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Review: My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star by Joyce Raskin

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
4 Stars: A Great Read
Illustrator: Carol Chu
Paperback: 112 Pages
Publication: June 13, 2011 by Graphia Books

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!

Alex is a fourteen-year-old girl with a great sense of humor. Sure, she's a rock star, but she hasn't always been as self-confident as she is by the time she decides to tell her story. She's gone through a couple boyfriends, dealt with druggie peers, and got a bunch of blisters learning to play the guitar. Tweens will be able to relate to Alex's desire for independence, her concerns for her outside appearance, and her need to express herself as an individual.

Things I liked about the book: The title is catchy as is the cover image. I loved the chapter titles. The doodles are cute and fit in with the diary-tone underlying the novel. Pictures that we can assume come from Alex's diary (spread out over the course of the novel) and a series of lessons on how to play the guitar (in the back of the book) add some fun elements to the book. Best of all, there are poems, which tie into Alex's rock-star character.

My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star explores peer pressure and self-acceptance. I enjoyed watching Alex grow from a self-conscious girl to a self-assured teenager. If you're looking for a fun, light-hearted read filled with teen angst and a bunch of laughs, this is a great book to check out!

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1 comment on "Review: My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star by Joyce Raskin"
  1. I really want to read this one! thanks for the great review!

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