Sorta Like a Rock Star

Sorta Like a Rock Star➥ [Ebook] ➠ Sorta Like a Rock Star By Matthew Quick ➯ – Bluevapours.co.uk 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 a Rock PDF/EPUB À Amber Appleton lives in a bus Ever since her mom s boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally Sorta Like eBook Ý loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy aka Thrice B have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow the school bus her Like a Rock MOBI ó 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.

a Rock PDF/EPUB À Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar winning Sorta Like eBook Ý film THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW LOVE MAY FAIL THE REASON YOU RE ALIVE and four young adult novels SORTA LIKE Like a Rock MOBI ó A ROCK STAR BOY FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK and EVERY EXQUISITE THING His work has been translated intothan thirty languages, received a PEN Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, a bestseller in Brazil, a Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis German Youth Literature Prize nominee, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer s Best Books for NPR The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood s Most Powerful Authors All of his books have been optioned for film.

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  • Hardcover
  • 355 pages
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star
  • Matthew Quick
  • English
  • 25 October 2018
  • 0316043524

10 thoughts on “Sorta Like a Rock Star

  1. Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh says:

    I m almost ashamed how much I loved it because I GET life s not like this True True Good things don t always come to good people, I sorta outgrew believing in all that karma crap years ago Whatever, I finished this with a big smile on my face and a tingly feeling of hopefulness Beating that pessimist back was hard work.It s quintessential Quick, trying to think of another author who can pull off a story about povertyI sleep on a school bus I m a freak , addiction raging alcoholic for I m almost ashamed how much I loved it because I GET life s not like this True True Good things don t always come to good people, I sorta outgrew believing in all that karma crap years ago Whatever, I finished this with a big smile on my face and a tingly feeling of hopefulness Beating that pessimist back was hard work.It s quintessential Quick, trying to think of another author who can pull off a story about povertyI sleep on a school bus I m a freak , addiction raging alcoholic for a Mom and depression and make it so damn upbeat and funny, and I m drawing a blank here Similar to The Silver Linings Playbook this time with a messed up teen girl again the uber positive attitudeswinging for the fences, believing that things are going to work out, that everything is worth fighting for, and that I am brave and strong enough to change my realityAgain a bizarre competition starring role at the Senior Home sWednesday Afternoon Battle between Hope and PessimismBrilliant Her life may be a MESS but at least she knows how to work a room.Great story and characters Joan of Oldthe brittle broad you love to hate , Private Jackson a Nam vet addicted to haikushiding in his cocoon of poetryFather Chee who doesn t pretend to know the answers to any of the hard questions Interesting how she tapped into a mixture of both Christian Zen principles.Cons First half was weird but believable, too bad Quick doesn t understand the value of restraint True True By the grand finale it s gotten downright cheesy and so obviously written to play the big screen view spoiler right down to the singing and dancing routines, throwing in The Sharks from the Westside Story a nice touch BTU, with everyone living happily ever after hide spoiler Can you blame him Made a gazillion on the movie rights last time, just unnecessary Push comes to shove enjoyed it way too much to get hung up on that so 4 rock starsI spread hope I m a hope spreader I guess that s what I do licentiously that s why I m still circling the big flaming ball in the sky That s the sun sucka

  2. Emily May says:

    I m sorry if this review is on the sucky side, I really want it to be good but I m writing it at the same time as writing a 2000 word research report on quantitative data analysis kill me, just kill me now so I can t make any promises Plus, it s one of those really good books that I tend to waffle about and write things that don t actually mean anything perhaps it s destined to fail.Anyway Let me just say that this book needs readers About five hundred people have listed this book as I m sorry if this review is on the sucky side, I really want it to be good but I m writing it at the same time as writing a 2000 word research report on quantitative data analysis kill me, just kill me now so I can t make any promises Plus, it s one of those really good books that I tend to waffle about and write things that don t actually mean anything perhaps it s destined to fail.Anyway Let me just say that this book needs readers About five hundred people have listed this book as read on goodreads, and come on guys, this isn t good enough Sorta Like a Rock Star is one of those beautiful and rare gems of realistic fiction that just gets it in every way It s funny, it s sad, it s poignant There s all these amazing characters some like none I ve ever read before in my life and there s possibly the coolest dog ever.By the way, this book has somewhere between very little and nothing to do with music I m always a little put off by books with creative musical protagonists, sometimes it s done right like in If I Stay butoften than not, I find I just don t care how well a character plays guitar or writes poetry There is some pretty use of Haikus here a style of poem I ve never cared for before I read this novel but mostly, the whole rock star thing in the title is about Amber sorting her life out and discovering her inner rock star, the girl who has the ability to make a difference, influence people s lives and fulfill her dreams I think I may have made that sound so cheesy but, it s not, trust me.In fact, parts of this book are horrible It deals with death and alcoholism in quite a brutally honest way but I guess that s the way I like it dealt with There s so so much in this story, it s very rich and full to the brim with interesting questions about life, about faith and about hope There are many people on my friend s list here who I know would love this story, I just hope this review will encourage some of you to read it

  3. Tatiana says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerWhy isn t this bookpopular The only reason I know about it is because one day I was browsing my GR friends shelves looking for a book written by an author whose name starts with Q for a reading challenge How sad is that Sorta Like a Rock Star deserves better.Amber Appleton is a peculiar sort of girl If you have seen Happy Go Lucky, Amber is pretty much a younger version of Poppy, an incorrigible optimist She is the life of the party, she stands up for the As seen on The ReadventurerWhy isn t this bookpopular The only reason I know about it is because one day I was browsing my GR friends shelves looking for a book written by an author whose name starts with Q for a reading challenge How sad is that Sorta Like a Rock Star deserves better.Amber Appleton is a peculiar sort of girl If you have seen Happy Go Lucky, Amber is pretty much a younger version of Poppy, an incorrigible optimist She is the life of the party, she stands up for the weak, cheers up elderly, saves stray dogs, all with never ending enthusiasm and positivity Only, as you can expect, such approach to life is not necessarily healthy It is too much of a burden to hold up so many people One day, after a particularly devastating event, Amber can t take it any longer and succumbs to depression Will she be able to pull through In an ocean of conventional YA books with recycled plots and characters, Sorta Like a Rock Star stands out Amber s story is heartbreaking and inspiring As for the characters, I do not know which one of them I liked the most Amber, upbeat, hopeful, improper and pushy or her best doggy friend Thrice B who never fails to hump his canine lady friend even with fresh stitches in his belly or maybe Private Jackson, a Vietnam vet who copes with his war memories by writing haikus and drinking green tea I just can t decideSpeaking of haikus Can t say I knew much about this poetry form before reading this book, but haikus here had quite an effect on me, meaning, they made me bawl like a baby

  4. Neil (or bleed) says:

    You may exist in This world but I exist too And I will not yieldSorta Like A Rockstar is on my mind for months since I discovered it, until I decided to end my misery of repeating the title over and over again in my brain because the title was really catchy imo and read this book And boy, WOW this book rocked me totally The first part kept me smiling and even laughing on how this book is filled of hope, joy, faith and anything that describes a positive life Amber Appleton is an adorYou may exist in This world but I exist too And I will not yieldSorta Like A Rockstar is on my mind for months since I discovered it, until I decided to end my misery of repeating the title over and over again in my brain because the title was really catchy imo and read this book And boy, WOW this book rocked me totally The first part kept me smiling and even laughing on how this book is filled of hope, joy, faith and anything that describes a positive life Amber Appleton is an adorable main character that brings hope to every type of people and animals and does her best to make them happy even her own life is sort of miserable that I eventually admired her And it growed in every turn of page She has a dog named Bobby Big Boy She lives in a bus with her alcoholic mother She has any right to be negative towards life but she wasn t She was strong, happy and hopeful girl She believes in God and in JC She has a diversified friends that made this bookinteresting and enjoyable She does a lot of good things to people that I was kinda jealous of her because she can find time to do something important and valuable Amber Appleton was really a great lady until the second part.I was reading the second part, in a bus on my way home, which a terrible event happened to Amber s life I just leave it like that She was a mess after she learned what happened and she became a so annoying character She pushed people away She asked a lot of questions about life and faith She s even in the verge of losing hope or so I thought, but I understand her I do And that, made this novelrealistic in any way possible I can really felt all the emotion this book want me to feel As I ve mentioned I m in a bus when I m reading this part and I m forcing not to cry or at least tear up because it s embarrassing I was so affected that I wept, probably because the events triggered a saddening scenario in my heart True True.At the third part I still teared up but it was of joy because I really felt the love and care of people to Amber The scenes were reasonably heart warming that you can absolutely feel that you are loved Really loved You can feel how beautiful to live a life despite of what terrible and sorrowful things happened to you in the past.Well yeah, I may not give justice about how perfect this book was but really it was a great, beautiful novel about hope, faith and that life is really not fair and always happy About living your life, moving on and everything in between If you like a book with a lot of diverse characters, haikus, music and singing, old people who do like rap battles, you might want to read it True True

  5. K says:

    Am I truly the only one on goodreads who was completely put off by this saccharine emotionally manipulative Pollyanna story with a heroine so very desperate to be quirkily likeable Amber Appleton is supposed to be 17, but she reads like one of those 10 13 year old heroines who sniffle have been through SO MUCH sob and yet somehow manage to maintain their relentless optimism despite all the failures of the adults in their lives to care for them The kind of optimism that would certainly be na Am I truly the only one on goodreads who was completely put off by this saccharine emotionally manipulative Pollyanna story with a heroine so very desperate to be quirkily likeable Amber Appleton is supposed to be 17, but she reads like one of those 10 13 year old heroines who sniffle have been through SO MUCH sob and yet somehow manage to maintain their relentless optimism despite all the failures of the adults in their lives to care for them The kind of optimism that would certainly be nauseating in an adult but is oh so cute and inspiring and perhaps even believable in a young, naive child That was Matthew Quick s first mistake If he had written Amber as a 10 13 year old, it might have worked a little better But the same way Pollyanna wouldn t have worked with a 25 year old heroine, Amber really didn t sell as a 17 year old To make matters worse, Amber used this bizarre hodgepodge slang which really didn t help convince me of her authentic 17 ness Word True True Annoying verbal tics, popping up periodically and disrupting the narrative for no good reason.Anyway, Amber is homeless and lives on the school bus her mother drives Her mother is an alcoholic whose efforts to find a home for herself and her daughter consist of driving a school bus four hours a day and looking for a boyfriend to take her and her daughter in Because it s worked out so well in the past, as you can imagine and as Amber tells you But that s okay, because Amber loves her mother anyway even though she recognizes that she s a terrible Mom.But there s a whole long list of people Amber loves Amber is taken in by the too good to be true Donna, a successful lawyer, loving mother, beautiful woman, saint, feminist role model, etc., etc Amber eats and showers at Donna s and Donna doesn t raise an eyebrow she simply buys Amber make up and treats her like a daughter while Amber occasionally pays token lip service to this hurting her pride Because of course, Amber is proud and not a moocher despite her situation Donna s son, Ricky, is an autistic teen in Amber s class and one of Amber s clique, a group of self proclaimed freaks Two of the freaks have disabilities but otherwise none of them, including Amber, is particularly freaky Of course not, because you re supposed to like them Amber s hobbies include visiting a nursing home, where the ailing old folks organize a weekly battle between Amber s optimism and one cranky old lady s pessimism and nihilism Now this was where the book truly jumped the shark I ve worked in nursing homes The thought of the residents banding together and organizing this weekly debate is pretty improbable, but what was evenover the top was Amber s nemesis s evil and unmitigated determination to defeat Amber in their verbal battles I ll make you cry yet the old lady practically cackles, trying desperately to crush Amber s optimism It was like a good vs evil Disney movie, and not a very good one But let s face it, the whole book was like a Disney movie If you don t yet get the fact that Matthew Quick is just dying for you to LOVE AMBER, Amber also regularly leads a bunch of insecure Korean churchgoing women in singing the Supremes isn t that adorable , fights bravely to make sure her underdog teacher still has a job, successfully convinces a troubled, eccentric, and very unfriendly Vietnam vet to form a friendship with her which ends up being good for both of them, of course , and adopts a stray dog even though she doesn t have enough to eat herself Well, I think we all know where this is headed Sure enough, tragedy strikes and Amber s relentless optimism takes a serious blow Will she recover I m amazed at how many people seem to have loved this on goodreads To me, it was a retread of every bad Disney movie I ve ever seen I admit that my standards for audio tend to be lower, but I still have standards

  6. Sam Quixote says:

    Hot on the heels of the excellent Silver Linings Playbook I jumped straight into Matthew Quick s next book, Sorta Like a Rock Star which is a Young Adult novel aimed at teens and is narrated in the first person by a teenage girl called Amber This is a review of the first 10 pages of this novel is that unfair Yup Is that stopping me from writing this review Nope Within the first few pages of this novel I regretted buying it Matthew Quick is a 40 year old man trying to mimic the voice o Hot on the heels of the excellent Silver Linings Playbook I jumped straight into Matthew Quick s next book, Sorta Like a Rock Star which is a Young Adult novel aimed at teens and is narrated in the first person by a teenage girl called Amber This is a review of the first 10 pages of this novel is that unfair Yup Is that stopping me from writing this review Nope Within the first few pages of this novel I regretted buying it Matthew Quick is a 40 year old man trying to mimic the voice of a teen girl, around 15 years old I think The result Dialogue like this No lie Yeah it s the 21st century I m a freak I m a pretty good Catholic I m still the big V Momma Mary and me are, like, five by five I m a holy teenager of God, sucka all freaky teenagers keep it real when we can I m sure there are people who would let us crash at their houses, because the town of Childress is full of good hearted dudes and dudettes Word it s all good in the hood She also has the annoying habit of ending her paragraphs with either True True or simply Truth And that s all from just the first 10 pages Does anyone say word any Even the hipsters don t say it ironically any Maybe I m wrong to judge a book by its first 10 pages but no way can I continue to read a 350 page book when the narrator sounds this unrealistic and stupid But maybe I m wrong again because I don t know any teenage girls and maybe they all speak like this But it reads to me like a middle aged man trying really hard to write a kid s voice and utterly failing it s just too naff to seem even semi genuine So here s a warning to anyone who loved Quick s first novel Silver Linings Playbook and is thinking of embarking on his second its written in a really weird teenage voice that puts you off any attempt at reading the actual story It s too awful an impression of how a teen girl sounds to suspend disbelief and lose yourself in the narrative Think twice, then avoid this YA fare and wait for Quick to write his second grown up book instead True True

  7. Noelle says:

    Irrepressible hope and relentless optimism are amazing and impressiveand you know what else Extremely annoying Yes, dear readers, I was one of those people giving Amber Appleton the side eye for the entire first half of the book Sure, I empathized with her horrible situation and admired the spunk in her survival skills but I still resisted the crap out of her charm I found her hugging obsession creepy Her JC name dropping made me itch Her slang felt unnaturally shoehorned into her oth Irrepressible hope and relentless optimism are amazing and impressiveand you know what else Extremely annoying Yes, dear readers, I was one of those people giving Amber Appleton the side eye for the entire first half of the book Sure, I empathized with her horrible situation and admired the spunk in her survival skills but I still resisted the crap out of her charm I found her hugging obsession creepy Her JC name dropping made me itch Her slang felt unnaturally shoehorned into her otherwise SAT word laden inner dialogue Her group of special school friends felt just too precious to be real And for goodness sake, did she have to give everything five word nicknames just to use the acronym for it Amber would do something promising and then follow it up with something that made me cringe.Yet I stuck around for a couple reasons, the main one being Amber is not portrayed as trying to be perfect She gets offended and swears and lashes out Amidst all the up with people moments there were also glimpses of a teenager I could recognize an angry, unappreciated, emotional adolescent that I found extremely easy to root for I think my opinion of Amber permanently turned around after her interactions with the Korean Divas for Christ, Private Jackson and even Joanie of Old see what I mean about nicknames For all of her inappropriate methods and pushiness, Amber has such a good heart Even though at times her world must seem so small, Amber never sees it that way Her hope makes it endless Amber not only recognizes the loneliness around her, she is genuinely interested in these people s lives She sees what makes them who they are and without making a big deal about it, celebrates it every day She will shine her floodlight of hope on anyone who gives her the chance.She really, truly is sorta like a rock star.And then Amber s already extremely shitty life gets horribly worse and Amber s belief system is shaken to the core view spoiler The book takes a sort of It s a Wonderful Life turn but with less magic anddepression as Amber totally withdraws and everyone else gets to experience how dark life is without her hide spoiler I realized that I too had been just oneperson underestimating Amber s value and how much I d grown to depend on her enthusiasm and optimism Yes, there is a definite cheesiness factor here between the After School Specialness of the Five and the nature of the ending, but dammit if I didn t soak it all up like a freaking hopeful sponge You won this one, Amber Appleton.Also, the haikus the last two in particular were, as Amber would say, some good hooey

  8. K says:

    I love Amber Appleton, no sorta about it True.A book called Sorta Like a Rock Star and it s about a girl living on a bus with her mother Wasn t exactly at the top of my TBR pile, but I m easily swayed by consistently good reviews So I got to meet Amber She has a conversational relationship with God no need to worry, it s not religious and digs lighting up people s faces, but she s not saccharine or superior She s not looking to collect karmic points or gain accolades She s okay manipulat I love Amber Appleton, no sorta about it True.A book called Sorta Like a Rock Star and it s about a girl living on a bus with her mother Wasn t exactly at the top of my TBR pile, but I m easily swayed by consistently good reviews So I got to meet Amber She has a conversational relationship with God no need to worry, it s not religious and digs lighting up people s faces, but she s not saccharine or superior She s not looking to collect karmic points or gain accolades She s okay manipulating figures of authority or getting violent with bullies to make things happen She couldn t be described as poised, eloquent, or even entirely appropriate, but she s made of goodness Amber walks through life with her rescued dog at her side, taking care of her fellow Freaks my boys in her words , making sure her drunken mother eats, picking up and taking on causes along the way Because she s going to help you out whether you want her to or not, and in unorthodox ways that you might not welcome.Then she suffers one too many devastations and starts to wonder if it s all worth it Is life just a series of meaningless events and Nietzsche quotes My heart broke right along with hers when she suffers some dark days Immediately after finishing, I was worried that the end seemed too improbable But, really, why wouldn t it have happened that way People can t help loving Amber Seriously, how have I not been hearingabout this book

  9. Stephanie says:

    Amber Appleton is currently homeless, sleeping on the school bus her mother drives part time, and trying to keep her life and her self together She does the best she can with what she s got and makes the best out of her situation She volunteers at the old folks home, she teaches english to Korean ladies at her church and she takes care of an autistic classmate in return for meals and shower privileges at his house But Amber is barely holding it together, keeping herself and her pup, Bobby Big Amber Appleton is currently homeless, sleeping on the school bus her mother drives part time, and trying to keep her life and her self together She does the best she can with what she s got and makes the best out of her situation She volunteers at the old folks home, she teaches english to Korean ladies at her church and she takes care of an autistic classmate in return for meals and shower privileges at his house But Amber is barely holding it together, keeping herself and her pup, Bobby Big Boy fed, while watching her mother decline in health due to alcoholism Then one night the unthinkable happens and Amber is left shattered and alone What happens to her and how she survives and recovers is an amazing and moving story.I stayed up late into the night, crying quietly so as not to wake my sleeping husband I recommended this one to my daughter, I hope she reads it It is definitely going down as one of my favorites

  10. Arlene says:

    Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick is an awesome and inspiring read I finished this book in a few short hours as Amber Appleton did such a great job captivating my attention with her unique and refreshing narrative To be honest, I was a little skeptical of Quick s ability to pull off penning a female character s voice, but that just shows you what I know The narrative and character development he achieved with this book was absolute perfection and had me applauding his efforts the whole Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick is an awesome and inspiring read I finished this book in a few short hours as Amber Appleton did such a great job captivating my attention with her unique and refreshing narrative To be honest, I was a little skeptical of Quick s ability to pull off penning a female character s voice, but that just shows you what I know The narrative and character development he achieved with this book was absolute perfection and had me applauding his efforts the whole way through.Many people might be put off by the religious overtones in this book as Amber, Princess of Hope, carries on constant convos with JC, but I often find myself having those same dialogues in my head, so I was able to associate with Amber quite seamlessly She truly is an inspiring character as I read her struggles of living in the back of a school bus with her mom and little pup Bobby Big Boy, aka BBB, aka B Thrice, aka Triple B Amber s hopeful nature is contagious and despite her down and out situation of being homeless, she digs deep to find ways to try and make other peoples lives just a little bit better as she volunteers as an English teacher at the Korean Divas For Christ organization, befriends the misfits of Childress High school also known as Franks Freak Force Federation, and spends time at a convalescent home with forgotten elders When tragedy strikes her life and she becomes the victim of a cruel and unjust crime, Amber s light of hope is temporary distinguished, and the people of Childress pull together to rescue their Princess of Hope.I enjoyed this book for so many reasons, and I ll be sure to keep my eye out fornovels by Matthew Quick His character Amber Appleton and the rest of the cast made me an instant fan Great read

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