Book Review: How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo


Name: How To Kill A Rock Star
Author: Tiffanie DeBartolo
Rating: rating-5

“Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.”

Debartolo, T. - HTKARSOk, now that I’ve had a little more time to process this book, I think I can try to write a review. Not that a couple of hours can do much with my recovery process, since I don’t think I’ll be able to recover, not entirely lol. Anyway, here it goes…

Let’s start with the story. How to Kill a Rock Star is an amazing book! I seriously recommend it to anyone looking for a love story. Well, this is the story of Eliza, a music journalist, and Paul, a musician with so much talent he could get goose bumps on everyone by only singing for 10 seconds. As he would say, ‘that’s the difference between the real stuff and the crap.’ He was only devoted to his music, his band and Eliza. And she was devoted to him and her work. But of course, happiness doesn’t last, because, as Paul said ‘happiness is a fleeting condition, not a goddamn state of mind.’ , so of course, everything had to go down. The story of these two lovebirds was completely devastating and insanely beautiful, there were some points where I had to stop reading, because my heart couldn’t take it, I was feeling everything as if it was happening to me, and for me, that’s what makes a book a good one, when the story is so well written and it is so full of emotions, you don’t just read it, you live it.

“It sounds silly, I know. But for me, the power of music rests in its ability to reach inside and touch the places where the deepest cuts lie.
Like a benevolent god, a good song will never let you down.
And sometimes, when you’re trying to find your way, one of those gods actually shows up and gives you directions.”

Now, the characters. What can I say of Paul and Eliza? First of all, Paul is perfection. He lived for the music he played and the woman he loved. Eliza, even though I hated you, for a long time… I get it! So, no hard feelings. She’s a great character and she would do anything to help Paul make it as the musician she knew he was. (Although I still think there were OTHER OPTIONS Eliza, seriously! There goes the “no hard feelings” crap) Other than these two.. There’s Loring, Loring Blackman. If you know me, you’ll know why I didn’t like him, but I have to admit he acted as a true friend to Eliza, never overstepped or tried anything less than honest and decent. So, ok, that gave him some points, but not enough.

Oh and Winkle, I can’t forget about Winkle, his caterpillar eyebrows and Winkle Records. That made me laugh. Paul sure knew how to drive that man crazy.

So yeah, this book will probably make you laugh, cry, sigh, sob, scream in either happiness or frustration. But its a goddamn must read.

I would give it 10 stars if I could.

Rating: rating-5

I just…but Paul…and and… I need a sixth star goodreads!!!

Oh my gawsh I’ve never cried so much reading before. I’m crying right now thinking about it! Brilliant brilliant brilliant! Loved this book to pieces. Everything about it, even the heartache. Ok I shall dissect now:

Paul Goddamn Hudson- I want him. I need him. I gotta have him! My Rock star sensitive soul man! I swear I was connected to this man. I was happy when he was, when he was pissed I sure was too, and I felt his hurt like someone personally just gutted me. His proposal was the BEST! What I wouldn’t give to be his betrothed. And I just seriously saw him sitting and talking into a tape recorder…. Freakin hilarious. When he kissed Winkle I thought I’d died and gone to comedy heaven

Eliza- I actually liked her. I actually could relate to her. No she didn’t make all the right decisions but who does? I like her because I totally feel like she’s a weirdo like myself. Her infatuation with Jesus was awesome. Plus you can tell she’s not infatuated with regular ol pretty guys. I’ll be sooo happy any time I hear ” bastard” from now on.

Loring- I just wanna hug him and never let go! He’s so damn perfect! The way Eliza toyed with him was an abomination. He deserves EVERYTHING

This was so unlike anything I’ve ever read. A master freaking piece! Read it seriously!


Rating: rating-5

“Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

After taking some time to process my feelings about this book, I think I’m finally ready to write this review. I don’t want to rehash the plot, I just want to focus on the characters, because that’s where the true meaning of this story lies- the real meat of it. The story is secondary.

First we are introduced to Eliza, a lover of music. Actually, it’s her passion and her job. She’s a music journalist. She lives and breathes music, which is one of the few reasons why I liked her because we share that in common. She’s a spirited and relatively confident girl, unless you mention planes and then she flips out. She has a phobia of them, has never been on one and never plans to go on one. I found this endearing, if not a little extreme. I let that pass though, because she loves music.

Then we meet Paul. Where do I start with him? He’s in a band with Eliza’s brother. He’s super passionate about music, so instantly I love him. Music is literally his life. When Eliza and Paul meet, their connection becomes too strong to resist, even though her brother told Paul to stay away from her. Fat chance of that happening.

“Eliza has the sky in her eyes and I’ve always wanted to touch the goddamn sky.”

Of course, nothing can stay golden for long. This is the part where I got angry, and stayed angry for the rest of the book. I was ranting to my friend Daniela about it (because she had already read it) but she told me to keep reading. And I did. And I wanted to strangle her and hug her, all at the same time. This book is not for the faint of heart. Other reviewers said they ugly cried, but I didn’t. I think I was too pissed to cry.

The ending, however, made it all worth it. I’ve decided I do love this book, because it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. People make mistakes, and we learn from them. People are flawed, and that’s why this book is beautiful. The writing, the characters, the music, all comes together to create a tragically captivating story.

So for Paul, and his defunct pancreas, I give this book 5 stars because“The power of music rests in its ability to reach inside and touch the places where the deepest cuts lie.”

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