Today I’m super excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘Striking Out’ by Scarlet Bennett. This is an adult Australian contemporary that was published on July 14th by Firefield Press. For more information and tour stops, please visit the tour page.
About the Book:
Sharon Jackson is a small-town girl with big-city dreams. Forced out of her home in regional Western Australia with her singing career in ruins, she hits the big smoke in search of stardom. After signing with a sleazy agent who wants more than a ten percent cut of her earnings, she struggles to earn a place in the macho world of rock-‘n-roll, encountering a series of colourful characters along the way – like Todd, the sexy, brooding muso with a dragon tattoo and Kevin, the whip-smart fighter with some hidden demons of his own.But when her troubled past follows her to the city, Shazza’s dreams begin to unravel. With no home to go back to and a past that won’t stay buried, everything she has worked for is on the line. Shazza must make a decision that will define the course of her future, and time is running out.
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A view weeks ago I was approached about the ‘Striking Out’ Blog Tour. When I read the book description I was immediately interested in reading this story, especially since it sounded so different than the books I read recently. So I was really excited to read this one. I knew that there would be Australian slang in this book, but with the risk of not really getting it.. I dived into this book.
In ‘Striking Out’ we meet Sharon Jackson, a young wannabe singer who fled her hometown to escape her past and to make it in the ‘city’. Sharon is determined to make her dreams come true. She has a new agent and she can’t wait to start with her new life. But nothing is going the way Sharon planned. Life is hard, and her past isn’t as easy to get away from. Then there’s also the hot and sexy rock star who just doesn’t seem interested, and the sexy and tough fighter who has a difficult past himself. The last thing Sharon wants is to be caught between two men. And soon Sharon has to make some difficult decisions.
Although this book really sounded like something I would like, I didn’t expect to like it this much. From the moment I started reading, I just didn’t want to put the book down. The main character Sharon Jackson, a.k.a. Shazza is one tough girl. Shazza dreams big and isn’t afraid to work hard for her dreams. Since her life hasn’t been easy all the time, Shazza has some surprises on her sleeve. For one you really shouldn’t make her angry, second, don’t challenge her for arm wrestling and third she really can sing.
This book was just so much fun to read. It really is a story about the journey of life and about going on, especially when life gets hard. I loved the main character Sharon, and I really enjoyed getting to know her. The thing I admired about her character the most, was the way she really was able to lose her bad habits and become a better and ‘smarter’ person. I really felt proud of her at the end of the book.
Not only was this book interesting to read, it also was really funny and I just didn’t want it to end. For me, the best thing about this book was the way I could really imagine this story being real. It could have easily been a memoir.
Since there was some Australian Slang, and English is my second language, there were some concerns about me really enjoying it and getting everything. I can honestly say I didn’t have any trouble with reading this book. And I didn’t have any trouble with understanding the writing. It did make me want to go to Australia even more than before I started reading this book. And I really made myself laugh because I imagined the characters with this huge Australian accent. And I’m so bad with accents!!
This book was amazing and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read this one. I read it in one sitting, and it just wasn’t long enough. Scarlet Bennett really did an amazing job with this one. Great job! ;)
About the Author:
Scarlet Bennett spent her formative years in regional Western Australia, and it shows. Years of city living have softened her broad accent, but the slang she’s stuck with. After earning a Masters degree in Psychology, the colourful characters of her childhood – and that irrepressible Aussie spirit – found their way onto the page. She is a graduate of Allaboutwriting’s mentoring program, and lives inCanberra with her husband, kids, and far more animals than can reasonably fit on a suburban plot.