Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen (4.24.2012)
eARC, 245 pages
In Meagan Brothers's Supergirl Mixtapes, a music-obsessed girl travels to New York City to find herself. After years of boredom in her rural South Carolina town, Maria is thrilled when her father finally allows her to visit her estranged artist mother in New York City. She’s ready for adventure, and she soon finds herself immersed in a world of rock music and busy streets, where new people and ideas lie around every concrete corner. This is the freedom she’s always longed for—and she pushes for as much as she can get, skipping school to roam the streets, visit fancy museums, and flirt with the cute clerk at a downtown record store.
But just like her beloved New York City, Maria’s life has a darker side. Behind her mother’s carefree existence are shadowy secrets, and Maria must decide just where—and with whom—her loyalty lies.
I gave this book 2 stars (it was ok) even though it wasn’t ok for me because I didn’t really like it at all. But there wasn’t anything fundamentally wrong with it except for the simple fact that it wasn’t for me. There was pretty much nothing happening for the first 3/4 of the book except a bunch of music jargon – all stuff about bands/singers I either a) don’t like, b) don’t give an ass rat’s about, or c) have never even heard of. So all the talk about music that I’m not into really dragged the story down for me. Until the last quarter or so, that’s basically all the book was about. I was bored for the majority of it, but kept reading in hopes of something happening. It never did.
In addition to not being able to connect to the story line, I also couldn’t connect with the characters. The main character…Maria (had to look it up, already forgot) has to go through some pretty terrible stuff, but I never felt the empathy I should have for her and her situation. I couldn’t relate to her and I felt very detached emotionally.
Anyone who is big into the Eagles, Nirvana, and Patti Smith would love this book. If you don’t care, maybe not. But if you were planning to read this, don’t scrap the idea just because of me. Who knows, maybe you’ll love it like I wanted to. It just wasn’t for me.
I did manage to get a funny quote out of it:
”You know what you get when you play a country song backwards? You get your truck fixed, your dog comes back to life, and your mama gets out of prison.”
There was little to no plot at all.
Writing Style: 3/5
I had trouble getting through because I was so bored with it.
I absolutely adore the cover, it’s probably my favorite out there. Pity.
Overall rating: 2/5 starfish
Not for me – probably best for older music fanatics.