This book was constantly recommended to me by my OverDrive app so I thought I would finally give it a listen. What I read was certainly not what I expected and not in a good way. I expected to be wowed like other readers but that just did not happen for me.
Blake Morrison is the son of a rock and roll star but not everything is great in Blake’s life. His father is constantly in and out of rehab, his sister is a star only in her own mind, his girlfriend is a gold digger. What Blake really wants more than anything is not to become like his dad and get away from his crazy family. This is where the story really lost me… because magically Blake gets his wish when he discovers that…. *DRUMROLL*… he is adopted!
*queue jazz hands*
I should have been more interested in the story but I could not. It was one story of convenient plot lines. Everything that Blake wanted to happen conveniently happened.
-He wanted to not be like his dad? BOOM. He discovered he is adopted. He wanted to leave town? *BOOM*
-He wants to find out who his mom was. *BOOM* Easy peasy after two phone calls.
-He is able to travel to AFRICA as a MINOR with no issue.
-He wants to make this trip without having to explain everything to his girlfriend. *BOOM* She is caught cheating on him.
See what I mean about convenient plot lines? Nothing is ever that easy. Give me a break.
The characters (or character?) were so self-absorbed that I could not enjoy any part of this story. Blake came across as a self-entitled spoiled brat. He had everything he wanted and then some but it was the classic case of “grass is greener on the other side”. A small part of me did feel bad that he lost the only mother-figure he knew, but that was short lived. I just couldn’t get past how easy everything was for this boy. Many references were made to special guitars (which meant nothing to me and did not enhance the story, btw), fancy sports cars, and shopping sprees, but Blake was never grateful for any of it. He couldn’t see the forest for the trees. His sister was just as bad if not worse. She swore she was just as talented as her dad and bragged to anyone with a set of ears about how great she was. She even bought a $4k statue just for a party? I’m not here for that nonsense.
In fact, the entire delivery of the story was ridiculous. The fact that the author chose this type of character/storyline to deliver an after-school special moral was ludicrous. This character did not need to travel to freaking Africa and spend about half of the book talking about dire the situation was in certain third-world countries. This coming from a character that could get everything he ever wanted. For Pete’s Sake he has a washing machine brought in! Does this place have electricity or running water? Who is going to pay for the water/electricity? Who is going to service the machine if it breaks down? Will there be a lottery to determines who uses the machine or is it only for one person? None of it made sense. I can see what the author was trying to do but boy howdy did he miss the mark
Let’s not mention (or maybe we shall…) the fact the entire book is written in verse. Bonus for the fact that makes it a quick read but take that bonus point away because it was not fluid. The pacing is off. Some topics were drawn out much longer than they should have been (time playing games with the village kids) while others are rushed through at neck-break speed (the very ending). I found myself drifting off in thought because I simply did not care. I never connected with this story and knew it would be a flop for me.
Do I recommend? Not really, no. There was potential but it clearly was not found. I was bored and wanted it to be over quickly. I saw the ending coming a mile away but it was a long city mile of road before I got to the end. Translation: It was rough.