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The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes: A story of love, loss, and rock-and-roll (edició 2021)

de Xio Axelrod (Autor)

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Títol:The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes: A story of love, loss, and rock-and-roll
Autors:Xio Axelrod (Autor)
Informació:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2021), 464 pages
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The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes (The Lillys (1)) de Xio Axelrod

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This looks like an interesting series as the various members of the Lillys, the all-girl rock group are a diverse and compelling group of characters. Toni is a strong female lead in this book and a hard-rocking guitar player from a tough background. I loved the musical tidbits the author threw in about the industry and musicians in general. Seb, her childhood crush/friend and now the band's 'manager,' is a harder sell for me. He seems weak in general, not a great complement to Toni.
The story revolves around Toni as a substitute guitar player for Candi who's messed up with drugs and bad notoriety. It's a pretty good story, but I was distracted by some poor editing that left plot holes. Stuff like: How did Toni's mother find her in a club in Philly when her only clue was a fuzzy tape of her getting into a van in NYC? I also didn't like the periodic flashbacks to young Toni and Seb which didn't add a lot to the story and could have been skipped in my opinion.
I do think there's a lot of promise here and I mostly enjoyed the book. ( )
  N.W.Moors | May 6, 2021 |

As a young child, all Antonia "Toni" Bennett knew was the love of music passed down begrudgingly from her mother who, for years, was trying to make it big as a rockstar. When her mother unceremoniously leaves Toni with her father without even a backward glance, Toni comes to the acquaintance of Sebastian Quick. Toni and Sebastian form a fast friendship over both of the love of music. They make a pact to save up enough money to one day leave their small town together. But when Sebastian disappears on Toni, she realizes the only person she can truly count on is herself.

Now, years later and Toni is scraping by as a solo act in Philadelphia, and sitting in on studio sessions as an extra player when she's able. When she's offered her dream job of buying into one of Philly's most well-regarded recording studios as a partner, Toni almost can't believe her luck, but things come crashing down when she realizes she doesn't have the money to put up for it. When an opportunity arises for Toni to audition for an up and coming female rock band, she's all in. But doing so brings her face to face with Sebastian. She can't let her unresolved feelings for Seb get in the way of her dreams, but there's no denying that there's still so much left between them.

I have never read anything by Xio Axelrod before, but the whole rock n roll premise of the book hooked me. I wasn't quite as prepared for how much romance would be in the story, so that was an unexpected, happy, surprise as well.

Getting to listen to the audiobook I always love it when we get dual narrators. In this case we have Tamika Simone narrating for Toni and Alexander Cendese narrating for Seb. I thought both of them did a great job of really making their own characters come to life and almost how seamlessly things moved from one narrator to another (after I got used to both of their voices of course).

The thing about the book for me is that even though we get Seb's point of view and learn about his life and his feelings, the book still feels dominated by Toni.

I immediately liked that we actually get to have female characters that are part of a rock group and not relegated to pop or something softer. Not that those are bad things, I just feel like I've read that story before. I enjoyed reading about these women weaving themselves within a male-dominated field of the music industry. I kind of wish the book had touched on this topic a bit more than it did.

As I said, this is Toni's story, so a lot of it deals with her rise in the music world. How hard she has worked to get where she's at and her complete love for all things music which is helped along by her natural talent. She's still relatively new in the industry and I kind of appreciated the fact that she's in it for more than the fame. She is actually not looking to be famous at all, she genuinely wants to make great music. I loved seeing how the group, The Lillys, comes together and forms this cohesive unit. You can totally feel their vibe, how much coordination and trust has to be between them in order for the music to come through. Within this structure of the group, it's also a time for Toni to become more confident in herself. I mean she knows she can play, but she's never really been given the opportunity to full express herself with her music on her own terms. In getting to the end of the story I like thinking back to where Toni was at the beginning to where she ends up. It's a magical journey.

And within this journey you have Toni and Seb. I loved all of their interactions and I'm always a sucker for a second chance romance (although there was not really any first time romance as Toni's young feelings for Seb were unknown). They had that bond and Seb broke it. I just glom onto the ideas of people coming back into our lives for a reason. They were meant to be with us in some capacity.

So while this is definitely Toni's story, there are quite a few threads left open in regards to the other members of The Lillys - specifically Lilly herself whom I hope will be the next book in this series. I cannot wait to spend more time with these women as they take the world by storm! ( )
  AmyM3317 | May 5, 2021 |
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