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  1. Colleen Hoover Colleen Hoover says:

    This book is fiction.
    If you buy it for real tips on how to actually murder a musician, you will be disappointed.
    I ended up loving it, anyway. But I'll have to search a different genre for an actual how-to guide. That's a little annoying.

  2. Tarryn Fisher Tarryn Fisher says:

    I decided that F train stood for slow fucking chug a lug train

    My favorite line in the book. Kind of a shallow choice when you have such a buffet of great one liners and philosophical soul shakers. Raise your hand if you know of a character that can beat Paul goddamn Hudson. You can't, you ass. You can't. Don't even try. I was so bonded with Eliza that for three hundred and two pages I lived in her paper world, and kissed her rock-stars, and rode on her slow fucking chug a lug train. Man this lady can write. It's always a good book day when a deep, philosophy loving soul, writes fiction. Holy mother of pearl. I am so sad that it's over. I am so smitten with DeBartolo and her brain. She doesn't just write a story, she pumps blood into her characters and then expects us to go on living without them when she decides to be a music exec. Damn you, Tiffanie.

    I have to go, my pancreas is burning.

    Over and out.

    P.S. I'd give this book six stars if I could. How often have you heard me say that?

  3. Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* says:

    ***FIVE GODDAMN STARS - With some 'milkshake secret recipe' on top!***

    'Dreams can change histories and songs can alter destinies'

    How do you review a book like HTKARS??? Seriously, if you guys have read this gem, can you let me know how to do it without embarrassing myself?

    Let’s try… I had seen this book on GR for a while and I always thought it was just another book about a Rock Star so I wasn’t really interested, not my cuppa anymore. But then, some of the best buddies ever told me to read it. They promised this was something else, different, way better than any other Rock Star book so I decided to give it a try. I was reluctant at the beginning, I thought it was just one more love story and that’s it but there was something else. For starters, the writing style is so damn special, like reading poetry. Just plain amazing! So I kept reading and I soon started to fall in love with the characters.

    I promised myself I am not going to spoil anything in this story, just gonna tell you guys what’s this one about but that’s it. I am just gonna beg you all to read it and experience this by yourselves.

    This book tells us the story of Eliza, a young woman who is kinda lost and doesn’t know what to do with her life. She’s passionate about music and after a very lucky encounter she gets a good job that will change her life forever. And that’s why she crosses paths with Paul. That’s it, I am not gonna talk about the story anymore. I know that might not be very attractive but I hope I can convince you with my pics and with some random thoughts that this book awakened in me.

    Have you ever wished you were somebody’s Sharona??? Not literally, but have you ever wished you were THAT special person for someone? Well, I have.

    People tend to think that because you are in a relationship everything is unicorn and roses. People tend to think like is black and white but guess what? Life is also GREY. One day you might think your life is perfect the way it is but then one day you might want to change things. And there’s no one to blame, you just know you or your half need a change, right?

    And then sometimes when you are down and you think life is not smiling back at you, there is a person who you think is just one more person but they might become something else.

    Back to the book. Do you know what I loved about this story? There is no good ones and bad ones. They were all HUMAN. And yes, we human make mistakes, it’s not the end of the world. I am TIRED of super perfect heroes and super bad antiheroes. NO! Life is not like that. Some authors need to learn from Tiffanie DeBartolo as just a few authors made me believe in characters the way she made me believe in these ones.

    And then, there are moments in life when you just can’t help but accept your feelings, even if you know you are gonna get hurt because it doesn’t matter, you just need to feel, to love, to give… no matter what.

    And yes, we all LIE sometimes. What? Have you never ever lied to the person you love? I did. And it sucks and you hate yourself for doing that (I am not talking about cheating just in case you guys are freaking out) but you just did it and even though is not okay you have to deal with what you’ve done, whether is right or wrong.

    I know, my review does not make any sense at all, right? I seriously can’t say anything else because I want you guys to read this without knowing anything about the story. It was so goddamn special that I will re-read this one soon because I already miss them.

    P.S. Loring, I & LOVE & YOU. That is all. I wish I could spend the rest of my life touching the ‘Y’ of your YALE pants.


    June 24, 2013




  4. Baba Baba says:

    5+++ rocked-my-world stars.*****Review completed July 16, 2013



    F@ck. I wanna quote the whole goddamn book! Sorry for the language but Paul rubbed off on me. Loved, loved it! Read this book, it's beyond A-mazing! A thankyou goes out to Geri who accepted my spontaneous offer to do a buddy read with me. <3

    Is he cute? I asked her.
    Cute? If you like the dysfunctional lunatic, male-slut vibe, sure.

    (…) But I'm almost thirty and my day job is folding shirts at the Gap. Have you seen my room? I'm not messy. I'm rebelling against folding.

    Why don't we take the subway?
    He came to a smashing halt in the middle of the sidewalk. Subway? he said, as if I'd invited him to walk through the gates of hell. I don't ride anything that goes underground. I'll be subterranean enough when I'm dead.

    Ok, let’s get down to business. I was a tiny bit shocked when I saw the ebook's price. I paid 11.62 euro and I must say it was worthy of every goddamn cent. Don't ask me, but I would do it again.

    This book…this goddamn, fan-fucking-tastic book will leave more than mere footprints on your heart. I don't want to beat around the bush. It crushed me, it cut so deep that in a metaphorical sense it's going to leave scars on my body that won't ever go away anymore. It seized my mind, my heart and my soul. And I'm goddamn proud of it. So, this $£&%*ç%+£§ book bled into my every pore and will stay there. Now and forever. How to Kill a Rock Star opened the ground I was walking on and swallowed me whole. Oh, what a great place to be and I don't want to come back anytime soon. Imagine, if every book I'm reading would be so fantastic I think I would die from a sudden cardiac arrest. It would be too much to withstand. I 'closed' the book and felt totally euphoric. Why does Tiffanie not have a huge backlist? I sure will be reading everything she is going to publish in the future. Please give me more of this Awesomesauce!


    Written in a very candid, articulate, unapologetic and hilarious voice, HtKaRS is a passionate and probably also very honest look at the music business. I'm not an expert at all, but I *think* it reads realistically. Tiffanie DeBartolo delivered a mighty fine knockout. Absolutely eclectic characters, great plot, spellbinding narrative and dialogue were the perfect recipe to make me devour this terrific story. It is one of the best books I have ever read and it is prime entertainment. Sublime. Superb. Divine. I'm going to run out of superlatives, for sure. Anyway, you get the gist how I feel about it. The book title is very apt, too, and provides plenty of thoughtful connotations. HtKaRS is about music and the whole shebang and mechanisms that surround the business. It’s about love and chasing dreams. But it is also about making mistakes, forgiveness, overcoming fears and coming to terms with who you are and what you want out of life.

    No one commits suicide because they want to die.
    Then why do they do it?
    Because they want to stop the pain.

    I loved Paul, the self-centered, adorable and witty ass. Without a doubt I loved every goddamn pearl of wisdom that came out of his goddamn mouth. As a side note: ‘goddamn’ is Paul's favorite adjective. Paul talking to his friend, the tape recorder was another wonderful aspect of the story.

    I must admit, however, that Loring was my favorite character in this story. Right off the bat I had a crush on him. Loring simply stole my heart. Honestly, I (view spoiler)[hurt for him but we all know that being second choice sucks big time. I would love to read his story someday but I know I can dream on and it's probably not going to happen. *very sad face* (hide spoiler)]

  5. Karen Karen says:

    According to my friends and family, I read a ridiculous amount of books. They find it hysterical (maybe frightening) that I carry my kindle in my purse with me everywhere I go (you know just in case I might find a few minutes to read here and there). Because I do read so much I am constantly being asked “what are you reading” or “read anything amazing lately”? I hate these questions because half the time I am reading my smexy books and I feel a little embarrassed to share the titles (especially when my dentist or someone I barely know asks me) plus they somehow feel private…personal. I also don’t like the pressure of recommending books to people when I read such a specific genre and truly don’t branch out much from my drug of choice.

    After reading HTKRS I realize I now have an answer to that pesky question. This book is THE BOOK that crosses over and can be so many things to so many different people. THIS BOOK is the book that I will proudly share the title with the stranger sitting next to me on an airplane. THIS BOOK is that book that you’ll always remember; a book that after you have finished reading it has left a little mark on you…a favorite. Now for the meat:

    What can I possibly say about this book that hasn’t already been said? It is in a word: moving.

    In more words it is: beautifully written, thought provoking, heartbreaking, inspiring, funny, frustrating at times and absolutely 100% original.

    Bottom line, it is a book filled with poetry about life and the choices we make.

    I went into this book blind (which I am realizing is the best way to go). My GR friend, Andrea sent me a little note kindly asking me to make this my next read. She had just finished it and wanted to discuss it (and now I realize purge her emotions about the beauty of this book to someone who would understand how she was feeling). By the time I hit 25% I realized that I had never experienced a book like this…ever. I found myself rereading lines, memorizing them so I wouldn’t forget their meaning. I felt like I should be writing the words down on notecards so I could stick them to my bathroom mirror to later help guide me when life’s challenges start bubbling up to the surface. By the end of the book, I was feeling (a breathless type of feeling) so much that I had to slow down so I could drink everything in and not waste a single word.

    Because my HTKRS experience was my own and not influenced by someone else’s review, I will not go into details about the story; I can’t stand the thought of ruining this experience for anyone. I will say that this books sticks to your ribs and will stay with you. It will MOVE you; it will make you open your eyes and think about things differently. Even if it is for just a minute, it will be worth it.

    “Reach out touch faith”


  6. Natalie Natalie says:

    Music journalist Eliza moves to New York and falls for talanted lead singer Paul who is trying to make it big with his band Bananafish. Not your ordinary love triangle.

    This is my third five stars read ever, and it couldn't be more well deserved! if I were to describe this How to Kill a Rock Star, it would probably be with the words pure magic. I had a magical feeling stirring in my body that wanted to get out through this entire book. Like I said, it's sheer, pure brilliance. I don't know how to properly describe my madly, crazy, insane love for How to Kill a Rock Star. If you could have a book as a soulmate, then this would be my own personal matchIt felt like every page was written for me personally. The writing just fucking blew me away! Deep, profound, smart, poetic, witty, raw, honest, beautiful-you name it. Tiffanie DeBartolo has an unique voice. It gave me seriously 'hallelujah moments.Not to mention shivers of perfection.

    Her talent is rare and I'm so in love with her books. It's a gooddamn tragedy that she's only written two (2) books. Both of them has been pure magic to read. Tiffanie is in my top 2 of all time favorite authors. And that says something since I read only two of her books. I pray to her and worship at her altar. That so much I want, need a new book from her. No, the world needs a new book from her.
    If you aren't already reading her books, seriously! what's wrong with you? We all need a little bit of Tiffanie-magic in this world....She first showed us her magic with God Shaped Hole and made me fall insanely in love with Jacob Grace. With How to Kill a Rock Star she really won me over for life! HTKAR is not your ordinary cheesy rock star romance, nor your typical book either. It's unique, one of a kind. The plot is amazingly simple.

    Music journalist Eliza moves to New York and falls for the talented lead singer for up and coming-rock band Bananafish. One thing I loved the most was the feel of New York. Not the Upper East Side-kind of New York, but the real New York. The New York with crappy apartments and a genuine, ordinary, simple feeling where musicians tries to get their big brake. This book made me feel more than most books combined. Tiffanie is a genius!I have such an author crush on her. It broke my heart, crushed my soul, I cried a river. I didn't want to continue, I needed a breather more than one time. This was a life altering read for me. My emotions were all over the place. I loved it beyond words can tell.

    The characters-unbelievable freaking perfection!!! Paul, Loring, Eliza,-I love y'all. But Paul... I feel in love with your personality, your passion, your mind, you goddamn soul! Your point of view is the best I've ever read from a male POV. Goddamn amazing!!! Loring-what can I say about you? Can you be anymore perfect? Seriously? Can you? If it wasn't for Paul, I'd be heads over heals in love with you. What two unforgettable, amazing, wonderful characters Tiffanie has given us. It's something special with her character development we don't usually see, something deep, something real. I guess you have to read it for yourself to understand.

    I was only a child when I learned how to fly
    I wanted to touch the colors of the bleeding sun and then I fell from the sky
    You never saw me again not even when I returned you never noticed my broken heart or how my wings were burned
    But if they tell you they saw me do a swan dive off that bridge
    Remember I've always been more afraid to die than I ever was to live
    And on the day I disappear
    You'll all forget I was ever here
    I'll float around from coast to coast
    And sing about how you made me a ghost.

    Douglas J Blackman.

    It had so many 'bigger than life moments,' I want to quote whole sections, but I won't do that here, so you just have to read the book for yourself to experience the magic. Not only is this a great tribute to music, it also has the most incredible love story. I never wanted it to end. Literally's the least cheesiest ever. Or less cliche.It was like X and X dna pulled them towards each other. One of the most perfect love stories I've ever read. No matter what problems people may or may not have with the characters vs the story, it should be recognised for its sheer brilliance and magic!!!! If you're not convinced to read it by now, I'm at a loss. I want to convince the world to read this gem, this treasure. This has to be the most underrated books of all time.I want to yell my love from the top of my lungs from rooftops!!! To share the love!!!

    So to sum up-sheer brilliance, magical, fucking perfection!!!

  7. Stacia (the 2010 club) Stacia (the 2010 club) says:

    I'd shed my blood to touch the pearls that kiss your ears.
    I'd sell my soul to see you fly.

    Brilliant. This book rocked my world yet again. I couldn't help but cry all over and I knew what was going to happen.

    I still can't write a review. Over a year later and a second read behind me (and about half of the book highlighted with quotes - I am not kidding...there is no book I have highlighted more than this one, yet I can't seem to bring myself to want to share the quotes because they are so personal and only mean the most when read in context) and I still can't write a review. Tiffanie DeBartolo dragged me through every possible emotion with this book. She makes me want to take everything I've ever written and throw it away because I'll never be able to do it like this.

    She is just like her character Paul. Her talent is overwhelming; her words poetic and heart-wrenching. Yet the world doesn't get to see it because hardly anyone knows about this author - only a few of us have have the pleasure of experiencing her brilliance.

    What exactly is this book, you ask?

    It's about music. It's about the fight to survive. It's about love, betrayal, heartache, loss, and acceptance. It's about fear and taking risks. This is not literary fiction and this is not romance - don't ask me to put the book into a genre because there is no way to classify HTKARS. It's indie and it's raw and it's a story that wrecked me.

    *First Read : original blur-fest 2011*

    Paul, you intrigue me so far...

    Paul smiled faintly, but all of a sudden he looked sad. If I could do something else besides make music, believe me, I would. I've been here for over eight years, playing in different bands, trying to put together the right bunch of guys, trying to make a living doing the only thing I care about.

    But I'm almost thirty and my day job is folding shirts at the Gap. Have you seen my room? I'm not messy. I'm rebelling against folding.

    HOLY EFF YOU SEE KAY. I should have been sleeping, instead I was sobbing. Apparently, other people saw what was coming and weren't as shocked as I was.

  8. Mo Mo says:


    This was me yesterday …

    so a few friends threw a few suggestions at me about what to read next.... this was it!

    “It sounds silly, I know. But for me, the power of music rests in its ability to reach inside and touch the places where the deepest cuts lie.
    Like a benevolent god, a good song will never let you down.
    And sometimes, when you're trying to find your way, one of those gods actually shows up and gives you directions.”

    I have seen the Big Shots – Springsteen, The Eagles, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys, U2, but I have also seen the ….

    ... those guys struggling, the support acts, the ones that come on first and they know that most of the crowd are not there to see them. I have seen artists like Simone Felice who is amazing play to a small crowd in a pokey upstairs bar-room in Brussels. I have stood in the pissing rain listening to crap bands who have to lug their own equipment around and you just know they will never make the big time. I have trekked for three hours with my son to stand in a field in the blazing sun to watch bands like Gaslight Anthem and Arcade Fire who live for the day when they will sell out Madison Square Gardens. Never had the chance to see the legendary NICK DRAKE who died way before his time….

    The music industry is tough, no doubt about it.

    And to all you record moguls out there who only care about the mula and don’t give a shit about the music …

    Loved all the music references throughout this book.


    Great name for a Band...

    Totally got her apprehension to flying - hate it myself!

    I swear to God there must be a thousand quotes I would use from this book but there are just too many there to try. I really felt like I was on an ...

    throughout most of this book!

    “Did you really want to die?
    No one commits suicide because they want to die.
    Then why do they do it?
    Because they want to stop the pain.”

    “I've got my girl and my guitar, and for me that's enough.”

    “Break my heart? Is that what you just said? I have news for you; you didn't break my heart. My heart's fine. My heart's in the best shape of its life. You know what you did to me? You took an AK-47 and blew my soul open.”

    “There are things we never tell anyone. We want to but we can’t. So we write them down. Or we paint them. Or we sing about them. It’s our only option. To remember. To attempt to discover the truth. Sometimes we do it to stay alive. These things, they live inside of us. They are the secrets we stash in our pockets and the weapons we carry like guns across our backs. And in the end we have to decide for ourselves when these things are worth fighting for, and when it’s time to throw in the towel. Sometimes a person has to die in order to live. Deep down, I know you know this. You just can’t seem to do anything about it. I guess it’s a sad fact of life that some of us move on and some of us inevitably stay behind. Only in this case I’m not sure which one of us is doing which. You were right about one thing though. It’s not fate. It’s a choice. And who knows, maybe we’ll meet again someday, somewhere up above all the noise. Until then, when you think of me, try and remember the good stuff. Try and remember the love.”

    If you don't shed a tear at around 83%, there is no hope for you ....

    It was too early for me to have some Vodka but I really felt like a smoke…. And I haven’t smoked in over 25 years.

    Loring, I loved him too. What a great guy!

    His only hobby was playing an old Washburn guitar, and in the summertime, when Michael and I were still kids, he used to spend his Saturdays sitting on a plastic lawn chair in the yard, nursing a beer and singing “Born to Run”.
    Michael and I liked to scream “tramps like us” at the top of our lungs. At the end of the song, we would applaud and beg him to do it again.

    “See?” our mom would say to him, no doubt thinking she was making him feel good. “You could have been Bruce Springsteen.”

    “Right,” he always replied. “And if my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle.”

    To this day, I can’t listen to “Born to Run”
    without feeling like I’ve been shot.

    I saw The Boss three times this summer in Ireland and I swear everytime he sang Born to Run my two sons moved further away from as as I screamed tramps like us and pumped my fist in the air…. Good Times!

    “And no matter what anybody says about grief and about time healing all wounds, the truth is, there are certain sorrows that never fade away until the heart stops beating and the last breath is taken.”

    I could go on and on about this book and post quotes and pictures so I better just shut up and say to you all, if you haven’t read this one, go and read it!

    Go on have a lisiten to one of the greatest songs ever …

    and as an afterthought if you haven’t seen the film Searching for the Sugar Man, check it out…. All that what ifs are really brought out. You know being in the right place at the wrong time and Karma and all that Jazz ….

    In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.

    Maybe it was true what Paul said about dreams. When they come true in reality, they never feel the same as they do when you imagine them.

    I want to THANK ...

    for recommending this one to me. It has been on my Kindle for ages and just never got around to reading it…..

  9. Lady Vigilante (Feifei) Lady Vigilante (Feifei) says:

    2 stars? 3 stars? 5 stars? I still don’t know…


    I wish I had the energy and brains to flush out a detailed review but I’m sorry to say, I don’t. I’m just so goddamned exhausted after reading this inspirational yet depressing book, so goddamned frustrated with these strangely fascinating characters, and so goddamned upset that even the breathtaking writing can’t mask my disappointment with the last 50% of the book.

    All I have left to say is that this book had the complete possibility of becoming a 6 star read for me – just the writing alone is worthy of 5 stars. I know I’ve highlighted at least a quote or two on every page. Plus the shit that comes out of Paul’s mouth is the kind that makes you clutch your heart and hold your breath because it’s so…profound and out-of-the-world intelligent. So for the first 50% I was pretty much lulled into a false sense of security and comfort with this author’s words and the quietly intense story...and then my heart cracked at the 56% mark. Suffice it to say my pancreas was on fire and everything after this part played out like an unwanted and unnecessary love triangle. My sympathies were with Loring the entire time and I hate Eliza for making the stupid decision that instigated all this goddamned drama and for using Loring the way she did here, especially when he had genuine feelings for her.

    Oh and that ending? Gonna pretend it ended like this: (view spoiler)[Paul actually dying from pancreatic cancer, swan-dive be damned. (hide spoiler)]

  10. ~IreneOust~ ~IreneOust~ says:


    This review probably won't make any sense but I'll try ...

    Absolutely, positively, without a doubt 5 glorious stars!

    (My 5 star ratings are reserved for books that have been/will be read multiple times because they are that good and this is definitely one of those books!)

    A couple of things before I begin:

    First ... this is one of the best goddamn books ever written (in my humble opinion).

    Second ... Tiffanie DeBartolo, I feel like you just kicked my ass in a boxing match and I need to leave the ring on a stretcher. I feel exhausted. Emotionally. But the high I got from this book is worth every tear [happy and sad] I shed while reading it. Thank you!

    This book is definitely going onto my kicking myself for not reading this sooner shelf. It sat on my Kindle forever and once I finally got to it, I really did feel like kicking myself or doing this:


    because, instead of suffering through some of the mediocre books I came across in the last few months, I should have given this one a chance a loooooooong time ago.

    My feelings while reading this:


    This book had me overflowing with emotion because the story hit close to home a couple of times. I am sure I am not the only one who can say that music helped (and still does) get me through some shitty times in life. I don't even think I could have gotten through this book without music so there you have it ... (In no way, shape or form does the last sentence mean that getting through this book was one of the shitty times in my life. Just wanted to clarify.)

    I can't pick a favorite character in this story if my life depended on it. I loved them all.

    I loved Paul for staying true to himself. I loved the fact that he loved Eliza as much as he did. I loved that he was a good/true friend which is a very rare thing to find, especially in that industry.

    I loved Loring for being ... Loring. Once you read the book, you'll know what I mean.

    I loved Michael and Vera.

    And I did love Eliza. The girl's got balls.

    But I haven't experienced this much heartache caused by a bunch of what ifs in a while. What if Loring did come into his dad's hotel room when Eliza interviewed Doug? What if Bananafish signed with Jack Stone instead? What if Eliza never went back to the Rings of Saturn?

    I guess the worst what if of them all could have been - what if I never came across GR and never found out about this book from the amazing bunch that are my GR friends???

    Did anyone else feel like Tiffanie is the Doug Blackman/Paul Hudson of the book world who decided to take a hiatus all of a sudden and in her absence we are forced to put up with the Amanda Strunk type authors who couldn't write their way out of the paperbag???

    Anyways, I said this review won't make any sense and it probably doesn't but it doesn't change the fact that this is an exceptionally well-written story & if you haven't had a chance to experience it for yourself, you are trully missing out.

    Rock on, my friends!



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How to Kill a Rock Star [EPUB] ✸ How to Kill a Rock Star ✽ Tiffanie DeBartolo – Written in her wonderfully honest, edgy, passionate and often hilarious voice, Tiffanie DeBartolo tells the story of Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a talented songwriter and Written in Kill a Kindle Ö her wonderfully honest, edgy, passionate and often hilarious voice, Tiffanie DeBartolo tells the story of Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a talented songwriter and lead singer of How to ePUB ´ the band Bananafish Eliza's reverence for rock is equaled only by Paul's, and the two fall wildly in love When Bananafish is signed by a big corporate label, and Paul is on his way to Kill a PDF Í to becoming a major rock star, Eliza must make a heartbreaking decision that leads to Paul's sudden disappearance and a surprise knockyoursocksoff ending.