Jan 8, 2014

Merch Girl by Rebecca Lewis ~ Blog Tour

The Sarcastic Palmtree is thrilled for our stop on the Merch Girl blog tour!
Title: Merch Girl
Author: Rebecca Lewis
Date of Publication: May 1, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA romance; music

Seventeen-year-old Lacey Kind doesn’t have the guts to talk to cute boys, isn’t a size two, and would rather stay home and listen to music than go to a party. But in the summer before her first year of college, she ends up thousands of miles away from home, in the back of a tour bus, underneath the half-naked body of the hottest teen rock star in the country.

When Lacey and her best friend Trina sneak into a Boston nightclub to see their favorite band, they not only get to watch their rock gods perform for the first time, but score a chance to meet the band too. Lacey’s heart races as she comes face-to-face with her idol, nineteen-year-old lead singer, Logan Shire.

The girls charm their way into being hired to sell merchandise on Lansdowne’s first summer tour. As “merch girls” Lacey and Trina quickly find themselves transported from their ordinary, suburban life to an exhilarating few months on the road. But they soon realize that life on the road isn’t always a smooth ride...

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Merch Girl is a fun YA novel, set in the world of Rock and Roll.  It was enjoyable to follow best friends Lacey and Trina on their way around the country with their favorite band Lansdowne.  Lansdowne is a group that is just starting to get some big attention in the music world at the time of the tour and it was fun to read as they go from city to city with the crowds getting bigger and bigger.  Who wouldn't love the chance, right after high school, to tour with their favorite band for the summer and get paid in the process?

It was fun to follow how the girls and the band end up interacting and become friends, and sometimes cases more than friends. There is plenty of drama surrounding the relationships in the book which I'm sure will make this book realistic and appealing to the YA crowd.  My favorite character in the book was Devin.  She is a blogger that is sort of a voice for the fans that the girls meet and make friends with while on tour.  I found her character added another dimension to the book and often wondered if she was to truly be trusted which kept me on my toes which I always enjoy in a book.     

Merch Girl is definitely aimed at a younger audience and while I enjoyed it, I didn't find that I would most likely read it again.  I do however think that any teenager will be thrilled to have Merch Girl in their collection to read and enjoy.  

Here is an excerpt from Merch Girl:

I turned my head to find who the voice belonged to and my body instantly froze. It was Logan Shire, and he was walking straight towards us. Even though I’d just seen him on stage, it was entirely different to see him up close. He looked too perfect; like there was absolutely no way he was part of the same species all the other males on this planet were part of. His long, shiny, dirty blonde hair was impeccably tousled, and his eyes were so bright blue that I could see them glisten, even in the dark. He wore tight, deep blue jeans and a snug black t-shirt. He was thin, but I could see the outlines of defined muscles on his chest and upper arms. He’d appeared in the majority of my dreams during the past few months, and now I was finally seeing him in the flesh. 

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About Author Rebecca Lewis

Rebecca Lewis is the author of the Young Adult novel, Merch Girl, and a lover of all things music! She's been writing stories since middle school and penned her first fanfic about a semi-popular boyband in 1997. Her passion for music and writing brought her to Boston University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Communication. During her college career, she interned for various record labels in Boston and New York City, sold merch for local bands, worked at record stores, and did a whole lot of grassroots marketing. She currently resides in Florida with her husband and puppy.

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  1. It was a very cute book. I liked it a lot! :)

  2. Thanks for being part of the Merch Girl blog tour!