By Tara Kelly
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805092967, 304pp.)
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
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When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . . In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified.
Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She's a YA author, one-girl-band, web designer, video editor, digital photographer, and literary agent intern. She lives in Oregon with her ten guitars, supercool bf, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.
“Jasmine is a talented guitarist and a hard worker, but her almost crippling stage fright and defensive attitude create barriers that could end her dream before it starts. She is realistically imperfect but likable, and, with time, she convinces her bandmates and herself that she is much more than a spoiled wannabe.” --School Library Journal “…readers will be rooting for her [Jasmine] and her newfound family to make it big.” --BCCB "...inspiring, heartwarming, and engaging." --VOYA “…an engaging story about a girl following her musical dreams, and readers will be drawn to Jasmine’s wit.” --Booklist “Kelly’s (Harmonic Feedback) background in music is evident in her electric descriptions of Jasmine’s evolution as a performer.” --Publishers Weekly “A treat for industrial-rock lovers; a pleasant summer read for others.” --Kirkus Reviews