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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,467 ratings  ·  247 reviews
She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage?

"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me..."

Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she's got more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Scholastic (first published March 1st 2011)
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Joy (joyous reads)
This is one of those books that would require the reader's patience to fully appreciate all its quirky nuisances. It was touch and go there for a while. You need to practice self-control and curb your judgments until you've read the entire book. Needless to say, I made a fool of myself on Goodreads again.

Here's the Story, Morning Glory:

Jody's obsession with Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators reached new heights as she found herself inadvertently kidnapping her dream man, the love of her
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m going to start this review by saying that Rockoholic by C. J. Skuse is one of the funniest, most entertaining and highly original books I’ve read in a long time.

To be quite honest, when I first read the synopsis I thought the book sounded good but I honestly didn’t know whether I’d like it. I mean, I’m a bit past my boy band loving days although I do remember what it was like to have a crush on Ronan Keating *cringing as we speak* and I won’t tell you about the time I had front row tickets
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is kind of hard to review because my feelings for it are kind of inconsistent. I started reading this book about a month ago, and the first chapter was entertaining enough. The second chapter was just okay, and by the third chapter rolled around, I was really bored. So I decided to set it aside for a bit.

Well, I picked it up again early this morning, and it got better. By the end of chapter five, I was smiling and laughing out loud. Jodie's antics were so crazy, and Mac's dramatic outb
This and other reviews on Book Thoughts by Marielle!

Just know that this book emotionally depleted me. I mean, I only have so much emotion that I can let out and all of it for the next month was unleashed today, when I finished this book. I PROMISED MYSELF I WOULDN'T CRY ON MY BIRTHDAY. But I did. In a good-ish kind of way.

I went into Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse thinking that it would be a light, fluffy read. I was kind of right.

You know that one celebrity that you would give anything just to meet
A. Bookzilla.
This book is sweet, and at times heartbreaking, but you need to know something else: this book is also h i l a r o u s!
During the first like...7-8 chapters (before and during the kidnapping and the aftermath of it) I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe.
The whole book is funny, though. My sister kept glancing over at me worriedly because every now and then I would crack up so much.

Jody is half-mad. I mean, I get her, she is grieving, she is lonely, she doesn't fit in, (view spoiler)
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Bristol teen, Jody, has a major crush on US rock star Jackson Gatlin. She has his posters plastered on her wall, eats what he professes to eat and just generally fangirls out at his concerts. Her best friend, Mac, wants to be on Broadway star and genially puts up with her Gatlin rants with a stoic front. They spend most of their time together at his family's pub and taking care of his little sister, Cree while his parents work. Her divorced mother has moved the fami
First off, my lovelies, I must give props to Ms. Skuse for nailing the obsessiveness and slightly scary factors of being a female fan of a rising idol. Especially a hot male idol. Jody, our main character, as much as I may try (but I won't) to deny it, is a lot like quite a few people I know.

Quite a few One Direction obsessed friends I know, to be exact. And if I said that Jody's lack of sense and brain cells annoyed the hell out of me, and I couldn't stand her as a character - I'd also be say
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first came across Rockoholic I thought nah, it’s not for me. A book about a girl obsessed with a rock star? Not my cup of tea. I’m not really into music in a big way and can honestly say I’ve never obsessed over anyone in a band. But I kept coming across it on the book review blogs and the more I read, the more intrigued I was, so when I got the opportunity to review it I jumped at it.

Oh. My. Word! What a painfully hilarious book this was. How can I explain what I mean? It was like watchi
Zoe and the Edge
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
The characters are pretty good, the delivery a bit sloppy and the plot even worse but it made me laugh. As in really LOL.

I'm starting a theory. I think British writers have a knack for writing beautifully flowing natural dialogue. It might just be that I'm Australian and British speak is more familiar than American to me, but this is a budding theory. So there.

Jody has this attitude that I really like when she's not being completely stupid over Jackson. When she's being gaga over him,
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Omg, this book was SO GOOD!!!!
Honestly, it was the best realistic-fiction I have ever read. I loved the protagonist and all of the secondary characters too. The relationships in the book felt so real and the plot was really interesting. Plus, it was super funny; I could not stop laughing. Overall it was an awesome read. I wish I could take this adventure all over again :)
Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This is just not for me. :/
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage?

"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me..."

Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she's got more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oop
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it
My original review for this title can be found HERE at The Book Hookup.

When the blurb says that Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, that was putting it mildly. She's quite obsessed, believing that if they were to meet, he'd fall hopelessly in love with her because he's the only person in the world that could ever possibly begin to understand her as a person. Jody's almost positive that she'll get her chance at the concert, she just has to get him to notice her in t
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Rockoholic isn't the book I thought it would be, but kudos to C. J. Skuse for trying something different. Still, I really thought this was one of those premises where the main character does this crazy rock star kidnapping thing and hilarity ensues - except, it's really not all that funny. I guess I liked the serious turn, teaching a life lesson to one obsessed fangirl, it just wasn't the story I expected.

The summary's entirely accurate though, Jody's obsessed with this dude Jackson Gatlin and h
Review can be seen here on Books and Swoons .

**I received a copy of this book as an egalley from Scholastic through NetGalley but it did not influence this review in any way.**

Now, I'm a fangirl at heart so I was very excited about starting this book. Accidentally kidnapping your celebrity crush + the funnies it bound to ensues = excitement in starting this book! However right from the beginning, Jody, the main character, was a bit too much for me to handle. I understood her devotion to J
Funny, Original and yet completely and utterly Frustrating.
I think that sums up Rockaholic well..


“I’m going to marry Jackson Gatlin one day.”

Just take a few seconds to really reflect on that sentence. Done? Okay..

Now, I don't know about you, but I personally am not a fan of people claiming to be 'In Love' with people they've never met. I agree that people can have crushes.. I'm not a stranger to fangirling over certain musicians or actor
Amber (Books of Amber)
Jody, Rockoholic’s main character, is Jackson’s biggest fan. When her best friend Mac gives Jody a ticket to The Regulator’s gig she jumps at the chance to go. After queuing up outside all day Jody gets to see just three songs before she hits her head and is taken to the nurse’s room.

Mac drives her home, plus one – Jackson , who is so high on drugs at the time he thinks that Jody's Curly Wurly is a knife. Yes, you read that right!

Honestly, I found the concept of this novel to be very bizarre. I
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Oh Man - I loved this book! I really liked the look of it when I first heard about it but I wasn't expecting it to be that good!

The story follows Jody and Mac. Jody is completely obsessed with a band called The Regulators and their lead singer Jackson Gatlin. Mac is her best friend and when Jody goes to see The Regulators preform she manages to accidentally kidnap Jackson, making Mac an accomplice in the process. But will Jackson be everything Jody thinks he will be?

Jody really is an awesome cha
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2012
This is definitely not book that is realistic at all. It's a fun take you away for the day read. Jody goes to the Regulators concert and after being kneed, banged around and ultimately fainting, she wakes up at the end of the concert in the infirmary room backstage. She's upset that she's missed the concert while she was unconscious, and that's when the band members come in. They go from bed to bed talking to their injured fans and then Jackson makes his way to Jody's bed, she offers him a curly ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok

Jody is completely and totally in love! He's the most amazing guy ever!! He's the only one who truly understands her!!!

He's rock GOD Jackson Gatlin, lead singer of The Regulators, and Jody knows that if she can just get to the front of the crowd at his next concert, he'll see her and fall head over heels in love with her.

Of course, nothing ever turns out the way Jody hopes.

Sure! She gets the rock god back home; he's now living in her garage. But it wasn't
I'm highly ambivalent towards Rockoholic. Tl;dr: If you like contemporary humour and are forgiving r.e. credibility and naivety, it could be worth a try.

The Good

- The humour - yes, you will need to suspend disbelief but it's well worth it. I do, however, feel the humour wanes about midway.
- The characterisation - thorough, and some really likeable characters - Mac, Cree and Jody's grandad, who, despite having died before the book starts is still a major character. They are the heart and soul of
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
I got this book to review on the Amazon Vine program as I’d heard lots of fab things about it from my blogger friends. I started reading this book when I was having a pretty miserable day and needed cheering up and boy did it do the job!

Rockoholic starts off with main character Jody at her beloved granddad’s funeral her granddad was Jody’s idol. Not the typical grandfather figure he loved rock and roll, would moon bathe and wanted his funeral to be called a “body barbeque” and we automatically g
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Rockaholic having heard a lot about it from my fellow UK Book Bloggers about how funny it was and at the time, that was just what I wanted! I have to admit I do hardly laugh at books, even when they are funny and I find it funny I don’t actually LOL I just have a little giggle inside! Well Rockaholic did make me LOL, not as much as I hoped as half way through things turned a bit more serious but at the beginning I was giggling quite a lot.

Rockaholic has quite a
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Jody is a massive fan of a band called The Regulators, in particular their lead singer, Jackson Gatlin. And by massive fan, we're talking OBSSESSED. She's vegetarian because in an interview Jackson says he is, she reads the same books Jackson reads, she buys zebra things because on Wikiepedia it says Jackson likes zebras; she truly believes he's the guy for her ... if only he knew she existed. Maybe he'll notice her when she goes to a Regs concert.

Really Jody's only hoping for a smile from the s
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
3.25/5 Stars..
I've wanted to read this book for such a long time now, the concept was what initially first caught my attention, that and I love the cover, it's very simplistic but consistent with the storyline.
The idea of accidently kidnapping your favourite rock star has probably been fantasized about at some time or another in your life, but of course you'd never actually do it, but when Jody happens to do just that and kidnaps Jackson Gatlin, lead singer of American rock band The Regulators,
Before picking up this book I had not heard of the author before so started it with no real expectations about what it would be like.

The story follows Jody a teenage girl who goes to see in concert her favourite band, and more importantly, her idol Jackson Gaitlin. A variety of things go wrong and by the end of the evening Jody ends up kidnapping Jackson and taking him home to hide out from the press in her Granddad's garage.

I liked several things about this book. Firstly it was really funny. Th
Adriane Marshall
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

Jody loves The Regulators. Her walls are plastered with pictures of the band and her idol Jackson Gatlin, the frontman of the band. But at the concert she ends up backstage with a concussion and accidentally kidnaps him along with her best friend Mac. Mac who may or may not be gay (but that is a whole ‘nother story!)

Not knowing what else to do with her drugged out idol, she takes him home and keeps him in her garage. Every time she tries to return him he tells her he doesn’t want to go b
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rockoholic was an interesting book. The plot kept me captivated until the end. The British slang terms got a little confusing. At the beginning, they took away from the story. The further I progressed into the story, the more they were reused and I think I got a general understanding of what most of them mean. The story focuses on Jody who is in love with Jackson, the lead singer of The Regulators. There is a small problem with that. Jackson doesn’t know she exists. When she gets a chance to go ...more
Farah Hanani
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
When I read the description, I was like 'How the hell is she going to kidnap a rock star?!' But then she did it and I was like, 'OMG!!! She did it!!!'

I was a little mad and annoyed with Jody at the beginning of the book with how she treat Jackson and how she was treated.

Jody is this really wild girl who listens to rock music and is totally obsessed with Jackson Gatlin, the lead singer in The Regulators. She also tends to do things first before she thinks and the aftermath of those were really me
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-teenage-books
I thought this was a funny, honest and unexpectedly deep book. It perfectly captures the feeling of hero worship that you get as a rock band obsessed teenager (which is not far from what I am now, except replacing teenager with 20-something and rock with metal). I felt truly awful for protagonist Jodie as she discovers that her idol is really not all he's cracked up to be - in fact, he's a messed up drug addict with little concern for anyone else. That would be enough of a nightmare for any fan ...more
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C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House), MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS (Mira Ink). She was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels lectures in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. C.J. is currently working on a ...more

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