Sorta Like a Rock Star
by Matthew Quick
Although this is a departure from my normal Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre, I have to say it was an excellent read. Mr. Quick, from the very first brush stroke (Amber Appleton) creates a masterpiece. I connected so much with Amber, a homeless teenager, that I really felt her joys and her pains. I remember thinking the things she thinks and feeling the things she feels. All of the characters are real to me because they have the flaws that normal folks have. From BBB, to Donna and Franks, to PJ, Father Chee, the Freak Force and the Korean Divas for Christ, these characters (along with some others) define the world that belongs to Amber. I love that her perspective of what she does is different from how her friends perceive what she is doing; but they ultimately come to the same conclusion: she brings hope and optimism. I have to say that, to me, I think this book has the makings of a classic. True. I couldn’t help but think of To Kill a Mockingbird as I was reading. The stories are different; but each has the quality of, on the surface, being a simply told story; but deeper under they are ever so much more. That isn’t something that a writer does intentionally, that’s just raw talent. I was completely touched by Amber and her friends and their faiths in her, each other, and a higher power. Like a masterpiece, this story hangs in the gallery of my brain and stirs something within my soul that makes something inside me come alive. If you read nothing else this year, please pick up a copy of Sorta Like a Rock Star or Boy21. Please do not miss this great read.