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This story is about a girl who becomes obsessed with a budding rock musician who want to make it big, but when his career does not take of and the two are forced to settle down, she becomes aware of his true nature and intentions which are not in her best interest. Evie Decker is an overweight and lonely teenager who becomes obsessed with an up coming rock star but realizes there is more to people once you get to know them while solving her own issues. She takes to a nineteen year old musician known as Bertram "Drumstrings" Casey. She does not listen to a lot of music but there is just something about him, plus it distracts her from the boring life that she lives with her father who is emotionally distant. She takes more of an interest in "Drumstrings" and starts to attend his concerts with a girl named Fay Jean Lindsey and Violet Hayes.
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When Evie sees another girl jump on to the stage and start to dance with him, she goes to the bathroom stall and emerges with his last name 舛asey', carved on her forehead backwards so he can read it. Everyone is shocked including 船rumstrings' and he has no interest in her, but accepts the attention because her stunt increases publicity. She is also aided by the band manager, David Elliott in the subsequent shows to display her mark for the publicity. 船rumstrings' also wants to make enough money so that he can get out of the seemingly imprisoning town.

Evie's father tries to have a surgeon take the mark off but he is too defeated to be a proper parent. The attention that Evie's scar is getting wanes and 船rumstring's popularity begins to go down which negatively affects his career. He gets into a fight in a bar and his father kicks him out of the house. When this happens he turns to Evie and proposes saying that he can rent a farm shack in the country. She was too naive and accepts the offer but discovers the other side of Drumstrings'. Having lost his musical and market edge, he becomes a couch potato that wants everything handed to him. Evie tries several stunts in the market to get him back on the scene but to no avail.

One time, she is executing a plan to fake 船rumstrings' kidnapping to get him on the radar, but she gets a call stating her father is in the hospital after a heart attack. When she gets there, she is told he is already dead. At this time, Evie declines to even see the body and returns to the shack. She finds Drumstrings' in bed with Fay Jean. She chases her away and tells him she is pregnant and that the best thing to do would be to move to the family home left by her father. 船rumstrings' declines and Evie goes to the house with her mind set to take care of the baby and sort out her life.
Best part of story, including ending: I like the story because it shows the reality of a musicians life and reveals the falsehood of some assumptions. There is also a certain reality about people's true natures.

Best scene in story: I like the scene in chapter 15 when Evie is told by Mrs Harrison that her father died when she arrives at the hospital. She opts not to see him and retreats within herself not wanting any human contact for a while. It was one of the only times that she showed honest emotion which was not delusional or obsession.

Opinion about the main character: I do not like that the main character is a very bad judge of character having been betrayed by her boyfriend 'Drumstrings' and her friend Fay Jean.

The review of this Book prepared by Nicholas Waithaka a Level 3 Eurasian Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Lover is    -   chased obsessively but totally uninterested

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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