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Rockettes, Rockstars and Rockbottom

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  254 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
After a foreword from Tony award winning director and choreographer, Jerry Mitchell, Keltie Colleen introduces herself – an average, everyday sort of girl from an average town with average parents. Ever since she can remember, she wanted to be a dancer. Throughout Rockettes, Rockstars and Rockbottom, we watch Keltie move to New York City and follow her dreams. She struggle ...more
Paperback, first, 168 pages
Published November 22nd 2010 by Deadxstop Publishing Company (first published 2010)
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Where do I even begin with this piece of mess? Firstly I have to applaud her for knowing the main reason anyone bother picking up her so-called autobiography, what with it basically a how-to guide on writing over 10 chapters on the only thing people bought this book for (here's a hint: it's about a boy) while painting themselves as self-sacrifical heroines by overexaggerating on their self importance and 'heroic deeds'. Basically a kiss-and-tell with lots of heapings of woo-is-me attitude. Reads ...more
Nov 23, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
I read this book in a few short hours, and I absolutely loved it. Keltie displays remarkable strength and passion in her life, whether she's overcoming heartbreak, rejection at an audition, or personal tragedy. She comes across as very likeable and relatable throughout the book. It's hard not to admire someone who took a two-day bus ride from Canada to New York City with $500, no job, and no place to stay and has become a successful dancer and choreographer.

The book is well-written, too. I liked
Keltie Colleen
Nov 11, 2010 Keltie Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Louise KM
Dec 07, 2010 Louise KM rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This book should carry a warning about being read on public transport... one minute you will be laughing as Keltie battles through life in her typical dorky and adorable style and the next sobbing - heartbroken about her heart pain.

Do not make the mistake I did an read this on a on a train in Central London and have to be comforted by a French tourist (who says the title in such a sexy voice with rolling r's!)

There is so much love in this book - and not just with the 'rockstars' - its a fantasti
Nov 16, 2010 Eryn rated it really liked it
as someone who has avidly followed keltie colleen's blog for the better part of two years now, this book was still surprisingly wonderful. it also had a lot of things i wasn't aware of previously, which made for a more interesting read.
it was honest- sometimes brutally so- and never tried to pull the punches, which could be awkward when writing a bio focusing on both her dance career as well as past relationships. i feel it takes a lot to open up about things like depression and rejection and co
Apr 20, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: mindless-reads
I heard about Keltie Colleen through her involvement in bringing Christina Perri's song, Jar of Hearts, to the folks at So You Think You Can Dance a couple of years ago, and then followed her on the Bachelorette as well. Not gonna lie, when I heard she had written a book I didn't have super high expectations for it, which turned out to be a good thing. Not that the book was horrible - it wasn't. Once you get past the poor editing and over-simple writing, Keltie made some really good points about ...more
Shannon K
Apr 12, 2011 Shannon K rated it really liked it
I am intrigued with all things dance, so I really enjoyed reading about this dancer's highs and lows. There were parts of the story where Keltie made me feel like I was buckled in right beside her on her ride on the co-dependency roller-coaster! There were other parts where I wish she would've gone into more detail and elaborated on the actual events leading up to her fall to rockbottom. There were some moments that I felt she cut a little short and I was left with unanswered questions. However ...more
Nov 24, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it
This was a memoir that fell into chick lit. I had the chance to listen to the author talk and read a portion, and the cadence of the book carries like she talks. I had prior knowledge of her story from following her blog, but it was still enlightening to read the truth of what happened, without sugarcoating or niceties applied. Anyone who has loved and lost can relate to her upbeat personality, self-deprecating humor and all-too-human mistakes. A short book (under 170 pages, bigger print) and qu ...more
Julia Batts
Nov 28, 2010 Julia Batts rated it it was amazing
My daughter had the opportunity to meet Keltie at a dance convention. Something about Keltie instantly touched her heart, and truly inspired her. I read the book first and found it to be very honest and inspirational. I allowed my daughter to read it after I finished. She couldn't put it down. In the book, Keltie proves her courage and determination, and we also see her quirky, bubbly side that everyone loves. We absolutely loved this book, and to all that has the passion to dance, or the passio ...more
Nov 30, 2010 panda rated it it was amazing
This book is so raw and emotional, a wound that almost heals until something rips it back open. Every turn felt like a rollercoaster or feelings and I was along for the ride. Keltie successful laid bare everything about herself and she pulls the reader in, making them feel as raw and wounded as she felt. I honestly couldn't put the book down and when I was finished, I felt like I too, had emerged a better and more healed person. One of the best non-fiction/autobiographies I've ever read.
I enjoyed this book... to some extent. Her stories about auditioning were great but I expected more stories about what life was like as a Rockette. I didn't enjoy the tons of self-loathing that is a good chunk of the book. I would have much preferred to hear about life as one of an iconic dance troupes. I was also annoyed at the fact that when she talked about the guys she dated, she never mentioned their names. Yes, I understand the need for privacy but it was really annoying.
Dec 09, 2010 Missy rated it it was amazing
most epic, amazing book i've ever read. it made me cry my eyes out, laugh out loud and made butterflies leap around in my stomach. keltie is such an amazing AMAZING writer who really puts it all out on the page, takes you on an adventure and shows her fearless guts to the world through her breakups with rock n' roll boyfriends and scary dance auditions. must read. her journey is so incredible and extraordinary.
Kate Kennedy
Nov 21, 2010 Kate Kennedy rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much that I can't begin to put it into words. Keltie has such a great outlook on life and her writing inspired me to do more. I hope that she continues to write because I would love to read more of her work! If you want to be inspired read this book!
Apr 04, 2011 Courtney rated it it was ok
Only read it because it was free and I was curious.
Aug 08, 2015 Katie rated it did not like it
I don't even remember how I got this on my "To Read" List, but when I saw it available on Oyster, I decided to give it a go, especially since it's such a short read...thank goodness. Ms. Colleen doesn't really spend much of any time introducing herself or her story and jumps right into the "rockstars" portion of the book. She spends the whole time talking about her boyfriends, the book itself is split into the three different men she dated, doesn't really give us any reason to root for her, and ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Christina rated it really liked it
Okay, so I liked this book. I didn't go "oh my gosh I love this book!!!!" but I liked it. I really loved the dance aspect of the book. I absolutely love the Rockette's and I thought this would be a great book to somewhat learn what its like to be a dancer in New York City. It about Keltie Colleen, her complicated love life and her complicated dance life. What I really liked about this book was that Colleen left home at 18 to pursue her dream of having a career in dance in New York City, and like ...more
Katelyn Annyce
Rockettes, Rockstars, and Rockbottom is my favorite book. This is the most enjoyable book I've ever read because I feel like I really connected with the book. I cried several different times while reading this book because it was very touching. Keltie Colleen majorly inspires me because she was very personal in this book and her style of writing really makes the reader feel like your having a one on one conversation with her.

This book is about Keltie's life starting from when she was a kid. It
Dec 29, 2012 Baylee rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book for multiple reasons 1. Keltie was a Rockette 2. She dated Ryan Ross (Those Chapters Were the main reason I wanted to read the book)

I got this book as a Christmas gift and stayed up reading until 2am. I think all fans of Rocker, Singer, and Dreamer (Nick Perri, Butch Walker, and Ryan Ross) should read it because you see a side that you normally don't see. I also think any dancers who want to pursue a dancing career should read it because it shows you the pains and hard
Tiah Rendall
Feb 22, 2016 Tiah Rendall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This book... How can I explain a book that is so close to my heart. This book helped me through my own issues, and while we lead totally different lives, Keltie and I, I felt we were very similar people. We let people use us, for the wrong reasons, we had low self confidence and were very anxious over super tiny things. This book gave me hope again. Which is why this book, is one of the top books I have ever read in my live.
Dec 31, 2010 Sarina rated it it was amazing
I'll admit it: Keltie isn't the most amazing writer in the world. She doesn't form phrases so eloquently that you need a dictionary to get through Rockettes, Rockstars, and Rockbottom. But that same 'flaw' - its simplicity and how easy it is to relate to - is the reason why I enjoyed reading her book so much. The brutal honesty she brings to the table doesn't need some kind of a fancy vocabulary to be considered interesting.

I loved every (short) second of reading the copy of RR+R I got for Chri
Feb 19, 2014 Raveka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Keltie Knight - disclosure.

I love everything about this book. The self discovery, the rockstars, the dancing, everything. My favorite parts were the ones where Keltie realized why things weren't working between her and the guys she was with. I also loved her journey. Even though you will probably read this book to read about Dreamer, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Oct 21, 2015 Lucy rated it really liked it
If you're not a fan of Keltie, I wouldn't recommend it as strongly as I would someone who has known her for some time. As a fan, I loved reading this and knowing what made her the person she is and how she found strength and reached her goals. Inspiring.
Kaci Layne
Dec 04, 2010 Kaci Layne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Picked up my copy and snuggled in with some hot coco in a big comfy chair and some sweatpants and did not put it down. I was completely captured by Keltie's honesty. Despite reading about her strength on her blog, I got chills as she recounted the numerous times she dug herself out from the hardships that life was dealing her. The best books are the ones that give me a physical and emotional reaction and I was crying and laughing along with her and cheering her on when the successes came around. ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Cortney rated it it was ok
Go grab a huge mug of green tea, a warm blanket and curl up with this story right now. Keltie's story has something for every girl. You will laugh. You will cry. It will be worth every single tear.

Keltie tells her story of first loves. But these rockstar boys could be any boy who any girl ever fell head over heels for. She tells the nitty-gritty details of a young woman's broken, battered fall in and out of love. Every girl has been or will be in a similar place at least once in her life. This
Heather H.
Jan 28, 2013 Heather H. rated it really liked it
Keltie Colleen may not be a household name, but her honest, gritty memoir is one that's worth reading. She details her struggles through trying to break into the dance business, her various love interests (known in the novel as Rocker, Singer, and Dreamer), and personal tragedy. This is a piece that anyone whom has suffered through rejection, whether in their personal or professional career can relate to. Keltie Colleen's story is one of persistance, and is an incredible inspiration to me person ...more
Alaina Fox
Mar 22, 2014 Alaina Fox rated it liked it
Honestly only read this for the celebrity gossip. It was decently written. By no means literature, but hey, it was interesting.
Kristen Lowman
Dec 09, 2010 Kristen Lowman rated it it was amazing
This uniquely personal yet universal autobiography in progress should be required reading for every girl out there. Maybe instead of impressing upon our daughters the values from the Frog Prince, which just teaches us to kiss toads and hope for the best, we can teach them Keltie's philosophy of high kicks and high hopes (best blog ever!) and show them that when we are honest with ourselves we can find it within us to love ourselves and get out of our own way. You dont have to be a former rockett ...more
Erin Gray
Nov 04, 2015 Erin Gray rated it liked it
Super quick and easy to read (I read it in a day and a half), this memoir is written very much like a blog (well, the author is a blogger, as well as a dancer, performer, and now entertainment correspondent). After disastrous relationships, she learns lessons from each. She spells out those lessons for the reader (which I don't need; I prefer to view the situation and draw my own conclusions and lessons, but hey - this is her book, not mine). I did genuinely feel her heartache and pain in some c ...more
Nov 23, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing
I followed Keltie's blog for years and every time I read a new entry or even read old ones, I always left her blog feeling inspired. When I found out she was writing a book, I was stoked, hoping it would give me the same sense of satisfaction when I read her blog. It did. The book was delivered to my house today and I sat in bed and read the whole thing in one sitting because I just couldn't stop reading. Keltie's story is both heartbreaking, inspiring and honest and I'm so glad that she was bra ...more
Aug 07, 2013 Kramber rated it did not like it
Read candy girl instead. I can't wait for this book to be over! It's not about dance, it's about her obsession with rockstars who treat her like crap but she loves them. All of the professional dancers I know have struggles, life struggles like every human being. I don't consider her obsession over boys in skinny jeans that treat her like crap to be apart of a dancers struggles. That and booze is all she has talked about so far. And peeing on her blisters.
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