Title: First Kiss
Series: Heavy Influence #1
Author: Ann Marie Frohoff
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: AMF Publishing
Review Copy: From Author
About an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, when the girl next door becomes something more; they're forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family. Sacrifices are made as everything changes as they know it.
Jake and Aly don't have that easy lovey dovey relationship. They go through ups and downs, age difference aside. He is going to be a senior, her a freshman. Also, he is a lead singer in a rock band.
The road to fame is a hard one, especially when you're in a new relationship and girls are flaunting themselves to get your attention. It also doesn't help the fact when your girlfriend is younger so her jealousy is easily activated. There are times when Jake goes into more of an elderly brother role than boyfriend, which is great because it means he realizes that Aly can't have his glam life. But that doesn't stop Aly from partying with him. She does get drunk a few times, while Jake doesn't approve, he does take care of her when she does rebel.
There are parts where it dragged. Sometimes I felt that it should have been shorter. The "typical" rockstar life doesn't start hitting till the last third of the book. There is drama between the band members and secrets get revealed in this time too. It was almost too much at once. But at the same time its like you're on the downfall with Aly and Jake.
Also, what's a rockstar who doesn't do drugs? Although, unlike it being incorporated as a part of the lifestyle, his addiction starts after the band gets into a fist fight. The relationships between the band members isn't all brotherly. One of the guys starts bugging Jake as he starts wanting to sing love songs. His relationship with Aly was all Jake thought about. Its safe to say not all of the band agrees. Jake starts to stand up for these changes and let's just say, it ended in a broken hand. Then its the pain meds that centers Jake's world too.
When you're dating someone 3 years younger than you as a teenager, keep it from your parents is all you want to do. And just as hard it is to keep from your parents, they can find out just as easily. Safe to say that when Aly's parents found out, it didn't go so well. All they thought is they were together for sex and no relationship. Like any father, Aly's dad does what he thinks is best. To him that meant a restraining order. This all goes down right after the addiction starts.
After everything blows up, it goes into 6 months into the future. Aly and Jake haven't really spoken. She's mad at him for things that happened. In the end it was really all for her.
I'm sorry if this review makes no sense. Its a really beautiful book. But to narrow it down to a few words, I'd say "Sex, drugs and rock n roll", well maybe not the sex part, so let's say Teen love instead. Can't wait for Broken Notes.