I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Dundurn Press on January 23rd 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Young Adult
She's with the band, whether she likes it or not.Amazon •
Victoria Mahler is the sixteen-year-old only daughter of rocker Micky Wayne, whose band, Dusty Moon, took the world by storm when Micky was just a teenager. The band broke up under mysterious circumstances, but, after years spent off the road being a mom, Micky’s solo career is finally starting to take off.
When an offer to tour Japan falls into her mom’s lap, Vic is left to spend the summer under the care of her distant grandmother, and without her built-in best friend. Fortunately, a boy with a secret geek side and a group of feminist game-makers save the season, and Vic starts to see herself as her own person, out from under her mother’s shadow.
But when Micky finally comes home — with a poorly chosen boyfriend in tow — all bets are off. Will Vic be able to maintain her newfound sense of self amidst the building thunder of Micky’s second chance at stardom? And through it all, will Micky still really be her best friend?
Mature-Content Rating: Underage drinking, drugs, sexual content
“What would it take to be that confident? To not care about what anybody else thought and just let your freak flag fly?”
Take the blurb for this book, chop it up in bits and pieces, and there you have the actual story. I was completely unimpressed.
Vic (Victoria) is the daughter of the infamous Dusty Moon ex-singer Micky Wayne who’s working on a solo career years after the band broke up. Vic is a brat. I expected a major growth from her character, but by the end of the book she was worse off then when she started in my opinion. As her mother is on tour in Japan for a few weeks, Vic goes about “finding herself” instead of being Micky Wayne’s daughter. Unfortunately “herself” is a selfish friend who’s only goal is to hide her identity from her new boyfriend and have sex on the beach.
Micky’s part as a rockstar wasn’t as important as the blurb made it seem. The tour got the mother out of the way long enough for Vic to have alone time with the new boyfriend, and that’s what YA is about these days; getting the existing parents out of the way for sex-time.
Shaun is Vic’s summer boyfriend. He can pretty much be replaced by any other male on the planet as there’s nothing remarkable about him. I don’t mind him being average; I applaud a YA book with average looking characters, but he doesn’t have his own personality to separate him from anyone else and there’s never a reason given why Vic is attracted to him. She even states that he’s slept around with more than just a few girls. (Maybe that attracts her?) Or maybe it’s the constant supply of pot and alcohol.
A major disappointment is Vic was supposed to be finding herself as a person and finding that she loved making video games. As a card-holding geek, that attracted me to the book. But Vic didn’t have anything to do with the process of making the game, her friend Lucy is the real gamer in the story.
I kept reading this book, wanting it to get better, wanting to like it, but it was a disaster. The only climax of the story is Vic and Shaun having sex and Micky’s long awaited concert.
On a more personal note, YA needs to start having a little bit more respect for itself. SEX DRUGS DRINKING. Fine, but it has to have a PLOT and a PURPOSE.