But the real Jeremy Bane is nothing like she imagined. Monet finds herself fighting against feelings that make her want to give in to her attraction and Jeremy’s attempts for a kiss. The further she goes in the competition, the more impossible it becomes to resist him--and when the producers turn the tables and start digging up dirt on the contestants, Monet fears her secret will be revealed before she's ready and ruin everything.
The only way to win Jeremy's heart is to tell him the truth, but confessing her disease could cost her the competition, the prize money, and him.
|Publisher:||Spencer Hill Press|
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|Age Range:||12 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Gagnon grew up in the frigid woods of Maine amidst snow and animal skins. As a small child she wrote ship-wrecked romances all while being stared down by a taxidermied duck. She has a BFA in photography and a minor in writing from the University of Southern Maine. She's the mother of two tiny, feral children and two ill-behaved dogs. For fun she’s taken up kickboxing workouts and fancy cooking. She currently resides with her computer-genius husband in Delaware, the home of tax-free shopping.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Who hasn’t dreamed of winning date with their favorite rockstar? Would you have stood in line for days in rain or shine for the opportunity to be picked to be a contestant on a show that pits several young women against each other for the opportunity of winning money and the attention of a singing sensation? Welcome to Monet’s life in a dystopian future where those with money have all of the privileges and the poor scrape by by the skin of their teeth. Diseases that are curable cost money, and seventeen year old Monet and her mother have none, but Monet does have a disease called Luxem, an extremely contagious disease that could end her life at any time and prevents her from knowing the joys of a first kiss, a boyfriend or being able to be a normal teen. If she could win the prize money by impressing Jeremy Bane and winning this insane publicity stunt of a contest, she could find out what she has been missing and learn what life should be, rich or not. But how can she compete against wealthy girls with beautiful faces, expensive clothes and the confidence to impress the prince of rock. How does she keep her illness a secret from the viewing public and those around her while not losing her heart to the man behind the public mask who both looks and sings like an angel? Jeremy is nothing like his public façade, and he is everything Monet could want, he even seems to return her feelings, or is he like the cure she needs so badly, just out of her reach? Looking for high angst, silly teen dreams and a too hot to handle rock star? Better look somewhere else, Date with a Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon is anything but an angst-filled teenaged fantasy. Monet is a character you would love to know, kind, natural and someone who has learned to appreciate every moment she has. Jeremy is nothing like the star he is advertised as, he is caring, quiet and warm, but the show must go on and the cameras are always rolling, and Sarah Gagnon knows how to switch her characters on and off for the viewing public! Wonderful writing, fresh with a feel of a real reality show behind the scenes, some characters are cruel and fake, some are warm and generous, but all must compete for the prize. Are they all ready for their dirty little secrets to be revealed? Settle in and make like a fly on the wall, better than a soap opera, more powerful than a true reality show, just great writing, reading and a great escape, I was impressed by the power of Sarah Gagnon’s words and how well she did in presenting a tale filled with heart and emotion, as one girl chooses to fight for her life and the love she feels for her rockstar. Great dialogue, a touch of reality and a not-so-pleasant look at the world of marketing without conscience. I highly recommend taking a walk through Ms. Gagnon’s world. I received this copy from Sarah Gagnon in exchange for my honest review.
Oh, Jeremy Bane! *swoon* I really enjoyed this book. I have a thing for reality dating shows. I always sucker myself into thinking they will really find their one true love. And that the couple with remain together after the show ends. I'm a romantic at heart. Maybe this is why this book hit all my feels. I got to fall in love with Jeremy Bane via Monet. Another thing I enjoyed was the dystopian setting. It was set just far enough in the future to be familiar, but it also made it more realistic. I could imagine this as a world my grandchildren could grow up in. I could imagine the desperation Monet felt at being trapped in this reality. She's a strong heroine who has been shaped by her environment. She's a fighter who goes after what she wants--Jeremy.
I want to thank Spencer Hill Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I have recently come across a series of books about rockstars and every day girls. I love it. So when I read the blurb for this, I knew it would be right up my alley. I grew up in the 80s and rockstars were everywhere. And of course I fangirled, A LOT. So I love to read about stuff like this! Monet lives in a world where the poor don't get anything. And being infected with a disease that is easily cured, for a large sum of money, she would do anything to win a contest with rock G-d Jeremy Bane. It helps that she loves his music. She's determined to win so she can be cured and keep her mother from having to work so hard for the money. But the competition is fierce. Monet is s simple girl. Unlike the other girls in the competition, she never tries to be more than she is. And it seems that is attractive to Bane since she makes the cut. Jeremy would prefer to not be in the spotlight, since he spends so much of his life there. But given the chance to participate in a contest that will help raise money for a good cause, he jumps at the chance. All the while he just wants to lead a more simple life, maybe even go to college. And he's sick of girls throwing themselves at him because he's famous. Then he meets Monet. Down to earth and with no fuss about her, he's immediately attracted to her. And even though he needs to go through with the competition, he wants more than anything to have this kind of normal in his life. I liked the idea of the plot. It reminded me of watching the show The Bachelor. At the same time, I was reminded of American Idol, since the audience got to participate in picking the girl of Jeremy's dreams. Who doesn't love some reality television, right? So this concept really seemed to hit home with me. I think most who read this will connect with the idea of the competition. There is a ton of drama, almost Jerry Springer-like, during the story. I will say that the dystopian part of the story was a bit confusing for me. I didn't pay too much attention to it, since the story really did seem to focus on the romantic aspect of what was going on. But I do wish I knew more of the world, that it was expanded and I could understand the depth of Monet's plight and the world she lives in. Overall the story was enjoyable. A different mix of romance with a futuristic aspect that you can see affecting the characters. A nice combination of twists and turns that will lead you to an interesting conclusion.
With "Date with a Rockstar" by Sarah Gagnon, you get a story including different topics glued together with a pretty good writing style. You are confronted with dystopian and futuristic aspects while at the same time also having to deal with a touching and realistic story. I was suprised how well it worked out at the end, especially because normally I am not really a fan of these reality shows. Moreover, I loved the fact that most of the times it wasn't over the top which can easily happen when you mix up all those elements mentioned aboth. But even if all these aspects aboth scream for a five star-read, there are some things which made me decide otherwise. At some points it just felt like the author lost her strings which is why from time to time, the story line felt a little bit underdeveloped. Combined with some situations during which the story confused me as a reader, I sadly have to rate this book with 3 instead of 5 stars.