COMING this SUMMER
Fan Girl by Brandace Morrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fan Girl by Brandace Morrow is a 2014 independent publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Deklan and Ali meet before Deklan becomes a rock star. Ali is a teenager at the time and she's a little on the heavy side and is dealing with her parents who are mapping out her life for her.
Like a lot of teenage girls Ali is smitten by the rock star image and the excitement of hanging around with the band. As Ali prepares for college and decides to take control of her own destiny, the band begins to gain notoriety. Deklan and Ali are no longer in contact and Ali has undergone a stunning transformation. So, when the two meet after Ali completes college, they don't event recognize each other when their paths cross again.
For ages Deklan has been rocking Ali's world... now it's Ali's turn to rock his. Deklan has never turned into the stereotypical rock star. He is sensitive and really cares about Ali. When the time comes for him to step up and do the right thing by Ali he doesn't hesitate. Suddenly, Ali's life changes and she is wrapped up in the life of rock music, the love of her life, and what looks like a promising future. But, other changes can come just as fast and Ali will learn life can turn on a dime.
I've said this a many times before, but when an author attempts to go with first person narrative I really think they should hold off until they are just a little more experienced. This the first novel for this author and she did an admirable job of telling the story from Ali's point of view. I'm still a big third person narrative fan and do wish we could have gotten inside Deklan's head a little. At times Ali was just all over the place. She rambles a lot and I guess that could just be a part of the character's personality, but it could wear thin at times. The story did drag in some places and a lot of attention was given to the descriptions of cars, houses, and clothing. Confess ladies - you've had fantasies of the rock star lifestyle, so I think some readers will like those details in the book. For me though, it slowed the pace of the novel and was distracting.
I did like Ali's character and her resolve to take charge of her life and live it on her own terms. Thanks goodness she moved away from her parents and chose to really live and enjoy her life. Deklan was the perfect book boyfriend. All you ladies that like the rock star type will love him.
I think this author shows potential. I will rate this one 3.5 - rounded to 4.