Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rockoholic by CJ Skuse

by CJ Skuse
358 pages
YA Contemporary
November 2012
Book Jacket Summary
She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage?

"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me..."

Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she's got more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. With a Curly Wurly candy bar. And now he doesn't want to leave.

It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series...but who got punk'd?!

My Thoughts
“Well, I'm just a girl, sitting in front of a rock star, wondering why I bothered.”
― C.J. Skuse, Rockoholic

  This book was so much fun and not what I expected at all! 
When Jody passes out at The Regulars concert she is rushed to the infirmary back stage and when singer Jackson comes to visit her, she may have accidentally kidnapped him. It's not her fault that he thought her Curly Wurly was a knife and he was to strung out to tell the difference. Not that it is a problem because once he wakes from his drug ridden sleep he does not want to leave. 
Jody has to find a way to hide Jackson from his dodgy manager and the other adoring fans. Plus keep her relationship with her best friend Mac a float.
This was a fun ride and it turned out to be more heartfelt than I thought. A book about a girl so in love with a figment of her imagination and the let down she experiences when she gets to know the spoiled, drugged up rocker that he really is deep down. However, there relationship does take a turn and they do become friends as she helps him escape his former life.  
I think my favorite character was Mac and his family. His little sister was adorable and I could understand how they lost track of their lives while running a pub. I love that I got to read a book where someone owns a pub. Is my anglophile tendencies showing?
There were many phrases and items that I had to either look up or skip because it was very British and my American brain could not process. I had to look up what a Curly Wurly Bar was and for your edification here it is:

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