May 31, 2012
Amplified by Tara Kelly
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Review Source: Library
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . .
In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified.
I loved 'Harmonic Feedback', so I was really excited to read 'Amplified', especially when I kept reading such great reviews for it. 'Amplified' ended up being just as good as I expected, and a lot of fun to read. The band aspect of the book was awesome. Tara Kelly is basically synonymous with music in my mind because you can just tell how much she loves it by how she describes it. All of the band members were lively and fun, and I loved the friendship connection that occurred between Veta and Jasmine.
And then the romance... omigosh, the romance. Spine tingly connection!! I just have to squee about Sean and Jasmine, because I adored their automatic love/hate chemistry, the slow flirting and growing admiration into something more. I loved how it was swoony and realistic at the same time. There were real feelings there, but no rushing into declarations because of both characters dealing with real situations.
I just really loved this book. It kept me up late despite having to get up early for work, and really, what could be a better sign of a good book than that? ‘Amplified’ is a feel good music romp with an awesome romance aspect as well.
Love! Especially in person.
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