Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 83% or B-
Buy It: Amazon
My Thoughts::Meet Marley, an unassuming high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen. In between caring for his heroin-addicted mother, and keeping his scholarship at a fancy prep school, he dreams of becoming a professional DJ.When chance lands Marley his first real DJ job, his career as "DJ Ice" suddenly skyrockets. But when heart-rending disaster at home brings Marley crashing back down to earth, he is torn between obligation and following his dreams.
I've been listening to music much more than usual. Not just my favorite songs either, I've been listening to a lot of music that has been mixed because I have a friend that DJs. He also creates original mixes. So this has been on my mind quite a lot recently. No way could a turn down a book about a teen on his way to fulfilling his dream of mixing at his dream club!
This novel had a lot of personality. Lately I've had trouble hearing feeling out the author's and main character's voices. But with this one I was able to completely hear Marley's voice and easily distinct it from all of the other YA character voices that I've heard. It felt original and true to his personality. This always makes the book so much better.
Marley was such a sweet character and easy to relate to! My problems are no where near as big as his, and neither are my break throughs, but I think most readers can identify with having a seemingly impossible dream while having to get their against some sort of problem. Life isn't perfect, and it was really nice to see a character who was trying to make the best out of his situation and still believing in his dream.
The plot was exciting mostly because you can imagine how exciting it was for Marley. I couldn't really predict what was going to happen, which is always a good thing. There were some things that I tried to predict, and they didn't happen. This was good in this case because the things I predicted would have annoyed me if they came true.
Overall I think DJ Rising was an interesting read that made me feel like I should always have hope while trying to reach my dreams.