Kristen Morgan’s blog is about to get her into trouble. Deep trouble. Online, she is known as “Stargazer” from the popular Stargazing from Nowhere blog, while in real life she is a regular fifteen-year-old high school student. This online anonymity is quite liberating, allowing her to be completely honest with her readers. Through a twist of fate, Rising Tide, the band she has bashed the most online, ends up in her small town, which sends Kristen into an excited panic. To continue gathering fresh material for her blog, she poses as a Rising Tide fan. After sneaking into the band’s private party, she comes face to face with the band’s drummer, Michael Stevens, who happens to be even more gorgeous in person than she cares to admit. Something unexpected also happens to her when she meets him: she becomes giddy, nervous, and inarticulate, leading Kristen to realize that her interest in Michael has nothing to do with her blog, but everything to do with her heart. As Kristen and Michael grow closer, does she have to make a choice between blog or boyfriend…Or is the choice made for her?
I had mixed feelings about this one. I loved the concept of the book. I liked the idea of Kristen being a well known anonymous music blogger. She was from an unknown town but had made a “name” for herself somehow online. Soon she will get to meet the band she spends the majority of her time talking about. She is going to meet the band she spends the majority of her time writing about. Who isn’t eager to read a book about a normal girls meeting some Rockstars? I’ll admit finding out a book is going to have musicians has me all “gimme now!” Needless to say I was excited to dig in.
I think I might have gotten a little too excited about this one. The idea sounded great but once I started reading my excitement began to wane off and on. I found the beginning kind of hard to get into but then it picked up and although I wasn’t always a fan of the characters I wanted to know what was going to happen. I did have some characters that I liked and although I had some dislikes I still liked the idea of the story and was curious about how it would end.
Mostly I have to shake my head at Kristen. At first I thought I would love her. She was a blogger, yay! and she wrote about music. Two things i myself love. She didn’t always have nice things to say on her blog but I had thought it was her being honest and that is a good thing. Quickly though as she got to know the band (one member specifically) she started to change her tune. I found this annoying due to the fact she seemed to be doing it because she thought she was being mean before and was hurting the band. This I understand. I do not think people should be harsh for the sake of being harsh but I do think people should always be honest. She used to love the band but didn’t care for their second album. She shouldn’t have to feel bad for not liking it as long as she could explain the reason for it. If there was something she liked she should mention it. I do believe she was starting to like the people behind the music and their new stuff they were working on but she should have explained that instead of all of a sudden singing her praises about everything they did. Don’t get me started on her excuses to keep her secret.
I did like Michael. He was a Rockstar but a normal who guy worried about losing what he had worked so hard for. He knew his music wasn’t doing the best and he was stressed about making a great new album. Their was stress on the whole band but he continued to try and work hard. Kristen did many embarrassing things but I liked how he interacted with her. Kristen’s friend Maggie was also a favorite of mine. She told Kristen when she was in the wrong but stayed by her side while she continued to make mistakes. She did have some setbacks with me at the end but it was sort of understandable.
Overall, I just though some things were blown out of proportion. Rising Tide is a rock band who should know they are going to receive criticism. No one should ever be bashed but you aren’t going to lie and say you love something you don’t. I wish Kristen wouldn’t have been so dramatic sometimes, she was awkward and not always in an endearing way. I wish she would have stuck to her opinions. The idea of a romance did keep my attention and I wanted a happy ending for Michael. What can I say? I am a sucker for love. Their building relationship was my favorite part.