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Publisher's Summary

A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde's quirky and utterly relatable novel.

As a rock star drummer in the hit band the Brightsiders, Emmy King's life should be perfect. But there's nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital, she's branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

Jen Wilde, author of Queens of Geek, which Seventeen called "the geeky, queer book of our dreams", is back with a brand new cast of highly diverse and relatable characters for her fans to fall in love with.

©2018 Jen Wilde (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Not a great start..

It starts off with cops being the usual bastards they can be and they are not even being called out by the author.

Seriously not in the mood for this shit.

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cute novel

could do without the narrator trying to sing if she did just read the words it would have been much better or at least have somebody narrate who could sing and maybe have some music in the background but otherwise a cute story

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cute story terrible narration

the story itself is cutesy easy to listen to except for one thing the the narrator's Australian accent keeps popping out throughout the story it's very distracting. the narrator uses different voices for different characters but seems to have forgotten which voice she used for which character and is sometimes hard to follow who is speaking.

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Horrible voice acting

I had to stop listening half way through this book because the voices were that bad. The “Brooklyn” accent is awful and sometime turns into an Elmer Fudd voice.

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Great performance

I have had a hard time with some audible books because truly - the storyline can be amazing but if the narrator isn’t on point, it can ruin a good book. The Brightsiders caught my eye as I was getting ready to hop on a flight to Seattle. I wanted an easy read and so I started it. The storyline is good - although not my normal read, I enjoyed it and truly enjoyed the narrative. The subject matter was out of my area of expertise, but it was entertaining and I did find myself feeling with the main characters. More for the young adult crowd, this 40 year old mother of two enjoyed the story and found myself jamming out with the female drummer desperately looking to be in charge of her young life all while surrounded by a curious and supportive cast of friends. Enjoyable read!

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Don’t mess with the girl with purple lipstick!

Feel-good anthem for diversity.
We old fogies can pass the torch with confidence. These kids continue to push the boundaries of awareness and acceptance.

Superior performance by Katherine Littrell.

Don’t mess with the girl with purple lipstick!

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fun story, narrator not so good

The story was sweet and fun, but I struggled with the narrator. Their attempt at a Brooklyn accent was comically bad. And their natural accent, maybe Massachusetts, kept slipping in, which just didn't fit the MC's southern California background.

There were also a lot of audio glitches, especially during the flirty scenes, so I missed parts of their banter

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A beautiful book

This book is amazing and everything I needed as a queer teen. I wish I had this book back then. Such a heartwarming, thoughtful and fun book.

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Super Cute

I needed something with some happy feel good vibes and although this touches on some serious topics, I loved the story!

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Great story minus the singing parts

Would have preferred the author to just read the song lyrics. The singing was very off putting. If you skip over the singing you don’t miss anything - the story is cute and worth the read

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Good story for LGBTQ+ young people & friends

The overall story is fairly good with a great message but the narrator speaks at a relentless pace, which she hardly varies, and does not bring any much needed warmth to the characters. She is quite good at the different voices of the various characters but her singing is really, really bad. The song's tunes - such as they are - are terrible and the lyrics - supposedly by an edgy, punk band - sound very bland and mainstream at best. Whoever produced this audiobook did not think it through properly which is a shame.