Sunday 5 June 2011
Rockoholic by C.J Skuse
Published by Chicken House in 2011
Book kindly lent to me by Asamum of Booktopia
Read as part of the Death and Bereavement month over at Once Upon A Bookcase
To our local newspaper, my grandad's death was 'a shocking accident that brought Bristol city centre to a shocking standstill'. To my mum, it was humiliation beyond words and a week's worth of whispers from her colleagues at the bank. To me, it was sadness that could fill a dry sea.
Jody is a typical teenage who is obsessed by a rock star. Don't raise your eyebrows! We have all been there. Jody has her concert ticket to see Jackson Gatlin performing live with his band The Regulators. She waits all day outside, so that she can be right at the front. But when she gets caught up and dragged over the railings she is distraught that she is going to miss the concert.
Whilst nursing concussion backstage, she nearly faints when Jackson comes back stage to see how the fans are. Not really sure of what she is doing, she offers him a Curly Wurly. He is so high on uppers that he mistakes it for a gun, and Jodie finds herself taking home a rock legend to live in her garage.
This is one of those books that made me laugh and cry. Jodie is one of those teenagers that takes a while to figure out what she needs to do in order to be grownup and get on with her life. She gets herself into many situations and lies flow easily from her mouth like the words of a song. Yet when two incidents occur simultaneously, Jodie gets a short sharp shock about what to do with the rest of her life.
The death of her grandfather affects her immensely. She feels that no one else loved him as much as she did and she is desperate to keep his memory alive. Yet as the book progresses,she realises that she isn't the only one in the family who loved him. She also begins to understand that she can keep his memory alive in more ways than by hoarding his belongings. This book takes you through the stages of grief that occur to everyone who has loved and I think it helps teenagers to explore the emotions that might be new to them.
The second incident to affect her is the accidental kidnap of her idol. I found this to be a hilarious situation, especially when Jody's rose tinted glasses are smashed to pieces by Jackson's foul behaviour and extremely outrageous antics. Jody realises very quickly that Jackson isn't the person she thought he would be. He is just like everyone else.
The relationship between Mac and Jody is just gorgeous,especially when they realise the truth about how they both feel. Mac, is the kind of lad that every girl needs. He is reliable, consistent and carries on caring and loving Jody, even when she is causing havoc.
It is lovely to see Jody grow up within the book. She begins to realise that life is for living and not constantly messing around. By the end of the book, you are happy to be introduce to the new improved Jody who is ready to enter the adult world.
I really did love this book. My only little niggle with it was the fact that Jodie's mother never realised there was a drugged up diva living in her garage at the bottom of the garden. However, this is fiction, and reality can be suspended just this one.
A fantastic debut dealing with difficult topics in a humorous way.