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Guitar Girl

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Guitar Girl

Molly and her gal pals, Jane and Tara, are the misfits of their school. As a scheme to get respect and be noticed by other kids, Molly convinces her friends that they should start a band called The Hormones. She follows the philosophy of her idol, rocker Ruby X, as she realizes:

"Three chords was all you needed, anyway. Ruby X --- my heroine, my icon, everyone that I've ever wanted to be --- once wrote this piece for one of the music papers about how there should be this girl revolution with girls starting bands in their bedrooms and taking over the world. They'd printed her scribbled diagram of lines and dots to illustrate three chords, and she'd scrawled the words underneath: Now you can play the guitar. It was our call to arms."

Molly writes catchy tunes about girl stuff --- things she knows about. Hits include "Hello Kitty Speedboat" and "Magic Marker Love." They start their career at a schoolmate's birthday party and from there get a gig at a local community center, where they meet bad boys Dean and T. Dean and T convince the girls that they need their musical talents to help flesh out the music and sound like a true band. Soon after, the girls find themselves signed up with a manager and The Hormones go on tour.

Molly's life becomes swept up in a storm of rock shows. For an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, she has a lot to learn. Along Molly's journey she discovers the hazards of the music business, the pitfalls of being famous, and the ups and downs of falling in love.

GUITAR GIRL is told from the perspective of Molly Montgomery, and the reader gets a good sense of Molly's character and feels for her as she goes through a roller coaster of emotions in her young life. The story itself is told using flashbacks, as Molly looks back on the events that have previously taken place. The effectiveness of this technique, however, is questionable. The story may have had more impact if it was told in present tense, from the beginning to the climatic end.

Overall, though, this book is a fun read that reveals the dirty secrets of what goes on behind the scenes of the music industry. If you like music and want to get an idea of what it might be like to be a rock star, then GUITAR GIRL is for you.

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Reviewed by Kristi Olson on October 18, 2011

Guitar Girl
by Sarra Manning

  • Publication Date: February 9, 2004
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0525472347
  • ISBN-13: 9780525472346