Review: Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse

By: C.J. Skuse
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: Nov. 1, 2012
Genre: YA

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She’s got it bad, and he ain’t good — he’s in her garage?

“I’m your biggest fan, I’ll follow you until you love me…”

Gonna have to face it: Jody’s addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she’s front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she’s got more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody — oops — kind of kidnapped him. By accident. With a Curly Wurly candy bar. And now he doesn’t want to leave.

It’s a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series…but who got punk’d?!

This is definitely not a book that is realistic at all. It’s a fun take you away for the day read. Jody goes to the Regulators concert and after being kneed, banged around and ultimately fainting, she wakes up towards the end of the concert in the infirmary room backstage. She’s upset that she’s missed the concert while she was unconscious, and that’s when the band members come in. They go from bed to bed talking to their injured fans and then Jackson makes his way to Jody’s bed, she offers him a curly wurly (some kind of candy) and because the wrapper is silver, he mistakes it for a knife. Before you know it she has Jackson in the back seat of her best friend Mac’s car with her jacket over his head. What follows after is a story about a girl taking care of her idol who’s going through withdrawals in her garage. Like I said, not really realistic but still entertaining.

I did find some of the language to be difficult. I understood the wankers and the mum’s, but some of it was really unfamiliar to me and then you add their slang on top of it… I just sort of skipped over those words. I had to look up what a curly wurly was which is apparently a line of squiggly caramel that is covered in chocolate.

The author definitely has an imagination. You are taken on a crazy adventure throughout the entire book. Not only are the situations strange but the characters are so colorful that they definitely stick with you well after reading the story. If you want a story that will take you away from the real world, a story that is as crazy as it is entertaining, then you’ve got to give this book a try.

“I’m not exactly relishing the thought of changing my idol’s pissy under crackers, but I have to, so it’s OK.” -Jody


2 Thoughts on “Review: Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse

  1. I’m going to assume this is English? Shame a lot of the lingo was lost on you, but I find that if it’s in the right context it’s not too hard to understand. We have CurlyWurlys here too, ha!

    And I LOVE the new blog design, looks bright and fresh!

  2. This is one I’ve been wanting to read for a while. I tried to get it off Netgalley but they passed on me. LOL. Good review!

    Shannon @ Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

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