Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
Jenny: Fluff up the hair, break out the hair gel and whack some Rick Astley on the turn table because we’re heading back to the 80’s with Dear Rockstar!
So..think back. Do you remember your first rock star crush? You know…the one you thought you’d die over if you didn’t get to meet……and if you did meet them, you were convinced you’d fall in love and get married? Oh come on… we all had that insane crush and those crazy dreams when we were younger. Didn’t we? Hmmm well at least I hope we all did or I just made a complete prat of myself!
I have to say I absolutely loved Dear Rockstar. It was refreshing, fun and emotional. Whilst the characters are damaged, this never felt heavy because it was beautifully told, so well handled, with relatable engaging characters. Plus..Who doesn’t love a trip down memory lane? This book had it all for me. Let’s not even get started on the crazy chemistry between Dale and Sarah. Ummm I’m still recuperating from THAT storage cupboard scene. Wowsers! Still fanning self here!
“..but even in that enormous stadium, Tyler Vincent hadn’t elicited in me, or anyone around me, the same feeling Dale did with one dark, heated look.”
I finished it one sitting and had that happy book love glow whilst reading it and didn’t want it to end. Do you agree Gitte?
Gitte: …….Sorry what? Ooops, I’m still thinking about that cupboard scene….HA! Yes, I absolutely agree Jenny; I really enjoyed Dear Rockstar; LOVED Dale & Sara! There were so many things I completely related to and connected with. And if you’re a prat, then I am too, because I totally crushed on Johnny Depp in ‘21 Jump Street’ as a young teenager, dreaming about the day he’d meet me and think: “Oh I have to marry Gitte” (true story!) Now, when I’m not so much a teenager anymore…cough….I’m still crushing on him (seriously, this man only gets better with age, and is it wrong that I really fancy him as Jack Sparrow?) Yeah, I’m still doodling his name on my doodle pad. Hmmm….there may be a name for this, but who cares! Anyway, Dale and Sara’s story had a little bit of everything that makes a story great and I loved their journey.
“You’re good at being a rock star. I’m good at being the world’s biggest fan.”
Dear Rockstar was different and kept me reading, not wanting to put the story down unless I really really had to. Dale and Sara’s journey was sad, sweet, funny, passionate and beautiful, their characters written with such depth, I couldn’t help fall in love with them.
“Sometimes the best things in life are crazy.”
Sara loves (some might say obsessively) Tyler Vincent, the sexy famous rock star. She grew up alongside her idol albeit it in her head and heart. He was a constant; I’d even argue he was her ‘security blanket’ in the real world that was not kind and loving to our Sara. She shapes her life to reach the desired result of one day meeting up with her idol.
“I didn’t just want to meet him. I wanted to change him. I wanted him to change me. I wanted to be essential in his life.”
Sara, bless her, has a pretty abysmal home life so the one good thing in it…her crush…well it becomes her escape. That is until Dale enters her real world. Dale; who looks a lot like Tyler, and is an aspiring rock star to boot. Wow, I too absolutely fell, hook, line and sinker for Dale Diamond!
The attraction is immediate, for both of them, and a journey of secrets, lies, horror and deep rooted emotional scars are uncovered. But overall, this is a story of sweet heart-warming hope, love and trust.
“What was wrong with me? What did I want? I thought I knew. Before Dale Diamond came along, I could have told you in detail what I wanted. Now I had no idea.”
So yeah, I absolutely loved this story and its characters. I also love this Author’s writing and how she flawlessly weaves together humour and horror whilst giving the reader hope and love amongst the sadness.
“Everybody hurts. You don’t need to hide it.”
Jenny: The object of Sara’s obsession, the man she’s loved him since she was 14 is Tyler Vincent. But this is so much more than a mere rockstar crush. Her feelings for Tyler have become something of an obsession, and in Sara’s mind Tyler offers her freedom. An escape if you will.
19 year old Sara is an attending an Academy to catch up on her last year of high school which she missed due to issues which are unravelled slowly throughout the book. Sara is creatively talented, has dreams and aspirations but doesn’t have much else. She feels trapped and in her mind, Tyler Vincent is the key to her unlocking her dreams.
There was one lone tree at the side of the building. It looked as lost and forlorn as I felt.
It is during her second week at the academy Sara meets Dale Diamond, the new guy on campus who bears an uncanny resemblance to her rock god crush Tyler.
He’s a super talented singer/guitarist/songwriter who is hoping to make the big time by entering the battle of the bands on MTV and has star quality written all over him.
When he lifted his head and began to sing, looking out into the audience, the spotlight focused on him and him alone, it was immediately clear this man was a star.
Both are instantly attracted to one another and so begin the journey of Dale and Sara, two characters who won me over immediately!
It was pretty clear that there was nothing in the world more important that chemistry and it was happening here.
Sara and Dale were absolutely adorable. I was completely smitten with both of them. Watching their relationship develop was mesmerising. Dale Diamond!! Well, if I didn’t just fall in love with him. Dale says what’s on his mind, wears his heart on his sleeve, has that poetic beautiful nature about him and well….words fails me. I loved him! He knew he was fighting an invisible force for Sara’s heart but he never gave up. He had his own dreams and goals, but Sara was so important to him and he fought to make her believe that.
“How do I make you feel?”
“Like I would follow you anywhere.”
The whole relationship never felt forced. It developed beautifully and I was with them every step of the way. I laughed with them, loved with them and my heart broke with them. The secrets revealed shocked me.
“You’re mine. I knew it the first time I saw you. I will always come for you, Sara. Always”
At first I couldn’t grasp how Sara, being 19 could have this type of mad obsession with a rock star, but the way this author brought this to fruition was just beautifully explored and sad. I completely understood it and found her story moving and heartbreaking. I completely “got” Sara.
Sara’s voice was quirky and fun. Despite her sorry existence, she never came across as whiny. She saw humor in situations and she spoke her mind. An absolutely refreshing heroine and I loved her.
I sobbed, letting him hold me and wipe away my tears, and I knew, finally, what it was. I was happy”
Dear Rockstar had it all. The story was so beautifully told and even though there were some very tragic parts to this story, parts that crushed me, the story never felt laden down. The characters were well developed and I felt I got to know them and I cared about them. It was a fun yet moving story with characters who will enter into your heart. Secrets were revealed in a deliciously slow way which will have you turning the pages with anticipation every time. This was a story about taking risks. About healing, opening your heart, trusting in and reaching for your dreams. About finding that special person won’t only save you, but will make you believe in yourself and what’s in your heart.
“When are you going to realize there’s no one else for me? You’re it, baby.”
This was an absolute winner for me and I hope this isn’t the last we’ve heard of Sara and Dale. Perfection!
Jenny: 4.5 stars
Gitte: 4.5 Stars