Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton

Hi all!

A contemporary YA :)




Author: Angie Stanton
Title: Rock and a Hard Place
Series: The Jamieson Collection #1
Release date: 3rd of May 2011
Published by: Vanguard Management
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 207 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

One day while watching the Interstate exit for her dad’s long awaited return, Libby’s life is rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life. After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby breaks away from her rule abiding behavior and her life changes course.

Peter longs for normalcy away from the screaming fans who know nothing about the real him. He is amazed to discover Libby has never heard of him or his band. Soon their friendship turns to love. While Peter battles his family's growing interference so he can spend time with Libby, she struggles with her eccentric aunt who turns more bizarre each day.

Their lives are torn apart when Peter's family intrudes and Libby disappears. Peter’s desperate search for her comes up empty. Can they find their way back to each other while the world plots against them?

Review:

This was mushy angst for younger teens and with the addition of a boy group (The Jonas Brothers anyone?) this was right up the alley for teens daydreaming about their idols and the latter falling in love with an ordinary girl, who the reader can see as themselves. This had everything a “you” fanfiction would need, well, except the point of view constantly in the “you” person, which also makes me count my blessings because “you” fanfictions tend to be incredibly annoying (at least the ones I’ve come across).

While I had issues with the believability of the storyline: a famous hunky teenage rocker falling in love with an outsider in the blink of an eye, the endless series on unfortunate events Libby had to go through, the “bad” guys and their “hobbies”; in addition, the main characters were quite cliché, there were a lot of unnecessary turns the plot took, still, the story had it’s charm and was quite cute and gripping. So, I can honestly say that it was a sweet and simple book with issues like any other.

The first half of the story was following a typical pattern (girl meets boy, they try to make it work despite their differences), the second, however, stepped up its game and a lot of events started to happen, Libby grew a stronger backbone and, what’s more, I had no idea where the story would exactly lead our heroine next – which was great! Ok, so the end was pretty much set in stone as you would expect from a book like this, but it was fun to follow the path till the climax.

I have to, however, bring out that the romance didn’t really work for me in this story at all, part of it is due to the everlasting issue of insta love and such infinite passion coming about at such a young age so fast, but mostly, it was due to me not understanding what was it about Libby that made Peter want to approach her so boldly and keep coming back, given all the possibilities he might have. Her not “knowing” of him and this being such a breath of attractive fresh air is no substantial reason for me unfortunately.

Characters:

Libby irritated me in the beginning because she was negatively minded to mostly everyone except Peter, while him she perceived as perfect and shining and just too good for her. Come on, girl! She was smart, hardworking, managed to stay sane with her past and current conditions, and yet, she had the typical mentality of the outcast misunderstood tragic withdrawn shy girl who doesn’t have the courage or even want to put her foot down and say enough. Which she actually eventually did, so yay! for her. And while I grew to sympathize and even somewhat like her in the second part of the book, I could never really forgive her for one act she did in quite the beginning. If you have to do it, then at least do if for something with a better cause, that is more useful and necessary, that is essential to your being, etc, not for... THAT! The deed annoyed me to no end.

I can’t really hold anything against Peter, except him falling for Libby so quickly. He was a nice guy, squeaky clean of any vices and just so NICE and perfect and talented and polite and and and...

Overall:

It’s a sweet teen romance with hot superstars falling for non famous troubled teens. I suggest this to younger girls, or actually anyone, who dreams and is a fan of teen heartthrobs. The story has some issues, but it’s cute and light.



3 stars!

LIIS

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