Alexis has a bad case of teen dissatisfaction, cured by learning to play bass guitar and being in her brother's rock band. And skateboarding, don't forget her skateboarding.
A rock star at 14?! It's up to Alexis to navigate around other people's choices (bad and good) while staying true to herself.
Joyce Raskin knows what she's writing about since she's a bassist with the band Scarce (back together after time off for other projects) and even has a series of beginning guitar lessons for girls on YouTube! Rock on!
A fast, fun read that demands your favorite rock music in the background.
Book info: My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star / Joyce Raskin, illustrated by Carol Chu. Graphia, 2011 [author's Facebook page] [publisher website] [book trailer]
Recommendation: Uncoolness and zits, that’s life for Alexis, until her brother teaches her to play bass guitar for his band. Eventually, she masters the bass (blisters!). Eventually, her body catches up with other teen girls (at last!). Eventually, she has a boyfriend (yay!), then a heartbreak (cry!), then some fame (wow!), and some major disappointments (parents!).
Fast-moving chapters chronicle this eventful year in Alex’s life - her skateboarding and punk rock adventures, making a record with the band at age 14, her former-hippy parents supporting her big-time before going super-strict!
Written by a former teen-rocker (who still plays in a band!), Misadventures includes getting-started information about guitars, learning chords, writing songs, and sticking to your dreams – major girl power in a small package! (One of 5,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com) Review copy courtesy of the publisher.