Friday, 26 July 2013

Review: Merch Girl by Rebecca Lewis

Title: Merch Girl
Author: Rebecca Lewis
Pages: 136
Release Date: May 4, 2013
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Createspace
Review Copy: From Author
Seventeen-year-old Lacey Kind doesn’t have the guts to talk to cute boys, isn’t a size two, and would rather stay home and listen to music than go to a party. But in the summer before her first year of college, she ends up thousands of miles away from home, in the back of a tour bus, underneath the half-naked body of the hottest teen rock star in the country.

When Lacey and her best friend Trina sneak into a Boston nightclub to see their favorite band, they not only get to watch their rock gods perform for the first time, but score a chance to meet the band too. Lacey’s heart races as she comes face-to-face with her idol, nineteen-year-old lead singer, Logan Shire.

The girls charm their way into being hired to sell merchandise on Lansdowne’s first summer tour. As “merch girls” Lacey and Trina quickly find themselves transported from their ordinary, suburban life to an exhilarating few months on the road. But they soon realize that life on the road isn’t always a smooth ride...

(Goodreads)

WOW! Lacey and Trina had an adventure people many think of having. As one who loves books just as much as music, I felt like I was reading a tour in a book. Feeling the rush from going to the concert at the nightclub to when they met the band afterwards. I think its safe to say I need to go to a concert, like NOW.

When Lacey and Trina snuck into the nightclub to see their faveorite band Lansdowne, little did they know they`d end up being their merch girls for their summer tour. I`m just glad they asked their parents before going. Ok, temporary parental moment over.

Working for your favorite band has about as many perks as it does advantages. For one, you`d get to hear them for free. Could you imagine how many fans wouldn`t be concert broke all the time? What a concept! Being VIP when you go to the after parties is a great thing. Trust me, I went to the after party with Down With Webster in Saskatoon and ended up getting VIP with them. Felt like royalty. Side note, don't mix Champagne with Screwdrivers, that stuff is nasty. Then there is the flip side; fan girls, crappy sleeps in hotels and buses, and let's not forget showers in random places. The girls endured that and more.

What's a story without romance? This one had its typical girl loves lead singer, lead singer falls for the girl and everyone lives happily ever after. But there were twists with this romance, starting with the fact that the band didn't know that Lacey and Trina were fans of the band. There is some hostility when the guys figure it out, but they quickly get their shit together and stop letting it bother them.

The relationship between Lacey and Trina go through some rough patches throughout the story. When they start dating a band member, both take opposite sides of the girlfriend of a band member role. Lacey takes on the more supportive role to the fans, she doesn't mind them hanging out with the band and such. Where as Trina didn't like the fans and was slightly disgusted by them. This hate and tension in the relationship led her needing to leave the tour partway.

Oh Devin, what do I have to say about you? I will say I subconsciously thought she had an alternative motive throughout. She runs a fan blog and in my head, I thought something would get exposed and somehow get Lacey in trouble or something. But when she turned out to be a better friend than Trina, those thoughts went away.

This was a great read especially as one who loves music and books. I loved that Lacey grew as a person and that she had a had ending relationship wise. It may not have been the most ideal relationship outcome, but that comes with the joys of dating a rock star.


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