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I stumbled across this book by chance really after finding Keltie Colleen's blog through a series of links from another blog I read frequently. After reading some of her blog entries, I found her writing to be quite interesting as she really has had quite an interesting life from her career as a Rockette and as the girlfriend of various rockstars. Eventually, after a successful blog, she decided to turn her entries into a book titled Rockettes, Rockstars and Rockbottom.
The book was available in paperback ( I think it has sold out now), however it had to be ordered from America with a large postage amount, which led me to purchasing the Kindle edition. This only cost £3.20 off Amazon, and I was really happy with my purchase, not only due to the cheapness but because the book actually was pretty decent and an interesting read. I suppose if you were to class this book it would be both an Autobiography or some form of ChickLit, as she does talk about love and all that stuff at some parts.
This is the first in Keltie Colleen's work, and I think she did quite well for herself in her debut book. To me the storyline has two parts, her dancer life and her rockstar girlfriend life. Throughout the book, we see her struggle to become a well known dancer, from rough and moneyless times in New York City to finding sucess in Las Vegas through Peep Show. I think anyone interested in dance or in a career in that field would find her story very encouraging, as it does show that as long as you have some kind of interest theres always a chance that you can eventually succeed if you put enough hard work into it.
The other side focuses more upon her love life, as throughout her career, it has led her to meeting people that tend to be celebrities and in her case, she ended up falling in love with rockstars throughout a period of 10 years. Throughout Rockettes, Rockstars and Rockbottom, she mainly focuses on 3 main boyfriends - Rocker, Singer and Dreamer. She doesn't refer to them by names at any point throughout the book, I'm guessing cause she wanted to keep it somewhat secretive (even though googling seems to show up her most famous of boyfriends).
These parts are probably the more girly and chick-litty style of writing in the novel, as she talks about how their relationships fell apart and what she learnt from them and all that stuff. For those interested in the whole heartbreak books thing, this book would probably appeal to them more than it did to me, as she does talk a lot about relationships and them failing. Aside from all the heartbreaky stuff though, she did have some interesting tales to say from the viewpoint of a rockstars girlfriend and I thought it was quite good seeing the other half of musicians and what their standing of the rockstar life is like.
Colleen's writing is pretty average, and it reminds me as if someone was telling the story to you through mouth. I didn't find it to be bad at all, and it just reminds me of some of the chick lit I've read in the past. One slight problem I did find was with the Kindle edition, some parts of the text were randomly bigger than the rest, and while it didn't occur too often, at some points it would just get annoying.
The book was really quick to read, and I finished it within almost 2 hours, so it would probably suit someone as a holiday book for a plane or something to read on trains and buses. However, when my friend read it it took her about a week, so it differs for everyone.
Overall, it probably is a book that would appeal more to women who have broken up with boyfriends or to those more interested in the dance side of her life. While it might not be the best of all books written, it still is an interesting read that is short and sweet. I would recommend this book to a friend as it was relatively well written and it did have a lot of interesting stories about what happens behind all the curtains of a dancers life and a rockstars girlfriend.