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An irresistible romance is perfect for anyone who has ever had a celebrity crush (everyone).
About the Author
Eleanor Wood is the author of Becoming Betty and My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend. Her work has been published in various magazines and on websites, most recently Elle magazine. Her erstwhile lo-fi fanzine, Shocking Blues and Mean Reds, won praise from the Independent, Lauren Laverne, and Marmalade magazine, among others. She lives in Brighton, blogs about music (among other things), has a Leonard Cohen tattoo and would like to get a cat, but isn't sure she can handle the commitment.
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This is written in a beautiful way and really is a must read. I think I will be reading it many more times.
I saw Eleanor Wood speak at an event quite a while ago now, and she revealed lots about the book including the fact that it was inspired by her real experience as a blogger, which, as a blogger myself, had me very intrigued. It’s clear that Tuesday’s story has been adapted and built upon to make it so entertaining, but it’s certainly interesting to know that it’s loosely based on a true story.
Overall, I really enjoyed My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend. It’s essentially a combination of many of my favourite things to read about: blogging, festivals and relationships with celebrities (Teen Idol by Meg Cabot was one of my favourite books as a teenager).
That said, there were a few things I wasn’t so keen on. I didn’t connect well with Tuesday, our main character, for quite a while. She just seems to make so many stupid decisions and I found myself getting quite frustrated with her. Some of the other big characters in this novel were also difficult to connect with, including Tuesday’s boyfriend Seymour, her best friend Nishi and even the Secret Rockstar Boyfriend Jackson. They’re all great characters and all super-believable, but when you’re finding it difficult to like any of the characters in a novel it can be really tricky to get sucked into.
I did love Tuesday’s mum and their relationship throughout the novel, though. I always find it refreshing to read about parents who are also great friends with their kids. And although the ending is not necessarily what I’d hoped would happen when I started reading this novel, I still really enjoyed it and I felt like it was needed. I know that’s a bit cryptic but Ashleigh Online is spoiler-free so you’ll have to read the book to find out whether you agree!
One thing to note is that, despite its looks and title, My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend does have sex, drinking and some other reasonably grown-up themes going on. I think the cover and title could have been less teen and more young adult to attract a bigger audience, as I think it might put some people at the higher end of the target market off picking it up. I also wouldn’t like it to fall into the hands of a much younger audience who might mistake it for a book for their age-range.
I laughed out loud on more than one occasion and had a lump in my throat during the darker moments - this YA book had it all. If you love books about bands, you really need to give this one a try.