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  • Posted February 20, 2011

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    A new Trevor Wolff fan!

    Susan Helene Gottfried has created a character so strong and complete, he can be viewed from any angle, any perspective. If you want him to shock you, Trevor Wolff has already started. If you want him to endear himself to you, he will. Don't tell him he did; he won't like that. He does love attention. 'Trevor's Song' is more than his moment of fame; he realizes that and appears as expected in every scene. Even the scenes without him are about him. When you begin to define this story, and struggle to do it without spoilers, you begin to wonder who created it. Trevor is the reason every word of it exists, I believe. He assembled the band, somewhat by accident and experiment, Susan tells us. She doesn't admit that he demanded the book, yet it feels like it. He must have insisted she write it all down. Staying away from setups that feel like hastily created TV shows which attempt to explain why we all still love that one, tired song, Susan Gottfried takes us where it is forbidden to go - into the living part of that life. We get a limited number of naked, groping tag-alongs, and instead get some enlightening conversation about how difficult it may be to realize your dream is rolling right over you. Trevor wanted to be famous, and it has happened, almost while he pranced around to avoid it. Was he really trying to get into trouble the whole time? We also learn what binds him to Mitchell Voss, and what Trevor-tremors that bond can endure. The author lived this life. She accurately, honestly, shows the moments that flip Rock Stars into monsters or burn-outs. But she won't let her characters lose all their dimensions to go there. She would have to remove so much to make this fit the late-night clichés. 'Less is more' would not work here. Perhaps that explains why there are three books about this band, 'ShapeShifter', and why this author cannot stop writing this character. Trevor Wolff is very demanding.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    A Great Read

    I read this novel in three days and couldn't put it down. It's so original, about the members of a famous rock band, and gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their personal lives. If you've ever wished that just once, you could be a fly on the wall to observe what your favorite celebs are like in person, you'll appreciate this book, a blend of serious situations with light moments. I liked the complex characters and their interactions. By the end of the book, you'll consider the characters friends and wish for more - luckily the author has provided more with her Demo Tapes collections, short stories and outtakes showing the characters at different points in their lives. A great read. I wish this band was real so I could hear their music.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

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    For Those Who Like To Rock...

    I have to admit, I didn't much like Trevor at the start of this book. He took great pleasure in annoying his friends and altered between a spoiled, narcissistic brat and a clingy, scared child. I did like his best friend, Mitchell, and had to wonder why he put up with Trevor's antics.

    Despite my annoyance with Trevor, Gottfried's writing style made the story fun. Her familiarity with the music world brought vivid detail to the band's life. The dialogue and characters felt like I could have been reading the journal of a real-life young band.

    About midway through the book, the story really got going. Trevor's challenges forced him to make difficult decisions that tamed his self-involved immaturity. In the end, Gottfried leaves the perfect opening for a sequel. I had a sense that all would be well and that Trevor had grown, though we might have to wait to know that for sure.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    3.5 Stars- a Picture of a Rock Star

    Trevor Wolff is the vision behind ShapeShifter, the hottest new band. What he lacks in musical talent, he makes up for in attitude. He's a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy, and he plays life according to his own rules. When his best friend and talented band member, Mitchell, finds the girl of his dreams (Kerri, aka "Rusty"), Trevor is forced to reevaluate his own idea of what it means to be Trevor Wolff. His friendship with Mitchell must change, and he begins to wonder if he's ready for a real relationship himself. With a few potentially life-changing decisions in front of him, Trevor has to dig deep and truly question who he is and what's important to him in order to move forward. The author, Susan Helene Gottfried, has a background in the music industry, and she's given us an inside look at a band on the edge of stardom. The characters of Trevor, Mitchell, and Kerri are well-defined, with Trevor truly as the star of this story. There are several layers of complexity to Trevor in his feelings and his relationships; he doesn't even really understand himself. Conflicted by memories of a hinted past and uncertainty about his future, Trevor's story is an engaging study of emotional growth. It's Trevor's song that reverberates throughout this story, and the background music of other characters is there only to support and reinforce Trevor's own refrain. In addition to Trevor's other relationships, a special relationship is implied with Kerri; animosity on the outside, but an unexplainable internal connection. I felt this relationship lacked something to help define it. Perhaps it would have been clearer with more backstory on Kerri that could help explain why they had that special connection. Trevor felt Kerri truly understood him, but I wanted to know more about Kerri to find out why that was. There was also a thread of abuse between Trevor and Mitchell that would benefit from some fleshing out, or it could have been left out entirely. It came up enough to make it seem like a stray thread, but not enough to have it be another facet that helped support and round out what we learn of Trevor's past. The storyline is complex, and a lot of growth can be seen in Trevor's character. The story is really about Trevor and his need to change and adapt in order to continue, and it's an intriguing tale. I felt the beginning of the book dragged, perhaps offering too much of a foundation for the rest of the story. It really picked up in the latter half of the book as Trevor's character become more defined and I was more clear on the direction we were headed. I read the first half of the story with some detached interest, but in the second half, I was engaged. There is some ambiguity at the end that is very fitting for the story, and is satisfying in its own way. Even without knowing the outcome of the final action, the reader still understands that it will all work out. 3.5 stars @ MotherLode blog

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Worth Checking Out :)

    Trevor¿s Song managed to take me completely by surprise. Trevor himself was the biggest surprise, being one of the most dysfunctional leads I¿ve seen in a book in a long, long time. In the beginning, I didn¿t even like him. He wasn¿t what you might call a sympathetic character. But by the time I was halfway through the book, I was ready to shank anyone who so much as looked at him sideways. It was very interesting to watch his character grow and change (even if I sometimes wanted to smack some sense into him).

    The characters, dialogue, and storyline are all above average, and Gottfried writes in a smooth, straightforward style. Even the minor characters have quirks and traits that make them stand out, and the major characters are fleshed out fairly well. The dialogue is believable (and often amusing), and the storylines are all compelling enough to keep you reading.

    My complaints about this book are very minor ones. One was the way the backstory was handled. Fans who were introduced to the characters through Gottfried¿s blog might not have the same issues as I did, but I felt like a little more explication would have been nice in places. I was glad, though, that Trevor¿s entire backstory wasn¿t hurled at the reader in one fell swoop. However, I felt a little loss now and again in the first quarter or so of the book. Another thing that added to that ¿being lost¿ feeling in the early part of the book was the lack of anything to mark the passage of time. I didn¿t notice any reference to the month or seasons or anything, but it¿s obvious quite a bit of time passes in relatively few pages. This was a little confusing, but not enough to distract from the story. The last ¿negative¿ about this book is that it could use another round of proofreading. I believe that almost every book has at least a few typographical errors, but I would be remiss if I didn¿t point out that there are a number in this book.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a lot. Much more, in fact, than I thought I would when I first began reading it. It was a sometimes fun, sometimes heartbreaking story set against an irresistible backdrop of rock and roll and one of the better indie books I¿ve read.

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