How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo: A Little Late to the Party But Worth It

How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo: A Little Late to the Party But Worth It

Personalized and Autograph books are becoming my prized possessions!

Personalized and Autograph books are becoming my prized possessions!

Books, Music, New York, Love, Crazy Love, and Rock Star Idols make for the perfect storm of an amazing book!

This Book Blurb is the only thing I went into the story knowing beside the fact my best friend loved it: 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.


This book came out in 2012, but thanks to one of my friends, who happens to be a librarian, I read it last year. A little background about us. My friend and I, living across the country, had each spent the year before pregnant, and we were each dealing with small little girls, work, and motherhood. The precious hours after my daughter went to bed became tv & talk time with my husband, and then MY reading time and I didn’t want to waste it! I didn’t want any book Duds! No surprises! I wanted Happily Every Afters all the time!

I’m gong to blame pregnancy for my bit of a book rut. During those months, I stayed with “safe” books. They were YA romance, YA fantasy series, strong heroines, fated love, and all the happily ever afters I could ask for. Nothing controversial, and nothing that could be sad! Everything made me cry, and unless I went into it knowing what to expect I stayed away. It was a stage in my book life. We all have many stages in our book journey.

I mention she is my best friend and a librarian because it is rare that I go into a book blind. There is a lot of trust between us!

Starting a book is starting a new relationship! Relationships take time, work, and emotional energy. I do not go into a book relationship lightly.

She gave me absolutely no insight or hint to what was going to happen. One of her friends did the same to her and then she passed it onto me. I’ve since passed it on to my husband…who has yet to read it (consider this a public shaming and peer pressure). All I was told is that it was phenomenal, and I wasn’t allowed to ask questions. My friend and I often read together and bounce theories off each other so not being about to talk about predictions just about killed me. I took a chance and read a book that I practically knew nothing about, by an author I had never heard of, and was completely out of my reading comfort zone.

What happened, I loved it! I now recommend it to everyone I know. It is such an original story! It’s an original love story. What is right or wrong? You have to decide for yourself. My review is below! I hope I am able to convince you to give this book a try. It has some of my favorite quotes and life lessons. It spoke to me! I’m shocked when books do that though at this point I really shouldn’t be.

If you struggle as I do with sticking with only what you like let me encourage you to step out every once and while. Maybe just grab a book by its cover (I had a winners with Ryan’s Bed), the title (A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Bone Season, and Four Psychos to name a few), or just a recommendation from someone you trust (so far this year it’s been Son by Lois Lowry because of my school librarian)!

Who knows an unexpected book could become your new favorite, or in some way make you a better person and see the world in a different way!!


My Review: This book completely took me by surprise, made me fall in love, ripped my heart to shreds, began to rebuild my shattered pieces, only to destroy me, and made me love it even more!

It’s so hard to describe because it is one of the most complex and entertaining books I’ve ever read. It’s magically layered. The author does a marvelous job of creating real living, breathing characters that I felt like I knew them and we are friends.

Eliza and Paul! Oh, I love them! They are neurotic, emotionally driven, idealistic dreamers in the best sort of way! Yet you cannot live that way and not be crazy! But two crazy people in love is magical!

Paul ‘GD’ Hudson...the Fire and Passion in this man could melt the heart of every girl he meets😉

Then there is Loring. *sigh* Loring would be mine! No question!hahaha❤️❤️❤️

Yes, it is a vague review, but it is intentional! Tell me about an unexpected book you loved!

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