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Title: Amplified Author: Tara Kelly Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (October 25, 2011) Length: 304 pages Format: hardcover
If you are looking for a fun music/band oriented book give
Amplified by Tara Kelly a try. In this girl on the verge of womanhood book
readers get a glimpse into the life of Jasmine Kiss. Jasmine is giving living
on her own terms a try. She has recently graduated high school, her emotionally
distant father is insisting she start college and all Jasmine wants to do is
play guitar and relax for once in her life. Her father has cut her off and with
only sixteen hundred dollars, her guitars, amps, and a broken down car she has
to find a way to survive. None of her prospects seem good until a chance to
live and play with a new band comes up. All she has to do is convince the
rather reluctant band to let her join. From then on everything should be smooth
I really liked Jasmine. Despite not having a plan Jasmine
wings it the best she can and I admire that about her. At times she is insecure
and self-doubting, but she works it out. I was intrigued throughout the book on
how everything would turn out for Jasmine and loved getting to see her grow.
All of this is thanks in part to the new friends she makes, Veta in particular.
Let me just say that I loved Veta! She is wild, crazy, supportive, loyal, and
will tell it like it is. I would love to have a Veta in my life. You can’t
forget Veta’s brother and band mate Sean. He is quiet, smart, and a bit of an
ass or in other words sexy. The butting heads of Jasmine and Sean was great and
you could just feel the chemistry. The other characters in the book were
awesome as well. They each had their own extremely unique and quirky
personalities that I loved reading about. Believe it or not the ending to this
book actually surprised me, but I won’t say anymore (don’t’ want to give
anything away). There is also potential for a sequel! One of the only downsides
to the book was all of the music/equipment lingo in the beginning. It was a
little heavy and confusing, but thankfully it mellows out. All in all this was a fairly light book and a
good quick read. I give this book a 3 ½ STAR rating.