Series: Rock Star Trilogy #1
Publisher: Self Published on April 17, 2013
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I'm Scarlett Ryan.
Yes, THAT Scarlett Ryan.
I live an extraordinary life: millionaire rock star, owner of exotic cars, pictures of me in every magazine, millions of fans, and a name that is recognized world wide. It's supposed to be my dream come true. But, my life IS a fantasy, and I want real. I want exciting. I want... NORMAL. So, I moved from California to Florida, hoping to obtain some normalcy. Instead I find...
He's an arrogant jerk. Seriously, I hate him. I swear if he tells me one more blonde joke, I will punch him... again... Unfortunately I can't stop thinking about him, or his gorgeous green eyes. Trust me, I know that he's bad for me. If only my heart would listen.
I also find out that my parents have kept a LIFE CHANGING secret from me. I need to know the truth.
The harder I strive for normal, the stranger things seem to get.
“‘You can’t please everybody. There will always be haters, and you will never measure up in everybody’s eyes. It’s insane to even try.’”
“‘That’s it,’ I scream, putting my foot down.”
My Musings: I requested this book because novels with rock star characters are a personal favorite for me. And to make it even better, the rock star in this novel was a girl. It flipped the table on the stereotypical rock star novel, where the bad boy rockstar falls in love with the normal, good girl. So when I read the synopsis for this novel, I was sold.
Jaded follows rock star Scarlett Ryan as she takes a break from touring to finish up high school in the small town of Hope, Florida. While there, she manages to fall in like with a boy named Stephan, while also finding a family that she can truly love. Scarlett learns to fit in in her normal life. Until it all comes crashing down.
Jaded was okay. I definitely wasn’t my favorite novel in the word, but it also wasn’t super terrible. It was just…average. Scarlett was a little annoying, in my opinion. She was the narrator of the novel, and there were a few times where I wanted to give up on the novel. Scarlett was the epitome of a ditsy narrator, and her narration was a huge turn off throughout the whole novel. Although the novel’s words and plot suggest that she changed throughout the novel, I just didn’t see it. I couldn’t relate to her character at all. She came off more as a whiny celebrity than anything to me.
“He actually smiles, and I realize, he has a wonderful smile. Actually, he’s kind of hot, even if he’s a douchtard. He has bright, emerald green eyes, and jet black hair. It’s just long enough to run my fingers through, but not too long where it looks sloppy. He also has dimples, which I quickly decide is a sexy quality in a guy.”
I also didn’t really enjoy Stephan’s character. He was hot and cold to me. Sometimes I really wondered what exactly he wanted from Scarlett. I feel like his feelings were real in theory, it just didn’t seem like it to me. He was a reckless character, although he did have his sweet moments. But the focus on the physical relationship that they never had was a slight shadow over the whole romance section.
There was another character that I wanted to talk about. I’m not going to say who she is because I don’t want to spoil anything, but she was my favorite character in the entire novel. She was more down to earth than Scarlett and Stephan, in my opinion, and she seemed like the most realistic out of them. I also liked Alec’s character, although we didn’t see much of him. He seemed more real than Scarlett, and I could really appreciate the friendship that he had with her.
Now I have mixed feelings about the plot of this novel. See, the thing is, I had expectations of Scarlett growing into this mature young woman and such, like all the other rock star books. However, this is not what happened. Actually, so much happened in this novel that I don’t know if I liked it or not. It seemed to me that random things were just popped into the novel to keep it interesting. And although it was interesting most of the time, it was confusing at others, because you’d be reading and all the sudden: BAM! New plot twist. It was overwhelming at times.
The thing that I disliked the most about this novel was the bolding. There was so much bolding in this novel that I was very confused at first. Then I figured that the bolding was switched for italicizing regarding emphasis. But that was a lot of emphasis. The idea was unique, but in my opinion, it was slightly overused. And I know that Scarlett was a teenaged, immature rock star, but it was still quite annoying.
Jaded wasn’t all bad. It was reasonably interesting, and it managed to keep me somewhat engaged throughout the novel. It could definitely have been better, but it wasn’t horrible. A so-so novel, Jaded was a lighthearted read that would be great for a summer day of boredom.