Title: The Rock Star’s Daughter
Series: Treadwell Academy, #1
Author: Caitlin Duffy
Publisher: Lovestruck Literary
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Hearts: ♥ ♥
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.
The sound of sirens wakes Taylor. Slowly she walks downstairs. There she sees the lifeless body of her mother put in an ambulance, while paramedics are busy applying oxygen. Confused she asks what happened. The next thing she knows she’s on her way to the hospital, where she spends the next hours waiting with tension for the outcome. Unfortunately, her mother was too far gone and died.
Taylor is stunned. When the doctor asks if she has next of kin, she has no other option than to call her estranged father. The rock star Chase Atwood, whose currently on a European tour. After her phone call her father returns in a rush to get custody of her and take her with her on his American Tour, which will change her life. She’s just not sure if it’s in a good or bad way….
Hmmm…. And that’s all she wrote. It’s hard for me to write about this book. It wasn’t spectacular or repulsive. It’s just not special, a dime a dozen story, that you’ll forget quickly. Of course there are some things that stood out for me, but the rest of the story is meant for a boring Sunday afternoon, when you’ve got nothing to do ^^
First of all, it was a bit hard for me to understand that you would take a child who just lost her mother on a tour. Hello? She needs plenty of time to grieve, which obviously won’t happen when you hop from one city to the next. Then we have Taylor’s reaction with everything that happens: stoical. She’s the one who wanted to stay at home, but if push comes to shove, she just goes with the tour. Okay, she just lost her mother, but wouldn’t you want to stay at the place where you lived with her? Where’s the big fight, the angry shouting, the tears?
And last but not least we have Taylor’s father. He’s a real piece of work. First of all he acts like a drama queen, which made me cringe and find the whole scene unbelievable. He’s a rock star for god’s sake! Since when do they have the image of drama queens? Okay, it’s not impossible, just highly unbelievable for me. And his behavior is totally unworthy for a father. His wife Jill, on the other hand, behaves much more like a responsible adult. She really has my sympathy. It’s not everyday you find out you’ll have to take care of the almost grown up daughter of your husband. Although her first reaction was a bit too much.
The ending came as a big surprise. No HEA, not even a real HFN, just different, more of a real life ending. This came as a welcome change to the very predictable endings you have nowadays (which I also like, some people just are made to be together 😉 ) Although I preferred a bit more of an epilogue…
2 HEARTS. This book was OK. No fireworks, no throwing things, just a nice story for a dull afternoon. But with an unusual ending, which made it more refreshing to read.
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