Saturday, January 12, 2013

Skid Out by Ann Frohoff



Titolo/ Title: Skid Out
Autore/ Author: Ann Marie Frohoff
Series: Heavy Influence Trylogy #0.5
Casa Editrice/ Publisher: self-published
Published: 12th September 2012
Pagine/ Pages: 46
Genere / Genre: prequel, novella, young adult, contemporary
Link: Amazon.it, Amazon.com, Goodreads
Rating: 

Sommario:  Una novella prequel alla stuzzicante trilogia Heavy Influence su un amore giovanile tra una rockstar nascente e la sua giovanissima musa. Seguite il loro viaggio tra la tentazione, la delusione e l'amore proibito. 

Skid Out è una novella molto breve (circa 46 pagine), prequel a un libro che tra poco uscirà, First Kiss. E ovviamente finisce sul più bello e io ho bisogno di sapere come continua perché… facciamo un passo indietro e ricominciamo.

Protagonisti della storia sono Jake e Alyssa. Jake è in una band che ha un discreto successo, è un ragazzo alquanto interessante dal punto di vista fisico (e infatti ha attratto l'attenzione di ben più di una ragazza) e Alyssa è una ragazza giovanissima che deve cominciare il liceo e che sta appena cominciando a notare i ragazzi. E ovviamente finisce per notare il suo vicino di casa, musicista, bello e più grande. 

La storia, narrata dal punto di vista di Jake e di Alyssa, sembra carina e promette bene. Mi piace molto il ruolo prominente della musica e ho un debole per i musicisti, quindi Jake mi intriga, anche se sembra proprio il classico str… ahem, classico ragazzo che ti spezza il cuore. Alyssa invece è la tipica adolescente che sta per prendersi una cotta colossale. Sarà interessante vedere come andrà a finire questa cosa.

Per quanto riguarda lo stile narrativo sono rimasta… sorpresa. Ora, devo essere sincera? Il linguaggio mi ha stupito. Nonostante i protagonisti siano adolescenti, ci sono parecchie parolacce e molte allusioni al sesso, cosa che solitamente non accade molto negli YA. Certo, l'ho trovato parecchio realistico. Insomma, è molto più probabile che gli adolescenti parlino in quel modo che con un linguaggio perfetto, no?

Il finale della storia invece è irritante. Perché? Perché finisce proprio quando le cose si fanno interessanti? Non vale! Non si può! Ovviamente leggerò il primo libro di questa serie, perché mi ha stuzzicato e voglio vedere come prosegue.

Cosa carinissima, la storia ha in allegato un mp3 musicale, quindi si può proprio dire che la musica gioca un ruolo fondamentale in questa serie! Graditissimo e molto apprezzato! 

La frase che mi ha colpito:

"I don't think I'm cool enough to eat here."

Il libro è attualmente inedito in Italia.




Synopsis: A novella prequel to the edgy Heavy Influence Trilogy about young, intense and reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse. Follow their journey through temptation, deception & forbidden love.
17 year old high school senior, Jake Masters, front man of a rising rock band, finds new interest in his younger freshman next door neighbor Alyssa Montgomery. Their relationship breaks hearts; stirs jealousy and band infighting. When they’re brought to new found awareness of body and soul, will rightful boundaries be crossed? Will the right decisions and choices, which are detrimental to the band and its future, be made through the haze of infatuation? Will Jake’s absences on the road lead to another filling his shoes? Jake and Alyssa’s lifelong friendships are strained and tested; secrets are kept, admitted and shared. Family bonds are broken, as others grow stronger. Who knew a first love could cause so many problems? Then again, in their eyes, there are no problems as long as they’re together. In the end, will his new found muse bring down everything he’s worked so hard to achieve or will she inspire positive creative change; that will carry him and his band to stardom.


Skid Out is a novella (it's around 46 pages) and it's a prequel to a novel soon to be released, First kiss. And obviously it ends when things really start to get interesting and I need to know how it goes on because… okay, wait, let's start again.

The main characters of the story are Jake and Alyssa. Jake is a senior, is in a band which has a good success and he's a quite interesting boy when it comes to looks (and that's why he attracted the attention of more than a girl). Alyssa is a very young girl that has to start high school and who is starting to notice guys. And obviously she notices her neighbor Jake, a musician, a cute musician and older than her.

The story is narrated by the point of view of Jake and Alyssa and it's nice. I think there's a lot more in store for us in the novel. I love the role music plays (and it's a big one) and I've always had a weak spot for musicians, so Jake is really intriguing. Okay, he seems like a jerk ready to break your heart, but that's okay. Alyssa is the typical teenager and she's about to get a huge crush. Can't wait to see how the thing will play out.  

As far as narration is concerned, I was kind of… surprised. To be honest, the language wasn't quite what I expected. I'm not being negative, it's just that reading many YA books, I've always noticed that language is not very often as… let's say direct, yes… so, as direct as it usually is in real life. There are quite a lot of swear words and innuendos and I felt it was really realistic. Teens do speak that way (at least in here) so I felt it was a good choice.

The ending is really annoying, though. Why? Because there's a huge cliffhanger! It ends when things get interesting! That's not fair! I want more! OF COURSE I'll be reading the first book of this series, because the novella made me want to know more.

Oh, there's an mp3 coming together with the novella. Isn't that wonderful? I really feel music is important in this story and I loved it!

My favourite quote:

"I don't think I'm cool enough to eat here."


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