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DJ Rising

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  100 reviews
The first thing I hear is music. The first thing I've always heard is music.

Meet Marley, an unassuming high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen. In between caring for his heroin-addicted mother, and keeping his scholarship at a fancy prep school, he dreams of becoming a professional DJ.

When chance lands Marley his first real DJ job, his career as "DJ Ice" sudde
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 6th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The book tells the story about Marley, a boy who has seen a lot of sorrow. Yet for all the times he's down, he finds his way back up and keeps swimming. He sets his goals high and works for his dreams. It all sounds quite After-School-Special but I assure you it is not. Although Marley is a hard working student on scholarship in an expensive prep school, finding jobs as a DJ, he is still dealing with a mother who shoots the rent through her veins then does nothing but sit in a heroin in
Stuart Neave
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Marley Johnywas Diego-Dylan is a hard-working kid with a lot on his plate. His mother is addicted to heroin and is incapable of helping him. He has to somehow balance his top-rated schooling, his work, and caring for his mother. Marley aspires to be a professional DJ at the club "Fever," but how will he accomplish this goal with all of these things holding him back?
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"DJ Rising" by Love Maia was one of the best books that I had ever read. The reason I liked this book was because of the emotion that the author stirred up in the reader; the way the many twists and turns embraced the plot; how a young boy named Marley and his love for music and spinning as a DJ took him from his shabby school and a heroin addicted mother to spinning in a DJ Competition in one of the greatest clubs in the city; the club that Marley sat across from every day after finishing work; ...more
Reeseis Chillin
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
DJ Rising by Love Maia is a realistic fiction novel about Marley Johnywas Dieago-Dylan, a junior in high school who has a serious passion for music. This sory is about him as a young teenager who wants to soon make it as a professional DJ. But eventhough his goals are high, Marley has many things to deal with already in his life. He has to deal with busing tables at a restaurant to keep some money in his pocket, he has to uphold his scholarship at a school full of wealthier students that he is ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
While I felt DJ Rising might be a bit unrealistic, it was an interesting, heartwarming story.

Marley has a hard life. His mother is a heroin addict, so Marley must earn enough to support both himself and his mother. Totally on his own. He' attending a prestigious high school on scholarship, and all the rich kids at the school know he's not one of them. But he has a strong desire to go to college, and he works hard and gets straight As.

But, the most important thing to Marley is music. His dad, who
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi sento sempre in difficoltà quando devo parlare di un libro che mi ha colpita così tanto da farmi piangere - sì, ho pianto, lo ammetto senza vergogna - perché mi sembra sempre di non avere mai abbastanza parole per rendergli giustizia.

La mia storia con questo libro ha inizio due anni fa quando, nel mese di maggio, dopo aver finito di leggere This Song Will Save Your Life di Leila Sales (pubblicato dalla DeAgostini l'anno scorso con il titolo Resta fino all'ultima canzone) nei suggerimenti di
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a type of story that I love. One with hard times and redemption. I mean, who doesn't go through hard times and want a happy ending?

I love the way this plot line flowed. The reader meets a young man who has big dreams. I love that the plot line isn't filled with partying at clubs and doing stupid things. The plot line is full of real life experiences that a lot of teens face today. Nothing is painted pretty.

The characters of the book both amaze and shocked me. Marley is a bright young ma
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Marley. Here is a guy that is given a tough set of life circumstances and inspires you while he rises above it all.

I was given an advanced copy of the book to read and I picked it up on a Friday afternoon and didn't get much sleep that night because I couldn't put it down.

The story pulls you in and stays with you. Marley inspires. This is a great story. 5 Stars.
Jenna Cannella
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Marley Johnywas Diego-Dylan is a high school junior attending Ellington Prep on a scholarship. He lives in the projects with his heroin addicted mother. He somehow manages to work, go to school, keep up with his grades, and take care of his mother all at the same time. What Marley really wants to do is DJ at the club Fever full time. Will he be able to follow his dream? ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Scored an early copy. Marley is the coolest. Can't wait for this one to come out for real so everyone can read it!!!
Hayden Reuter
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves stories about music and being yourself.
DJ Rising tells the story of Marley Johnnywas Deigo-Dylan. Follow him on this journey that tells about love, loss, hope, fear, and figuring out who you're supposed to be.

Marley has loved DJ-ing since a young age. Before his father passed away in a drunk hit-and-run and left him with a heroin-addicted "mother," he would have Marley play with him. Music was Marley's hobby. It was oxygen for him, and he constantly took a deep breath every chance he got.
Marley is a junior at the school Ellington P
Lydia Rose
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was not fond of this book. I loved that he was so into music and I liked the way he thought about it, but the book itself and even the story line wasn't good. It gave me a little more to think about on the world, though. Just a warning, though: there's a lot of language and a lot of not cool stuff like drugs and alcohol.

Marley is just a kid who loves music and likes to DJ at his friends' parties while they get completely drunk and do other bad things. He'd rather play with his music any day,
Richie Lozanoski
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very interesting, I couldn't let myself put down this book because I always wanted to know what happens next. I liked the characters interactions with others, it felt as if the characters were people I know. I also liked the relationships in the book, they were very life like and affect the plot in different parts. It was very interesting the follow the plot and see the challenges he had to face with only being in high school.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, l-teens-fiction
thought this book was a completely waste of time reading, storyline bit over the top and unrealistic and very unrelatable
This review appeared first @ Moosubi Reviews!

When reading this review, I feel it's important to mention three things:

1. I love music. That being said, any book with music is already pushed a little upwards.
2. I read a book I didn't like so much before DJ Rising (not that DJ Rising was a bad book though!)
3. I was probably in the mood for a quick, contemporary read!

That being said, I definitely still enjoyed this book!

When I think of it now, DJ Rising is the type of book that, in my opinion, would
Hannah Williams
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel unfolds with the introduction of Marley Johnnywas Diego-Dylan who only has one goal in life : to become a famous and well know DJ. Marley's life is far from normal due to the fact that his mother is an heroin addict that hardly ever acknowledged his presence and his father died when Marley was young. Marley life consists of waking up at the crack of dawn to be able to attend a fancy prep school and then rushing from there to work the night shift at a restaurant to be able to provide f ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel stands out from the rest of the YA music-centred pack with several distinctions: a male protagonist, a focus on mixing music rather than purely creating it, and a slightly grittier, more urban setting than, say, Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez or Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly. It’s easy to feel the heart poured into this story; it’s an ode to music.

Marley has voice and humour going for him. Even before we’re informed he’s Puerto Rican and black, the narrative lets us into his bubble
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
DJ Rising by Love Maria is a book about A 16 year old teenage boy who is named Marley, Marley's dad passed away so he lived with his mother, his mom was a drug addict along with her boyfriend who was living with them. Marley had a dream of one day becoming a well known DJ, he played at parties and everyone though he was a great DJ! specially his friends Scuzz and Chuckie they were always their for him, they even knew each other since they were young and grew up together. Marley had a crush on th ...more
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so this book caught me completely off-guard. I devoured it, reading it in just about 24 hours. I have never been in a club, never seen a live DJ...didn't matter one bit. It may be my favorite book of the years thus far. Yup. There, I said it.

Marley is a character your instantly fall in love with, but in a "I really want to see this boy win!" type of way. He's a boy, like many out there, who is forced to grow-up and become a man way too early in life. A boy forced to take on the responsibil
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Marley Johnywas Diego-Dylan is the aspiring DJ from the projects. His father died four years ago in a hit and run accident and his mother has been on a drug induced downward spiral ever since. While Marley manages working full time, school, and taking care of his mom he has dreams of becoming a world famous DJ. Marley finally gets a shot at becoming a DJ and his whole life slowly changes. Will Marley be able to hang onto his new world, or will he be back to just dreaming of what could be?

One of
George Rosales
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dj Rising
By: Love Maia

Dj riding is a 14 year dj who is a popular dj at a renowned club in his home town. Marley or “ Dj Ice” has big problems with family. After he lost his mom to the drug abuse. Marley finally met the family he didn't know about. Marley has a tough childhood with the passing of his father and now his mother.

Marley is a high school sophomore and dreaming to be once a professional Dj. Love Maia does a good explanation of Marley’s life goals and problems that are on the way. Marl
Mar 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Marley says the first thing he heard when he was born was music and music is always the first thing that he hears. After his father died some years before, his mother took to drugs. She brings a steady stream of low life boyfriends through their home while Marley watches and waits for her to be the mother she once was. Marley, at 15, works a full time job and attends a local private school on a scholarship where he is made to feel like an outsider because of his lower economic status. He has two ...more
Charles Lawrence
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading an advanced copy of DJ Rising and I was quietly weeping as I read the final pages. I loved this book. Marley, the 16 year-old aspiring DJ, narrates his own story, and I totally fell for this kid before I’d finished the second chapter. He’s a tough, bright, sensitive, talented bi-racial kid from the wrong side of town – a scholarship student at a tony private school where most of the kids are white and rich. His world is filled with equally fascinating and wonderful charac ...more
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, stand-alone
3.5 stars

I am a huge music addict. I love it as much as Marley does, and as someone who has recently been joking about wanting to be a DJ as a side-job in the future, DJ Rising seemed like one ironic gift from fate when I received it in the mail the other week. Either way, I'm just glad that I ended up liking it.

For DJ Rising to be her first book, Love Maia did an awesome job. Although the beginning was a bit slow, getting used to the setting and Maia's writing style, the book got better as it p
Brendan Mcmahon
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
DJ Rising is a great book. This book kept me on the edge wondering what would happen next to protagonist. This book was recommend to me by my English teacher and my fellow scholars in my classroom.

DJ Rising is about a sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan, one of the only kids in his elite high school on financial aid. His father died a few years back, and his mom spends her days strung out on heroin in front of the television with her loser boyfriends. Marley loves music and listens to it every s
Erik Perez
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This Book is something else than anything i thought. This Book is so interesting and lifelike. The storyline was even more entertaining than some cliche story about an average teen trying to fit in. DJ Rising is about a Half Puerto Rican/African-American Teenager named Marley. He works everyday so his mother and him can both live under a roof. Marley's mother is a Heroin addict who does and says nothing but sits down and gazes at tv everyday.

Marley is a transfer to a rich private school with oth
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
If there's a character to admire, it's Marley. He sets high goals and works hard to maintain his scholarship in an expensive prep school. In addition, he works as a DJ while caring for his heroin-addicted mother. True, Marley wants a normal childhood, but he still makes something of his situation. Marley is far from perfect, but he is a protagonist that you want to support, someone you want to see rise and live the American dream.

The plot focuses on the characters and Marley's path as a DJ, and
Patricia O'brien
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
DJ Rising focuses on a High School aged boy Marley who dreams of being a DJ. He's held back by the fact that he's working a full time job, maintaining good grades a supporting his heroine addict mother; and of course by the fact that he's only sixteen and too young to legally get into clubs. The book follows Marley as he tries to balance both his dreams and his home life.
Throughout the book Marley faces huge conflicts because of social status, age, and family issues but it felt like whenever any
Juan Brito
I recently read Dj Rising by Love Maia, Marley a high school junior who breaths music like oxygen. In the book Marley wants to become a professional DJ, but how can he do that if he has a mother who's addicted to heroin.

The characters that you get to meet is Marley who is a 16 year-old. Marley goes to rich high school and does not have much going for him since he has heroin addicted mother and father who passed away.
One of the main conflicts in the story is that Marley wants to be a professional
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book about a young teenage guy that lives with his drugaddict mother and her boyfriend of the time. He has trouble juggleing school and work as it is , then he gets a chance for his dream , being a dj at a popular club . He gets in! He loves it, he loves seeing people move to his music he feels like he can control them with the beat.
I think teens should read this book becouse its about a teenager , music ,real life ,and working towards what you love . Teens like myself would love this book
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Love Maia has always been a reluctant reader. She sees her writing as an opportunity to reach out to other reluctant readers and make books more enjoyable for them by combining literature and music. In addition to writing, she enjoys underground hip-hop, pizza, fog, death metal, and butterflies. When not writing, Love can be found playing drums in an alternative rock band around the city of San Fr ...more
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“The song reminds me of my life lately and the way things that happen devastate you so badly but then turn around and totally surprise you by growing into something unexpected and astounding.
Of course, i could be wrong. I mean, who knows what the song is really about except whoever wrote it? But that's one of the many things about music that's so great. You can interpret a song and relate it to your life any way you want.”
“The way I see it, the blue is the stuff you can't control, life's major heartbreak and struggles, that feeling of devastation so massive and brutal it inflicts permanent damage on the heart and spirit that can never be undone and will always be there, spewing somewhere in a corner of your mind like deep scars you'll have with you you're whole life.
The green you also can't control. But that's the part that reminds you life is worth living. It's not the here-and-there type of good stuff that happens every day either. The green is the stuff that comes in huge doses that slap you in the face when you least expect it and brings a light to all that you are through growth, bravery, and goodness, and love. It's the stuff that picks you up when you're at the bottom and makes you keep on going even when you're sure you can't. That's the green.”
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