Author: Jill S. Alexander
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, 56 Pages (July 5th 2011)
From: the Publisher, Thank You!
Synopsis: Paisley Tillery is the drummer for a country rock band. If they can make it to the stage at the Texapalooza music fest, then Paisley will be closer to her dream of a career in music and a ticket out of her small Texas town.
Drumming and music are what Paisley has always wanted. Until the band gets a new lead singer, the boy from Paradise, Texas. With Paradise in her life, what Paisley wants, and what she needs, complicate her dreams coming true.
Review: 4 Stars -
However, what she doesn’t know is that when
Paradise comes to practice to audition for the role of singer things are about to change.
Paradise, he’s one of those characters who drives the others around him. He’s stubborn and thinks he has much to prove to his family… but who doesn’t when it comes to the band? He’s a bit selfish and it’s through his choices that we see the characters change, including himself. Yes, he’s one of those swoon-able characters that’ll leave his mark. I mean, just looking at the cover and you know you’ll be a goner too!
Each of the other band members and Paisleys family flow in and out of the pages with ease, I mean seriously, with Alexanders great writing and well rounded characters, what’s not to love?
The extra added touch of the lyrics smattered throughout gave me a better idea to a character that was more so in the background –
– but by the end of the story, I felt he had left his mark on me just as the other more vocal voices did. Cal
Its shock once you get to the ending of this one… and not to worry, I’ll never spill what happens. I did a double take and reread a few pages to make sure I understood exactly what just happened. I didn’t see it coming at all! It really hit you hard and trust me; you feel the emotions the characters feel. I’m telling you Alexander has a way with words and characters that give you such an understanding of what everyone was going through.
All in all, this might have been the first book I’ve read from Alexander, but it won’t be my last. With writing and characters such as this, what’s not to love? I know everyone’s a fan of strong characters within YA, so this title shouldn’t be passed by. So, what are you waiting for, hmmm? Enjoy!
FTC Disclaimer: I did NOT pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this HONEST review.