Sorta Like A Rock StarAuthor: Matthew Quick
Genre: YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Published: May 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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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 school bus her 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. The world is Amber's stage, and Amber is, well...she's sorta like a rock star. True? True.
“Life goes on. Whether we choose to enjoy it or not. So you might as well find a way to enjoy the parts you can. You can’t just give up on life, Amber.”
- Old Man Linder
First of all, I like the way it is written, like the author is not writing a novel but just telling a story to a friend. The sentences are way longer than normal, but somehow they don’t sound wrong. The style is unique and spontaneous and I like that.
I love the optimism. I love that despite their poverty, Amber is still a cheerful and bright and generous person. She still tries to help other people even in small ways. She brings smiles and kindness to them even though her own life is not all rainbows and ponies. Amber inspires a lot of people – old people, people who do not even speak English fluently, people who are labeled freaks and losers, people she doesn’t even know. She doesn’t curse, doesn’t speak bad words, and is a good Catholic girl. Wow, I really like this girl. Too good to be true? Not quite.