Sorta Like a Rock Star

Sorta Like a Rock Star Amber Appleton lives in a bus Ever since her mom s boyfriend kicked them out Amber her mom and her totally loyal dog Bobby Big Boy aka Thrice B have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow the

  • Title: Sorta Like a Rock Star
  • Author: Matthew Quick
  • ISBN: 9780316043526
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Amber Appleton lives in a bus Ever since her mom s boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy aka Thrice B have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow the school bus her mom drives Still, Amber, the self proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff But when a fatal tragedy tAmber Appleton lives in a bus Ever since her mom s boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy aka Thrice B have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow the school bus her mom drives Still, Amber, the self proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber s optimism and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard earned hope.

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    1. I’m almost ashamed how much I loved it because I GET life’s not like this. True? True. Good things don’t always come to good people, I (sorta) outgrew believing in all that karma crap years ago. Whatever, I finished this with a big smile on my face and a tingly feeling of hopefulness. Beating that pessimist back was hard work.It’s quintessential Quick, trying to think of another author who can pull off a story about poverty “I sleep on a school bus. I’m a freak” , addiction (raging [...]

    2. As seen on The ReadventurerWhy isn't this book more popular? The only reason I know about it is because one day I was browsing my GR friends' shelves looking for a book written by an author whose name starts with "Q" for a reading challenge. How sad is that? Sorta Like a Rock Star deserves better.Amber Appleton is a peculiar sort of girl. If you have seen Happy-Go-Lucky, Amber is pretty much a younger version of Poppy, an incorrigible optimist. She is the life of the party, she stands up for the [...]

    3. I'm sorry if this review is on the sucky side, I really want it to be good but I'm writing it at the same time as writing a 2000-word research report on quantitative data analysis (kill me, just kill me now) so I can't make any promises. Plus, it's one of those really good books that I tend to waffle about and write things that don't actually mean anything perhaps it's destined to fail.Anyway! Let me just say that this book needs readers. About five hundred people have listed this book as "read" [...]

    4. “You may exist in This world—but I exist too. And I will not yield”Sorta Like A Rockstar is in my mind for months since I discovered it, until I decided to end my misery of repeating the title over and over again in my brain (because the title was really catchy imo) and read this book. And boy, WOW! this book rocked me totally that this book is now on my all-time-faves shelf. Word.The first part kept me smiling and even laughing on how this book is filled of hope, joy, faith and anything t [...]

    5. Hot on the heels of the excellent “Silver Linings Playbook” I jumped straight into Matthew Quick's next book, “Sorta Like a Rock Star” which is a Young Adult novel aimed at teens and is narrated in the first person by a teenage girl called Amber. This is a review of the first 10 pages of this novel - is that unfair? Yup! Is that stopping me from writing this review? Nope!Within the first few pages of this novel I regretted buying it. Matthew Quick is a 40 year-old man trying to mimic the [...]

    6. Am I truly the only one on who was completely put off by this saccharine emotionally manipulative Pollyanna story with a heroine so very desperate to be quirkily likeable?Amber Appleton is supposed to be 17, but she reads like one of those 10-13-year-old heroines who (sniffle) have been through SO MUCH (sob) and yet somehow manage to maintain their relentless optimism despite all the failures of the adults in their lives to care for them. The kind of optimism that would certainly be nauseating [...]

    7. Irrepressible hope and relentless optimism are amazing and impressived you know what else? Extremely annoying. Yes, dear readers, I was one of those people giving Amber Appleton the side-eye for the entire first half of the book. Sure, I empathized with her horrible situation and admired the spunk in her survival skills but I still resisted the crap out of her charm. I found her hugging obsession creepy. Her “JC” name dropping made me itch. Her slang felt unnaturally shoehorned into her othe [...]

    8. I love Amber Appleton, no sorta about it. True.A book called Sorta Like a Rock Star and it’s about a girl living on a bus with her mother? Wasn’t exactly at the top of my TBR pile, but I’m easily swayed by consistently good reviews. So I got to meet Amber. She has a conversational relationship with God (no need to worry, it’s not religious) and digs lighting up people’s faces, but she’s not saccharine or superior. She’s not looking to collect karmic points or gain accolades. She’ [...]

    9. Amber Appleton is currently homeless, sleeping on the school bus her mother drives part-time, and trying to keep her life and her self together. She does the best she can with what she's got and makes the best out of her situation. She volunteers at the old folks home, she teaches english to Korean ladies at her church and she takes care of an autistic classmate in return for meals and shower privileges at his house. But Amber is barely holding it together, keeping herself and her pup, Bobby Big [...]

    10. This was sorta not my kinda bookOops? I don't think it was a bad book, it was actually sort of sweet (maybe a bit too cheesily happy?) at the end though, and THERE WAS A CUTE DOG AND DOGS = I AM DONE. I love dogs. I have a dog. And Amber's love of her little dog was proof there is good in this universe. *ahem* But the story itself?! It felt turtly slow and I couldn't see the pointd then it felt a bit preachy. It could be just me interpreting it wrong though.The story is basically of Amber, who i [...]

    11. Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick is an awesome and inspiring read. I finished this book in a few short hours as Amber Appleton did such a great job captivating my attention with her unique and refreshing narrative. To be honest, I was a little skeptical of Quick’s ability to pull off penning a female character’s voice, but that just shows you what I know. The narrative and character development he achieved with this book was absolute perfection and had me applauding his efforts the wh [...]

    12. This book had the most annoying narrator I've read in a long time. Every few sentences, she stops to say "True? True." I mean, what? Kids use slang, but that doesn't even make sense. We're reading your story, we assume you are telling the truth or if not, you'll let us know. Also, she kept throwing out stuff like "word!" or "sucka!" which just sounds stupid. The rest of her narration seems like she is intelligent and reads a lot, so these interjections just undermine all that. The story has an i [...]

    13. It begins with a young woman whose perpetually upbeat manner had me squinting, wondering at what her damage was. Proclaimed Princess of Hope, she’d surrounded herself with people to hold up. Yet it was these various people who had me pausing, they seemed almost too sweet. The five she hung out with were odd ball misfits with no place but with each other. The old folks home and her verbal wars with Joan of old as well as the Singing Korean Divas and a haiku writing war vet… all touched me, bu [...]

    14. Eu tava muito empolgado pra ler esse livro, pq Thereza, do Thereza Reads, disse que era o melhor do Matthew que ela já leu, e porque eu tinha gostado muito de Perdão, Leonard Peacock (também ganhoh 4 estrelas). Daí comecei o livro e a personagem é MUITO religiosa e aí achei que não fosse gostar tanto assim da história. Depois aconteceram coisas bizarras na metade e eu comecei a gostar demais de novo. E no final, por mais emocionante que seja, tem umas coisas meio filme da sessão da tard [...]

    15. When I first started reading this book I really wasn't too sure about it. The MC, Amber, came off as annoying to me with the constant use of ending her sentences with, "True." or, "Word." And then came the praying, all of which I was just not into, but as I read on I started to really like Amber and her self-proclaimed freak self. (Maybe it's because I was a misfit in high school too. Freaks are the best.)As the book continued it touched on more difficult topics and towards the end I even felt m [...]

    16. You know what? I'm giving this book 5 stars anyway. It's just that good. Amber Appleton is one of the most peculiar YA narrators I've ever come across. She is an extreme optimist, no matter what direction life takes her. When the story opens, life has taken her mother and her to live on the school bus her mom drives after being kicked out of her mom's ex-boyfriend Oliver's apartment. However, Amber soon suffers a tragedy so great that now even she can't see a bright side.I was afraid of giving t [...]

    17. Original post from One More PageI've been wanting to get a copy of Matthew Quick's Sorta Like A Rock Star for the longest time, because I thought it was one of those band books -- sorta kinda like Antony John's Five Flavors of Dumb -- and I enjoy those books a lot. But no one ever gave it to me for Christmas or my birthday, so after two years of it being in my wish list, I decided to splurge on it shortly after Christmas.As it turns out, though, Sorta Like A Rock Staris far from being a band boo [...]

    18. One of the oddest books I've ever read. True? True. I cannot believe - blows my mind - that I just read that book. Amber Appleton is the most cheerful, chipper, perkiest human being on the face of this earth. The first few chapters were unbearable. I thought I'd been tricked into reading PollyAnna - The Modern Years. But then it all made sense. And I cried and cried and cried and cried. For at least the last 30% of the book I sobbed and loved it. I don't want to tell you anything. Bc the less yo [...]

    19. 2.5ish stars. I have extremely mixed feelings about this bookOn the one hand, it is somehow simultaneously extremely emotional and yet feel-good; it is well plotted; it made me both think and feel; it has a good message; and once I got to about half way through, I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. On the other hand, it wasn’t until halfway through that I felt any desire to keep reading, as almost nothing happens in the first half. I didn’t find any of the characters particula [...]

    20. I read this one a few weeks ago but wasn't sure just how to explain the awesomeness it was.There are so many reasons as to why I connected so much with this book and with its main character. Amber is awesome, unique and extremely admirable. She's just a good-hearted person, who always has a positive outlook on life even when life hasn't been all that easy for her. Her entire life has been just her and her mom, struggling to find a place to live, going from one mother boyfriend's house to another [...]

    21. 3 1/2 starsHave you ever wondered what would happen if Pollyanna had a baby with Benji and that baby grew up to be a quirky urban YA novel with lots of weird slang? Well, wonder no more, for here lies your answer. Amber Appleton is an irrepressibly optimistic teenage girl who travels through her town spreading hope and cheer wherever she goes. Nothing can get her down for long – even the fact that she’s living in a school bus with her alcoholic mom and it’s the middle of winter. She seems [...]

    22. Amber Appleton is the Princess of Hope, despite being homeless, not having enough money for food, having no father and generally a sucky life. But she knows that J.C. (Jesus Christ) is watching out from her and the eternally upbeat girl knows that as long as she's gotta Buddy Big Boy (her dog), her friends and her mom, things are alright.I can see readers struggling with Amber Appleton in Sorta Like A Rock Star. She seems simply too odd and too happy to be realistic. However, for me, she feels l [...]

    23. Amber, her mother and her pup Bobby Big Boy have been living in Hello Yello (a school bus Amber’s mother drives part-time) for months after being kicked out of the latest in a series of her mom’s boyfriend’s apartments. Amber is an eternal optimist – splitting her time between her school friends (the Franks Freak Force Federation), teaching English to the Korean Divas for Christ at the local Korean Catholic Church and battling wits with Joan of Old at the Methodist Retirement Home. All t [...]

    24. The writing for this book is abysmal, as though the writer tried to mesh together all the types of slang youth have used over the past 70 years (from cool cat to sucka to "True? True.") After the first 20 pages, I gave up and started skimming. The main character is super religious and refers regularly to JC and even after tragedy strikes her life remains (to me) an unsymapathetic narrator. Why? Because she's unrealistic. She doesn't sound like a teenager. She's doesn't have much depth. She's a s [...]

    25. Main character is so unique and awesome. The cynic in me says people like her do not exist, but I really hope they do.

    26. ♥ Thank you so much Light Pup (Chelsea) for the birthday gift ♥(or is it me? I never know. Let's say both)

    27. 3.0/5 starsSpoiler free review I started this book knowing virtually nothing about it. I knew the main character was this seventeen year-old girl, Amber Appleton, who was very hopeful and optimistic but would eventually suffer through a tragedy that would change her as a person. Now that I have finished it, I know there isn't much more than that to the plot. The book's summary kind of gives away the most important plot element. However, the interesting part for me was seeing Amber and those arou [...]

    28. "Maybe I'm a freak - but i'm one hopeful misfit, and you could be worst things in this world. True? True."It's books like this that had me realized how some of YA novels had seriously went downhill. Ever since I had the uber passion for reading, this kind of telling was what I grown fixated and what I have been looking forward to. Sorta Like A Rock Star was the fun and hyped up read that gnawed me to how much I really love young adult realistic fiction. It measures how much entertainment you've [...]

    29. This is the story of Amber Appleton, a relentlessly upbeat 17 yo who daily engages in a strenuous and not always sucessful battle in the arena where "hope dukes it out with despair." Despite Amber's overwhelming and heartfelt optimism, despair has some pretty kick ass weapons in its arsenal - Amber and her alcoholic mom are homeless, living on the school bus mom drives. Mom is a pretty sucky mom, actually - she's anorexic, unreliable and Amber spends most evenings alone on the bus while mom's "g [...]

    30. This one is for all of the kids who live outside the edge of normal, all of the kids who have secrets behind what their faces show at school each day, all of the kids who have been picked on, and especially for all of the kids who when faced with the worst, offer up their best.This one is for all of you who are rock stars of hope, just like Amber Appleton the winning heroine of Matthew Quick's charmingly heartbreaking YA novel Sorta Like a Rock Star.I've been a fan of Quick's writing for a while [...]

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