Sorta Like A Rock Star

Paperback | May 3, 2011

byMatthew Quick

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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?

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. The world is Amber's stage, and Amber is, well...she's sorta like a rock star. True? True.

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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...

Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the author ofThe Silver Linings Playbook(Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and three young adult novels,Sorta Like a Rock Star,Boy21, andForgive Me, Leonard Peacock(Little, Brown & Co.). His work has received many honors--including a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention--been translated into many...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316043532

ISBN - 13:9780316043533

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read Sorta Like a Rock Star is a young adult novel written by Matthew Quick, the same author who wrote the popular novel Silver Linings Playbook. The novel has somewhat of a slow start, as you begin to get acquainted with the main character of the story, Amber Appleton. She is a girl who is living homeless with her mother on a school bus. Even though she is considered to be somebody at the lower end of society, she has an incredible amount of hope, which is challenged through the course of the novel. She’s has a faith in Jesus Christ that is true to herself. The novels weakest quality, as observed by a few, is the main character Amber. In fact, I’ve read a few of the bad reviews of Sorta Like a Rockstar on Goodreads, and the trend seems to be that if you hate the novel, it’s because you hate Amber’s voice. Some reviewers can’t stand the way she talks because she doesn’t talk the way other teenagers talk. However, I believe this is intentional as Amber is not somebody who would fit in with the popular crowd, in fact she was placed in a special class by a social worker to develop her social skills. But in spite of her weaknesses, she is an amazing girl who gives of herself and time to help others. In my opinion books main flaw is that since it’s written in first person, half of the story involving the other characters in Amber’s life goes untold. These other characters do something, in a brave fashion like something Amber herself would do, but the reader never finds out how their conflict gets resolved. If Matthew Quick could have pulled off telling their side of the story, I would have been very impressed. Lastly, I like the significance of the title. It comes from a series of children’s books Amber had growing up called, “Jesus Christ was a Rock Star,” which talked about Jesus’s killer adventures. One thing that touched me in the story was how Amber would criticize some of the pastors she would hear speak about Jesus, because they got his story wrong: “Only the priest there–Father Johns–told the Jesus stories all wrong. Father Johns was always going on and on about how Jesus was going to be disappointed in us if we sinned or didn’t do enough charity, and the way he talked about JC made the Son of God seem more like a mean, pissy old lady than a rock star.”
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Sorts of Incredible Aside from its multiple awards, this is one of those books that changes you. One that you think about long after finishing. One that is written for young adults, but resonates in the hearts of the adult reader as well. True? True. I read and enjoyed Matthew Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook, but for me, this book is on a whole other level. Amber is a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit. She sees the good in each moment and every opportunity, despite her circumstances. She is real. She is raw and true to herself about her life but chooses to believe that there is better in store for her and for everyone else. I loved the quirkiness of her character, and the way she interacted with the world around her . It took me a few pages to get used to her method of speaking, her slang and short forms but once I did the story flew by and so did the time as I finished it in a sitting only to go back and read it again. Tissue will be needed while reading but it’s worth it. This book is all sorts of incredible. For more reviews and to share your favourites with me check out- www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2013-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written, unique characters, filled with hope and heart! I loved this book from the first sentence to the last. This is a story with a mish mash of interesting characters that draw you in. This story is filled with hope and keeps you laughing and crying to the last page. The main character is wonderful - 17 yr old Amber Appleton. She will grab hold of your heart and take you for a great ride. She lives in a bus with her loyal dog Bobby Big Boy. Amber is the self-proclaimed princess of hope until a fatal tragedy threatens everything she believe in.
Date published: 2010-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've read this year I loved this quirky, emotional story from beginning to end—and the mainstream "issue" books are definitely not the reads I usually pull off the shelf. Not only was SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR well-written, but it was very engaging. Despite I was so upset by the horrible things the main character had to go through, I couldn't stop reading. It's a wonderful real story about grief, hope, and losing and finding faith that I think will connect with many readers.
Date published: 2010-04-20