Saturday, April 20, 2013

Merch Girl (ARC) by Rebecca Lewis

I got the honor of reading this YA (ARC) novel by the talented Rebecca Lewis
Here is the background on this book:

Merch Girl

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Lacey Kind doesn’t have the guts to talk to cute boys, isn’t a size two, and would rather stay home and listen to music than go to a party. But in the summer before her first year of college, she ends up thousands of miles away from home, in the back of a tour bus, underneath the half-naked body of the hottest teen rock star in the country.

When Lacey and her best friend Trina sneak into a Boston nightclub to see their favorite band, they not only get to watch their rock gods perform for the first time, but score a chance to meet the band too. Lacey’s heart races as she comes face-to-face with her idol, nineteen-year-old lead singer, Logan Shire.

The girls charm their way into being hired to sell merchandise on Lansdowne’s first summer tour. As “merch girls” Lacey and Trina quickly find themselves transported from their ordinary, suburban life to an exhilarating few months on the road. But they soon realize that life on the road isn’t always a smooth ride...

My Thoughts

Really LOVE the cover I think it compliments the book very nicely.

This book had everything to make it YA-successful. 
The characters were well-rounded, there was a little drama, a mean girl, and a cute little love story.
Lacey is a shy, smart, sweet teenager with a best friend Trina who is her total opposite. Together they make quite the duo. 
They both end up going on tour with one of their favorite bands and have the best time of their lives. 
 They get to interact with fans, hang out with the band, and go to exclusive VIP parties... what 17 year old girl would not love that?  While they are on tour they sell the band's merchandise, which is where the term Merch girl comes from. 
Heck I am 25 and I would love to travel around the USA with one of my favorite singers, that would totally make my life.
While on tour Lacey gets quite cozy with one band member in particular and Trina gets just as cozy with another member as well. 
You are now seeing how Lacey handles not only having a boyfriend for the first time ever, but having a famous boyfriend who attracts more than enough female attention.
You watch Lacey grow from a shy girl to a girl who can stand up for herself even to her best friend and boyfriend.

BUT what happens after the tour ends? Do they stay together or go their separate ways?

This book is definitely aimed more at the pre-teen/teen age group and it is an easy/appropriate read for them.
I enjoyed reading this book BUT I thought it needed more excitement. It was too happily ever after, rainbows, and sunshine for my taste. 

If you want to check this book out for yourself it will go LIVE on May 4th... 

Author Information:

Rebecca Lewis is the author of the Young Adult novel, Merch Girl, and a lover of all things music! She's been writing stories since middle school and penned her first fanfic about a semi-popular boyband in 1997.

Her passion for music and writing brought her to Boston University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Communication, focusing on Public Relations. During her college career, she interned for various record labels in Boston and New York City, sold merch for local bands, worked at record stores, and did a whole lot of grassroots marketing.She currently resides in Florida with her husband and crazy Bahamian Potcake puppy.

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