Start With the Backbeat by Garinè B. Isassi

A great book, so full of character and atmosphere, the Eighties just about throbs from its pages. We follow Jill Dodge, a post-punk rocker from Texas, now living in New York City and chasing her dream of making it big in the music world. Recently promoted at Mega Big Records, she is keen to prove herself worthy in the hunt to find the next BIG urban rapper while the Gangsta trend is still current. Meanwhile, in her personal life, Jill also faces a few challenges, as her super-hot roadie boyfriend finds his female companions too much of a temptation and she turns instead to Alejandro, the computer technician brought in to connect them to the world of I.T!
For children of the Eighties (as I am!), with hindsight it is great to see that the era had enough character to identify it. The author has been very perceptive in choosing her material and it really is a very nostalgic trip back in time. I particularly enjoyed the little moments of Jill’s devotion to the iconic Sting – or ‘Gordon’- a great little touch.
I give this book 4 stars.


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