Monday, 4 April 2011
Review: Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse
Skuse's follow up novel, Rockholic, is equally original. It's the story of UK teenager Jody, who accidentally kidnaps her idol (yes, you read that right) when a backstage meeting at a rock concert gets way out of hand. With the help of her musical-theatre-loving best friend Mackenzie, Jody now has a pet rock star to deal with... and this one bites.
Lighter in tone than Pretty Bad Things, Rockoholic nonetheless has that same irresistibly rambunctious spirit. It's larger than life, and a whole lot of fun. Jaw-droppingly off the wall in places, I lost count of the times I laughed out loud while reading it. If something's going to go wrong for Jody, it's going to go completely, disastrously wrong - with hilarious results.
At the same time, there's a truly poignant side to Rockoholic. Jody may be a great comic lead, but she's also grieving the death of her beloved - and equally rock obsessed - grandfather. This is more than a fun read - it's a coming-of-age tale that anyone who has ever had a celebrity crush (i.e. everyone, right?) will relate to. It's also a totally sweet and surprising romance. I'd recommend this one to readers looking for something altogether different.
Out: March 7th 2011, UK
A big thanks to Chicken House for providing a review copy of this book.