Review: Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton

rock and a hard placeRock and a Hard Place
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: Vanguard Management
Age Group: Teen
Source: Amazon
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Rating: 2 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

One day while watching the Interstate exit for her dad’s long awaited return, Libby’s life is rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life. After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby breaks away from her rule abiding behavior and her life changes course.

Peter longs for normalcy away from the screaming fans who know nothing about the real him. He is amazed to discover Libby has never heard of him or his band. Soon their friendship turns to love. While Peter battles his family’s growing interference so he can spend time with Libby, she struggles with her eccentric aunt who turns more bizarre each day.

Their lives are torn apart when Peter’s family intrudes and Libby disappears. Peter’s desperate search for her comes up empty. Can they find their way back to each other while the world plots against them?


2 out of 5

2 out of 5


My Thoughts

Are you ever in the mood to read something that is very easy, that won’t cause your emotions to jump all over the place?  Well, I was in the mood for something fluffy the other day, and I came across a review for Rock and a Hard Place on another blog.  I thought “perfect.  This is exactly what I need.” and when I got home from work, I downloaded this to my iPad, and started reading.  Unfortunately, I was very underwhelmed with Rock and a Hard Place.

This story starts off in a nature preserve that Libby, the main character, frequents because her home life isn’t great.  Libby lives with her aunt, who’s pretty much a terrible person to be responsible for raising a teenager.  Anyway, Peter (part of a world-famous boy band), along with his brothers and parents, stop at the nature preserve and Peter and Libby meet.  They kind of fall for each other pretty quickly, but of course, it’s very difficult to have a relationship with Libby’s crazy aunt, and Peter always on tour.  The rest of the book is about whether or not Libby and Peter can find a way to be together.

If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I’m a fan of the romance.  I love reading about two people trying to find a way to be together.  I love reading about initial meetings, the (hopefully) slow build from like to love.  But there was something missing from Rock and a Hard Place.

First off, I wasn’t a really big fan of Libby.  She’s very shy and quiet at the start of the novel, and at first I was like, okay I can get behind this.  Being quite shy myself, I always love when a main character has that shy gene.  But then Libby made some less-than-intelligent decisions; actions that are not really okay with me.  And her reasoning was all “well, my aunt doesn’t give me an allowance, and she doesn’t allow me to get a job, so it’s okay.”  Unfortunately that reasoning doesn’t work for me.  The more I read this book the less I liked Libby.  Libby does grow into a move confident person, but I still didn’t like her all that much.

Peter I had less issues with, but I can’t say I was madly in love with him, either.  He definitely wasn’t swoon-worthy.  Overall I am just meh about Peter.  I also felt Peter’s family’s actions were all over the place.  Sometimes they seemed quite loving, and then, sometimes they felt almost villainous.

Similar to my feelings about the characters, I found the plot a bit lacklustre.  There are so many things that happen, it’s almost too much.  Well, actually, it IS too much.  Libby goes from living with her aunt, to moving a couple of times.  I can’t say much more without spoiling anything, but let’s just say I couldn’t suspend my disbelief.  Nor could I get myself to care too much about what would happen to Libby or Peter.

Rock and a Hard Place was disappointing.  It didn’t feature strong, developed characters, and the romance left a lot to be desired.  I can’t really recommend this book, but if you do decide you’d like to read it, I recommend borrowing this from the library.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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4 Responses to Review: Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton

  1. I find myself getting into the worst trouble when I decide I just want to read a book that is easy and won’t make me think much. It happens a lot! But then I pick a book like that and just wind up annoyed by it. Thanks for the honest review…I think I would have felt the same about this one!

    • Quinn says:

      Haha. I love light and easy books, but I was really CRAVING one when I decided to give this one a try. I definitely didn’t make a good choice. 🙂

  2. I have this to read also, With the synopsis, I had such hope that it would be good. I appreciate your honest review.

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