Monday, June 11, 2012

Rock God: The Legend of BJ Levine by Barnabas Miller

B.J. has just moved from Cleveland to New York City.  Luckily for him, his best friend has moved there as well but they are still a bit nerdy to be part of the cool crowd at school.  One day B.J.'s parents are visited by an old biker named Merv who has an angry, quiet conversation with them.  When he leaves, B.J. sees Merv drop a small notebook.  When B.J. reads it, he finds that it contains several steps that need to be followed to become a Rock God in just a week.  B.J. decides to follow the steps, the first of which is forming a band.  He recruits his best friend Kevin, a girl named Layla who pounds the drums, and Jann Solo, an amazing guitarist.  He also steals his dad's song to play in order to get discovered.  Within a few days the band is on an (accidental) road trip trying to become famous while eluding the gang of bikers who are following them.  This is a fun book.  The events in it strain believability but if you just stop trying to make it all work out, it's a fun ride!