Book Review: June of Rock by Elisa Ludwig

June of Rock
Author: Elisa Ludwig
Reading Level: YA
Pages: ebook
Published: July 21st 2011
Review Source: Author
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) Fresh out of 10th grade and freshly dumped by her dreamboat music nerd boyfriend Micah, June Dixon is headed to Camp Decibelle for the summer. The girls-only rock camp sounds like the perfect destination for a budding drummer with a respectfully punk attitude — except for the “girls-only” part. Once at Decibelle, June is thrown in among her fellow campers, a hodgepodge of indie wannabes, aggro-folkheads and metal sleazoids. All of them are aiming for superstardom, starting with the camp’s Battle of the Axes competition. Learning to keep a beat and start a band is tough enough but June must also contend with the dueling egos (and rhythms) of her bossy bandmate Jess, Jess’s disgruntled best friend from home M3, and a bitchy drummer whose rumored uncle is June’s hero, legendary songwriter Lee Rooney. And then there’s the puzzling case of Brice Mills, the famous-in-his-own-right counselor who’s supposed to be coaching June’s band but seems to have taken an unusual interest in June herself. Sassy, fun and packed full of pop culture references, June of Rock is a love letter to both girl power and the power of music.

I loved this YA book by Elisa Ludwig. There are some YA books that make the younger teenage kids seem too air headed or the language isn't something that is really relatable. This is not the case with June of Rock.

I love the story that June is just wanting to rock out and pursue her dream. She has normal problems as a normal teenage girl, like boys and girl drama, but she pushes through to get to what shes wanted the whole time. Just to rock and be as great as she can be as a musician.

June has a chance to go to a band camp, no wait, Rock Camp. She has to get an awesome girl group band together and win the Battle of the Axes, but as usual there is drama and boys that ruin things and at times you just want to shake some sense into June. But by the end of the book I was definitely rooting for June and hoping everything turned out for her. I loved the book and would definitely recommend it.

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