Rules To Rock By
By Josh Farrar
You’d never guess it now, but Annabelle Cabrera used to be a rock star. And not like her mom or dad called her a “total rock star” after she won a spelling bee or something. She was a real rock star, the bassist of Egg Mountain, the most popular band in the New York music scene. But when her parents uproot her from Brooklyn and move her to Rhode Island so they can record their own album, Annabelle feels lost. Starting a new band isn’t as easy as she’d hoped, the school’s rival band is a bunch of bullies, and her parents are so immersed in recording that they’re completely neglecting Annabelle and her younger brother. How can Annabelle truly make herself heard
This Blonde’s Review:
Annabelle is determined to have her own rock band. She just moved and can no longer be part of the most popular band anymore. She has no friends and finding a band is harder than she expected. This is where she has to learn to compromise. She has already had a run in with the school bullies, who happen to be the area’s big band and are her competition, but gets lucky when she stumbles across Johnny playing the guitar. He flat out refuses to consider joining her band, but he does offer to help her. He introduces her to an awesome piano player who is willing to join in, and agrees to practice with them ‘for now’. Now Annabelle is on her way.
If only her parents were less concerned with their Indie Band and more concerned with Not leaving Annabelle stuck at home with her little brother.
As Annabelle works at getting her band together with encouragement and tips from her old bandmate, she has lessons she still has to learn. Like how to step out of the spotlight and recognize that her best place in the band might not be where she thinks it is. She has to deal with the betrayal of one of her bandmates as well.
Annabelle is a strong character though. She doesn’t give up and fights to make her dreams come true. In a battle of the bands, she wins in all the ways that matters.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved that after hitting it big and losing it, Annabelle was fighting to make it happen again. Even with her faults, she didn’t let it get her down for long. The way they handled the incident at the battle of the bands was wonderful!
These kids didn’t seem like sixth graders to me, more like 8th graders maybe. Feeling the author put them in the wrong age group would really annoy some readers, so that could be a consideration for you. I don’t really think about it unless it’s an important part of the story, so I was able to enjoy the story anyway.
This was a great story about a girl working her way towards her dreams and the things she has to learn before she can make it there. If it sounds good to you go pick it up!