Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Review: Rising Star

Rising Star by Cari Gelber

Meet Nikki Bellinger, the hottest rising new manager in the music industry. After managing 3 different bands over the past few years, she’s become an expert and she’s ready to help someone make it big. But Nikki is unlike any other manager: she’s only 18, and she’s still in High School.

When Nikki first meets with the band Long Story Short she knows she’s found something extraordinary. Lead singer Casey has a knack for stardom, and it doesn’t hurt that bass player Ryan is super-cute as well. It isn’t too long before Nikki has taken on the band, and Long Story Short is on its way up.

But it isn’t all play in the music world. The band is struggling to promote itself and gain enough fans to financially survive. Meanwhile, Nikki’s life is becoming more and more hectic. In addition to helping the band she has to juggle friends, school, and college applications. To complicate things even further, she’s starting to get more and more involved with Ryan, the before-mentioned cute bass Torn between love and her professional relationship, Nikki more confused than ever.

When Long Story Short has the opportunity to make it big, Nikki is ecstatic. But can she keep her place as manager when she’s up against the most experienced men in the Music Industry?

Rising Star is the perfect book for anyone who has ever dreamed of becoming a singing star. From accounts of the band’s road life to Nikki’s experience with record label executives, the book presents a wonderful view of life in the business. Combine those elements with realistic and unique characters and Nikki’s realistic teenage struggles, and you have a great read.

Recommended for readers age 14 and up. Appropriate for younger readers too, although they may have trouble grasping the full reality of some situations.

Shady Glade Rating: 7/10

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