(view spoiler)[The Rock Star in Seat 3A boasts being a "fairy-tale romance with a twist" when, in actuality, it...moreCue The Cranberries' "Disappointment".
(view spoiler)[The Rock Star in Seat 3A boasts being a "fairy-tale romance with a twist" when, in actuality, it is simply a re-hash of nearly every romantic comedy. The ending to this novel wasn't so much of a "twist", but rather a derivative and underwhelming finale to a book that hides behind the facade of most girl's fantasy of living happily ever after with their Rock star God.
I wanted to like Rock star in Seat 3A, but, let's face it, I read books to escape from reality, not to be reminded of it. I read this book hoping that our female protagonist would find that happy medium with her Rock star beau, not go crawling back to her cute, puppy-dog partner, Wylie. The reason I even considered reading this was because I wanted to live vicariously through Hazel. I wanted to bump into my Rock star crush, fall helplessly in love, and have searing, steamy sex in public spaces. I enjoyed the first half of this book for just this reason. And though I knew there was a very high chance that Hazel would choose the chef over the musician, I half hoped that it wouldn't resort to the predictable "I was with the right man all along!" finish. No. I want my fucking Rock star. Not marriage. Not kids. I want -- nay, NEED -- adventure and sex and rock & roll.
Obviously this is all a matter of personal preference, but I can't help but feel resentment towards this novel for pretending to be about fulfilling a dream and sticking with it. Hell, the only reason I didn't give this 1 star was because Jill Kargman is a very good writer. She is witty, in tune with pop culture, and very funny. However, beyond her witticism and the fact that the first 100 pages were a satisfying and exciting read, this book fell FLAT. I did not appreciate the cliched resolution nor the subtle message that being with a Rock star is simply not possible. At least, that's what I got from it.
I had high hopes for Kargman's Rock star, I really did, but to me, this book felt like "being handed a pizza and then being shot in the face". (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A disappointment across the board. Unfortunate, because the premise had some real potential.
Not once did I find any of the characters intriguing or e...moreA disappointment across the board. Unfortunate, because the premise had some real potential.
Not once did I find any of the characters intriguing or even likable. Not once did I feel sympathetic to their "plight" (in my opinion, Derting really underplayed the suffering in this "dystopian"). Not once did I care about Max and Charlie's seemingly "love at first sight" relationship (in fact, I got sick of Charlie fan-girling over him every chance she could). Everything about The Pledge felt forced and bland and predictable. By the half-way point I was already dying for it to be over. By the end I felt duped and annoyed that I had wasted my time even hoping that this book would get better.
Long story short? I will not be reading the second book.