Title: Date with a rockstar
Author: Sarah Gagnon
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publishing date: June 23, 2015
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a copy for review.
Only one girl can win the cash price… and the chance at love with Jeremy Bane.
Monet isn’t just another lust-struck teenager trying to win the heart of Rock God Jeremy Bane – she needs the prize money from his new reality show to cure her illness.
Monet has Fluxem, a contagious disease that’s spread through salive. It’s completely curable if you have enought money, which she and her single mother don’t. Now that she’s on the show, Monet has to work harder to keep her Fluxem hidden. She only has to keep the secret long enought to woo Jeremy Bane som he picks her as the winner. She doesn’t even care about the love part; the prize alone will change her life.
The discription over is just part of the description for the book, because in my opinion the rest of it reveals to much.
When I read the description, and while reading the book, there were a lot of things that reminded me of the Selection series by Kiera Cass. The main boy being a prize in a competition, and the main girl not quite seeing herself clearly in the way others see her as beautiful, but she hasn’t thought about it. Both in Date with a rockstar and in The selection, the girl is entering the competition for the money. Another similarity was that in both cases the first meeting between the two main characters… And both books had a bitchy girl in the compitition, but hey, there are always some bitchy girl somewhere…
So yeah, the books do have some similarities, but they are also very different. It wasn’t a lot of worldbuilding in this book, but it didn’t need to be. It was just the world in the future. A place where the population had to be controlled, and almost all of it had massive problems with the environment. I guess one could see that as a little jab towards how we are trying (and failing?) to help nature clean up all the mess we have made (and still make). The same with the Fluxem, the disease that is curable, but the cure is very expensive. In fact, the cure is so expensive that the poor can’t affort it and they wither away, while the rich can not only get the cure if they get the disease, but they can just get the vaccine before it even becomes a problem. How is that really different from some vaccines in todays society?
Yes, is was a sense of almost insta-love in the book, which annoyed me a little bit. On the other hand, I did expected it, so it just made me shake my head and then I was over it. I can’t help it, I really did like the interaction between Monet and Jeremy, they were cute together.
What I wanted to know a little bit more about was The Metal Preservation Society, I found it fasinating 🙂
Since the book was told from Monet’s point of view, I didn’t feel I got to know Jeremy all that well, but still good enough. I would like to get to know Monet a little bit better too. On the other hand, the book would probably be a lot longer, and not nessecary that much fun. I have to say, I laughed out loud several time, because some of the lines, and some of the things that happened, was just to good :p
Final verdict: It was a short and cute read, but it did have some undertones with environment and diseases that gave the book that little extra 🙂