Author: Ali Novak
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Sourcefire (August 4, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publishers (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!
"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.
Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?
What is it about rock stars that appeal to almost everyone? Whether in young adult reads, new adult, or just plain old adult, they just are appealing to so many of us.
This story was about a rock star, a band, and of course, a girl. But more than that this story went deeper. It was about families, and love, taking chances, and living life to the fullest, and loving those around us and being strong for those that need us to be without losing ourselves in the process.
It was about chasing our dreams and making them happen and for that, I can say I loved this story.
I honest wasn't expecting any deep meaningful thoughts or opinions when I started this. Instead I thought it would be a light hearted, fun, quick read and it was that too, It had a lot of light funny moments and even sweet moments that broke up the sadness and really was a perfect balance of seriousness and fun all in one.
I didn't expect to love Alec, JJ, Xander, Drew, Oliver, Cara, and Stella as much as I did, but I did feel for them, like them, and care about them.
Yes there were some familiar tropes and cliches, but overall, I really had fun with this read and even got teary eyed a time or two.
Overall, this was a fun, quick read with meaning and I would definitely read the next book.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
Seriously rock stars never get old! Sounds like an adorable read - Great review!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Grace!Delete
I'm on a rockstar romance binge, so I'm adding this to my TBR now. :D Great review, Kindlemom! :DReplyDelete
Yay happy to hear that and thank you!Delete
I like the sounds of this one. Sometimes I find familiar tropes to be enjoyable in a comforting kind of a way. Does that make sense?ReplyDelete
It totally makes sense because I feel the same way. ;)Delete
This sounds like a much deeper story than I would expect too, Ali and I loved that it surprised you that way. I'm not too keen on rockstars, to be honest, but I'm willing to give this one a shot because it sounds too lovely to pass up.ReplyDelete
Great review, Ali!
It was definitely deeper than I thought it would be but in a good way, not too much so that it was depressing. ;)Delete
I can't wait to read this one because I loved My Life With the Walter Boys! I'm glad you enjoyed this, I hope I will too!ReplyDelete
You'll like this one I think!Delete
I'm hearing such good things about this book Ali! This is the 3rd glowing review I've read for it and clearly I need to add it to my list:) So glad it was a winner!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Jenny!Delete
I reviewed this book a while ago. I loved it! Great review!ReplyDelete
Glad you liked it as well. :)Delete
Great review Ali. I think the rock star appeal is like the fantasy that could likely happen to us. I mean we'll never fall in love w/a Vamp/Dragon/Werewolf/Fae/Demon.... well you get the picture, but Rock Stars are real and hey they fall in love with actual humans so we have a chance.ReplyDelete
LOL so true Debbie and a great way to put it. ;)Delete
This sounds like a winner. I love books that are multidimensional. Thanks for the intro and the great review.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for stopping by! And I do love when they have that added depth that you weren't expecting, makes a nice change once in awhile for sure.Delete
Yes, the attraction of rock is undeniable and knows no age boundaries, lol. It does sound like something quick and fun, perfect for the season. Wonderful review <3 Wishing you a relaxing, fun weekend with your family! Hugs <3ReplyDelete
Definitely true Ramona! Thanks so much! *hugs*Delete
This sounds a lot more light hearted than I expected. Hm... this does sound like a good summer read.ReplyDelete
It was the perfect summer read for sure Melissa!Delete
I love the depth you described Ali. A rocker romance is nice, but family, embracing life etc was a surprise to see.ReplyDelete
It was surprising in the best way possible. ;)Delete
How adorable is the cover and the book summary! I love fun, quick reads with rockers.ReplyDelete
You will like this then!Delete
Well thanks ;)! I pre ordered my copy. I even used you linky :)! Have a great weekend AliReplyDelete
Ahh thanks so much Becca! Have a wonderful weekend too!Delete
I got a random copy of this at BEA. It does seem like a relatively fluffy read, but I'm glad to hear that it has some more deeper moments.ReplyDelete
I really did like that aspect of it. ;)Delete
I have to admit their meet-cute sounds utterly adorable! Okay, I'm sold!ReplyDelete
I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds good.ReplyDelete
It was a pretty good read, great for a weekend escape. ;)Delete
I qctually read this one before it was on Netgalley. I read it when It was on Wattpad and I had enjoyed it so much! So happy you enjoyed it :)ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed it as well!Delete
I think at this point, I'm the only one immune to rock stars :P I'd still read this for the light-heartedness and the balance of many elemetns ^_^ReplyDelete
Faye at The Social Potato
You might be. ;)Delete
I love the cover on that one. SO fun!ReplyDelete
It is an adorable cover. ;)Delete
Great review, glad you enjoyed. The cover is adorable. I'm surprised I hadnt heard of this book yet. Thanks for sharingReplyDelete
Danielle @ Coffee and Characters
Thanks so much for stopping by!Delete
It's great to see that the story went so deep.ReplyDelete
It really was nice.Delete
I have read one other YA rock star book and enjoyed it, so I think this is one I would enjoy as well. You have me very interested! Thanks!ReplyDelete
That I could interest you with it, if you do try it, I hope you like it. :DDelete
This sounds so adorable, and so fun, and so totally cheesy. I think I'm really going to love it!! :)ReplyDelete
I think you will as well. :DDelete
I dare say, it's extremely difficult to walk away from any book that inspires the reader to follow after their dreams. I'll have to look into this one ;)ReplyDelete
That is so true for me as well. :DDelete
I do love a good rock star book! And pranks? Heck yeah, I'm there.ReplyDelete
LOL!! I'm not a crazy fan of rockstars or stars in general, but this book was just so atmospheric and lovely, fun that I couldn't resist :D Love the review!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Lola and I'm so glad you liked it too. ;)Delete
I stumbled upon your blog, you have a lovely one!
Great review! There is something gravitating about rockstars and a such a book coupled with deeper lessons is something I would love to give a try!
Escaping Through Ink
Thanks so much and welcome, I'm excited you found me! :DDelete
I like that this is more than a throw away read about rock stars. I always enjoy a book that has meaning and feeling.ReplyDelete
I really do too, they definitely stick with you more that way.Delete
What an awesome review! I love that you could connect with the character so well. :) It's like a nice little bow wrapped around a book. I'm loving the cover as well.♡♡ReplyDelete
It is a cute cover and I do love when I can connect, it makes the read so much better.Delete
This one sounds like a really cute YA contemporary with some serious moments! Love reading about dealing with fame and such, so this one should be a good read. Great review! :DReplyDelete
Thanks so much!Delete