By Tara Kelly
Publish date: Oct. 25, 2011
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 304 pages
Source: Borrowed from Ginger
When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she’s the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn’t think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . .
In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified.
— Amazon.com description
I am practically tone deaf, and I know nothing about music other than “I like this” or “I don’t like this.” But, in Amplified, Tara Kelly made me want to learn.
I couldn’t relate to any of it, from the technical terms to the type of music Jasmine plays in this book, but it was told with such passion that you just had to follow along and to root for this character and her love of music.
By the end, I was completely attached to Jasmine and her very emotional journey. This book is filled with passion and angst and tears and, yes, loooooove.
I keep using the word “passion,” but there’s no other way to put it. From her love/hate relationship with one of her bandmates/roommates, to her struggles with family to her love of music, Jasmine is a fiery girl. She’s a fighter, and her story was such a strong, enjoyable read.