Taylor Beauforte has just gone through possibly the hardest thing any of us will ever face: the death of her mother. Though Taylor has spent her lifeTaylor Beauforte has just gone through possibly the hardest thing any of us will ever face: the death of her mother. Though Taylor has spent her life being the mature adult in this mother-daughter relationship, it doesn't make the pain any less for 15 year-old Taylor. It doesn't look like her life could get any worse.
Of course, that's never the case. And Taylor quickly learns that life can get much more complicated when her rock-star father that has been absent for 15 years comes to the rescue. Taylor is immediately taken into his custody and added to the new family that he started for himself years ago. But Taylor doesn't feel like part of the family. Instead, she feels like she is ripped out of her world and pulled into one of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. And I mean that quite literally.
When she meets Jake, the son of one of her dad's groupies and not her usual type, Taylor has finally found her one comfort in the chaotic mess around her. Taylor spends her summer falling for Jake, getting into some trouble, and learning a little something about family and love.
So basically, she's finally getting to be a kid.
1) Towards the end, this story got a little typo happy. It's like the author went through proofreading up until the middle when she just got bored and published it anyways. Grammatical and spelling errors--or even full words left out--can seriously pull you out of the story and make the whole book suffer.
2) This book took me FOREVER to get through. My sister suggested it to me weeks ago, I finally started it (borrowing her iPad on Sundays so that I could read it, since I don't technically have a Kindle yet...but soon). And it took me 3 or 4 Sundays to get through this. Now you can ask all my friends, I can push myself through any book! But there were times when I read about 20 pages before putting the iPad down and turning on the TV. This almost never happens, but there were moments in this story where I would get so frustrated or bored that I would have rathered recieving paper-cuts between my fingers and toes than read more of this. Ouch!
3) I found this story to be kind of unrealistic. Sure, the author seemed to know an awful lot about these places the character was visiting (so much that I almost wonder if she was trying to prove something or if she was just that thorough in searching Wikipedia). But I'm talking about the fact that Taylor practically seems to get over her mother's death in just a couple weeks. I don't care how screwed up their relationship was, no one with a real heart can get over a mother's death that quickly! Also, just some of the events seemed a little forced or hokey to me. But whatever, that wasn't even the worst part.
4) The worst part was how much I truly disliked the main character. Not even because she was annoying really. I mean she was, but mostly because she was just stupid! She gets herself in these stupid situations and then wonders why she's in trouble in the end. Not even just that, but she quite literally runs out on her family telling no one where she is, gets in trouble, apologizes, runs out yet again, gets in trouble, apologizes, runs out again, gets grounded, and then wonders why her life is so unfair. Boo FREAKING who! Seriously? I'm totally with her friend Allison on this one, grow up and get over yourself.
5) This probably goes with the last point on how much I disliked her, but this one bothered me so much that I felt it deserved it's own point. She sees this Jake guy, what, 3 times before declaring internally her undying love for him? I'm sorry, did we say she was 15 or 5? He does a couple of nice things for her and she wants to fly off to Tokyo with him for a couple months? And all this without her realizing he's trying to get into her pants? And it's not even in an ironic way. In the end, when she's supposedly all mature and grown-up (all of a month later) she still claims that she was actually in love with him. Either the author is brilliant in writing Taylor with a psychological complex of shifting her love for her mother onto someone else after her traumatic death (I highly doubt) or Taylor really is just an idiot.
1) There was a plus to the whole music tour concept, and that was all the different places they got to go to. There were so many different places, and we got to learn at least a few things from some of the more interesting places--though not much. I like reading books set in places I've never been before. So that helped a little.
2) Thanks to this book, I don't think I'll be wasting my time with the other Treadwell Academy books. I realize that is kind of a back-handed compliment, but it's true. I'm truly grateful that I have like no desire to read the other books. I really don't have the time or resources anyways.
3) This is still a fairly unique story. If there are other and better rock-star daughter stories, feel free to point them out to me. But at least I can say that this was new to me. ...more
When Chloe Baker was a little girl, she had the hugest crush on Zack Warren...but then again, so did every other girl on the playground. That's why itWhen Chloe Baker was a little girl, she had the hugest crush on Zack Warren...but then again, so did every other girl on the playground. That's why it was so easy for Chloe and her best friend to get others to join their club: The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club. She was a proud founder of the club up until Zack stole the streamers off of her bike. He'd picked on her a little before, but that was the last straw. Chloe was finally able to talk her self into hating Zack Warren, but unfortunately for her, she wasn't quite able to talk her sense into the rest of the fan club. Even after Chloe left, the club just kept going...all the way to her freshman year of college.
What Chloe didn't know was that the whole time she was loving and hating Zack Warren, he'd been battling his own feelings for her. He's always known he kind of had a thing for her, but when some guys of the baseball team start to notice her, his feelings shift from she's kind of cute to if any guy touches her I'll break his arm. The problem is, Zack and Chloe are both pretty sure she hates his guts. So Zack decides to do what any guy in his situation would do...become her friend.
Right, because just friends works out so well every other time.
But for Zack and Chloe, that might be the best chance they have. Why is that? Because both of their single parents recently ran off to Vegas and eloped...with each other! And now all four are moving in together while Zack and Chloe are on Spring Break. Let's just say this love hate relationship just went from complicated to REALLY FREAKING COMPLICATED!!
1) I realize they aren't blood related, but it still kind of weirds me out that they want to attempt a relationship as step-siblings. I mean, how do you keep a straight face when you introduce the guy as your boyfriend/stepbrother? Fortunately, I will never be caught in that situation.
2) While I liked most of the story, I still don't find the actual Fan Club very realistic. I mean, every single one of these girl would have to be mentally unstable if they are really getting together to stalk this one guy while they are in college (and let's face it, that's exactly what they are doing). No girl is that sad.
3) They must have a whole bag of nutcases at this school because Chloe ended up finding a weird stalker of her own. Seriously, what is in the water at this school? I guess you could say the author wanted a whole lot of drama. Possibly a little too much.
4) I'm the type of person who, no matter how "in the zone" I am when reading, my brain can't help but pick out errors. Whether typos, spelling, or grammatical errors, I really don't like them. They trip me up every time and interrupt the flow of the book for me. I can't stand it!!! And this book really needed an editor to fix all of the problems. I mean, come on, "chose" is not spelled with two Os!!
1) I really liked the back and forth between the characters. They could be quite humorous at times.
2) I loved that we got to see both perspectives. The book just wouldn't have been the same if it was simply from Chloe's point-of-view, and we would have missed a lot of details if it was just Zack's side of the story. The author did a great job of paralleling the two.
3) I just like books that make me giggle like a little girl. I can't help it, and it may be over some of the most stupid things, but I LOVE it!! Yeah, so I'm a girl and a hopeless romantic, deal with it.
4) Biggest praise was that this book was free on my sister's iPad. To be honest, I don't know if I would have payed $10 (give or take) to read this, but it was definitely great quality for the price...which was nothing.
5) Finally, I liked that this was still technically what I would call "young-adult" but the main characters weren't in high school. I'm pretty excited to see that the genre is stretching out a little and no longer limited to high school students. And it's even better when the main character isn't a whiny, do-nothing girl!...more