by Caitlyn Duffy
Series: Treadwell Academy #1
Published by Lovestruck Literary Release date : July 5th 2011 (first published July 1st 2011)
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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At the age of 15, Taylor Beauforte has only met her father twice in person. After all, he is the lead singer of a world-famous rock band, constantly on the cover of music magazines and giving interviews on MTV. He pays for Taylor to attend the Treadwell Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts, and provides her mother with monthly checks to cover her basic needs, but has never made much of an effort to play an active part in Taylor’s life. Taylor's mom Dawn is the only family she has ever really known, and because of Dawn's hard-partying Hollywood lifestyle, studious Taylor is happiest on the other side of the country in Massachusetts with her nose buried in a book.
When Taylor 's mom unexpectedly dies the summer before Taylor starts her junior year, she receives a crash course in fame. She has no choice but to join her father and his new family on their summer concert tour before she has even had a chance to mourn the loss of her mother. Life as the daughter of a rock star seems like it would be enviable, but Taylor can't figure her dad out. He seems like a supportive authority figure (even if he's kind of a fashion tragedy) , but she is collecting a growing pile of evidence that he's a liar and a cheat. Her stepmother, Jill, can’t seem to decide if she wants to treat Taylor like a girlfriend or a nuisance. Having had no time to grieve and say goodbye to her childhood before being thrust into the limelight, Taylor is suddenly finding herself in situations she could have never imagined before this summer.
With no one else to turn to, Taylor falls head over heels in love with Jake, the teenage son of one of the band's touring groupies. Taylor has growing concerns about Jake's background and the suspicious relationship between his mom and her own father, but is desperate for something real in her life onto which she can build a future. When Jake offers Taylor an opportunity to join him on a whirlwind adventure and leave her problems with her father far behind, Taylor has to decide – should she carve out her own way in the world, or try to repair the relationship she has with her only living parent?
Over the course of the summer with the band, Taylor learns the depths of her own strength, the difficulty of overcoming loss, and that the definition of family means much more than shared bloodlines.
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The Rock Star’s Daughter was one of my first free “purchases” after getting my kindle fire. Honestly, I never even read the blurb because I was so happy there were so many free books I didn’t care what it was about; I just clicked away and basically forgot all about it. Which kind of sucks, but whatever. I actually really enjoyed this story.
After the death of her mother, Taylor is whisked away by her father and thrust into the life of rock and roll and being on tour. Traveling, paparazzi and many screaming fans, Taylor is overwhelmed by change and finds herself lost, isolated and lonely. Forced to tag along with the band, Taylor finds herself having difficulty fitting in; with her family, with life and is just trying to find her ground and where she belongs.
I really liked the way this book was written. It was more like.. Taylor telling us her story vs us living it with her. I don’t usually care for this type of narration but I thought it worked here. Since the book takes place over the Summer, there were a few “time gaps” that I thought were summarized very well. I never felt like i missed anything nor did I feel like I was getting too much information . I can’t say whether or not the “life style” details are true to form but it sounds like she was at least pretty close. With touring, living in the spot light, etc.
While I don’t find myself enjoying the “fan and fortune” type novels, I really like this one. Taylor is such a down to earth girl. Smart. Funny. Her upbringing with her mother was pretty lax and it was difficult for her to adjust with both the death of her mother and the life style change. She doesn’t really know her Dad, who is a famous rock star in a band– and finds it difficult to spend time with him. He’s re-married, has another child and she feels like a burden to him. There isn’t anyone there her age- well save for Jake but we’ll get there. I love that she was always pretty true to herself. She was put into some pretty difficult situations, which any teen could relate to, but on top of that, she was in the spot light due to her dad. I think after she met Jake, she was so desperate for someone her age to hang out with and he was a BOY, she feel pretty hard and too fast. I liked Jake, he was a sweet guy but there was always that underlining question of “Does he really like her for HER?” Also, his mother was “close” to her Dad and to me, that was just weird. He seemed.. too good to be true. Whether or not I was right or wrong I won’t say though 😉 She grew a lot throughout the novel and I was so happy when she decided to let it all out.
On top of adjusting to her new life, Taylor discovers things about her Father that a teenager should never know about their parents. It puts her in a difficult situation and I thought she handled it pretty well. It was quite frustrating that everyone just expected her to adjust over night and I was irritated on more than one occasion that no one really listened to her or paid attention. Her life was torn apart and she never had the chance to really deal with her mother’s death or grieve. There was a lot she discovered about her mother and her past too. Her relationship with her father. I really felt bad that she had to deal with SO MUCH all at once. Basically, another way her life was changed and ripped to shreds.
My Peeve- For majority of the book, I wasn’t a fan of the expectations of Taylor and the poor communication between everyone. Her supposed best friend was a piece of work too.
Overall- I liked it. Not my typical read but good none the less. The Rock Star’s Daughter focuses on a girl finding herself. About finding your ground and where you belong. I recommend it.
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