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Written in her wonderfully honest, edgy, passionate and often hilarious voice, Tiffanie DeBartolo tells the story of Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a talented songwriter and lead singer of the band Bananafish. Eliza's reverence for rock is equaled only by Paul's, and the two fall wildly in love.

When Bananafish is signed by a big corporate label,

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Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

***FIVE GODDAMN STARS - With some 'milkshake secret recipe' on top!***

'Dreams can change histories and songs can alter destinies'

How do you review a book like HTKARS??? Seriously, if you guys have read this gem, can you let me know how to do it without embarrassing myself?

Let’s try… I had seen this book on GR for a while and I always thought it was just another book about a Rock Star so I wasn’t really interested, not my cuppa anymore. But then, some of the best buddies ever told me to read it...more
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
5+++ rocked-my-world stars.*****Review completed July 16, 2013

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F@ck. I wanna quote the whole goddamn book! Sorry for the language but Paul rubbed off on me. Loved, loved it! Read this book, it's beyond A-mazing! A thankyou goes out to Geri who accepted my spontaneous offer to do a buddy read with me. <3

"Is he cute?" I asked her.
"Cute? If you like the dysfunctional lunatic, male-slut vibe, sure."

"(…) But I'm almost thirty and my day job is folding shirts at the Gap. Have you seen my room? I'm
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I'd shed my blood to touch the pearls that kiss your ears.
I'd sell my soul to see you fly.

Brilliant. This book rocked my world yet again. I couldn't help but cry all over and I knew what was going to happen.

I still can't write a review. Over a year later and a second read behind me (and about half of the book highlighted with quotes - I am not kidding...there is no book I have highlighted more than this one, yet I can't seem to bring myself to want to share the quotes because they are so per...more
Tarryn Fisher
"I decided that F train stood for slow fucking chug a lug train"

My favorite line in the book. Kind of a shallow choice when you have such a buffet of great one liners and philosophical soul shakers. Raise your hand if you know of a character that can beat Paul "goddamn" Hudson. You can't, you ass. You can't. Don't even try. I was so bonded with Eliza that for three hundred and two pages I lived in her paper world, and kissed her rock-stars, and rode on her slow fucking chug a lug train. Man this...more
According to my friends and family, I read a ridiculous amount of books. They find it hysterical (maybe frightening) that I carry my kindle in my purse with me everywhere I go (you know just in case I might find a few minutes to read here and there). Because I do read so much I am constantly being asked “what are you reading” or “read anything amazing lately”? I hate these questions because half the time I am reading my smexy books and I feel a little embarrassed to share the titles (especially...more
Kristin (KC)



Completely loved every bit of this book! The writing alone was rhythmic and poetic; I found myself continuously moved by the inspirational dialogue. You can honestly find something worthy to quote in every chapter.

"Personally, I don't like inherently happy people. I don't trust them. I think there's something seriously wrong with anyone who isn't at least a little let down by the world."

Paul is the sexy, witty, tortured, ref...more

This was me yesterday …

so a few friends threw a few suggestions at me about what to read next.... this was it!

“It sounds silly, I know. But for me, the power of music rests in its ability to reach inside and touch the places where the deepest cuts lie.
Like a benevolent god, a good song will never
Sep 20, 2014 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
★★★★★ ! 5+ stars!

deep breaths in, deep breaths out

I'be been sitting here for hours, trying to figure out how to start this review. For the life of me, I can't fint the right worlds to describe to you what I am feeling right now. A weird feeling. The power a book can have over you. How it can change you. I have at least one word for you:

Tidfanie DeBartolo is a goddamn genius! I pray to her and worship at her altar. She is by far my favorite author! Tiffnie has only written two (2) books...more
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
2 stars? 3 stars? 5 stars? I still don’t know…


I wish I had the energy and brains to flush out a detailed review but I’m sorry to say, I don’t. I’m just so goddamned exhausted after reading this inspirational yet depressing book, so goddamned frustrated with these strangely fascinating characters, and so goddamned upset that even the breathtaking writing can’t mask my disappointment with the last 50% of the book.

All I have left to say is that this book had the complete possibility of becoming...more
~Irene~The Trailer Goddess ♥s~Søren~Ben O'Callahan~Joe Callahan~Javier~Spin~Deacon~Isaac~Carlo~

This review probably won't make any sense but I'll try ...

Absolutely, positively, without a doubt 5 glorious stars!

(My 5 star ratings are reserved for books that have been/will be read multiple times because they are that good and this is definitely one of those books!)

A couple of things before I begin:

First ... this is one of the best goddamn books ever written (in my humble opinion).

Second ... Tiffanie DeBartolo, I feel like you just kicked my ass in a boxing match and I need to leave the ri...more
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
4.5 torturous, soul- consuming stars!

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*****Kudos to everyone out there who has managed to review this book spoiler-free. That is a huge feat. I'll start with saying mine will be spoiler free (except the final quote which is hidden). I would try to avoid reading a lot of other reviews....even avoid reading the quotes posted on the book's GR page. Personally, they should be deleted as they give everything away. Don't do it, don't look! I KNOW Mo and Rosalinda's are also spoiler free. I'm sure ther...more
♥~♥Geri ~ the HEA junkie ♥~♥
Buddy read with the lovely Baba.

♥5 Swan-dive off the bridge stars!!♥

How do you exactly review a book that affected you in so many ways? A book that made you laugh and made you cry. A book made you dust off old records and listen to the old melodies but never forgotten melodies of the past. A book that made you want to pick up a guitar and play those songs that made your heart bled a little. How?

Contained in this book is a love story. But it's not just a love story between two people but a love...more
Ana Rita
Listen up, little tape recorder buddy:


"Tell me what you listen to, and I'll tell you who you are.”

How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo is a tribute to music, expressing its importance and power to change people’s lives.Like hearing the first notes of a great song, this story captivates the reader from the first page - That’s when we meet Eliza Caelum, an aspiring music journalist, who lost her parents in a tragic accident when she was younger.

Eliza gets a job at a music mag...more
“Sometimes I would open my eyes when we were kissing, I would watch him and I could see it. I could actually see LOVE - not words, not an emotion, not an abstract concept or a subjective state of mind, but a living, breathing thing.” -Eliza

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And i completely agree with Eliza. Even as a reader i could feel how Paul love and worship her.

“Eliza has the sky in her eyes and I’ve always wanted to touch
the goddamn sky.” -Paul

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YAY! Who would not fal...more
Jennifer Kyle
What to say... I laughed, cried, and mostly sat on the edge of my seat as I read it. A love triangle, terrible decisions that left me feeling terribly ill,(mabye my pancreas?) and a twist!
As Paul Hudson would say. OVER
How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo is one of my favorite reads for 2011. It moved me emotionally and I simply could not put it down. I could say I loved it because the book is beautifully written. Or I could say that the book is a favorite because the dialogue is incredibly witty and funny. Yes, that is all true. But that is not why it affected me so deeply – this book is so powerful because the characters are so completely real. Okay, the book was powerful. The book was a favorite. B...more
Ash Wednesday
Aug 23, 2014 Ash Wednesday rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoyed The Goldfinch but wants more romance in the message
Recommended to Ash Wednesday by: Stacia (the 2010 club)
08.20.14 : Buddy read with Robin, Sandra, Ya, KdBrand and Samantha.

I can't believe it's just been a little more than a year since I read this the first time. This re-read was a great gauge on how differently I read then and now, how the critiquing has shifted highlighting things that didn't bother me the first time around. Case in point, I don't remember being annoyed with Eliza as much as I did this time around. How she belittled Paul's fears against her own in the beginning were but among the...more
This was overall a good read for me. I stayed up until 3am to finish, something I haven't done in a while. It's compelling, compulsively readable, and populated with realistically flawed characters. Unfortunately, the second half of the book is a slow decline into disappointment, and the climax and resolution particularly felt contrived, anticlimactic, and almost insultingly facetious.

It's that facetiousness that really threw me. So much of How to Kill a Rock Star oozes with sincerity. Yeah, it'...more
I don't have much to goddamn say about this goddamn book except that if it weren't for that goddamn Paul I would not have finished it or bothered giving it a goddamn full star let alone a goddamn 2 star rating!

This book would be categorized in what those who know me well understand to be the 12 Monkeys/Sophia Coppola category of entertainment. For those, which is most of you, who are not familiar with my Kris-isms this category contains stories that have so much fucking potential that you are o...more

I believe there are moments that are so huge in time that can change the course of our lives. Never have I believed in that statement more than now. That one decision that changes everything. I connected with this book on so many different levels.

”The song was senseless and sappy, but it made me feel something. And although I couldn’t articulate it at that age, feeling something-anything-made me conscious that I was alive…

Eliza is a character I instantly adored. She possessed this sadness and d...more
One of the best books EVER!


PS: Paul, I goddamn love you, you bastard! <3
I finished reading this yesterday, but I couldn't really decided what rating should I give it. I feel very conflicted about this book. I think it was a unique read and I most certainly loved the music theme in it and that it went further than average rock star romance. Not only did it tell us a story about a couple, but it also showed us a little glimpse in the music industry. I really enjoyed that.

However, I absolutely hated the choices heroine made and the direction plot took. I know that a l...more
I am thinking this book should have been titled How to Make a Reader Swoon, Tear Them Up Emotionally and Then Attempt to Stick Them Back Together While Making Them Think of a Bunch of Goddamn Philosophical Stuff. This book just about killed me! I laughed, I cried, I cried some more, and I felt like I was going to throw up but it was soooo worth it!

How to Kill a Rock Star made me look at fate in a whole new way. I had always thought fate was some universal pull that made things happen but in real...more
I need a whole galaxy of stars!!!

" There are still people out there who believe music is more than just something to dance to. I'm glad I got a chance to see that."

My dear GR friends, you won't need a full charged vibrator for reading this book. There are no graphical hot sex scense in it.
All you need is HEART. All you need is SOUL. All you need is LOVE. All you need is BELIEVE.

And maybe a bottle of wine.
Angie **loves angst**
Aug 06, 2013 Angie **loves angst** rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: absolute-fave
“Tell me what you listen to, and I'll tell you who you are.”
I am verklempt! This book made me happy, then sad, then angry, once again happy, then annoyed and finally a sobbing mess. So many emotions... so many beautiful quotes... so many twists and turns I never saw coming. I thought God-Shaped Hole was phenomenal, but HtKaRS was mind-blowingly awesome! Tiffanie DeBartolo I bow at your throne of literary genius. Its a tragedy that this author hasn't released more books. This is a story about lov...more
Penelope ✘ that awkward girl that doesn't go here ✘

I honestly have no idea what to say about this book. My immediate reaction after finishing this was to throw my kindle against my bedroom wall and give this book a nasty review. However, I let myself simmer (well, mainly due to the fact that I had indulged in my idiotic tendencies and read the whole book rather than sleeping for work and had to leave that very moment or else be late) composed myself, and thought to share what I took from this read.

There are four messages that I took away from th...more
Mrs Katy Q Mercer ❤️ Loves her Master ❤️
6 Goddamn you and I LOVE YOU Bastard stars++++++

How do I review a book that makes me remember those old records and pick them remove the dust and listen to them? How do you review a book that speaks about love, choices, circumstances, is passionate, is poetical???

Ok this is going to be one of those reviews where I feel absolutely lost cause I honestly don't want to give anything away so I'm going to just let you read it, what I will do is talk about the characters!!

Eliza is starting fresh...more
Amy ☠
I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. Because I whole-heartedly believe the less you know about this book going in, the more you will appreciate the journey. I didn’t read the summary. I didn’t read any reviews. I just knew it came highly rated from some of my friends and appeared on a lot of “favorites” shelves. And that’s good enough for me!

I loved this book something fierce! It’s a long book with minimal sex, which I will admit is not usually my thing. But this story is amazing. You wil...more
JaHy♕ Bitchy  Goddess ♥'s  everything CrAzY  ☿

No review necessary. Just read the angst fest for yourself.

**SPECIAL THANKS TO ROSALINDA** I wanted to qive up on this book so many times as the heroine drove me NUTS but her stubborn ass wouldn't let me. GRACIAS AMIGA....... and I'm sorry for the terrible things I was saying about you in my head <---- just kidding.

BTW Chica, YALE is mine.
This book had me from the beginning, you will laugh and cry (or sob like a baby) but overall great book with an ending I loved
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