Welcome back, Rock Novel Reading Club. I have missed you. In case you missed last year’s Rock Novel Reading Club, the premise is pretty simple: find a “rock novel” (any book with a story based in the world of music – and fair warning, most are YA novels which I unapologetically love) and ask you guys to read along with me.
I’m welcoming this feature back today, and we’re going to kick it off by picking back up with the book we left off with – “Amplified” by Tara Kelly. We started this book, and I know many of you finished it but we never reconvened to discuss it…so I wanted to give it its due. Here’s the details about the book:
“Amplified” by Tara Kelly
Not long ago, I went on a quest to make a list of every rock novel I could find. Tara Kelly’s “Amplified” was one of the first I ran across – and one that immediately went on the list.
About the book:
When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she’s the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn’t think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it.
We’re changing this up this time around with Rock Novel Reading Club:
- We’re going to read more books this year. More reading is always a good thing when you moonlight as a book groupie.
- We’re going to read books in shorter time periods – one month to be exact. (You guys were flying through the books last year, and reading quarterly felt way too drawn out to me.)
- I want you to send me your feedback, and I’ll feature it on the blog. Love the book? Hated it? Email your 100-word review to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll include your feedback in the follow-up post.
- You’re going to pick the books! After this first round to get us going again, I’m going to include a poll in the follow-up post. I’ll give you three book options from the list of rock novels I’ve put together, and you guys will pick what you want to read next.
Now it’s your turn: find a copy (buy it, borrow it or check it out from a library) and read (or re-read!) along. We’ll meet back here Wednesday, April 8 (that’s four weeks from now) when I’ll write a short review, include your feedback and throw out some discussion questions. Don’t forget to Tweet your thoughts and Instagram your copy using the #RockNovel hashtag.
Happy rock reading,
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