Initial Thoughts: Who wouldn’t want to go on a date with their favourite rockstar? For me, my favourite rockstar is twice my age and speaks very little English. So, a date with my favourite rockstar is very unlikely. But, a girl can dream, can’t she?
Monet isn’t just another lust-struck teenager trying to win the heart of Rock God Jeremy Bane–she needs the prize money from his new reality show to cure her illness. Monet has Fluxem, a contagious disease that’s spread through saliva. It’s completely curable if you have enough money, which she and her single mother don’t. Now that she’s on the show, Monet has to work harder to keep her Fluxem hidden. She only has to keep the secret long enough to woo Jeremy Bane so he picks her as the winner. She doesn’t even care about the love part; the prize alone will change her life. But the real Jeremy Bane is nothing like she imagined. Monet finds herself fighting against feelings that make her want to give in to her attraction and Jeremy’s attempts for a kiss. The further she goes in the competition, the more impossible it becomes to resist him–and when the producers turn the tables and start digging up dirt on the contestants, Monet fears her secret will be revealed before she’s ready and ruin everything. The only way to win Jeremy’s heart is to tell him the truth, but confessing her disease could cost her the competition, the prize money, and him” – Goodreads
Before I began reading, I hadn’t realized that this book was a dystopian novel. Who knew that pop culture could survive in a dystopian universe!? The pairing was a little odd, but I decided to give it a chance anyway.
Thousands of girls have lined up for the chance to be on the new reality t.v. series, Date With a Rockstar. The winner will become the next girlfriend of world famous rockstar Jeremy Banes, and win thirty thousand dollars. Monet is one of the contestants, but unlike the other fan girls, she is uninterested in having a chance at dating her favourite rockstar, Jeremy Banes. Instead, she is in the competition to win the prize money. Monet has fluxem, a disease spread through saliva, and can be cured if only she had the money. Entering the reality t.v. show is her only chance at winning the prize money. But, as the competition goes on, Monet finds herself falling in love with Jeremy. Will she be able to keep her disease a secret while the cameras are rolling?
There is something about the rockstar lifestyle that appears to be so mysterious and intriguing. What are rockstars like when cameras are not rolling? Sure, they are just like everyone else, but how much of their onstage personae seeps into their daily life? As I began reading, I started to forget that Jeremy Bane was a rockstar. Instead, my mind was transported into forming multiple comparisons between this novel and The Selection by Kiera Cass. Date with a Rockstar is a dystopian novel where poverty is at an all-time high, and diseases like Fluxem are common in the lower classes. Monet and her mother are struggling to get by, but when Monet contracts Fluxem, she will do anything to survive, even enter into a reality t.v. show. Fluxem will eventually cause disfigurement due to lesions sprouting everywhere on the body, and then the infected person will smell like iodine (which, according to Monet, smells like crocodiles). I did find the whole “I’m probably dying, so I should enter into a reality show for money,” a bit of a strange plotline, but I was still (somehow) entertained. In comparison to The Selection, the stakes are much higher.
(By the way, Fluxem is not a real disease).
Although the entire plotline was predictable, I enjoyed every minute of reading Date with a Rockstar. The chemistry between Jeremy and Monet was intriguing. Their conversations were hardly the run-of-the-mill typical teenage conversations you would see in young adult romance novels.
He narrows his eyes at me. “How am I supposed to believe that’s really your wish? You might be using my ocean series of songs as inspiration?”
“Fine.” I raise my chin high above the water. “I take it back. Dump the pollution in, I only want the treasure at the bottom of the ocean.” – Date with a Rockstar, Sarah Gagnon
The other girls in the competition were hardly the ladies with rough exteriors but with hearts of gold from The Selection. Most of the girls were downright catty and bratty, and none of them were very likeable. I really wished that the other girls showed a bit more humanity rather than being prone to extreme jealousy, vengefulness, and mental instability. But alas, what is reality t.v. without those sorts of girls? If the author would have stepped outside of these stereotypes, I probably would have enjoyed the book even more.
I would recommend this book to fans of The Selection and the t.v. show The Bachelor.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: Date with a Rockstar Author: Sarah Gagnon Year Published: 2015 Pages: 266 Pacing: fast Received: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review) Recommended? Yes. Similar to: The Selection by: Kiera Cass Genres & Subjects: Young adult, fiction, dystopian, romance
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