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Backstage Pass

Backstage Pass

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by Gaby Triana

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She's named after a landform.

She learned to walk on the red carpet.

And now she's playing hostess to the nation's hottest pop star.

Desert McGraw hasn't exactly had a normal upbringing. Her dad fronts the popular rock band Crossfire, and her mom is the group's manager. Always on tour or sitting in on recording sessions, Desert leads a life that


She's named after a landform.

She learned to walk on the red carpet.

And now she's playing hostess to the nation's hottest pop star.

Desert McGraw hasn't exactly had a normal upbringing. Her dad fronts the popular rock band Crossfire, and her mom is the group's manager. Always on tour or sitting in on recording sessions, Desert leads a life that looks glamorous to most people.

But now that she's sixteen and living in yet another new town -- Miami, this time -- Desert is more than ready to call one place home. There's one problem, though: How do you know whom to trust -- let alone what guy to hook up with -- when all any-one wants is access to the band?

Funny, romantic, and filled with essential rock-star etiquette (the proper attire for cruising in a Jag convertible, how to introduce new friends to your leather-wearing dad, etc.), Backstage Pass is a look at what happens when real life meets every girl's dream.

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Publishers Weekly
Though the spotlight is on the teenage daughter of a rock star, Triana's alluring first novel focuses less on the glitzy trappings of stardom than on the inner turmoil that accompanies Desert's peripatetic lifestyle. Raised on the road by her touring parents, Desert laments that she has "seen about as many hotels and cities, sound checks and catered meals as one sixteen-year-old would care to see. All I've ever wanted is one place to call home." As the book opens, she has just moved from L.A. to a posh Miami mansion with her rock star father, Flesh, and her mother, who manages his band. At her new school, the girl is befriended by Becca, a brooding, aspiring songwriter and guitar player who idolizes Flesh. Desert falls in love with another classmate, Liam, whose stepmother is writing an expos on what she perceives to be the shortcomings of Desert's mother's parenting. The plot takes some other unabashedly theatrical turns, but the author delivers the twists with a wink ("Yeah, like how Becca happens to be Dad's biggest fan, my boyfriend is the stepson of an evil tabloid reporter, and my mother's best friend is setting up the family business for failure. Sounds like something out of a movie"). And Desert's first-person narrative, in which dialogue nimbly segues into her thoughts, creates a credible voice. Readers will find that this tale strikes some true notes. Ages 12-up. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
This is an entertaining book that will appeal to all YAs who love celebrity (all of them?) The main character, Desert, is the daughter of a rock star icon (think Sting or someone like that). Poor thing, she has spent her life traveling around the US, changing schools frequently, tormented by the fact that most other kids just want to be her friend so that they can meet her father. Now the family is living for some months in Florida, and Desert starts the high school there determined to hide her true identity as long as possible. She makes two new friends: Liam, a guy she falls in love with—unfortunately this fellow's aunt is a journalist for a tabloid—can she trust him not to blab all to this favorite aunt?; and Becca, a talented songwriter from difficult family circumstances who idolizes Desert's father. Of course, both these close friends rather quickly find out who Desert's father actually is—will their friendship survive? Equally tantalizing about this story are the details of Desert's father's career, the effects on the family of his unfaithfulness to Desert's mother, and his appreciation of Desert's own talent as a writer—maybe she could be a songwriter too. At the end of the story, Desert manages to feel better about her life and her family, and there are always backstage passes for her new friends. Actually, readers will probably feel they too have a backstage pass to such an unusual life as they read Desert's story. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, HarperCollins, 221p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 9-11-Desert McGraw, daughter of aging rocker Flesh, has moved from L.A. to begin 11th grade in a new school in Miami. She desperately tries to avoid her father's fans, who have always used her, and to find real friends, but is uncertain about whom to trust. When she meets Becca, who claims she has "no life," she tries to hide the truth. Eventually, though, Desert tells her despite the risks. Becca worships Flesh, but the girls get past it and begin a fragile friendship. Desert also becomes involved with Liam, a genuinely nice guy. Becca and Liam help her through the difficult affair between her father and her mother's personal assistant. As the school year progresses, Desert's character grows and develops; she begins to write her own songs and discovers her own gifts and comes to rely on herself to solve her problems. When Becca is in trouble and possibly on the brink of suicide, Desert finally comes to terms with her self-centeredness and starts to act like a true friend. Complete with entertaining inner dialogue and honest emotion, Desert's voice is believable and consistent. Snippets of her poetry shed added light on her feelings and perceptions. With its unique look at culture shock, this is a fast-paced and enjoyable read.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Desert McGraw's a typically whiny 16-year-old. Except that she's the rich, oddly named daughter of a rock star named Flesh and hasn't been off the concert-touring circuit long enough to call any place home or to make friends. Jaded by the coddled trappings of celebrity, Desert has a giant chip on her shoulder, so when her family settles in Florida where she can attend a normal high school, she immediately exhibits an arrogant sense of paranoia about the motives of strangers. Gradually, two classmates start to chip away at her stony wall: rock fan Becca, a lonely and depressed lesbian who worships Desert's dad; and Liam, a too-good-to-be-true boy after her heart . . . and her secrets. When Desert discovers she's being followed by a journalist, she suspects her new friends. When her own parents' secrets are exposed, Desert's melodramatic house-of-cards collapses, leaving her to face her true self and pick up the pieces. Desert's narcissism makes her difficult to warm up to, and her ultimate redemption comes too quickly to be believed, even when it nearly costs her friend's life in the two-hanky conclusion. (Fiction. 12-16)

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Meet the Author

Gaby Triana is the author of three other novels, The Temptress Four, Cubanita, and Backstage Pass. She lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and their four children.

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