Cover Me: I love everything about this cover. The simplicity with the black background and the bold hot pink is killer. (Pun intended.) Even after you strip off the book jacket, it reveals a hot pint book binding and I fall in love all over again. This cover didn’t have to draw me in because I was already in love with the concept when I read about it six months ago. I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting.
The Concept: Four Mega-fans of the boy band The Ruperts get together to find a way into their sold out concert. Their plan is to stay at the same hotel. In a short time due to to coincidence, they end up kidnapping the least popular member of the band. Things go from bad to worse when he ends up dead.
What is there not to love about this concept? It’s all my favorite things in a nice little package. Music? Check. Superfans? Yup. Hijinx to get close to their fave band? Solid. This concept had me months before it came out. I couldn’t wait to read it, even before all the terrific reviews rolled in about this dark comedy.
The Peeps: The main character never gives her name, although she’s made out to be the most sane in the group. Don’t we all think that when telling our version of the story? Each of the four girls are described well and have distinct personalities. The same goes for the The Ruperts, even though they all share the same first name. I most enjoyed Rupert the Juggler who ends up dying. Sure he was a giant asshole when talking with the fangirls. At least he owned it, which was in contrast to his band persona where he really couldn’t find his identity.
The Ending (spoiler alert!): The story had nice suspense in trying to figure out what happened in the room when Rupert died. Especially when our main character doubts her sanity and wonders if maybe she did kill him. Hey, I think we’ve all been there when you get wrapped up in excitement, right? I know there’s been some times I may have regretted my concert action the next day. (For the record, no one died.)
The romance between the main character and her favorite Rupert (I think it was K, but I’m not sure any more) was cute. Isn’t it every fan girl’s dream that when she does meet the object of her affection, he finds her charming, interesting, beautiful in her own way, and wants to continue to hang out with her? Oh, just me? I’m not sure this rings anything near reality because Mikel has yet to say anything about my charming personality or wanting to be BFFs.
The actual resolution to the murder mystery was a little flat for me, but I understand why it had to go there. There were humorous parts to the book, but I wasn’t falling down laughing like I thought I might. However, it’s still a solid, fun read.
What I Cooked Up: Since I may know a thing or two about being a fangirl, even at my age, I wanted to incorporate how I appreciate my favorites. It seemed only fitting to make the band into a cookie. While I don’t really know what they look like, this was my interpretation.