4.5 Star Review by Ashley
I had no clue what I would be reading when I started How to Kill a Rock Star because when a few of your favorite authors tell you to read a book you just do it! And boy am I glad I did because Tiffanie DeBartolo gave it to me and she gave it to me good. I was sucked in from the first page and the possibility of what could be for sweet and sad Eliza.
I liked this girl with her fears and unwavering belief that music matters and can make a difference. She is following her dream of making people see the power in the words and the music- she was ready for the tough road she was facing but she wasn't ready for Paul Hudson. Her new roommate, the lead in her brothers band, the guy who had the power to slay her in ten seconds. I don't know what word to use to describe my feelings for Paul. There were times I loved him and times I wanted to throttle him. At his core, he is music. He breathes it, it's in his veins, in his soul. It bleeds out of his fingertips and reverberates in his voice. It is all he knows and wants to do and he wants to do it on his terms. He is the game changer and he can't stay away from Eliza. She heals him with one touch, one look. These two are truly the other half of each other. They soothe and push each other in equal measures. But when Eliza's fear threatens everything they've been working for things spiral out of control.
I wanted to simultaneously hug and wallop Eliza for her actions. Because it wasn't just her and Paul caught in the crossfire, there was the Michael's and Loring that got swallowed by everything too. There was a dull ache in my bones as I read the second half of this book. Oh man- my head knew the twist was coming but my heart wasn't ready for all the angst. I can't even put into words how much this book got to me. Bravo Tiffanie DeBartolo- you had me so engrossed I was in the story that when it ended I kept trying to flip for pages that weren't there. How to Kill a Rock Star touches on so many things that I can related to as a New Yorker, as a music fan and a believer in love that I couldn't help but get wrapped up in the majesty of it all. I cared about these characters. I felt their hope and pain and their triumph and fear. And that ending was so perfectly orchestrated and wonderfully Paul.
About the Author
Tiffanie DeBartolo was born in Youngstown, OH.
Lives in San Francisco, California
From Youngstown, Ohio.went to Villa Maria High School at Villa Maria, Pennsylvania.Studied Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley, California.now she is the Chief Executive Super Goddess at Bright Antenna Records. She is married to Scott Schumaker. She has a sister named Nikki DeBartolo.