My Misadventures of a Teenage Rock Star by Joyce Raskin

Format: Kindle ARC
Pages: 112
Published: 13th June 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: YA Fiction, Music

Rock ’n’ roll isn’t just about sex and drugs. It’s about self-expression, lasting friendships, and self-empowerment. That’s what Alex learns after she starts playing bass for a rock band in this almost true story. Joyce Raskin, author and musician, culls from her memories to create this funny, touching, and honest look at what it’s like to be a teenager, a girl, and a rock star all at the same time.

Also included are a note from the author, instructions on how to play basic guitar chords, advice on songwriting, and more!

I got this from netgalley just after reading Audrey Wait thinking it would be sort of the same. However, it wasn't. It was very very short and I read it in just a few hours. So this is just going to be a short review

The story follows young Alex, a fourteen year old girl who doesn't fit in anywhere until she learns to play the bass guitar but her older brother. It sees her deal with boys, drugs and other series issues. It really was like reading a guide. A Girls Guide to being  a young Rock Star.

Alex is a young girl I think alot of young girls could relate to. She is a nobody in school. So when when she starts in a band people can to reconise her. I'm on the fence if I liked her or not. I can understand why other may like her, she is fun and interesting at time. However, most of the times she is just annoying. All she cares about is herself, boys and her music. Although there is one part in the story that I did like her when one of her friends get into an incident that is just horrific and Alex really is quite mature about they whole thing.

Reading the book it didn't really flow that well. Instead of normal chapters there was stories. Now some stories continued from a previous story but most jumped from one thing to another and there was quite big time gaps in events that I didn't really like. However, the author, Joyce does a great job and describing the music scene for a young girl, the good and the bad.

Rate: 2/5


Orginally Review: 7 May 2011


  1. A shame that it just didn't deliver!

  2. I know. I really thought I'd like it. Sadly I didn't really.


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