Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton
Rock and a Hard Place (A Jamieson Brothers Novel 1)
By: Angie Stanton
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Rating: 2 stars
|Summary: When you fall in love with a rock star, anything can happen. . . .
Libby In an instant, Libby’s life went from picture-perfect to a nightmare. After surviving a terrible car accident, Libby is abandoned by her father and left with her controlling aunt. A new town, a new school, no friends—Libby is utterly alone. But then she meets Peter.
Peter The lead singer in a rock band with his brothers, Peter hates that his parents overly manage his life.
Constantly surrounded by family, Peter just wants to get away. And when he meets Libby, he’s finally found the one person who only wants to be with him, not the rock star.
But while Peter battles his family’s growing interference in both his music and his personal life, Libby struggles with her aunt, who turns nastier each day. And even though Libby and Peter desperately want to be together, their drastically different lives threaten to keep them apart forever.
Review: I think I would have liked this book if Stanton hadn’t gone overboard and made it way too complicated. She should have kept the story about Peter finding a girl who wasn’t after him just for his money and fame. Or she should have focused on Libby’s life, which was a pretty heartbreaking story. Bombarding readers with the whole story was too much at once, and I think it robbed each character from the full sympathy and emotional impact he/she would have received if his/her story would have stood on its own.
Aside from that, the story started a little too cliche and a bit cheesy. Some of the lines made me groan a bit, but it’s a typical contemporary young adult romance. And Stanton wanted to portray Peter as the shy rock star who wanted so much more, but his first encounter with Libby (asking if the drawing wasn’t of him or just his whole demeanor) would probably be more of what you would expect of Garrett or Adam. And even Libby has said Peter had a bit of arrogance and confidence – in the cute way of course. I mean, yeah, he’s a rock star, but there were a number of instances that I just felt was out of character for someone like him.
And Libby. Her story breaks my heart. But I felt it was a bit too much. First of all, why did it take so long for Stanton to explain what happened to her family. Also, I understand being thrown into a situation where you have to live with a relative who just doesn’t want you, but Stanton went a little overboard with Libby’s aunt. Could Libby’s situation happen? I don’t doubt it, but all of the extra elements that Stanton throws in makes it really unbelievable – not in that it hasn’t happened but it’s too extreme. Throw in the rock star, and the story was too Cinderella-ish.
Overall, the story wasn’t bad. It wasn’t one of those stories that made me smile or cry from memorable lines or blew me away with giddiness or heartache. And it would have been great if I didn’t feel like Stanton tried too hard to weigh us down and ended up making it way too complicated. Makes me you wonder what she has in stored for the sequel if she’s already pulled all the tricks out of her hat.