BACKSTAGE PASS by Gaby Triana

BACKSTAGE PASS

Age Range: 12 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Desert McGraw’s a typically whiny 16-year-old. Except that she’s the rich, oddly named daughter of a rock star named Flesh and hasn’t been off the concert-touring circuit long enough to call any place home or to make friends. Jaded by the coddled trappings of celebrity, Desert has a giant chip on her shoulder, so when her family settles in Florida where she can attend a normal high school, she immediately exhibits an arrogant sense of paranoia about the motives of strangers. Gradually, two classmates start to chip away at her stony wall: rock fan Becca, a lonely and depressed lesbian who worships Desert’s dad; and Liam, a too-good-to-be-true boy after her heart . . . and her secrets. When Desert discovers she’s being followed by a journalist, she suspects her new friends. When her own parents’ secrets are exposed, Desert’s melodramatic house-of-cards collapses, leaving her to face her true self and pick up the pieces. Desert’s narcissism makes her difficult to warm up to, and her ultimate redemption comes too quickly to be believed, even when it nearly costs her friend’s life in the two-hanky conclusion. (Fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-056017-7
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2004




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