Mon, February 27, 2012

Amplified by Tara Kelly Review

Amplified by Tara Kelly book cover

Amplified
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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: music, romance, tara kelly
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  1. Tara said:

    I can personally say that you are not tone deaf, especially when it comes to Celine Dion and the Backstreet Boys 🙂 But YES to Amplified, such a great book.

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  2. Susannah said:

    Have you read Lament and Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater?

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  3. Anna said:

    @Susannah — No I haven’t, shockingly, considering how much I love her other books! Should I?

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  4. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    So glad you loved this book as much as I did 🙂 Sean! Forever & always!

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  5. VeganYANerds said:

    I’ve had this book on my to-read list for SO long, I’m glad to know that it’s as good as the blurb makes it sound!

    And yes, Lament + Ballad are beautiful books!

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  6. Tara @ Hobbitsies said:

    YES! I loved Amplified too! I am such a Tara Kelly fan girl. Have you read her other book, Harmonic Feedback? So so so eyeopening.

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  7. A. Knight said:

    I love getting emotionally attached to characters, so much so that they become the biggest part of your reasoning to go on with the book. Plus, I like the name Jasmine 😉

    Asher

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  8. Jasmine Rose said:

    I can’t wait to read this one. Not only do I enjoy music books, but how can I resist a book when I share a name with the MC?!

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  9. jen said:

    yes and yes and yes. passion. fiery. LOVE.

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