How to Kill a Rock Star
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,
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
***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 i ...more
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....more
"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?
This is my third five stars read ever, and it couldn't be more well deserved! if I were to describe this How to Kill a Rock Star, it would probably be with the words pure magic. I had a magical feeling stirring in my body that wanted to get out through this entire book. Like I said, it's sheer, pure brilliance. I don't know how t ...more
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 a ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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
”Note to self: Always remember how lucky you are to wake up next to someone who thinks you're the shit.”
True words of wisdom spoken above. In a world where loneliness can be all encompassing it’s nice to have someone on your side rooting for you. When you find your ‘tribe’ it’s very freeing to allow you to be who you are meant to be. The problem is when someone else’s idea of success is not your own and they alter your course with their actions. They think they’re doing it fo ...more
Dreams can change histories and songs can alter destinies.
Music. Two people madly in love with it. And one band. Paying respect to the gods of Rock N' Roll.
Eliza is afraid to let herself fall. And learn how to fly in the process.
Paul is a dreamer and a true believer. And a rockstar in the making.
When Eliza, a young music reporter lands the story of a lifetime, meeting her idol, she comes to New York to work for a famous magazine. There she will meet her other half ...more
As Paul Hudson would say. OVER
*****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 t ...more
♥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 ...more
“Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.”
That wasn't quite what I expected, but in a good way!
How to Kill a Rockstar is the story of Eliza, a young rock journalist who in a twist of fate, meets her idol and follows her dreams. After landing a job as a journalist in a prominent magazine in New York, Eliza moves in with her brother, and meets her new roommate Paul Hudson.
“Personally, I don’t like inherently happy ...more
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
However, I absolutely hated the choices heroine made and the direction plot took. I know that a l ...more
I went in not knowing much about it except the fact that there is so much love out there for this book. It was very different from what I was expecting and I both loved and hated it.
It is the story of musical journalist, Eliza, moving to New York City and meeting Paul - a sexy, tortured and crazy talented sexy singer/songwriter who is on the cusp of big success. They share a worshipful obsession of all things music, and their s ...more
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 t ...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 an ...more
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
Ever see the movie Almost Famous ? This book is that movie, 30 years later, as far as its depiction of the music industry as it zeros in on one band trying to find success.
It was funny, tender, sophisticated.
There really isn't much else to say here except that this book moved me and made me feel so much...intensely and passionately! I 110% loved it!
What an incredible author! Why hasn't this book been made into a movie?!?! I loved e ...more
" 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.
It is about LOVE. LIFE. HOPE. MUSIK. FATE. DESTINY. LIES AND TRUTH. PAUL. EL ...more
There are no words for how much I loved this book, it is one of my all time favorites. I wish I could find the words to express how wonderful this book is, but nothing I could write would do it justice. It is the best example of how perfection renders me speechless. I feel so guilty for not being able to create some awesome eloquent review, seriously IT.IS.MY.FAVORITE.BOOK.. And all I can say is READ IT! - Tiffanie DeBartolo is like a genius. Magic flows from each page. This book gives me an a ...more
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
Is it just me, or are the books with the biggest hype the hardest to read? I've been holding off on How to Kill a Rockstar for months because I simply wasn't ready after having my heart stomped on by God-Shaped Hole. Tiffanie DeBartolo can write heartache like nobody's business. I wish I could borrow her brain for a day because this woman is incredibly smart. Her pages seep deep, philosophical Romance and I can't soak up her words enough.
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Tiffanie is the founder and CEO of San Francisco Bay Area record label Bright Antenna, wh ...more
"No one commits suicide because they want to die."
"Then why do they do it?"
"Because they want to stop the pain.”