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REVIEW: My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star by Joyce Raskin


Rock ’n’ roll isn’t just about sex and drugs. It’s about self-expression, lasting friendships, and self-empowerment. That’s what Alex learns after she starts playing bass for a rock band in this almost true story. Joyce Raskin, author and musician, culls from her memories to create this funny, touching, and honest look at what it’s like to be a teenager, a girl, and a rock star all at the same time.

Also included are a note from the author, instructions on how to play basic guitar chords, advice on songwriting, and more!


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Graphia (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547393113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547393117


This book is such a strong, positive story for younger teens.  My niece (15 and a reluctant reader) read a few chapters of it and declared it "real, this is how real kids my age talk".  She really wanted a copy of her own. Alex is truly the perfect character to portray the hopes and dreams of young teens everywhere.  She is smart, funny and doubts herself all at the same time.

When Alex decides to take up the bass to be in a rock band, she learns that she has to keep her nails short, deal with groupies, hours of practice and being true to herself.  The book has adorable drawings and at the end, the author has a chapter on how to start your own rock band while staying true to yourself.  Raskin also points out the issues of alcohol and drug abuse in such a way to give kids the strength to say no.

I received this book from the publisher at no expense for my honest review.  This book doesn't come out until June, but I feel it is such an important book for teen girls, the word need to be spread now!


    1. Great review! It appears to be a quick read. Is it for 9 yr olds?

    2. LM -- there are alcohol and drug references, but in context, it is really anti drug. I would say, YES, a nine year old would probably enjoy it.

    3. Sounds like a good read. I love your nieces comment. ;) I think a lot of reluctant young readers just haven't found the right book yet. Most of their exposure is to school literature which let's be honest, isn't always the most exciting.

    4. Hi Mary. Thanks for the personal note voa Dedicated Book Viewers. I just launched my book review blog (for vampire novels) this year.

      I'm now following you via my Google account.

      ~ Tami

    5. Nice to see the comment from your niece, just at that right age!


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