Rock On by Denise Vega

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Overall, Rock On is indeed a rocking book, but I think it’s better suited to the younger end of the young adult spectrum.
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Ori Taylor is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Band To Be Named Later, a garage band he started with his friends. After years of being known only as the kid brother of sports star Del, Ori is looking forward to stepping out of his older brother's shadow, learning to perform in public, and rocking the Battle of the Bands contest. Oh, and maybe finally working up the nerve to talk to a girl in person instead of just over e-mail. But when Del suddenly returns from college, he expects Ori to step back into his role of little brother, just when Ori is starting to come into his own.

With his confidence wavering, will Ori be able to overcome his stage fright and lead the band to rock glory? Will the Band To Be Named Later ever get a real name? Will their best performances remain in the garage?

Denise Vega's deft exploration of brothers, bands, friends, and crushes promises to have readers tuning in page after page, because among all the ups and downs of being a teen, one thing's for sure: We all just want to rock on.

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Denise Vega is the author of Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?, Click Here, and Access Denied. Her website is
Published March 5, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 302 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Reviewed by April on Mar 20 2012

Overall, Rock On is indeed a rocking book, but I think it’s better suited to the younger end of the young adult spectrum.

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Reviewed by Amanda on Apr 09 2012

Overall I think that Rock On will feel cozy at home with its genre. It was a fun read with some great character names!

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Reviewed by Sandra on Mar 23 2012

Overall, this was a really good book, especially if you are a fan of music.

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