Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rock This! Thursday Review: Rock My World by Liza Conrad

Rock My World by Liza Conrad 

Released: June 2005
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 179
Source: Library

Rating: ♥♥♥

Livy James didn't exactly have a typical childhood...

Surrounded by lots of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, she's been on the road for as long as she can remember. With a father who was the lead singer of the popular band The Babydolls, and an ex-groupie for a mother, she had no choice but to grow up fast. Now at seventeen, Livy is finally close to having a normal life-until she lands an internship at the music magazine Rock On. Her first assignment? Follow the now-sober, more mature Babydolls across the globe on their reunion tour. It won't be easy to work alongside her dad, who's just now trying to be a responsible father. Armed with a pen, earplugs, and her best friend, Cammie, Livy's back on the road again. To complicate this already-too-complicated situation, her "musicians need not apply" dating rule is getting harder to obey-thanks to the lead singer of her Dad's opening band, who's hot enough to make Livy forget how much she wanted to leave the rock 'n' roll life behind.


When you have an opening such as: And on the sixth day, God created Nick Hoffman's voice, Liz Phair's lyrics, Kurt Cobain's angst, and Lenny Kravitz's guitar licks. And he saw that it was good. So He just said, "Screw it...tomorrow I'm resting." I'm pretty much sold to keep reading.

The beginning of this story sucked me in. Livy's character is your average teen girl who has a dream of being a writer. You can already tell that her life was not normal having to deal with a dad who's sobriety is like a roller coaster and a mom who has to be there taking care of him every second so he can function. This doesn't bother her too much because you know right away she is a very independent girl. That's what I liked most about her is that her head was on her shoulders.

Her best friend Cammie blended well with the story. She's the girl who doesn't know the lifestyle of rock stars and is on a mission to loose her virginity to one of the guitarist from The Babydolls. Then there were the boys from the band The Wolves. Nick Hoffman is right away the kind of rocker that makes me drool and an added bonus he's Irish. *swoooon* Along with him is his best friend Kai who is mellow and laid back just like Nick.

The idea for the story is mainly for Livy to find out what happened the night her dad's band broke up and in the mix make sure she doesn't get caught up with the whole rock n' roll lifestyle. And the first part of the book had it. The music (which was all excellent band choices by the way) you could hear in your head, you could see all the characters, and then somewhere along the way it all just...faded. Halfway through the middle for me the characters started sounding the same. The "romance" with Livy and Nick to me lacked feeling. It describes how Livy is feeling, but it was like I was being told rather than being able to get swept in it. Which is crazy because the beginning had me hooked! Then the characters started sounding alike and some became kind of bland. The story wasn't a bad one, but it just lost its' touch. I still liked how it ended and everything, but overall the book was just okay. Didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.



Katie said...

This book looks like something I might like. I guess I have another book to add to my to-be-read pile. Great review!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Aw, boo. It does sound like a good book but that sucks it started falling flat at the end.