My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star

My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star

 
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My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star
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Release Date
June 13, 2011
ISBN
0547393113
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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!

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From the very beginning, this story and it’s main character reads as early teen. Alex, our main character, seems to base her decisions early on in the book on what she thinks will make her “cool”, or get her a boyfriend. Thankfully, as the story goes along, Alex evolves from an immature teen to a more mature, more responsible character that starts doing things because it makes her happy and she likes it, rather than what she thinks others like.

The timing in this book seems a little off. We don’t really know how much time really passes between chapters, and sometimes even in between passages. However, it seems to follow Alex well enough and covers some of the more important life experiences with her band(s), boys, friendships and everything else a girl her age goes through. Suffice it to say this book stayed true to itself and rang very realistic to a middle-grader/early high-schooler’s life.

Although the story itself was a bit short, there was a ton of extras in the book that keeps it fun and interesting. With a great story, removable tattoos, simple illustrations throughout, as well as directions for playing the guitar and writing song lyrics, this is a book that should definitely be checked out.

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