Thursday, October 18, 2012

Book Review: Overnight Sensation by Hal Eisenberg

Title: Overnight Sensation
Author: Hal Eisenberg
Links: Website | Blog
Publisher: Bells and Castanets
Publication Date: July 28th 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 238
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Buy it: Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Summary from Goodreads;
Fifteen year-old Jonah Levine is practically invisible at Applecrest High. His Facebook page is pathetic, his baseball skills are mediocre at best, and his IQ seems to drop 50 points when talking to girls. But everything changes when his rock band, Hitstreak, becomes the hottest teen sensation in the country. And now they’re about to perform in front of 15,000 screaming fans?
So why isn’t he jumping for joy?
Well, for starters, that hit on the radio wasn’t really recorded by his band. In fact, six months ago, he and his friends could barely play a note between them. And now they’re about to perform in front of 15,000 screaming fans. What begins as a mindless prank quickly spins out of control, involving his father’s secret past as a 70’s rocker, a high school bully who wants in on the action, and a powerful, ruthless, media mogul who will stop at nothing to claim the band as his own. Will Jonah prevail? Or will he and his band go down in flames and become the biggest farce in pop music history?

This novel was a very unique and intriguing read. It was everything I wasn't reading at that moment. Realistic, in a male's pov, and it was about a band. Did I still want to read it? Um, yeah! Since when doesn't anyone want to read about getting famous because of their dad? I know I did. I have to admit, the resolution wasn't very descriptive. I think a little more could have done the trick though. The plot was really unique though and I actually found myself enjoying the novel because of it and also because of the friends and their witty, sarcastic comments. I would laugh at their comments as I read on and it was a great addition to the novel. It was a tad unrealistic but in this case, it worked out okay.
Jonah was an interesting character. I wasn't too attached to him but his point of view was enjoyable to read from. I did like how his relationship with his friends and family got closer and stronger throughout the book. It was interesting to see how they developed and the relationships that were formed throughout the book; family wise, romance wise, and friend wise. I admit, I would have liked to learn more about the characters but what was given to the reader was intriguing enough on its own.  I enjoyed reading about the new friends made and the crazy costume making mom of one of the friends.  Overall, the characters were all interesting to learn about and they all had personalities and traits that were their own.
The romance was there but it wasn't the main focus. I personally liked the romance, it was alright. I would have liked to have seen more chemistry between the characters but I understand, considering it wasn't the main point of the novel.
The ending was nice and while there were some twists, I would've liked to seen more drama which could have climaxed into the ending and made the ending way more satisfying and interesting.

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