Girl With Guitar by Caisey Quinn
What they say:
After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy step-mother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true. Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.
New Adult. MA 17+ Content.
- ISBN: 1484835263 / ISBN13: 9781484835265
What I say: I'm not generally a country music kinda gal but I have enjoyed watching the music and backstabbing int the TV show Nashville so I decided it was about time I read Girl With Guitar.
18-year-old Kylie is a wannabe-country-music-star who has faced a pretty rubbish past couple of years. She leaves her home after her horrible stepmother throws her out and follows her dream to Nashville. After working as a waitress in a music cafe/bar she somehow finds herself supporting the bad boy of country music, Trace Corbin, on tour.
Trace is hot, rich, and an all round thorn in her side. He's arrogant, sexy and enjoying all aspects of being a music star (at least on the surface). When Kylie meets Trace he's pretty much lost; he drinks, misses shows and seems hell bent on destroying himself and his career. Kylie may lust after him but she's not prepared to put up with his crap. If he misses shows or turns up drunk it will ruin her career before she's even started.
I really liked Kylie and seeing inside her head was very insightful. She both cares for Trace and is also extremely frustrated with him. He treats her really badly at times and I loved it when she stood up to him; their banter was brill! She is an interesting combination of immature (well she is a teenager) and a mature adult, which made for a fun reading experience.
I hated her money-grabbing step-monster, who reminded me of the horrible Mum in the Fallen Crest series. It was really tough seeing everything she puts Kylie through and I wanted to give Trace a slap when he believed all those horrible things about Kylie (that being said I understood why he did).
Kylie's journey was an interesting one and I loved the relationship with Trace. The scenes with the musical performances and songwriting were my fav - music seemed like another character.
I wonder what happens next?!
4 Stars in my Sky!