Released: July 28, 2012
Publisher: the author
Source: the author
You can read the Goodreads summary here.
Jonah Levine is an average teenager, that is until he becomes an overnight sensation with his band. The only problem is, the song that was accidentally leaked to the radio station that made his band HitStreak such a sensation is not actually by them... it's by his father's band, which was marginally hot in the 1970s and recently got back together. Whoops...
Overnight Sensation was utterly entertaining! I picked it up off my desk to skim for a minute and the next thing I know, I'm sitting on the couch really invested in Jonah's story. Jonah thinks it's pretty cool that his dad's band is getting back together so when he gets ahold of a song they just recorded, he e-mails it to his friends to see what they think... and suddenly it's on the radio, credited to their fictitious band HitStreak. The hole they're digging themselves just gets deeper and deeper as the novel goes on. Quite frankly, I was just waiting for it to blow up in their faces - in a very entertaining way. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that even though it wasn't at all what I was expecting, it was a great ending.
The musical references in this book were fantastic. I've got a great appreciation for young people who can appreciate music like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and Jonah and his friends definitely did. The song that is released on the radio is called Every Little Bit Hurts and it's definitely got that retro vibe. How do I know? You can listen to the actual song here!
There was really nothing to dislike about Overnight Sensation. As far as independently published novels go, this is absolutely one of the better ones. Four stars! Overnight Sensation is a great, quick read - perfect for back to school. It's a clean book, nothing objectionable in it at all; the worst swear word you'll read is "crap," so I think it's also appropriate for a wide range of readers. Fans of other YA novels featuring music will really enjoy this one.
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