(Website, Blog, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by HarperTeen on September 24, 2013
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
When you fall in love with a rock star, anything can happen. . . .
Libby In an instant, Libby's life went from picture-perfect to a nightmare. After surviving a terrible car accident, Libby is abandoned by her father and left with her controlling aunt. A new town, a new school, no friends—Libby is utterly alone. But then she meets Peter.
Peter The lead singer in a rock band with his brothers, Peter hates that his parents overly manage his life.
Constantly surrounded by family, Peter just wants to get away. And when he meets Libby, he's finally found the one person who only wants to be with him, not the rock star.
But while Peter battles his family's growing interference in both his music and his personal life, Libby struggles with her aunt, who turns nastier each day. And even though Libby and Peter desperately want to be together, their drastically different lives threaten to keep them apart forever.
Libby Sawyer’s life used to be picture-perfect, but it quickly changed when her father left her with her wretch of an aunt after the fatal car crash that killed her mother and sister. She’s an outsider with an overbearing guardian that makes it even more difficult to make friends. Then she meets Peter. But Peter isn’t some ordinary guy whose family is making a quick detour in her small town—he’s Peter Jamieson from the popular band Jamieson. Unlike Libby, Peter is constantly surrounded by his family and is suffocating under the pressure of his rock star life. When their worlds collide, this unlikely duo may be just what the other needs, or they may be heading down a precarious one-way street.
If you’re looking for a book to get lost in, this is the perfect one to dive into. I realized by the first couple of chapters that I was going to love this book. Libby’s tragic story and Peter’s confusing life played well together and included many difficult situations. Contemporary Young Adult Romance is a genre that I readily enjoy escaping to, and the journey is always more enjoyable when the author adds depth to the characters’ journeys.
Rock and a Hard Place was told in third person limited and only followed the thoughts and actions of Libby and Peter. I felt like the story being told from both their eyes added a certain quality to it that would not have been there if Stanton had stuck to only one of their stories.
The timeline of the novel was interesting. Since the romance between Peter and Libby starts so spontaneously, Stanton dove right into the secret dates and longing gazes as the two had a short friendship that easily blossomed into something more. At the beginning, their relationship was long distance, and the times when they were apart were more condensed than when they were together. However, the brief glimpses into each of their lives allowed me to get to know the characters for who they were as individuals. The book focused on pivotal, quintessential moments that effected who they were and how their stories intertwined. There were a lot of major events that took place in a book that didn’t quite reach 300 pages. I had to keep in mind the many weeks or months that passed from chapter to chapter, but once I had a grasp on it, the evolution of the events made perfect sense.
The first installment of the Jamieson Brother Novels yanked at my heartstrings. By the time I had recovered from one heartbreaking revelation, something else happened to bring me right back into the mix.
Your heart will break a dozen times, and you’ll be wishing for a romance like Peter and Libby’s to pick you right back up.