“Dreams can change histories and songs can alter destinies…”-Paul, How to Kill a Rock Star
Title: How to Kill a Rock Star
Author: Tiffanie DeBartolo
My Thoughts: This is the story of a music journalist named Eliza and a singer/songwriter named Paul and how their love for rock n’ roll brought them together.
I had no idea what this book was about when I started it. I mainly chose to read it because of its catchy title ( I have a thing for books that involve music) and I also liked the cover. The story is told in the form of journal entries. It starts out being told from Eliza’s POV and her interaction with the famous rock n’ roll artist Doug Blackman. He has been her idol since like forever and she ends up “running” into him in an elevator and she ends up breaking down and telling him her whole life story. We learn that at the age of 14, Eliza’s parents died in a plan crash which led her fears of planes. At the age of 16, she suffered with depression and attempted to commit suicide by cutting her wrist. She ends up getting an interview with the legendary artist and she gets offered a job at a music magazine in New York City. Her older brother, Michael, and best friend and Michael’s girlfriend, Vera, also live in New York City. Eliza ends up moving into their old apartment with their roommate Paul.
The story is also told from Paul’s POV. Paul is kind of a mystery because we don’t know much about his past, other than both his parents died from cancer and that a few years ago he tried to commit suicide. We also learned that Paul Hudson is not even his real name (hint, hint). Paul is the lead singer for the band Bananafish and Eliza’s brother, Michael, is a member of the band along with two other guys named Michael. Eliza and Paul’s love for music brings them together and they fall in love and five months later, they get engage.
We are then introduced to another character named Loring (Lori) Blackman, Doug’s son. What is interesting is that his part of the story is told from third person and I was a little put off because it felt a weird going from first person to third person. Anyway, I immediately didn’t like Lori because I knew he was going to do something to mess up the flow of the book and he did when we learn that he has feelings for Eliza. I’m not too big on love triangles in books, they kind of annoy me and the girl usually ends up with the first guy in the end anyways so I don’t particularly see the point in them.
Things kind of escalate after Lori comes in. Paul does not want to go on tour and leave Eliza behind so (SPOILER ALERT): Eliza kisses Lori in hopes of pushing Paul to go on tour, which ends up working a little too well. I wanted to slap Eliza when she did that, like really you had to cut him that deep? We see this back and forth with Eliza, where she still loves Paul, but she tries to give Lori a chance, but deep down she still wants to be with Paul and after a series of events, Paul and Eliza end up spending the night together and I was all like YESSS! they are back together and its going to be a happy ending, but no. I spoke to soon. (SPOILER ALERT): The next morning, Eliza wakes up to find that Paul has committed suicide.
I won’t go into the ending, but I will say that the book is far from over after that point (even though I was done with the book after that point!). I did not see that ending coming. I had to pause and think for a minute but it does start to make sense if we look at some of the little details that Paul tells us about himself and his life before Bananafish. I really liked this book because of ending. Although Paul and Eliza relationship may have started out like your typical love story, it certainly does not end like one and I think that’s what makes this book so good.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!