ROCKOHOLIC by C.J. Skuse
Publisher: Chicken House
Released: March 2011
Review Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Chicken House in exchange for an honest review (thanks Chicken House!)
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!When I first came across Rockoholic I thought nah, it’s not for me. A book about a girl obsessed with a rock star? Not my cup of tea. I’m not really into music in a big way and can honestly say I’ve never obsessed over anyone in a band. But I kept coming across it on the book review blogs and the more I read, the more intrigued I was, so when I got the opportunity to review it I jumped at it.
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. My. Word! What a painfully hilarious book this was. How can I explain what I mean? It was like watching someone walk into a closed door and fall on their backside … and trying not to laugh out loud! Totally funny, but in a horrified kind of way.
Jody, the protagonist was not the kind of person I’d have liked in real life, but I totally loved her character. She made me laugh. She made me think. She couldn’t give a damn what anyone thought of her yet she was kind hearted and loving. Jackson is the rock star that Jody kidnaps and although I thought he was an arrogant, self-centred moron, I enjoyed reading about this guy so much. I definitely had a love/hate relationship with him and he ended up being my favourite character. Add Mackenzie and his little sister Cree, who were definitely the ‘nicest’ personas in the book and all these characters just fit together perfectly, like a brand new jigsaw.
Rockoholic was well written, witty and full of teenage angst. The plot was original and very well thought out. I loved how some objects that had been mentioned quite innocuously throughout the book suddenly had meaning. C.J. Skuse kept and held my attention from beginning to end. And what a lovely ending it was too!
I definitely recommend this book to older teens through to adults, whether you’re a music lover or not (like me). I have to warn you though that inside these covers you will find F-bombs, drugs and misconstrued Curlywurlys!
My rating: 5 stars