Casey Barnes Eponymous by E. A. Rigg

It's three weeks into the school year when music junkie Casey Barnes gets a second chance with her mysterious, heartbreaking ex-boyfriend. She comes up with a plan to win him back, but it soon spins out of control as rivalries, revelations about him, and music itself all start to collide. For Casey the newfound attention means learning the difference between wanting center stage and actually being on it

I thought this was a great read. I loved the main character Casey, she's got spunk.
She's in high school. Wants to play in a band and having some boy troubles. She likes to cheat on tests and always speaks her mind. Getting in trouble with the school is the least of her problems and she dresses with a rock star style.
Trying to get over a little heart ache that Alex has caused her, she finds out that he's broken up with his girlfriend, but she still tries to feign interest. There is a new boy in school, Ben who she tries to cheat off of one day and notices that he carries around drummer sticks in his pocket.
Ben and Casey eventually end up forming a group to play at the school talent show and for the try-outs writes a song about the school bitch and calls her out on it in front of the whole audience. There is always a constant pull towards Alex for her, even though she knows deep down inside that he's not right for her, but he's hot and shows interest.
What caught my attention most about this story is that the main character. There is not a lot of scenes that are overly angsty and actually handled pretty well in my opinion. Most of the conflicts are actually settled through honesty and talking to each other. The story flowed with kind of a laid back mellow feel to it, great contemporary teen read that rocks.
There is a little bit of swearing, some make out scenes and pot.
5 stars
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  1. Sounds like everything I remember about high school--except the pot. That's not something I ever did.

  2. Definetly sounds like highschool to me! Good review :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages


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