Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Originality- 15/20
Characters- 17/20
Remembrance- 7/10
Quote-ability- 7/10
Entertainment- 17/20
Ending- 8/10
Recommend to read- 7/10
TOTAL- 78/100
Grade- C

Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism--and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope? With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope.

This book made me so happy. Not only was Amber a truly inspiring and upbeat person, she also cared tons about others. She wasn't stupid, she knew things weren't going great for her and her mom, but she made the best out of it.

The plot is pretty basic, nothing super original, but still I found myself absorbed in Amber's story. Just the way that she talks gives her so much life. The rest of the characters were great as well. For once it wasn't a whole bunch of gorgeous people, or geeky boys who are really gorgeous too. They were real. They had real issues that the whole book kind of circulates around.

It was hard at times to watch Amber's rise and fall throughout the book. She is such a great person, but horrible things keep happening to her, bringing her down. The end of the book was so great, I'm pretty sure that I teared up. It shows that people can really be good and help others, and Quick did a great job at demonstrating that without all the frills.

At times the book progress slowly, but I would recommend this book to anyone who needs help seeing hope in humanity.

Book received free from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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