Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: The Rock Star in Seat 3A: A Novel

The Rock Star in Seat 3A: A Novel
The Rock Star in Seat 3A: A Novel by Jill Kargman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a quick beach read, perfect for summer!

Hazel’s dream came true and she got to meet the man she’d been fantasizing about for half her life. And she met him in very undesirable circumstances…bumpy plane ride where he holds her hair while she pukes in a barf bag. During the rest of the flight Finn and Hazel really hit it off and wind up have dinner while she is in Los Angeles.

Only problem, Hazel is on the verge of becoming engaged to Wylie. What’s a girl to do when the man of your dreams is presented and he seems to be as into you and you are in him?

I appreciated Hazel being honest enough with Wylie about exploring her feelings for Flynn and I appreciated that they both kept their feelings at bay until Hazel told Wylie where she was coming from. That part of the story was somewhat unrealistic. Who would do that? I honestly expected that when presented with her dream man, Hazel would have jumped him. I was pleasantly surprised when she didn’t.

Finn, for being a rock star, seemed very down to earth…which was counter to his dark brooding lyrics. He wasn’t what Hazel or I expected. But unfortunately Finn found a formula that worked for him and his music and he didn’t want to fix what wasn’t broken. I liked Finn, but was frustrated by his role of “dark brooding rock star” when he really wasn’t.

This was a fun exploration for anyone who has one of those “lists” of celebrities they get a “free pass” on should they even encounter them…ala “Friends”. And it serves as a reminder that no matter how your fantasy transpires, the reality will never quite match it. I’m looking forward to reading more from Kargman.

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