Gr 6-10-Dominic, 15, is obsessed with The Plastics, and he's trapped in an elevator with the band's hot lead singer. In alternating chapters, he narrates a minute-by-minute account of the experience, as well as the backstory leading up to the moment: the path to his obsession, his family problems, and his clueless dealings with a potential love interest. Cheshire offers a strong, witty narrative voice reminiscent of a younger Steve York in Rob Thomas's Rats Saw God (S & S, 1996). The story is set in a suburb of Birmingham, England. The topic-teen pop-star obsessions-is sexy and relevant. However, despite some moments of humor and an effort to capture real emotions behind infatuation, the novel never really gets beneath the surface of its sizable issues. Cheshire's agendas-to reveal how pop stars are actually manipulated and unhappy, and how today's youth are just ignorant of music history-may not sit well with readers. And if they are not exactly offended, they may wonder what any of this has to do with Dom's neglectful parents, and how, really, the singer could decide to change her career after a couple of hours trapped with this increasingly unsympathetic hero. Readers may enjoy watching Dom learn his lesson. More likely, they'll find this exploration of pop music about as punchy and insightful as The Plastics' latest single.-Riva Pollard, The Winsor School Library, Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.