How to Kill a Rock Star [NOOK Book]

Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402250392
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 74,898
  • File size: 961 KB

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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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Does he kill himself at the end?

    Someone just tell me. I don't want to read it if he dies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    No words

    Awful!!!
    Everyone said it would be so great but it was so bad.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Booo

    Booo

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    WOW!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    L o v e d it

    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

    Posted May 8, 2013

    I can't tell you how much I loved this book. I had to buy a pape

    I can't tell you how much I loved this book. I had to buy a paperback copy too. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    What

    what this even about

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Amazing

    Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    One of the best books

    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

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Great read!

    Liked this book alot! You won't be dissapointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Amazing!

    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!

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    recommended for younger age than me

    I'm still reading in between reading other books. just had a hard time getting into this one. I would have probably liked it a few years ago. my brain is in a different place now. so that's probably all it is.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    !!!!!!!!!!!!??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How to kill a rock star ifyou kill him ill kill you

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    This book was life changing. My heart aches for it every day. Be

    This book was life changing. My heart aches for it every day. Beautifully written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Cupcake 21

    Wow what a bad name for a book i pick no rate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Wow

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Loved it!

    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.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    Worth the money

    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

    Posted November 26, 2012

    wonderful!!

    Wow! This was such a wonderful book. Very moving and memorable.

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