Sorta Like a Rockstar
Those that have read my blog before will know that Matthew Quick is one of, if not my favourite author. Not only has he written my all time favourite book in The Silver Linings Playbook (Don't get me started on how woeful the film was) but every single book of his I have read I have really loved. I am a bit worried that one day I will read one though and think meh! Hopefully not anytime soon.
"Another fantastic read that plays with all your emotions as always but leaves you feeling oh so happy. Mr Quick Sir, you are amazing!"
Amber Appleton has a lot to be thankful for.
Amber Appleton has never had it easy.
Both are true. On the one hand, she's got the best friends a seventeen year old could ask for and a loyal dog. Bobby Big Boy. On the other, her mum frequently has too much to drink, Amber's never quite sure where her next meal will come from and ever since her mum's latest boyfriend kicked them out, they have been living in the back of a school bus.
To those around her Amber is an inspiration, a Rockstar - of hope. She's always managed to remain upbeat, to find the light in the darkest of situations. Until, that is, an unimaginable tragedy occurs. Can Amber still be thankful now things are harder than she'd ever thought possible?
Matthew Quick has this great way of pulling you into a story. Once you are there you never want to let go. Sometimes you may want too as the stories can be quite sad, but you are so involved with the characters that you cannot let them down, you have to stay with them. All of Matthew's books are centred around mental health, and people who struggle through life. Mental Health is very important to me personally and it is great to see that around the world people are starting to talk about it more. However we have so much more to achieve around this subject.
In all the books that Matthew has written you go on this emotional rollercoaster that tests even the stubbornest of people who believe they will not cry at anything. Now you may be asking why would I want to read a book that is sad and upsetting. Well... Sorta Like a Rockstar like all of his other books is a wonderful story, that not only makes you realise that your life is not actually that bad but takes you on a ride that ends with you feeling so happy inside. As I read the last 50 pages I must have been smiling so much because at the end my jaw was hurting so much. I read this book in just over a week as the words just flew off the pages. If you have a reading challenge going this year I would fully recommend this one to keep your numbers up.
I loved all the character's in this book... Well, apart from one but I can't tell you who as that may ruin the storyline. Amber the main character is a 'Rockstar' who teaches us that it does not matter how bad life gets you should always look to help others even if they say they don't want any help. Amber volunteers at a old peoples home on a Wednesday and the friends that she has there are brilliant and some of my favourite bits from this book happen because of them. I personally did not have a favourite teacher at school but I know that thousands of people do. Not just because they were nice to them but they made a difference in their life. Amber's is Mr Franks and I think his character is also wonderfully written and great to follow through this book.
Was there anything bad about this book? Errrrrrrrm…. Nope!
Sorta Like a Rockstar is once again another classic from Matthew Quick and I can't wait to read the next one of his. Last week I bought The Reason You're Alive and should hopefully read that in the next few months. That and the other 140 books I have in my TBR pile haha.
Have you read this book? What do you think? I would love to know, so comment away...