Book Review: Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning

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Read between: 23rd-24th April
Number of pages: 246
Format: Paperback
Published: 2003
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Synopsis: Molly’s band, The Hormones, was only ever supposed to be about mucking around with Jane and Tara, writing songs about Hello Kitty and being a girl. But when the band gets hijacked by demonic Dean and his mate T, they find themselves on a roller-coaster ride to the top of the charts. Screaming fans, diva tantrums and love on the road. Molly feels like a rock star…

But fame never comes for free, and Molly’s about to find out what it costs…..

Rating:

2016 READING CHALLENGE: A book you haven’t read since high school.

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Review: Being a rock star is not what it seems, as teenager Molly Montgomery fins out. They say its all about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll- but they don’t mention how much this can effect everyone around you. Molly learns that the hard way.

This novel is quite dark and can be very hard-hitting at times and I think it will sit with a lot of people, especially girls Molly’s age, who read it, and to show them to consider their choices and learn from the mistakes she made. It’s not always wise to follow your dreams and Molly discovers this when she is at her most vulnerable. Maybe, just maybe, she wasn’t cut out for that?

Molly starts out as a normal teenager, she goes to school, isn’t very popular, has strict parents (not overly, but enough) and writes songs in her spare time about things she knows- what’s on TV, Hello Kitty- not that she’s ever planning to be famous, it’s just a bit of fun for her and her friends, but the fame was just a happy coincidence. It was her chance of rebelling against the restrictions her parents had set in place (the first thing being to dye her hair cherry red). Her ‘hippie’ parents should get a lot of credit in this novel for trying to be understanding- they don’t get much, only because they’re seen as a barrier to Molly’s music career. Another thing I liked about Molly, is when she wasn’t being a diva (which could be often) she was looking out for her friends.

Even if her friends could get really bitchy and turn their backs on her, or were cruel- although she never looked out for the manager, Paul, which was good, because he turned out to be a money grabbing prig anyway.

I’ve owned this book since I was at school (not since 2003 though- I would have been 9, LOL) so long I can’t remember where I got it! However, I can’t remember reading it all the way through and although there were some moments when I wanted to put it down, I actually really enjoyed the story and the way Molly’s voice was written.

I’d definitely recommend it if anyone has an interest in the music industry, or likes books about bands, or, if you’re after a YA Contemporary that doesn’t end with the mushy stuff (this one doesn’t trust me). I know the story and the bands were fictional, but Guitar Girl actually gave me a detailed insight into a world I wouldn’t usually consider- life backstage and the atmosphere of a band on tour.

Check it out if you think it’s your sort of thing.
4/5 stars.

Thanks for reading!
~Katie
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