(Website, Blog, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Harper Collins on September 24th 2013
Genres: Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Music, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Young Adult
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One kiss will change Marti's summer . . . forever.MartiMarti just wants a normal life. After dealing with her irresponsible rock-legend father and absentee mother, she only wants some peace . . . and fun. And that includes a summer at an exclusive arts camp.AdamFor Adam, a normal life is not possible—not when he is the lead guitarist in a rock band with his brothers. So he's thrilled to finally have an opportunity to disguise himself and live like a normal teenager at summer camp.And when Adam meets Marti, sparks fly. Between romantic bonfires and stolen kisses, they are inseparable.Then Marti discovers who Adam truly is, and her world is turned upside down. Ever since her father nearly ruined her life, she vowed never to fall for a rocker. But when tragedy strikes, Marti is forced to look within. And she discovers that maybe falling in love with a rock star is not so crazy after all.
Marti was surrounded by nothing but trouble with her rock star father and drug-addicted mother until her grandmother took her in five years ago. Going to a photography camp is just what she needs to escape and have fun, something she rarely allows herself to do. While there, she meets a curious boy named AJ. She soon learns that AJ is not who he seems to be and is actually the lead guitarist for the band Jamieson, Adam Jamieson. Adam’s life hasn’t been normal since the band started, and he decides to spend the quick two-week break at photography camp. Even though there is an obvious attraction between these two, Marti can’t let go of the rocky past with her father to let another rocker in. Adam is persistent, and when things start to spin out of control for Marti, she starts to waver on her stereotypical thinking.
After reading Rock in a Hard Place, I couldn’t wait to move onto the next book in this series. I soon discovered that you don’t have to read the books in order if you happen to pick this one up first. Snapshot had scenes with the main characters of the first book, but they were about as scarce as Adam, the brother this book reigned in on, was in Rock in a Hard Place. Those few scenes with Libby and Peter made me wonder what they were going through, and I found myself missing them. So if you happen to read Snapshot first, I highly recommend going back and reading Libby and Peter’s story (you already know how it’s going to end!).
While Adam’s story did have a few amazing scenes, I didn’t enjoy it as much. The book had a similar plot to the first one in the series:
- Girl meets boy.
- Girl falls in love with boy.
- Something devastating happens to girl.
- Oh no! They can’t see each other!
- Happily ever after.
Even though it did have a similar set up, Stanton threw in a few curve balls to make it uniquely its own. The characters were bound to have some of the same issues, because both of the male leads are from not only the same band but also the same family. I enjoyed looking at the rock star life through Adam’s eyes and seeing his family in a different light. As a result, I constantly found my mind wandering to the scenes from Peter’s book and analyzing Adam’s behavior during the calamitous events.
It took me a while to understand why Adam had such an infatuation with Marti. For nearly half of the book she struggled with her feelings for him and hid them behind blatant animosity. She became more likeable as the book progressed, and by the end I rooted for everything to work out, the two to remain a couple.
I thoroughly enjoyed delving into another Jamieson story and can’t wait to continue onto Garret’s! From his actions in the past two books, I have no idea what to expect!