Cross posted from Incandescent.
Before I start, I have to say that I have absolutely fallen in love
with user reviews on Amazon! I am took a writing break last week (with
the minor exception of jotting down ideas that pop into my head so I
won't forget them) and so I started browsing Amazon. I've shopped on the
site before, but I usually I already knew what I wanted. I've never
taken full advantage of the user reviews. I have read twenty-two books
in the past ten days (no, I'm not joking, though part of me kind of
wishes I was... that much reading might be a sign of some kind of
illness) and most of them I would rate at least 4 stars. Even the worst
of them would get 3. I bought them based on a few factors, but the
deciding point was always the user reviews and so far they have not
steered me wrong! Okay, I'm done gushing about the opinions of random
strangers. Onto the books!
Jamison has lead a life a lot of people dream of, especially since the
band he and his brothers formed put out a chart-topping rock album. He
writes the songs and he loves performing, but what he really wants is
someone who sees who he is behind the rock star, someone who doesn't
care about the fame and the fortune. One day when his family's tour bus
stops in an out of the way park in Alabama, he meets Libby who amazingly
has no idea who he is and has never even heard about his band.
Instantly captivated by this refreshingly honest girl, Peter convinces
his family to return to this spot between shows so he can get to know
Libby is thrilled to have a friend, someone
she can talk to, but Peter's family isn't so happy about this country
girl who keeps distracting him from his responsibilities in the band.
His older brother makes a choice and Peter loses contact with Libby just
when she needs him most. Abandoned and alone, Libby is struggling for
her very survival while Peter desperately searches for the girl who has
stolen his heart.
I LOVED this book. All of the
characters, not just Libby and Peter, were well developed and
interesting and the dynamics of this dual narrative drew me in
instantly. Peter's family is believable and their interactions well
written. Certain sections of Libby's story almost made me cry. I liked
Libby's quiet strength and her determination to persevere despite all
the obstacles life has thrown in her path and Peter's devotion would
have outweighed a lot of faults... but he didn't have any. Peter is
actually the paragon of rock stars, exactly the way you hope all your
idols are in real life, but his family has a lot to do with that, I
think. His parents are both painted as loving and supportive, even if
they (like everyone) make mistakes along the way.
Without being overly serious and weighed down by the issues present in this book, Rock and a Hard Place
manages to remain uplifting. It's a testament to the power of love,
hope, determination, and trust and I highly recommend it to anyone who
likes contemporary YA.
Sera's Rating: 10/10