Sorta Like a Rock Star

Sorta Like a Rock Star

by Matthew Quick
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Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism—and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope?

With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope. The world is Amber's stage, and Amber is, well...she's sorta like a rock star. True? True.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316043533
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 273,851
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the author of The Silver Linings Playbook (Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and three young adult novels, Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (Little, Brown & Co.). His work has received many honors—including a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention—been translated into many languages, and called "beautiful...first-rate" by The New York Times Book Review. The Weinstein Company and David O. Russell have adapted The Silver Linings Playbook into a film starring Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. Matthew lives in Massachusetts with his wife, novelist Alicia Bessette. His website is

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Sorta Like a Rock Star 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
mamalovesbooks More than 1 year ago
I do not write book reviews, I simply read and enjoy, but this book is not like anything I have read in a really long time. It moved me to tears and laughter throughout. I read the book in one sitting, and I know that I will continue to go back to it again and again. Amber Appleton makes me want to be a better person. I don't want to share what it is about, because I went into this book not having any idea, but I cannot express how beautiful and important this book is. I loved it from the first sentence, and could not stop. I kept thinking, this is the best moment during the book, and then something else poignant and wonderful would happen--until the very last page! Although this book is classified as young adult literature, it is really something every person should read and will be moved by!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is aimed towards the teen audience. Please read this book. It will change your view on people in general. It is a very moving book.
keep_on_reading More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read by Matthew Quick. The Silver Linings Playbook was excellent and a perfectly written story. This is beautifully written and a perfectly magnificent story. I suggest this to all ages, even though it is classified as young adult. There are parts written in here that made me feel as though they were written about me. And the ending is fabulous. I couldn't put it down; and have already read it three times.
Sensai More than 1 year ago
Amber Appleton sure has had an impact on me. She has dealt with so much yet she remains hopeful and confident in who she is and what she wants to become. Life can be so tragic but Amber still believes in spreading hope and love. This is the perfect book for someone looking for strong characters and a positive story line. Teenagers will love Matthew Quick's ability to connect with their world and adults will appreciate the positive message uniquely spread throughout. A great read for the casual reader and since I am a teacher, this book would serve as a perfect addition to many summer reading lists!
Meli30011 More than 1 year ago
This book is just so incredbal and sad. The way Amber faces Tis huge Tragedy and never gives up hope is just so sad. This book is not like any other book i have read! Everyone Must READ this fantistic book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My older sister read it and gave her book to me and i fell in love with it. The book actually made me cry because i can relate to some parts of Amber's life. The book is probally one of my favorites and i am glad that i read it. Worth every penny!
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Read above ^^^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. So much hope is in this girl. So many awesome friends that are their for her. I would reccomend thia book to anyone but mostly teens who know how cruel this world really is. I can relate ro smgwr appletob mqny wats but mostlt she ha hope.dde
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So full of hope and optimism and love in all forms. what a beautiful and hilarious read. Amber Appleton is a force to be reckoned with.
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My favorite ever... its sad but recovers its funny too. Ha. Love it. Read this!!!
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Kat-2011-racey More than 1 year ago
im a woman on a mission, im trying to read 3-400 books in the year 2010 and am up to 42, but this one was my all time favorite!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR grabbed my attention right from the start. The main character, known for her upbeat, always optimistic view of life, jumped right off the page. Her name is Amber Appleton, and though life is most definitely not giving her a fair shake at the moment, she is making the best of what she has. Since leaving her mother's boyfriend's apartment, she and her mom have been living on Hello Yellow. It took me a bit, but I soon figured out that they were living on a school bus. It's the bus her mother drives every day. Seventeen, homeless, and living on a bus with her alcoholic mother seems like it would be the worst thing ever, but Amber doesn't see it that way. She is doing well in school and hoping to attend college. She has a support system that includes her four video game-playing friends, an attorney who keeps her clean and fed, and a Korean Catholic priest who helps her keep the faith. There is also Bobby Big Boy, a tiny dog Amber rescued from certain death in a shoebox she found on the street. Amber prides herself on giving people hope. She does everything from volunteer at a nursing home to simply wishing everyone she passes a good day. That is until she experiences a tragedy that threatens to ruin it all. How can she carry on with a positive outlook and hopeful spirit when the worst thing possible has happened? Author Matthew Quick uses a combination of humor, quirky characters, and inspiring events that will touch every reader's emotions. I challenge anyone to read SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR and not come away with a smile and a decision to make the best of what they have - just like Amber Appleton.