Thu, February 23, 2012

DJ Rising by Love Maia Review

DJ Rising by Love Maia book cover

DJ Rising
By Love Maia

Publish date: Feb. 6, 2012
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 304 pages
Source: Publisher

The first thing I hear is music. The first thing I’ve always heard is music.

Meet Marley, an unassuming high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen. In between caring for his heroin-addicted mother, and keeping his scholarship at a fancy prep school, he dreams of becoming a professional DJ.

When chance lands Marley his first real DJ job, his career as “DJ Ice” suddenly skyrockets. But when heart-rending disaster at home brings Marley crashing back down to earth, he is torn between obligation and following his dreams.

— description

Wow oh wow, this book was fabulous.

I don’t know why this surprises me — I always, always love books about music. Maybe I’m surprised because I don’t read a lot of male point-of-view books or, frankly, serious books. And that “heroin-addicted mother” part in the description, well, scared me!

But it was a passionate and well-written story about how a boy’s love of music inspired him to go after his dreams — no matter how far out of reach they seemed. It captivated me enough that I devoured it in a two-hour sitting. Music lovers will adore this debut novel.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: family, love maia, male POV, music


  1. Birdys books said:

    Sounds interesting!


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  2. Tara said:

    AGH another BEA book I need to still need to read!


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  3. Katie said:

    Yay! I’ve had DJ Rising on my library list, but I was about to cancel the hold b/c I’ve just read so much urban, contemporary lit lately. You’ve convinced me that it will be worth the read 🙂 Thanks!


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  4. VeganYANerds said:

    Books about music are usually a lot of fun and it’s something almost everyone can relate to, I’m going to keep an eye out for this book!


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  5. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    This book looks pretty darn awesome, cover-wise and story-wise. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I do want to check it out now!


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