Friday 11 March 2011

Rockoholic by C J Skuse

For Review: Chicken House.  Published 7 March 2011
From Goodreads: Jody loves Jackson Gatlin. At his only UK rock concert, she’s right at the front. But when she's caught in the crush and carried back stage she has more than concussion to contend with. Throw in a menacing manager, a super-wired super-star, and a curly-wurly, and she finds herself taking home more than just a poster. It’s the accidental kidnapping of the decade. But what happens if you’ve a rock-god in your garage who doesn’t want to leave? Jody’s stuck between a rock-idol and a hard place!

From the pen of C.J. Skuse, author of last year’s super cool debut Pretty Bad Things, comes a tale of rock star obsession gone nuts. Hilariously and sharply explores the fantasy and reality of celebrity obsession through a teenager’s eyes. C. J. Skuse has been billed as the new Nick Hornby for teens.

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 character.  She so funny and gets herself into so many ridiculous situations but at the same time she can say and do just the right thing - what you wish you had the guts to do if you were in her situation.  Mac is absolutely adorable and I liked him from the get-go.  I loved the relationship between the two - they obviously care for each other - and they have such great banter. And of course I have to mention Mac's sister Cree who is too cute for words!  Utterly adorable!

Jackson was presented really well.  At the beginning he is the famous rock star and everything you pretty much expect that to be - but underneath that you start to see him as a human being.  With faults, but also a good heart.  I came to really like him and there are a couple of really great scenes between him and Jody.  I also found the whole 'dealing with fame' really interesting - both from Jody and Mac's perspective and from Jackson's as well.

The book is definitely quirky, but in a really relatable way.  It had me laughing out loud and I really didn't want it to end.   I really can't think of anything negative to say - I just loved it!  I have already purchased a copy of C J Skuse's other book Pretty Bad Things and I can't wait to read it.  Superb!


Ynysawdre Elderly Residents Association said...

It is totally fab - I am so glad you liked it :D

serendipity_viv said...

I can't wait to read this and I have Asamum's copy to read!

Cliona said...

I want to read this, I've read so many good reviews!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

It sounds brilliant! Thanks for the review.


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