Review: Girl with Guitar by Caisey Quinn00:00
Author: Caisey Quinn
Date of publication: 22 May 2013
Genre: New Adult
My rating: 3 stars
After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy step-mother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true. Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and as a lover of stories about musicians I was very excited to read it. It was a quick light read perfect for a day at the beach.
It is a story about Kylie, a young girl dreaming to make it big on the country music scene, meeting Trace, country music star on a downward spiral of drinking to escape his problems. It is a rather cliché love story about an innocent girl taming/saving a bad boy musician. Very much as expected with the development of the story it turns out that she is not so sweet and naive and he is not the bad boy everybody thinks he is.
What made this book work for me was the cute way it was written. It is told from Kylie's POV and she is a fun, upbeat character, full of determination and cute sense of humour. She was both innocent and naive and at the same time strong enough to make it on her own.
I liked Trace as well. He had his bad moments but ultimately he was just a good guy struggling both with his past and his present under the spotlight.
There was some going back and forth in the relationship between Kylie and Trace in the second half of the book which I didn't like very much. Some of the things they did were completely illogical for me. Trace brought Mia (another musician he was previously involved with) to Kylie's birthday party, treating her as his date and later he told Kylie that he just wanted to introduce Mia to her. Kylie also acted rather stupid when earlier the same morning Tracewanted to get back together with her but she just rejected him for no reason at all.
I liked the way the book was written, the inclusion of song lyrics was nice. It is a good début novel for Caisey Quinn. The story of Kylie and Trace continues in the next book in the series, Girl on Tour, which will be released on 27 August.