How to Kill a Rock Star

How to Kill a Rock Star

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by Tiffanie DeBartolo
     
 

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Written in her wonderfully honest, edgy, passionate and often hilarious voice, Tiffanie DeBartolo tells the story of Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a talented songwriter and lead singer of the band Bananafish. Eliza's reverence for rock is equaled only by Paul's, and the two fall wildly in love.

When Bananafish is signed by a big

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Written in her wonderfully honest, edgy, passionate and often hilarious voice, Tiffanie DeBartolo tells the story of Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a talented songwriter and lead singer of the band Bananafish. Eliza's reverence for rock is equaled only by Paul's, and the two fall wildly in love.

When Bananafish is signed by a big corporate label, and Paul is on his way to becoming a major rock star, Eliza must make a heartbreaking decision that leads to Paul's sudden disappearance and a surprise knock-your-socks-off ending.

Praise for Tiffanie DeBartolo's God-Shaped Hole

"From highs to heartbreak, DeBartolo conjures an affair to remember."—People

"Honest, raw, and engaging."—Booklist

"This generation's Love Story."—Kirkus Reviews

God-Shaped Hole was a Book Sense Top 10 Paperback Selection.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
DeBartolo looks into the love affair between an aspiring rock journalist and a "spirited maverick" musician in her clunky, earnest sophomore outing (after God-Shaped Hole). When Eliza moves from Ohio to New York to work for a music magazine, she finds herself rooming with Paul, the lead singer in her brother Michael's band. Paul and Eliza hit it off immediately: both love the same singer/songwriter (who says things like "rock 'n' roll music is a dying man.... [i]t's a man being crucified"), both are orphans, and both think the other is hot stuff. It could be a decent romantic comedy, but DeBartolo aims for drama, and serves up uninspired prose and a skimpy plot. Paul and Eliza fall in love; he writes a song about her ("She is a virgin. She is a whore. She gives it all and I beg for more"); her fear of flying (her parents were killed in a plane crash) gets worse after September 11; Paul, on the brink of megastardom, refuses to tour unless she comes along; she sacrifices their relationship for the sake of his art. Complications (note the title) ensue. This is best read by younger adults, who might be more forgiving of the inelegant writing and the characters' classic concerns of waning adolescence. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In her second novel, DeBartolo (God-Shaped Hole) introduces Eliza Caelum, who moves from Cleveland to New York City in her quest to become a music journalist. Passionate about rock'n'roll, Eliza finds herself in a potentially dangerous situation when she moves in with and falls for Paul, the womanizing lead singer of her brother's band, Bananafish. As their relationship develops and the band gains popularity, Eliza and Paul find themselves frequently enmeshed in conflict. Of course, fame-or near fame and a big advance-isn't all it's cracked up to be. This realization, however, does not come as tritely as it might in someone else's hands. DeBartolo delivers an unpredictable, engaging story with likable characters. Their missteps and ill-advised choices in the name of love and/or rock'n'roll make for an enchanting tale that readers will find difficult to put down. Though there are a few clich s (particularly the Jesus imagery), music fans will love this gem. Recommended for all public libraries.-Amanda Glasbrenner, New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A rock journalist sacrifices her relationship with a brilliant rock musician when her fear of flying threatens to hold back his career. DeBartolo (The God-Shaped Hole, 2001) treats rock music as high art in this self-important romance. After landing an interview with her idol, legendary rocker Doug Blackman, fledgling journalist Eliza Caelum moves to Manhattan to take a job with a music magazine. She finds herself sharing an apartment with Paul Hudson, lead singer of the band Bananafish, who takes his music very seriously and loves the same Doug Blackman song as she: "The Day I Became a Ghost" (Blackman's no Dylan, or even Dave Mathews.) Soon, Paul and Eliza have fallen deeply in love. Paul's talent begins to bring the band attention both from an independent producer and from a mega-corporate record company. Drawn to the independent, Paul nevertheless signs with the corporate jerks for the sake of his fellow band members' financial interest. Despite his own misgivings about becoming a sellout, Eliza is thrilled for him. He, in turn, proposes marriage and wants her to accompany him on tour. Unfortunately, that would entail flying. Her airplane phobia began when her parents died in a plane crash and intensified after she witnessed the 9/11 attack. Not about to let her unwillingness to fly derail Paul's career, she lets Doug Blackman's son Loring, a handsome mainstream musician (i.e., sellout) with an obvious crush on her, kiss her when she knows Paul will see them. As expected, Paul assumes the worst. He goes on tour alone and sleeps with a groupie. Eliza moves in with Loring while pining for Paul and his pure rock-'n'-roll soul. Paul's album bombs because it isn't commercial enough. Pauland Eliza reunite and make love. Paul commits suicide. Or does he. Either DeBartolo's satire is very subtle or this is the most pretentious novel about rock music ever written.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402205217
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
195,923
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.15(d)

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Meet the Author

Tiffanie DeBartolo is the author of a previous novel, God-Shaped Hole. She also wrote the Columbia Tristar release Dream for an Insomniac. She lives with her husband in Boulder, Colorado.

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How To Kill A Rock Star 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
JustRead99 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best goddamn books I've ever read....and if this statement offends you, do not read this book. I am so thankful that almost nothing can offend me. I fell in love with these characters and the story, but the best part is the writing....wow. Some of the best writing I've read in a very long time - and I read A LOT. I'm a little bit depressed that Tiffanie DeBartolo now has a different career and doesn't seem to be writing anymore. This book was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone just tell me. I don't want to read it if he dies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was truly an emotional rollercoaster. I found myself so emotionally invested in story & lives of Paul & Eliza. Phenomenal is the word i would best use to describe this book. I look forward to the author's future work.
Kassiah More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read and is the reason I created a "favorites" shelf on goodreads. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll swoon and fall in love. A must read!
MMRNY More than 1 year ago
A Breath of Fresh Air!! OMG this book blew me away!! I really had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. I was not sure if it was a murder mystery, a romance, a coming of age story or a musical story; but now that I am finished with it...I can honestly say that it is ALL OF THE ABOVE AND THEN SOME!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK!! This book was sheer brilliance on the part of Tiffanie DeBartolo!! I laughed and I cried like a baby while reading this book. Tiffanie DeBartolo did not just give us the same old Rocker Romance story with this one. She gave us something new, fresh and invigorating. Can I just say that I absolutely loved Paul and his unwillingness to compromise to such an extent that he did not know his own music anymore. Paul is what you would call a true believer. I absolutely adored Loring. Wow! What a great guy!! Paul and Loring were too very special men who I truly felt for. They deserved better. I also loved the other guys in Bananafish, and Tab and Vera and Queenie. Although Eliza ticked me off with her actions, I understood why she did it...whether I agreed with her or not!! All I have to say is that I highly recommend this book to anyone that has not read it. It is a breath of fresh air!! I truly thank Tiffanie DeBartolo for writing this wonderful book and sharing it with us readers.
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I loved this book. I liked how the author dealt with fate destiny choices and life or death. There was a religious undertone throughout the book too which was interesting. The characters were well developed and i had a hard time putting it down to get to sleep. I recommend it to read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't tell you how much I loved this book. I had to buy a paperback copy too. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read since A Discovery of Witches. There's everything:love,loss,humor,sex,drama...adored every letter,punctuation, and spacing of this story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked this book alot! You won't be dissapointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say this was the best book i have read in a long time. No words can describe it. The writing is superb and poetic. At times I was happy and then down right sad. I cried! The characters feel so real. No one is perfect or gorgeous like in so many other romance novels. They are just real and perfectly flawed. Best decision this week was reading this amazing story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was life changing. My heart aches for it every day. Beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow what a bad name for a book i pick no rate
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow that was an awesome story! I was not sure what to expect when I started reading this book, but let me tell you I was not disappointed. What a good twist, highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! It was real, heart wrenching, engaging, full of passion and a love for music and how it can make you feel. A little Hollywood in the end but still great.
JennyBell More than 1 year ago
This book had it all-Angst, sex, love, and rock and roll. It wasn't predictable and the story was believable. I wish there was more to this story, but sometimes the author knows it is best to leave a story alone. This was one of those cases. Buy this book. You will not regret it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was such a wonderful book. Very moving and memorable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But the plot is a weeeee bit hollywood-ish. DiBartolo has immense talent. She just didnt push herself to the max on this.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I read it in one day & was so sad to have it end.