Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Backstage Pass by Gaby Triana

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SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS.COM:

Gaby Triana's first novel about Desert McGraw, a famous rock star's daughter who wants nothing more than to lead a perfectly annonymous life.
In this hip debut novel, rising star Gaby Triana uses her immensely accessible voice and humor to paint a mesmerizing picture of a life not quite in the spotlight-but not quite out of it, either. As the daughter of a famous rock star, Desert McGraw has led a glamorous existence. But now that she's sixteen and living in yet another new town, she just wants to call one place home. In fact, Desert will do nearly anything to lead a normal life-even if it means breaking up the band.

MY TAKE:

When it comes to YA books, I usually like ones about music the most.

In Backstage Pass, Desert is the daughter of a famous rock star. Of course, that means that she gets treated differently. Who can she trust, especially now that things aren't so great at home?

This book was a fun, breezy read. I found Desert interesting in that she sounds very much like any teenager would. I didn't really warm up to Desert's friend Becca. She was okay, but she could be annoying at times. The love interest, however, seems a little too perfect sometimes. When he did get angry, it didn't seem like a completely believable escalation of emotion.

There were some interesting plot twists, but not so much that it seemed like they came out of left field. What I liked most about the book was its realistic take on relationships. It's not often you find young adult books wherein the characters' relationships aren't all happy and perfect.

THE GOOD:

  1. The characters' relationships are realistic.
  2. The plot isn't very original but it doesn't feel completely rehashed.
  3. It has its fun moments.

THE BAD:

  1. Desert's poems might not appeal to everyone.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
The separate parts—drums, guitar, bass, and vocals—all click together like magic, and poof, you’ve got a musical work of art.
READ IT IF:

  1. You like music.
  2. You like YA that has realistic relationships.
  3. You're looking for a fun, breezy YA read.

RATING:
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