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The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman
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The Rock Star in Seat 3A

by Jill Kargman

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This was a quick beach read, perfect for summer!

Hazel’s dream came true and she got to meet the man she’d been fantasizing about for half her life. And she met him in very undesirable circumstances…bumpy plane ride where he holds her hair while she pukes in a barf bag. During the rest of the flight Finn and Hazel really hit it off and wind up have dinner while she is in Los Angeles.

Only problem, Hazel is on the verge of becoming engaged to Wylie. What’s a girl to do when the man of your dreams is presented and he seems to be as into you and you are in him?

I appreciated Hazel being honest enough with Wylie about exploring her feelings for Flynn and I appreciated that they both kept their feelings at bay until Hazel told Wylie where she was coming from. That part of the story was somewhat unrealistic. Who would do that? I honestly expected that when presented with her dream man, Hazel would have jumped him. I was pleasantly surprised when she didn’t.

Finn, for being a rock star, seemed very down to earth…which was counter to his dark brooding lyrics. He wasn’t what Hazel or I expected. But unfortunately Finn found a formula that worked for him and his music and he didn’t want to fix what wasn’t broken. I liked Finn, but was frustrated by his role of “dark brooding rock star” when he really wasn’t.

This was a fun exploration for anyone who has one of those “lists” of celebrities they get a “free pass” on should they even encounter them…ala “Friends”. And it serves as a reminder that no matter how your fantasy transpires, the reality will never quite match it. I’m looking forward to reading more from Kargman. ( )
  psteinke1122 | Jul 23, 2012 |
I had high hopes for this one, but it didn't deliver. This quick little read tries way to hard to be slinkster-cool, but kind of just comes off as a brand-dropping poseur. Hazel (who I found profoundly annoying) drops her current boyfriend (who is awesome, by the way) to go trip the light fantastic with Finn Schiller, her rock-idol that she meets by chance on a plane. It takes a long time for the action to get started, and once it does, Finn'n'Hazel's relationship feels horribly rushed. Disappointing - I would give this one a pass. ( )
  lovejoy_rat | Jul 13, 2012 |
It has been such a long while since I've read something that has left my mind so epically blown away! Just finished reading it and... WOW!!! I recommend it to everyone and anyone who has a chance of reading it. Jill Kargman wove this story so well that all the reader has to do is flow with the music of this story and truly enjoy it. It is Unique, witty, funny and just F***ing A Awesome! ( )
  Clx.Bkwrm | Jul 6, 2012 |
This is the story of Hazel, who works for a video game company, and her passion for Finn Schiller, a rock star whom she happens to meet on a plane. It's an interesting look on the interplay between fantasy and reality. At first, I didn't like it all; the author seemed bent on making the romance anti-romantic (Hazel pukes when she meets Finn). But then I got hooked on the what-will-happen-next aspect of the plot. It's rather predictable, but Kargman has some good insights and a way with the language. ( )
  bearette24 | Jun 17, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062007203, Hardcover)

It's Hazel's thirtieth birthday and she has everything she's ever wanted: a kickass job, a dream apartment in New York City, and the perfect boyfriend—who's just days away from proposing. Hazel thinks she's happy but isn't quite ready to settle down. So when her most far-fetched fantasy enters the realm of the possible, shouldn't she drop everything to see it through?

The morning after her birthday, Hazel boards a flight to L.A. only to get the surprise of her life. When she's bumped up to first class, extra legroom and free drinks are absolutely the last things on her mind when she catches sight of her seatmate: her all-time biggest celebrity crush, rock star Finn Schiller! Only the night before she'd confessed her infatuation with the gorgeous musician, and her boyfriend joked that she had a free pass if she ever met him. Hazel can't believe fate has actually thrown them together.

Even more unbelievable is that during the flight they genuinely connect. Finn likes her uncensored cursing and wicked sense of humor, and that she's unlike all of his groupies; Hazel likes his killer looks, ripped physique, and soulful music. But what started as a fantasy quickly becomes a real attraction, and after a dream date and taste of the rock-star life with Finn in L.A., Hazel is forced to examine the track her life is on. Indulging in a passionate affair with a rock star seems crazy—but could she ever forgive herself if she walked away from her wildest dream coming true? And is her wildest dream the stuff that happiness is made of?

A lively novel about a down-to-earth New York City girl who suddenly finds herself in a rock 'n' roll Cinderella fantasy, The Rock Star in Seat 3A is seasoned with Jill Kargman's signature wit and hilarious dialogue. This is a fairy-tale romance with a twist.

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"It's Hazel's 30th birthday and she has everything she's ever wanted: a kickass job at a video-game company, a dream New York City apartment, and the perfect boyfriend - who also happens to be a personal chef, and has just proposed in the most romantic way. With good food, video games and love, Hazel thinks she's happy -- but not ready to get married. So when her most far-fetched fantasy suddenly enters the realm of the possible, shouldn't she drop everything to see it through? The morning after her birthday, Hazel leaves for a business trip and receives a surprise upgrade to first class, boards the plane, and sees the person in seat 3B: it's her celebrity crush, rock star Finn Schiller. Just the night before, she had confessed her infatuation with Finn at her birthday party, and her boyfriend joked that she had a free pass if she ever met him. Hazel can't believe fate has actually thrown them together. Even more unbelievable is the flight that follows, as they genuinely connect - even after he sees her vomit due to plane turbulence. Finn likes her uncensored cursing, wicked sense of humor, and that she's not like all his groupies; Hazel likes his killer looks, ripped physique and soulful music. But what started as a fantasy quickly becomes a real attraction and after a dream date and taste of the rock-star life with Finn in Los Angeles, Hazel is forced to examine the track her life is on. Indulging in a passionate affair with a rock star seems crazy - but could she ever forgive herself if she walked away from her wildest dreams coming true? Seasoning with her signature wit and hilarious dialogue, Jill Kargman presents a fairytale romance with a twist"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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