Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Red Dirt Rocker by Jody French

Red Dirt Rocker
Read in: September, 2012
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon.com
Star Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: from Goodreads.com

Red Dirt Rocker is a contemporary and inspirational American dream-come-true story geared toward a Young Adult audience. Based, in part, on the true and incredible adventures of teen MTV musician Forrest French, this hip and vibrant page-turner filled with pop culture references will draw the young reader in as they see the story unfold through the eyes of this straight-edge teenager from a tiny, hick, country town, whose life is about to change forever.

His strict dad raised him to be a football jock—his free spirited mama raised him on classic rock. Small town athlete and teen musician Forrest French finds himself torn, having to decide between public high school, sports and his simple, country life in Coweta, (aka Cow-Town) Oklahoma; his deep Southern roots and strong family ties, or the jet-setting life of an MTV rock star. While dealing with the team bully and facing the fickleness of teen dating relationships, Forrest depends on his faith to keep a cool head. In this story filled with teen angst and teen hopes, Forrest holds fast to his beliefs as he hangs on for the ride of his life in the upside-down, backward and thrilling world of rock-n-roll.

Red Dirt Rocker illustrates to its Young Adult audience that they can be accepted and successful with straight-edge flair, be they athlete, band geek, cheerleader, or aspiring rock star. Experience a shotgun ride right alongside Forrest as he embarks on his rock-n-roll dream and finds that a beautiful heart and strong values may just win over superficial beauty and popularity in the end.

Forrest, while he seemed like a great guy, didn't really seem to have any flaws. Heather ONLY had flaws. Sophie was sweet..but that was it. I just wanted more character development. 

I'm defending my prosecution. It was told by his mom. His number one fan, his numero uno, the lady who gave birth to him, raised him, washed his underwear. Its understandable that he had no flaws because that's her baby! Heather and Sophie..honestly, what female acts anything but sweet around the boyfriends parents? You want them to like you! But Heather's character traits were probably told through Forrest to his mom. I don't know, who knows? Is she real, isn't she? That's for you to decide. Unless you live in Coweta, Oklahoma. 
His mom was adorabs! I liked reading the change in his dads viewpoint on his music and football. It was really an inside scoop on a personal relationship.

Overall a quick and easy read. Its a sweet little biography into Forrest French's 16 and a half year old existence. He gets discovered by MTV, goes to Sweden, meets KISS, all with his band "Cellar Door is Gone"..which is based off of "Crooked X". Just putting that one out there. c;

oHey, look at this little gem I found. c; Check out those curls!...Jealous.

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