March 6, 2013

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Sorta Like A Rock Star by Matthew Quick
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers May 2010
Source: Borrowed from the Library

Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism--and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope?

My Thoughts:

When someone in the book industry whose tastes and talents you admire tells you to read a book as its in their TOP TEN must reads of all time…you read it!! (Vikki) I'm so glad that I did. Aside from its multiple awards, this is one of those books that changes you. One that you think about long after finishing. One that is written for young adults, but resonates in the hearts of the adult reader as well. True? True.
I read and enjoyed Matthew Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook, but for me, this book is on a whole other level. Amber is a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit. She sees the good in each moment and every opportunity, despite her circumstances. She is real. She is raw and true to herself about her life but chooses to believe that there is better in store for her and for everyone else. I loved the quirkiness of her character,  and the way she interacted with the world around her .  It took me a few pages to get used to her method of speaking, her slang and short forms but once I did the story flew by and so did the time as I finished it in a sitting only to go back and read it again. 
Tissue will be needed while reading but it’s worth it. This book is all sorts of incredible.

Everyone needs to own a copy so I’m giving a copy away.
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Leave me a comment sharing the title of a book that has moved you like this one moved me.
Giveaway closes March 13th. Winner will have 48hrs to reply.


  1. I'm so glad this book resonated with you, Jen! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, as you know.

  2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver is the first book I've read and it actually moved me. It is also the book that has made me explore more books. :))

  3. I didn't know this was by the same author as Silver Linings Playbook! Will definitely check it out (and Vikki always has such great recommendations!)

  4. Such an enthusiastic recommendation. I must read.

    THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak moved me a great deal.


    1. Congrats Mary! You've won a copy!!!! I'll send you an email tonight:)

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  6. Ooh, that book sounds like it's right up my alley. I just read The One and Only Ivan. I never expected to love it like I did. What a beautiful book!