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So when Josie finds out her best friend has won a contest to meet Peter by stealing one of Josie's songs, Josie is overwhelmingly shocked and upset--some of which flies out the window when Ashley introduces Josie to Peter as well. And suddenly, in a whirlwind of Tweets, IMs, texts, and phone calls, Josie finds herself in the middle of a flirtatious friendship that has the potential for complete harmony. But just when everything seems pitch-perfect, the paparazzi flashbulbs explode, along with any notion of a fairy-tale romance.
Author Ken Baker, E Channel's Chief News Correspondent, uses his inside knowledge to craft a novel authentic to the teen pop idol experience with sincere heart and humor.
- ISBN-13: 9780762443444
- ISBN-10: 0762443448
- Publisher: Running Press Kids
- Publish Date: October 2012
- Page Count: 271
- Reading Level: Ages 13-17
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-09-10
- Reviewer: Staff
Baker, a correspondent for E! Enter-tainment Television, makes his YA debut with a fun, pop culture–saturated romance filled with song lyrics, IM chats, text messages, and hashtags. Fourteen-year-old Josie Brant’s loner life is turned upside-down when her BFF Ashley wins a contest using a song Josie wrote. The prize is meeting 16-year-old singing sensation Peter Maxx, and when Josie does, sparks fly. Peter and Josie begin to communicate via Twitter and, despite their disparate lives, connect over their shared passion for songwriting and help each other deal with parental difficulties (including divorce, arrest, and death) and the pressures of fame. When Josie and Peter reconnect in Las Vegas, their worlds collide disastrously. As Baker alternately focuses on Josie and Peter’s points of view, it can sometimes feel as though he’s #tryingtoohard to construct believable, of-the-moment teenage characters (“ wished she could Tweet her fifty-nine followers the news. #Winning!”), but readers should still enjoy this heart-racing, behind-the-music story of love and being true to oneself. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Oct.)