Clementine Calloway is like many young teens. She loves her best friend, Esther. She had a major crush on Gabriel Farthing, the hottest guy at Beverly Hills Private School. She wishes her mom would let her wear more make-up and get hair extensions. While her mom takes the traditional approach to parenting, her mother is anything but traditional. She is a world-famous rock star.
When the school year ends, Clementine takes the opportunity to spend two weeks with her pen-pal on Chebeague Island, Maine. But as soon as she gets there, she realizes just how different life is there from her home in Beverly Hills. Without cell phone service, texting or even a computer, Clementine could be in for a nightmare or something that will change her life forever.
Clementine Calloway is anything but an average teenager. She attends a private school where it’s common to meet the son of world known basketball player or the daughter of a famous actress. She lives in a huge house, has a nanny/maid and to top it all off, her mom is a rockstar. We are talking a major rock star, whose songs are commonly played on the radio and everyone knows her. Clementine Calloway’s life seems pretty perfect.
While feeling neglected from her mom and stressed from the popularity contests at school, Clementine finds an out. After conversing with pen-pal, Morgan, for many months, Clementine’s teacher takes Clementine and fellow student, Leon, to Maine to go visit their pen-pals. From there, self-identity and fun and reckless adventures fill the pages in this inspiring young adult novel.
Have you ever had a moment where you just craved a fun and relaxing read? Something to get you away from the vampires, werewolves and all the other spooky things that go bump in the night. That is exactly what happened to me with My Mother is a Rockstar. As soon as I opened the book to the first page, I found myself devouring every word. It was so light and friendly, an escape from everything else, that I could not handle setting the book down.
Even though I loved reading this novel, I found that I really did not like the character of Clementine. I think that this might be because of my age. Being in my early twenties, I found it hard to relate with Clementine’s character. I could not muster up the strength to tolerate her outburts and tantrums. While reading this book, though, I could not help but think about how I would want my own child to read this novel. I think that this book would greatly appeal to children around the ages of eleven to fifteen . My Mother is a Rockstar is such a light, friendly, pg read, that I believe every child should have the opportunity to read this novel.
One thing I really liked about this novel was how smooth it stayed throughout. I was nervous that with two writers the writing would change and the storyline would get choppy. However, the Drew sisters proved me wrong. In fact, I found it hard to believe that there were two writers. They stayed so consistant with eachother, it was almost like they blended into one person. I believe that this is an amazing skill to have, and I hope that it will stay that way throughout the rest of Clementine’s adventures.
In the end, I was not left disappointed. I realized early on that I was a bit too old for this novel. However, I still enjoyed the lightness of it. Following around a child was a bit difficult at times, but Clementine’s adventures simply became addicting. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. When she finally arrived in Maine, there were so many obstacles in her path, and I could not help but think that Clementine’s adventures could easily be those of another child. I would highly recommend this book to any parent or young teenager. I think that this is a great book for parents to share with their children, as the message it brings about is most inspiring. Would I recommend this book to someone my own age? Probably not, unless that person really wanted a light, friendly read. However, parents and young teenagers alike would greatly benefit from this novel.
Publication Date: October, 2011
Format: Finished Copy
Rating: [rating: 3]
Teaser Quote: “And then there’s me, Clementine Constantine Borealis Calloway. I’m tiny for my age, thirteen. I’m way too skinny. I guess I dress OK, although my best friend Esther says I haven’t found the style that expresses my inner spirit yet. My hair is to my chin; my mom says I’m too young for extensions, but my hair is too thin to grow long. It’s dark blond, but I wish it was light blond like my mom’s. Mom says that when I turn fifteen, we can talk about chemical changes to my hair….Oh, and did I mention that my mother is a world-famous rock star?”