Thursday, December 24, 2009
Broad Street by Christine Weiser
Originally posted Friday, October 24, 2008
Fast and Fun, Girl-Band, "Broad Street", Rocks!
Broad Street is a debut novel not only for the author, but for PS Books, Regional Publishing National Voice, a division of Philadelphia Stories. Here is my review:
A debut novel for Christine Weiser. Christine knows whereof she speaks, having "been there and done that". The characters begin as "dumped" by their band member boyfriends, depressed, and lacking confidence, but getting together and forming their own band, as Kit describes it "garage rockabilly punk", with the intent to "show" the guys, and even outshine them, turns out to be exactly what they need. The characters are fun, enjoying the limelight perhaps too much, and gaining recognition as they go along. It is a story with many ups and downs that ring true in the world of rock. Playing in seedy bars, drugs, sex, wipeout drunken day-after mornings, cons, backstabbing and camaraderie, all are there, along with the constant search for replacement drummers. It's fast-paced, witty, bonding, with a sense of strength building among the girls from the start to the end of the book. The ending took me a bit by surprise. I felt the story itself was a bit crowded, in that what normally would take years seemed to take only weeks. A light, fun and quick read, this book would probably most appeal to the late teen through 20s crowd.
all-girl, band, debut, seeking fame