Monday, December 2, 2013

Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton

One day while watching the Interstate exit for her dad’s long awaited return, Libby’s life is rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life. After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby breaks away from her rule abiding behavior and her life changes course.
Peter longs for normalcy away from the screaming fans who know nothing about the real him. He is amazed to discover Libby has never heard of him or his band. Soon their friendship turns to love. While Peter battles his family's growing interference so he can spend time with Libby, she struggles with her eccentric aunt who turns more bizarre each day.
Their lives are torn apart when Peter's family intrudes and Libby disappears. Peter’s desperate search for her comes up empty. Can they find their way back to each other while the world plots against them?

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 224
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

I’m not usually one to go for the whole "boy in a band story", but Angie Stanton had me hooked from the beginning. Peter was a new twist on the hot guy in a band scenario, and his charm kept me excitedly waiting for his appearances throughout the whole book. Libby was a strong lead female and I was impressed that I didn’t find her irritating at all throughout this book, since that is something that happens usually a few times during any young adult book. She was strong, independent and her story of overcoming her struggles was heart-warming. Admittedly, I thought their relationship bloomed pretty fast from like-to-love in a matter of a week, but it was still so cute and sweet.

The plot for this book was entertaining to me, but there was also parts where it seemed to lack, or drag on when it wasn’t necessary. Definitely more good than bad though, enough to keep me on my toes to wait for the next piece of drama to happen. The way Stanton wrote her characters made me able to easily relate whether it was to Libby’s teenage struggles or Peter’s fighting for what he believed was the right thing to do.

Most of all, this book was a great and entertaining contemporary novel and it stole my love from the very beginning. I can’t wait to read more from this author in her companion novel Snapshot and see the other brother’s story are and how things are from his POV. Definitely would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun and consuming romance between a unique people that beat the odds.

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Happy reading,
Amanda, age 17

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