading. It was as follows:

"Jasmine is judgmental, close-minded, insecure, negative, gullible, inconsiderate, entitled, incompetent, spoiled, proud, deceitful, and uptight."

I wanted to like this book. When I read the synopsis, I thought, hell, yeah, 'cause, you know, who among us didn't once harbor a fantasy of running away to join a band? Hell, I still habor that fantasy. But this book? You know what, I'm just going to do this list style.

1. Jasmine is an ass
I already know what will be the biggest "don't like" for some of the readers - ending of this novel. But that's just what was turning point in my decision to give Amplified five stars instead of four. Author didn't give in to the temptation of the usual happy endings - girl gets the boy, daddy and mommy are my biggest fans after all and so on... And this girl knows how to use the words and not make them pathetic and cheesy.
I have to admit that I didn't completely understand all those music te
3.75 stars

I was instatntly hooked the first time I read the blurb of this book and decided I have to read this. Well, becuase like Jasmine, I once dreamed of joining a band when I was in high-school and just like her again, I wanted to be a lead guitarist. The difference is just that I stopped having guitar lessons when I turned sophomore year and got caught up with all school stuffs and teenage-stuffs. So you know, when I started reading it I was like, wow this girl's just like me and I liked J
Steph Su
Jan 04, 2012 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Thank you, Tara Kelly, for reminding me of what a well-written contemporary YA with a flawed but still strong female protagonist can do for me and a relaxing reading night. AMPLIFIED was my unexpected but wholly gratifying pick for the type of evening I was worried I had lost forever: several hours of relaxing into Jasmine’s ultra-cool, exciting, and satisfying musical world.

I wish this book could have somehow come with a soundtrack: Tara Kelly’s descriptions of Jasmine’s mindset as she plays gu
Nov 10, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it
street corner November read.

The good vibes:
1. The cover, I adore color-covers! Especially the Yellow, orange or green variety!
2. This is a "music book" and it actually has a lot of music included. It's not just trying to be about music, it actually is.
3.The Sexual tension between 2 of the main characters.
4. ^ Their banter.
5. Sean, the latter half of the book especially
6. The author actually is trying to give us a look into a trying to get a job musician's world.
7. The story could have happened.
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Sep 12, 2011 Bailey (IB Book Blogging) rated it it was amazing
AMPLIFIED is a one-of-a-kind and outstanding YA that I cannot stop thinking about!! Seriously, I was so engaged in the characters and their lives that I was stuck thinking about them long after I had finished. AMPLIFIED is so honest, raw, and mesmerizing. I don't have a single complaint about it at all. You have to pick this one up when it hits shelves!

Jasmine, to quote Kari from A Good Addiction, is so spicy! She doesn't back down from anything and is determined to make a niche for herself in t
Dec 23, 2011 Lauren rated it it was ok
Seventeen year-old Jasmine ‘runs away’ (she’s a high school grad) from home and her father’s wishes for her life in order to work on her music. She ends up renting a room in exchange for joining a band, except she has no prior stage experience. I know practically nothing about guitar playing, industrial rock or its culture, and that took up a large part of the book. Even so, I enjoyed the story and the subject matter was fairly interesting, even though the author used a lot of details in describ ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Isamlq rated it liked it
Normally I’d be all a-gush over this music filled novel, of a girl coming into her own as well as a boy to die for… but something was missing because I’m not (gushing, I mean) . It’s an OK book though with Jasmine Kiss who’s more than a music loving, guitar playing girl. She WAS daddy’s little girl. She TRIED her best in school, but she really loves music and wants more of it. SO she makes time and gets leaves home- all this in the first couple of chapters.

Here’s what I did like. They all know
Marla Mei
My Actual Rating: 3.75 stars

I was about to give in to the small voice inside my head telling me to just give this a four-star rating already. But then, though I really liked the book, I didn't get hooked to it until I was about 20% percent through it. And it certainly wouldn't be fair to all those books that I've rated four stars which had got me gushing just from the very first page.

Okay, so Amplified..

I loved the musicality that was incorporated in it. It gave me the ambience like I was also
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
LOVED IT! The book was amazing!!!! I hope there is a second book...because it was too short..I love Jasmine immediately.
Jan 22, 2012 K rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Worthwhile. I really enjoyed this one.

Jasmine has a bit of an early life crisis after graduating high school. Her emotionally distant, by-the-books father fully expects her to start at Stanford in the fall. She can’t imagine much worse. She’s done everything according to his plan and still seems to disappoint him constantly. When her friends start planning for the summer and getting excited about life in general, Jasmine decides she’s had enough. This is the summer she makes something happen wit
K. Lincoln
Mar 15, 2012 K. Lincoln rated it it was amazing
I think I'm a confirmed Tara Kelly fan now. I loved Harmonic Feedback so much; the immersion in music, the development of Drea's character that I was reluctant to pick up Amplified in case it was disappointing or (gasp) boring.

Shouldn't have worried. Kelly took me back to the Santa Cruz boardwalk culture, complete with serious and earnest psychics, annoying tourists, and an arts culture both pretentious and cool.

Jasmine has decided to leave the perfect life her Dad has mapped out for her and ins
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Music, romance and the quest for independence are just a few of the things that made Amplified a surprisingly engaging read for me. Tara did a lot of fabulous things with her story that kept me hooked, and had me wanting to know what would happen next. I enjoyed the different vibe with this story, as it's not one I've personally read a lot of in YA books, and that's the musical element. Tara did an incredible job at making me feel apart of the musical world that makes up this story. From the ban ...more
I love it since the first page.

Tara Kelly would be my next favorit author.
Warning!! It's the kind of book that would suck your time, it even worthed sacrificing my bedtime.

Amplified is a story of a girl who risk everything to find ways into her passion. And music is her passion.

Jasmine is a music talented girl who runaway from her luxurious house and life to take time for playing guitars on a band. Fortunately she found a group band that suits her good enough, only that she hides one little fa
Elizabeth Drake
Apr 25, 2012 Elizabeth Drake rated it really liked it

This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes

Cover Impressions: The cover is simple, but fitting. I like the incorporation of the title as part of the amp and the use of the often overlook, puke-green color.

The Gist: Jasmine Kiss has fled the stifling world of academia and an overbearing father for the streets of Santa Cruz and the chance to lose herself in her music. When the perfect opportunity of a place to stay and a spot in an up and coming band lands in her path, Jasmine
LOVED IT! The book was amazing and kind of a break from all the crap I've read till now. Now I have to go on about the parts I did not like in the book. It's a pain in the ass, but it has to be done. I couldn't understand Jasmine that much. She kept going back from a hard core kick-your-ass kind of chick to a scared little girl. It was kind of confusing, trying to find out which was her real rhythm. I HOPE there is a second book, because, frankly, it was too short. The book could've had more and ...more
Anna  Smyth
Rating: 2.75

I had really high hopes for this one but towards the middle it turned out to predictable.
The first few chapters were really enjoyable,I liked how feisty Jasmine was but after we discover that (view spoiler) it's kind of obvious what follows.

The story itself was "nice",I really liked the parts were Jasmine plays.
The thing that made this book not so enjoyable for me was the romance.I was hoping for something different.
For example Sean for half of the book
Feb 05, 2013 ★Ruth★ rated it really liked it

I've had this on loan from a friend for ages but just never got around to it. I'm so glad I finally sat down with it.

It was great to read a story where the girl is the potential rock star. The romance was sweet and the ending was realistic IMO.

I thought the surrounding characters were well fleshed out and I had a real sense of who they were.

My only problem was the music detail was a bit heavy, I have never played the guitar so therefore have no understanding of the terms that were used
Mimi Cross
Nov 26, 2012 Mimi Cross rated it it was amazing
Pitch Perfect.

Tara Kelly doesn't miss a beat in this story about a teenage girl who joins a band and affirms her identity through music. If you're a musician of any age, you have to read AMPLIFIED. You'll fall in love, laugh, and miss your old band mates if your band is no longer together. If you haven't been in a band yet, you'll want to start one!

Tara Kelly has a real gift for describing music, something that's not easy to do. The reader can imagine the sound of the songs featured in AMPLIFI
After reading 105 pages and some thorough snooping ahead I can safely say 'It's not the book. It's me.' Because the story and the characters seem rather real, the heroine's voice is pretty funny and likable and there is alll that music stuff and a hard-to-get boy. But I felt no joy reading Amplified. Maybe because cringing too often does not go well with my stomach or my general wish to feel well. I stop at this point and have already a vague idea about how to find a good new home for the hardco ...more
Trish Doller
Nov 18, 2011 Trish Doller rated it it was amazing
The thing about Tara Kelly's writing is that it never lets me down. I loved Harmonic Feedback, but I think I might have loved Amplified a wee bit more.
Aug 14, 2012 Kristina rated it really liked it
When I first saw this book pop up on other blogs, the cover was the first thing that I noticed. I love books that center about music and bands, but I haven't read too many of them. So I could not wait to read this one. Amplified did not disappoint. It was a cute, fun, fast-paced story. It featured great writing, great characters, and a great plot!

Jasmine grew up privileged, but she has never seen eye to eye with her dad. When she tells him that she doesn't want to go to college just yet so she c
Nov 07, 2011 Alexa rated it it was amazing

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

I knew there was a reason why I added Tara Kelly to my favorite authors list back in 2010. Her debut novel Harmonic Feedbackwas a favorite read of mine that year, and her second novel Amplifiedbecame one of my most anticipated novels for 2011. Just like with her debut, once I started readingAmplified I couldn't stop! I stayed up very late and finally went to sleep when I had only about 20 pages left to read. I loved Amplified as much as Harmonic
Jan 12, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it
Music and Contemporary YA are a perfect combination, and Amplified is a great example of how to do it right. This coming of age story, with romance, quirky characters, and an inside look at the life of a musician is very readable and entertaining. I enjoyed getting lost in this book and following Jasmine on her musical journey. I basically read it in a day because I was so invested in the story and had to know how it ends.

Jasmine is an intriguing main character that is easy to root for. She’s a
Aug 22, 2014 Lilibeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thrown into such life-challenging situations, the reader can witness for themselves how irrevocably engaging Kelly's writing soon comes to be. She takes being an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent to a whole new level. That's how I came to love Jasmine's realistic view of the obstacles taking over her life and debating which path she should--and wants--to take. She ultimately had the perseverance to work out the inner demons stopping her from going full-out on her dream of being a rock s ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Another musically focused book, Amplified focuses on former rich girl Jasmine after she is kicked out of her house. Fleeing to a small California beach town she hooks herself up with a room and a spot in a band. Trouble is she has some difficulty with stage fright. Despite being an excellent musician she has never performed in public. Now she must not only overcome her change in economic status but also strengthen her stage presence in order to achieve her dream of being a professional musician. ...more
Nov 21, 2011 Lesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: rock-stars
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Jasmine is a talented guitarists who chooses joining a band and standing on her own two feet over her Dad's wishes for her to go to college. As her Dad kicks her out Jasmine needs to find a place to stay, a job to pay for her car repair bill and is desperate to follow her dream of being in a band. She finds a room to rent with 3 guys who happen to be in a band and who are advertising for both a room mate and a guitarist Jasmine has to then auditi
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One word: Badass!

Tara Kelly strikes again! I loved this as much as I loved 'Harmonic Feedback', just in different ways. We've heard the story before: Teen gets kicked out of home because they're a disappointment to their parent/s. Teen goes off to fulfill their dream, whatever that may be. What really appealed to me though, was the musical aspects and the band and what the band brings to Jasmine, the protagonist.

'Amplified' is super atmospheric; Kelly really describes music perfectly. When
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Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author and one-girl-band by night, and a graphic designer, video producer, and photographer by day. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars, sound design master husband, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.

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