Publisher: Scholastic Press on November 1, 2012
Reading Challenges: 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Rewind Challenge, 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge
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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?!
I honestly picked this one up because it promised rock-stars and romance. I had assumed that it meant a rock-star romance. My mistake.
I really did not enjoy this book. In fact, the only reason that I was able to finish it was because of sheer force of will and the fact that it could make me laugh due to the pure stupidity of the characters. This novel felt like a soap opera to me; a train wreck. The plot itself was unrealistic. She kidnaps a rock star because he’s high on drugs and thinks that her candy bar is a knife? Okay…not too bad. But the fact that a sixteen year old was able to hide him for weeks without anyone really becoming suspicious and finding him? We’re not talking trained operatives that make people new identities in witness protection. We’re talking an extremely stupid girl. In addition to that, the plot was absolutely dull. I had no interest, really, in what happened to the characters. There wasn’t really any conflict even though we were lead to believe there would be some with the manager at multiple points during the novel. But alas, no.
“‘Mediocre. That’s what he said. He knew from that night on he didn’t want to be mediocre anymore. I just…wanted that to happen to me. I wanted to have that kind of night at the concert. And I wanted Jackson to notice me. He’s not just some rock dude, Mac. I love him. I guess that doesn’t matter much now though, does it? I’m never going to meet him now.’”
That brings me to the characters. Jody was the main female character, kidnapper-extraordinaire. She was absolutely stupid. She admitted it, other characters admitted it. In addition to her mindless thinking, she was obsessed with Jackson to the point of insanity. She was the super-groupie and it was hella creepy to read. She thought she was justified in kidnapping him because she only heard three songs before passing out. Are you kidding me? I couldn’t relate to her character. I really couldn’t find sympathy for her or anything that I liked about her.
“I’m going to starve myself today so I’m as thin as possible when Jackson sees me.”
“‘Burger,’ he mumbles, drool oozing from his mouth. He slurps it back up to speak. ‘I want meat. Bacon. Meat.’”
Then there was Jackson. One thing that I’d like to mention was that we got some ages coming out of nowhere and smacking you in the face: Jackson was 27 and Jody was 16. After that, any interactions between them gave me the creeps. Jackson was spoiled and a flat out jerk. He was whiny and a druggie. However, he is the only one that showed an ounce of character growth in this novel. But that may be because he was off his mind-altering drugs. You really couldn’t tell.
Mac was the only character in this novel that I liked. He was the responsible one, the one with a brain. He was the normal to the indefinable amounts of crazy in this book. Sucks for us, we didn’t really see too much of him because Jody was focused on Jackson. Bummer, too, because it would have made the novel better.
The romance in this book. Ha. Ha. There really wasn’t any until the last chapter. I mean we had an obsession for the duration of the novel, but no romance. And the little romance that we had was not with the creepy druggie rock star. I can’t even say if I liked it or not because it was barely there.
Rockoholic was a book that I was excited for but was severely let down by. With an unrealistic plot and horrible characters, I wouldn’t pick this one up if I were you.