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Book Review: Under the Dusty Moon – Suzanne Sutherland *

UK Publication Date: 23 Jan 2016. 274 pages.

I chose this book based on the cover – I’m a sucker for anything purple! – and the blurb on the back. It sounded different. Victoria Mahler is the daughter of two famous rock stars. Her mother Micky Wayne used to be in a famous 90s band called Dusty Moon. The band imploded when Vic’s drug addicted father disappeared off the face of the earth but there is still a lot of love out there for the music and Micky’s career is on a bit of a comeback.

Vic resents this. She hates that cool teenage boys make eyes at her mother in the street and that they aren’t noticing her. As an adult reading this YA book I found Vic quite a hard character to get behind. She is selfish, rude, condescending, an awful friend to Lisa and a near stalker for her potential boyfriend. A guy that she desperately wants to be with but who is described in quite deprecating terms and even his physical attributes seem lacking.

The more I read the more I just thought WHY?

Why is Vic such an annoying brat?

Why is there no real plot to this book?

And finally, why am I still reading it? I think I plugged all the way through to the end just to see if there would be this fantastic twist that could redeem the descriptions of sweat soaked shirts and greasy badly cooked eggs! Sadly there wasn’t.

Supplied by Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You can get hold of a copy of the book here:
Under the Dusty Moon

Categories: 1 Star Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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