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Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Caitlyn Duffy
Publisher & Pages: Lovestruck Literary, 318 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: At the age of 15, Taylor Beauforte has only met her father twice in person. After all, he is the lead singer of a world-famous rock band, constantly on the cover of music magazines and giving interviews on MTV. He pays for Taylor to attend the Treadwell Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts, and provides her mother with monthly checks to cover her basic needs, but has never made much of an effort to play an active part in Taylor’s life. Taylor’s mom Dawn is the only family she has ever really known, and because of Dawn’s hard-partying Hollywood lifestyle, studious Taylor is happiest on the other side of the country in Massachusetts with her nose buried in a book.
When Taylor’s mom unexpectedly dies the summer before Taylor starts her junior year, she receives a crash course in fame. She has no choice but to join her father and his new family on their summer concert tour before she has even had a chance to mourn the loss of her mother. Life as the daughter of a rock star seems like it would be enviable, but Taylor can’t figure her dad out. He seems like a supportive authority figure (even if he’s kind of a fashion tragedy), but she is collecting a growing pile of evidence that he’s a liar and a cheat. Her stepmother, Jill, can’t seem to decide if she wants to treat Taylor like a girlfriend or a nuisance. Having had no time to grieve and say goodbye to her childhood before being thrust into the limelight, Taylor is suddenly finding herself in situations she could have never imagined before this summer.
With no one else to turn to, Taylor falls head over heels in love with Jake, the teenage son of one of the band’s touring groupies. Taylor has growing concerns about Jake’s background and the suspicious relationship between his mom and her own father, but is desperate for something real in her life onto which she can build a future. When Jake offers Taylor an opportunity to join him on a whirlwind adventure and leave her problems with her father far behind, Taylor has to decide – should she carve out her own way in the world, or try to repair the relationship she has with her only living parent?
Over the course of the summer with the band, Taylor learns the depths of her own strength, the difficulty of overcoming loss, and that the definition of family means much more than shared bloodlines.
Highlight: This book is a great read for girls 15+
Caution: There are some more adult themes.
Highlight: Adults can enjoy this book too!
Review: Lovestruck Literary publishes middle school and young adult fiction. The Rock Star’s Daughter does fall into the young adult category, but only just. I would say the target audience should be 15 and above, purely because of some of the stuff the main character gets into.
Taylor Beauforte is a 15 year old girl with a flaky, alcoholic mother and an absentee father. Throughout the school year she goes to Treadwell Academy, but during the summer, she lives with her party-loving mother. She’s only met her father twice in her life. Why? He’s the rockstar (in case you hadn’t guessed), Chase Atwood. He’s too busy for her.
But then Taylor’s mother dies, and her father decided that Taylor will come and live on the road with him, his wife, and their daughter.
In one night, Taylor’s life is turned upside down forever. She must relocate from her hometown to New Jersey. She must spend her summer on the road. She gets hounded by paparazzi. And worst of all, her step-mother seems to hate her and her father is an alcoholic.
I first read The Rock Star’s Daughter when it was still a first draft on Wattpad. When I decided to review it, I didn’t expect to love it, or to even like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. Because it was published by Lovestruck Literary, I was worried that it would feel too…young…for an adult reader. I’m glad to report that I was totally wrong. But that’s also why I recommend this book be read by older teenagers.
Throughout the book, Taylor dabbles with underage drinking, underage clubbing, drug use (well, she holds a bag of an unspecified white powder) and sex. The message surrounding these topics is generally a cautionary one, with Taylor more often than not trying to stay away from all of these things. She does bend to peer pressure and tries underage drinking and underage clubbing, but she does end up regretting it immensely.
But enough about the cautionary stuff. Did I enjoy the book, you ask? Would I recommend this book to be read by anyone older than 15 years old?
The answer: HELL YEAH!
I really enjoyed the book. It didn’t take me long to read (probably partly because I was reading it on my phone while at the hairdressers), and despite being marketed at teenagers, I actually enjoyed it (I’m 21, by the way).
So if you’re a female aged 15 or older and are looking for your next great read, then you’ve found it.