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Making It

(The Rock ‘n’ Roll Diaries #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  34 reviews
When Burt decides he must start a rock band to win the love of Bex, he is forced to assemble a quartet of teenage opposites. The RockAteers are born. It must work, and not just for Burt’s sake. Egg has spent his life on the outside looking in, Tea needs to evade a tough future and Clipper wants more than a fast track to football academy. When Egg reveals his song-writing g ...more
Kindle Edition, 179 pages
Published August 16th 2013 by Mad Notes Media
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Alexis Taft
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much.
It's full of fun highs and lows.
It's written amazing and Jamie should be so proud of it.
If u love music then u should read this book, I can't wait for book 2 to come out.
Laura Louise
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An hilarious and enticing read that draws you into the journey of the characters. You truly feel like part of the gang and it's very easy to visualise the scene. The writing is comedic brilliance and truly heartwarming in places :) go grab a copy or download now before the next installment...
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'Making it' by Jamie Scallion is a gripping and engaging book which personally, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and managed to finish it so soon I've started to read it again!

The book explores the start of journey of four teenage boys living in London trying to make it as a band. The contrast been each character is particularly engaging and gives the book a real twist to it!
Burt Winsor - a typical 15/16 year old lad, good-looking and considerably over-confident. All he wants is the girl of his dre
Gabriella Watson
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not the sort of person who reads a lot, but the unique plot of this book made me want to read it. After checking out the twitter accounts of this book (@TheRnRDiaries, @therockateers), I decided to purchase it. And I'm so glad I bought it! The book is definitely one of my favorites at the moment, and I absolutely can't wait until book two comes out! I love the way that the band is sort of 'brought to life' through the music and twitter account! It's such a distinctive idea!
Great read!
Lorna Allan
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
absaloutly fantastic to read it tells how hard the music industry is but with practise and patience it pays off .not much of a book reader but this book has got me wanting more from it cant wait for book 2.jamie scallion u are the best u should be so proud of the book xxx
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Check out my review on my blog to listen to song clips, and find links to an audiobook clip.

This book needs more than 5 stars to rate it.

I can honestly say I have never enjoyed an audiobook as much as this one.  When I was contacted about reviewing Making It I had not heard anything about the book or the author, after doing some quick research, quick because one glance at the synopsis had me wanting to read the book, I quickly replied with a big YES PLEASE.  From the minute I began listening to
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
If you like music and you like teen fiction, let me just tell you now: you need to read this book! It's funny, fast and honest too. It'll tell you how the music industry works, how hard it is to get a band noticed but also how amazing it is to do what you love in a group of your best friends. I read it really fast and quickly became invested in The RockAteers and their burgeoning music career. It's exactly how I'd imagine The Inbetweeners if they decided to start a rock band!

The RockAteers is ma
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. When I first heard about the book I thought it was going to be primarily a teen read and wasn’t sure I would enjoy reading it but as I started to read I soon realised this book could be read and enjoyed by all ages.

The book has a honest easy read writing style which is funny, entertaining and has some serious moments mixed in with some real laugh out loud ones. The main characters in the book are all very different but ones that everyone can relate to. I insta
Natalie Flynn
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Meet Burt. He has everything your average teenager wants - looks, money, charm...but he doesn't have the girl. In order to win Bex's heart, Burt needs to take some drastic action. He needs to start a rock band. After assembling a gang of misfits, the Rockateers are born...

Told in traditional narrative, diary entries and with a sound track to go with the developing band's story (which can be found here:, "The Rock 'N' Roll Diaries - Making It" will not disappo
Zoe Wilson
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-2013
Such a compelling, fast paced story that I absolutely loved reading. 'The Rock and Roll Diaries' tells the story of four teenagers, different though they are become united, each with a dream of something bigger, each part of a band with big hopes and awe inspiring songs. The characters are all so different and the introspective diary entries make this book stand out against others I have recently read. Totally unique, totally entertaining and just a fantastic read :)
Loz Haigh
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An exciting literary and musical orgy. I love this unique take on making a fictional story part of the real world. What with the bands twitter page, actual songs (written by The Script) and tons of other ways of connecting to the author (Jamie) online, makes The Rock n Roll Diaries a reading experience unlike any I have witnessed before.
The writing style is second to none, it's witty, fast pasted, fun and a total page turner.
I'm soooo excited for the next installment. Jamie, get typing x
Hayley Smith
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Never been a book person but was told to try this an I could not put it down! Such a good book and cannot wait for book 2
Terrie Whitehead
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute must read loved every single thing about it! If you haven't read it yet the. You must do ASAP before the next one is released!
Ali Boyd-brent
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Makes me want to start a band right now!!
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a crazy and entertaining story this is! Burt is 16 and has it all: the looks, the charm and the money. He's been chasing this girl Bex for years now and she's the only one - or the only thing - that got a way. In a last attempt to win her over he starts a band, the RockAteers. He asks a musical nerd (Egg), a loner (Tea) and a homosexual soccerplayer (Clipper) to join him. Together they will beat the odds...

At first "Making It" looks like another Rocky-like tale about nobodies becoming someb
Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

So the concept of this book is really cool. Not only is it an intimate look into the head and life of a rock star, but it's interactive as you can actually meet and hear the characters. This brings the whole thing to life.

You're probably wondering why I gave this 3 stars. Don't get me wrong, it's an interesting concept and the storyline was entertaining. It was also a very fast read considering more than hal
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This is the kind of book I wanted to read when I was a 'young adult'. In the 80s we had 'Sweet Valley High' and Judy Blume tomes (not that I am criticising Ms Blume - I was a big fan and my copy of 'Forever' always fell open on 'certain pages') but nothing about Rock n Roll ... nothing about boys in tight trousers playing guitars.
The band in the book are diverse, like most rock bands are. They are a mish-mash of YA character types who come together to create a sound that rocks the scene. Much i
Mar 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Music fans
Recommended to Liz by: Bands, fans
Are you an aspiring musician who needs a book to get them inspired? Keep looking. This cliché-ridden novel/novella (it was quite short) offers the easiest road to stardom anyone can hope for, through the means of unnecessary inappropriate language and scenes.. The characters are underdeveloped and impossible to root for behind all their common archetypal facades. Every twist and turn was coincidental and, strangely, expected. The plot really is just not there. However; with that being said, it i ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Oh, I so wanted to love this - I saw the author perform with his band Officer Kicks back in 2009 and have followed him on Twitter and Facebook since, so when I saw that he was writing this I was really excited.

I did enjoy it, don't get me wrong, but I'm quite obviously not the target audience and as a result, the actual diary entries were my least favourite part of the book. The story is a good one, but the inner musings of the characters left me cold most of the time. I need to remember that I
Zachary Camillus
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've never loved reading books at all. The Rock 'N' Roll Diaries is the one book where I really felt the need to connect with the story line and keep pushing myself to read on. Reading is never my thing. The only books I've read are textbooks. This is the book that got me reading many other books like 'Looking for Alaska' by John Green and 'The Maze Runner' by James Dashner. Indubitably one of the most captivating books, in my opinion. Check it out.
Karen Davey
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely fantastic read. It grips you from the start and you can't put it down. Don't be put off if you don't normally read this kind of book it's amazing and you'll love it. Can't wait for book 2 having it
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This is a book to listen to rather than to read because the listener is treated to excerpts of the songs the lads perform. The reader does a good job differentiating between the four boys. Not great literature, but a fun listen. #funbook
Jenny Yeu
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read can't wait for the next one
Eleanor Bound
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book recommended by Danny from "The Script". Engaging exciting and a really entertaining story. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for another instalment.
Sarah Hallahan
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, music
This is a funny, insightful book about making a band and the desire to make it successful. The characters are all very different but all have their input into the band and the relationships with each other and their fans. The book is based on real experiences from many people/bands including Jamie himself and The Script.

I laughed out loud on many occasions reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about the trials and tribulations of a group of friends (and the one gi
Sue Murdoch
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought a while before submitting a rating, but gave 4* because it is a great story. The ego clashes between band members feel very real. (Don't ask me how, but I know!) I would have liked Burt's relationship with his sister to be a stronger part of the story from the start leading to the traumas at the end, but that's a small issue.
I think it's a fantastic story about making it in the music industry whilst keeping options open, remaing sane and not being manipulated by businessmen ...or famil
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Making It. We meet as strangers, but leave as friends. We are introduced to each character and their uniqueness, Very 'The Breakfast Club' feel to the book as they are all becoming familiar to each other, and make a go of becoming a band. If you like reading books with a music/band theme you will love this book. It is very difficult not to get caught up in this book, at every opportunity my head was in it! I also bought the audio book, and the authors rich dulcet tone made it all ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this based on the recommendation of @thescript and I loved it - I think I found it funny for different reasons than some readers due to be being a bit older than the average reader of the book but I loved it - the thoughts that go through teenage boys heads never cease to amaze and amuse me - A really great insight into a how a band starts and very funny - a good easy read that it well written xx onwards to the second boo ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great book. Well written. Easy to read. not more to say
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the continuing story of The Rockateers. Bring on the sequel!
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Jamie Scallion grew up in South London. He started a rock band at school and as lead singer of a cult London band for twelve years he toured the world, playing with some of the biggest names in the music industry. He wrote The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries whilst on the road.

Other books in the series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Diaries (4 books)
  • Having It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries, #2)
  • Losing It (The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries Book 3)
  • Owning It (The Rock ‘n’ Roll Diaries #4)

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