Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning
Molly's idol, Ruby X, once said that if you knew three chords then you could play the guitar. That's how it all started, with three chords and a poem about a highlighter. Before Molly knows it, boys are invading her girl band, recording label execs are banging on her door, and she's an overnight sensation. But fame is a little more than Molly bargained for.
I seem to be on a music novel kick lately. I read Audrey Wait (review coming) and then Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. So when I picked up Guitar Girl, I was in the mood for music. And, boy, did it deliver. Molly was a fun character to read about and I completely understood her idolization of Ruby X. Molly bases her new life around what she thinks Ruby X would do. Fall in love with your lead guitarist? Cliche, but pop star worthy. Sign contracts without reading them? Happens all the time. Watch your best friend pass out at each post-gig party? All part of the fame. But the fame starts to become more than Molly can handle. She's just a girl who writes great lyrics and her new life is taking that away from her. Is the rock star life really what she wants? Guitar Girl is about our dreams and the reality of them; it's also about our idols and the roles they play, both good and bad, in our lives. Molly is a powerful female character and, even though the book has it's serious parts, it's fun to read about her rise to fame. Also fun is that interspersed throughout Molly's story are magazine snippets about her band, The Hormones.
Interestingly, Sarra Manning's newest book, Let's Get Lost, includes some characters from Guitar Girl. I've already added it to my BookMooch wishlist.
**This review gets a special shout out to Chloe of Chloe's BookBag. I've had Guitar Girl on my shelf for awhile and kept meaning to read it. Then Chloe left a comment asking if I could write a review. Thanks for the prompt, Chloe! Hope this helps!