Happy December! I’m already nose deep into Christmas books, movies and music, but I still had to review Sorta Like A Rockstar by Matthew Quick. So let’s dive in!

I must say that I was a little bit apprehensive. I just finished Love May Fail by Matthew Quick and I did not like that book a lot (Read here why). But this book had a promising description. And it was a YA, so that was why I decided to just read it.

And wow, am I glad I did!

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 threatens Amber’s optimism—and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope?

My thoughts on Sorta Like A Rockstar

This book surprised me. It was a little weird in the beginning. There are a lot of crazy characters that at first didn’t make a lot of sense.

But the main character, Amber, is very easy to love. She is hopeful, maybe naive (but who isn’t at 17 or so) but full of spirit, even though there are a lot of things going on in her life.

I kind of disliked the mom, because of the way she takes care of Amber.

Her four best friends are EVERYTHING. They are so different and nerdy, but so kind and sweet and lovable. Every girl needs these four guys. I know I wish I had them. Donna – the mom of one of the four – is the hero Amber needs to look up to, and she is honestly the best.

The other characters were quite the bunch. And each one of them adds a layer to the story that makes it weird, heartwarming and funny at times.

The fatal tragedy in the synopsis is something I saw coming from page 2, but it was tragic nonetheless. Though I didn’t cry when it happened

The tears came later. The ending after the tragic thing – man I cried my eyes out. It all came together so nicely and I LIVE for loose end tying up together. It made the story of the book one that I won’t forget and something that everyone should read. In my opinion.

Final rating

5/5 stars. Without a doubt.

How about you? Have you read this book? What did you think? What kind of book made you cry?