March 2011, Chicken House, 368 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Content: Teen idols, music industry & associated mania, fiction of the press & reality, kidnap, dysfunctional families, escapism, substance abuse, teen romance, moderate use of strong language,
Summary from Chicken House
Jody loves Jackson Gatlin. At his only UK rock concert, she’s right at the front. But when she's caught in the crush and carried back stage she has more than concussion to contend with. Throw in a menacing manager, a super-wired super-star, and a curly-wurly, and she finds herself taking home more than just a poster. It’s the accidental kidnapping of the decade. But what happens if you’ve a rock-god in your garage who doesn’t want to leave? Jody’s stuck between a rock-idol and a hard place!
Nayuleska's reason for liking Jody...none whatsoever. She's a certified nutcase, whose life is a real insight into other people like her. (Personally I just stick with adoring
Is there another character that deserves special mention? Cree - she is completely adorable, is able to comfort Jody, and also helps Jackson a little, in the way that only a young child can.
How evil/nasty is the enemy? Tricky question, since Jody's enemy was mostly herself, but Jackson's enemy was scarily nasty.
Are there plenty of plot twists and surprises? Yes - everything I guessed might happen, didn't.
One of my favourite parts was...the moment when Jody is told by her mother exactly the type of person she is (not a nice one) & when Jody sees the reality about idols (who shouldn't be idolised).
Although Jody was the opposite of me which made it hard to relate to, I give this 8/10. (The cover is funky too).
For younger readers, a hilarious kidnapping story is Missing, Believed Crazy by Terence Blacker.
For more insight into the crazy world of fame, check out Airhead by Meg Cabot, about a girl who ends up in the body of a famous model.