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Posted October 18, 2011
What a great read. One of those books I wished I had time to just sit down in one sitting and read from start to finish. Fascinating characters from two vastly different walks of life coming together and finding they have more in common than they thought.
This is definitely a book to be enjoyed by teen and adult alike. Very refreshing to read a book about true love.
This 40 something romantic very much enjoyed this young love story.
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Posted January 1, 2013
This book was so good. This book made me laught, cried and made my heart sore. So good i stayed up till 4 a.m. just to finish it and lets just say that was not a very good idea. I almost fell asleep in class. But this was an awesome book u sould read
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Posted July 21, 2012
The premise of this book sounded interesting, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting to get really into this book. Boy was I wrong.
From the start, we’re shown what a lonely life Libby leads, and I just wanted to hug the poor girl. But when she meets Peter, one of three brothers in a hit boy band, she gets her first taste at what it’s like to feel alive again. From their initial meeting there is a strong connection between them that neither can understand. Peter finds himself doing something he never thought he would, ditching his band obligations, just to squeeze in time to see Libby. I loved the connection between Libby and Peter; it brought me right back to the first time you fall in love. The author did a fantastic job of pulling you back to those emotions; how strong and yet simple they are.
Aside from the difficulty with Peter’s hectic schedule, there stands another obstacle between their being together; Libby’s lunatic aunt. I really, really, hated this woman. Not because she was a poorly created character, but because she was a wonderfully created, evil woman. This woman keeps Libby cooped up in the dilapidated farm house, hurling insults at the poor girl for her own amusement. I hoped this woman had a terrible fate, she surely deserved it. But being with Peter helps Libby come alive again and find her strength, and she’s finally ready to stand up for herself. Then someone else tries to tear Libby and Peter apart. And he does. Libby’s life spirals out of her control.
I have to say, I really felt for Libby. Just when her world finally has a spark of life in it, with a blink, it’s gone, and she’s faced with one horrible situation after another. I got so wrapped up in the story, I was fully prepared to be mad at the author if Libby never got a break. I was very (pleasantly) surprised by the suspense in the last half of the book. Just as you thought Libby and Peter would find each other again, bang, they didn’t. I had full intentions of reading this book over a few days, when I could squeeze it in, but I ended up so hooked I stayed up late and finished it in one night.
The author had a wonderful mix of description, setting, and dialogue. She pulled the elements together flawlessly, like a true pro at the craft. Anyone can learn to write, it can be grammatically correct, follow all the ‘rules’ of writing – but it takes a writer's heart to make a book feel real. This author, no doubt, has a writer’s heart, and the talent to match. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a YA or romance fan.
*I received a free copy for review
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Posted June 15, 2012
Great, heart-breaking book! The idea of the plot is unusual, the events are unpredictable, the reality of life is oppressive and hard, and characters are adorable!!! I liked Peter's dedication to Libby - that even under family pressure he didn't give up on her. I was a bit disappointed by Libby's decision in the end, on impossibility of their staying together, but Peter took everything in his hands and did it right. Wonderful, emotional read!!!
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Posted January 3, 2014
Angie Stanton just pulls us into the beauty of Libby and Peter's story. This is one story you will never get tired of reading.
I have to say now that I read this book back in 2011 a few months after it first came out and I loved this story. Angie Stanton had just self-published the book and it was one of the first books I marked as a "favorite" on Goodreads. I just re-read this book again for the blog tour and once again it just blew my mind. I absolutely adore this book and I don't think anything will ever change that.
The whole story of this book is so heart-warming and definitely makes you want to be Peter or Libby and live that experience. At first you feel sad, then you feel hope, then disappointment and then finally such a rush of feelings you just need to lie down.
“When I met you, you were the bright light that saved me from the darkest depths.”
Libby is an amazing character. She's been through so much in her life yet she is still so happy and enthusiastic about life. She is definitely someone to look up to. I really just wanted to become her friend every single time I read this book.
“Libby was more beautiful than any movie star. She just didn’t know it, which he loved about her.”
Peter is another amazing character in this book. He is hands down my favorite character and I absolutely adored reading about him.He's kind, smart, funny, in a band, and not to mention good-looking. I picture Peter extremely good looking so that is definitely one perk!
“No, they're not starbursts." He continued to touch each mark. "They're angel kisses. It's like angels kissed your hands all over." His eyes rose to meet hers. They were filled with kindness and compassion. Something she had felt little of the past year.”
Peter also happens to be this amazingly sweet romantic.This is the one thing that really made me latch onto Peter and never made me want to let go. He is always so kind to Libby no matter what and he's a family guy! Yet he isn't a mama's boy either-that would be scary. I really just enjoyed reading about Peter and Libby's chemistry in this book and I really hope that maybe one day Angie will decide to make a novella about where they have ended up in life. I really think it would be interesting to see, especially with the band.
I definitely recommend that everyone go read this book...NOW!
Posted December 21, 2013
I found Rock and a Hard Place to be a very cute book. I was intrigued by the synopsis and I usually love books with rock stars in them. Libby has had a really rough time in life. Peter is a rock star who wants out of the spotlight and wants to be normal. There is an insta-love relationship, but I thought it was sweet and very emotional, thought kind of mushy and a little cheesy at times. Overall, it did turn out well, though Libby does have to deal with some really difficult things in the process. This is definitely more of a YA read and I would recommend it to that age group.
Posted December 1, 2013
Posted November 29, 2013
I'm really glad I received Rock and a Hard Place for review. I thought this was a cute, sweet young adult romance about the ups and downs of falling in love. However, this love is story is one every young girl would live to live out for herself. Libby Sawyer doesn't just meet and fall for an ordinary guy- she meets Peter Jamieson, who is 1/3 of the highly known band Jamieson. (Think of the equivalent to the Jonas Brothers- they tour with their family and their dad plays a big role in their management)
Peter and Libby's relationship is very sweet and I like that Stanton has done such a great job of capturing and utilizing teenage voice. Most teens have that naivety about them- they meet someone, connect, and find themselves in love. It was very much the case here with Peter and Libby. While insta-love usually bothers me, I remember being 16 years old (sort of!) and spending time with my first boyfriend. I didn't want long and drawn out to find out if it was real- I wanted to jump right in to find out myself. We did have some cheesy moments at times, but I didn't find they took over the story or dialogue. What I liked most of all is that their relationship is realistic. Libby's living situation is less than ideal and I found my heart beating erratically for a good portion of the book because I was so devastated for her. Peter makes plans to get Libby out of there, but due to unforeseeable circumstances this doesn't work out like he wanted. I thought that was for the best however because Libby started as such a meek character. She wouldn't stand up for herself, didn't interact with others, and let herself fade away into the shadows. She has been dealt a crushing blow in her life. Losing her mother and sister to a car accident and then having her dad bail on her because it's 'too hard' to be around her is something any normal teen, let alone person, shouldn't have to deal with in their life.
However, through her experiences, she becomes much stronger than she was and starts to go after what she wants. Peter may have played a large role in this change, but she did it on her own and she doesn't need him to take care of her. She proves herself quite capable of taking care of herself, and I like that she sees that.
A relationship between a musician on tour and a normal girl is not easy, though. Peter is the leader of the band and his devotion to his music is what matters the most to him. He loves the rush of being on stage and enjoys what he does- but meeting Libby is like a breath of fresh air. Touring with his family can be stressful and he feels suffocated at times. She has not heard of him or the band, and he likes that he can just be himself with her. She doesn't look at him like Peter, the superstar, but as Peter, the boy. However, Libby is important to him too, and lengths that he will go to for her is really sweet. However, not everyone is on board with their relationship. Peter's brother, Garrett, feels like she is a waste of time and that Peter should be focusing on their career, not some girl from the Midwest. He feels quite strongly about this in fact, and doesn't have a problem with trying to manipulate and destroy their relationship. Their father feels similarly, but doesn't go to the extremes that Garrett does. He does make his dislike for their relationship clear, and it is their mother who is his saving grace. His mom is more understanding about Libby and for the most part tries to diffuse the tension that arises over the situation.
Aside from Peter, Libby has no one to turn to at home. Her aunt is a nasty piece of work, drinking and smoking her life away. She doesn't want to be bothered with Libby and is horrible to her when she has to deal with her. Libby takes solace in a nature preserve, drawing, and that is how she first meets Peter, as their family favors that area while passing through town. The one person who Libby finds she can confide in is her school counselor. However, I was a bit miffed about how she handled Libby's situation. If I had been in her position and saw how her aunt was treating her, I would have pulled her out instantly and not waited.
Overall, this was a sweet romance and I enjoyed watching Libby grow as a character. By the end of the story, she had hope for the first time in a long time and I really liked that. She goes from a meek, sad girl at the beginning to a stronger girl determined to find her way in life. Like the blurb stated, if you are a Dessen or a Colasanti fan, you will probably really enjoy the sweetness of this young romance.
One of my favorite quotes that made me chuckle (because I am a teacher after all): "No, it's teacher in-service. We get a Wednesday afternoon off once a month so the teachers can meet and talk about how horrible today's youth are." (Libby's response as to why she's not at school)
*Received a copy of this book from the publisher for the blog tour and for an honest review.*
Posted November 23, 2013
When we first meet Libby in this story, she is at a low point. A year after losing her family and being transported to the middle of nowhere with her crazy, abusive aunt, she is heartbroken, lonely, and lost to say the least. My heart broke for Libby and the pain she faced and is still facing. Despite life knocking her down time and time again, Libby carried a great deal of determination with her. She worked hard to try to get through school as quick as possible so she could leave her aunts and finally be free. I found this quality very admirable in Libby. Even though I found this part of Libby to be incredibly honorable, I also found her hard to connect to in some ways. She doesn’t listen to music, she doesn’t talk to other people, she doesn’t leave her house, she just doesn’t do much. Over the course of the book she opened up more, did more, became a stronger person and character but even still, it was somewhat hard to truly connect with her.
Libby’s heartbreaking past and harsh present is a striking contrast against rock star Peter’s life. Peter is the lead singer of one the world’s most famous rock bands. Even though his privacy is non-existent and being in a band with his brothers means he constantly has to deal with his family meddling in his business, he still has people there who care for him. His mom, dad, and brothers all care for them even if their way of showing it is a little skewed sometimes. Coming from a pretty great family (well must of the time) pretty much means Peter is equally as great. He was sweet, passionate about his music, and he cared for Libby like no one has ever cared for her before.
Libby and Peter’s lives unexpectedly collide when Peter meets Libby at a nature preserve near her house. From the second they meant, there was a connection there. Peter saw beyond the walls that Libby built up around herself. He doesn’t care about her tragic past or the conditions of her present. All he cares about is her and how Libby makes him feel. For Libby, she doesn’t care about the famous aspect of Peter’s life. In fact she didn’t realize the extent of his fame until weeks after meeting him. While their relationship is unconventional to say the least, it was really quite sweet and I enjoyed reading it.
Libby is the broken girl who needs saving and Peter is the swoon-worthy rockstar who stoops in to do the job. As much as I really wanted to love these two together, there was something off about their relationship to me. Don’t get me wrong, it was sweet and the story kept me entertained BUT it just didn’t seem real. They expressed all these feeling for one another after just meeting, they became so engrossed in one another that it makes me wonder how they can claim such a love when they hardly spent the time together. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this certain aspect of the story was a lot of telling versus showing and it made me feel a disconnect from the couple.
Despite my feelings on that particular aspect of the book, one thing I LOVED was the moments scattered throughout the story that just sort of spoke to me. Overall Angie’s writing was beautiful. There were moments while Peter was performing on a stage or when Libby was learning to stand up for herself or even when the two of them were reflecting on their relationship that were so well-written they kind of just stuck.
Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton was different from what I expected. There were parts that sort of fell flat for me but there were also parts that were so much more than I expected. If you are looking for sweet, quick read that mixes a little bit of music with a little bit of romance, than I suggest you check this one out!
Posted October 4, 2013
I found this book to be exactly what I need. A Heartfelt romance that swept me away.
Plot: Two unlikely people from two different worlds meeting in a unlikely place. I adore how this plot flowed. There was quite a bit of foundation building, but it gave the story its essence. Since their past and who they are is what they are hiding, it helps to see every bit of information slowly lock in place.
Love: The reality of this one has got to be the best part. Fear played a big role in their lives and rightly so. I like that their fears weren’t based on nonsense drama but on real life issues. Their love might seem a bit rushed but life always get in their way. So it had plenty of time to sit and stew into something greater.
Ending: If you know me, then you know how much I love a good ending. This ending is selfless and very loving. Yes, its gushy but so what! I adored it and will read it over and over again to smile my face off!
This is a sweet, sensational story of finding love and holding on to it. It rattles the readers hearts in every aspect. You feel invested in both characters feeling every bit of emotion. Rock and A Hard Place is an magical story that you want to experience. If you love romance, then this is for you.
Posted September 26, 2013
Once she had the perfect family but when a car accident takes the life of Libby's mother and sister her happy life is forever changed. Suffering from depression, Libby's father leaves her with an abusive and neglectful aunt. Her only solace is to escape to a local park and draw.
Peter is a lead singer in the new hot, “boy” band. When his motor-coach makes a recreational stop at a park his life is forever changed by the beautiful artist he meets. Surprised that she doesn't know who he is, he rallies in Libby's pure and honest opinion of him as a person and not as a rock star.
As Peter's family interferes and Libby's life gets more complicated the bond that they share will face the ultimate challenge.
This story did start out a little slow but then BAM! I was completely sucked in and didn't see it coming. The twist, turns and then the ultimate independence achieved by the characters was amazing.
This was a wonderfully romantic story. Heart felt emotions and heart wrenching circumstances had me crying, laughing and totally invested in this storyline. Rock and a Hard Place altogether WOW'd me, it was an utterly gripping story sure to enrapture the young adult HEA romance fan.
I received a copy of Rock and A Hard Place from HarperTeen in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for re-publication September 24, 2013.
Written by: Angie Stanton
Series: A Jamieson Brothers Novel
Sequence in Series: 1
ISBN 13: 9780062272546
ISBN 10: 0062272543
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Posted September 11, 2013
What I Liked: I'm not gonna lie, I felt like I was reading about the Jonas Brothers in the beginning of this. (I happen to enjoy the JoBros, so this wasn't a bad thing.) The story was a bit cliche, however, Angie Stanton creates enough interest in the characters that I HAD to know what happened between Peter and Libby and finished this in about three hours.
We see quite a bit of Peter's parents, especially his Mom in this book which can be unusual even in a book about teenagers. Rock and a Hard Place has a balanced mix of drama, romance and swoon, but what I found really refreshing was that this is a clean read. No sex, no explicit language but still plenty of kissing.
What Left Me Wanting More: The feel of the dialogue seemed to swing from one extreme to the other. (I had to remind myself a few times that Peter and Libby were teenagers and not middle school or college age). The ending felt a bit abrupt too.
Final Verdict: Rock and a Hard Place is a swoony star-crossed love story that can be enjoyed by various ages.
Posted June 21, 2013
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Posted June 2, 2013
Loved this book! I laughed, cried and felt so frustrated at the life that Libby had dealt to her. So nice to read a sad but realistic love story. Thank you Angie! Another author to add to my reading list.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 1, 2013
Posted May 18, 2013
Rock and a Hard Place is the story of a girl, Libby, that lived a very sheltered life. She basically had no contact with the world around her. Because of a tragic event in her past, she is very timid and shy. She will not make decisions for herself, does not take chances, does not break the rules, and has no self confidence. Then one day Libby meets Peter. Peter Jamison is a rock star that just wants a little bit of normal in his life. When he meets Libby and she has no idea who he is, it is refreshing for him. He can just be himself, not the celebrity.
Libby and Peter go through many challenges in their relationship that will test the strength of their feelings for one another. Peter is a good fit for Libby because he makes her step outside of her comfort zone. As their relationship progresses, Libby grows more bold and independent. The romance between the two is sweet and caring. Peter wants to take care of Libby, but he also wants her to take care of herself.
Angie Stanton has written a story that will touch the heart of many reader and speak to others. Both Peter and Libby represent a lot of what everyday couples deal with. Teenage girls in their self confidence has always been a concern, especial in young relationships. This is a captivating read that will take your through so many different emotions. The characters are realistic and not perfect, and most importantly it talks about growing up and becoming who you are meant to be.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
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