DJ Rising

DJ Rising

Book - 2012
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Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan's career as "DJ Ice" is skyrocketing, but his mother's heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316121873
Branch Call Number: / FICTION MAIA LOVE
Characteristics: 277 p., [7] ; 22 cm


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Jul 04, 2013

This book is incredible! I recommend this book to anyone who has ever had a dream. It is very inspiring. :)

chrisgotstacks Jul 28, 2012


Jun 26, 2012

This novel stands out from the rest of the YA music-centred pack with several distinctions: a male protagonist, a focus on mixing music rather than purely creating it, and a slightly grittier, more urban setting than, say, Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez or Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly. It’s easy to feel the heart poured into this story; it’s an ode to music.

Marley has voice and humour going for him. Even before we’re informed he’s Puerto Rican and black, the narrative lets us into his bubble of perspective. It’s also fabulous to see friends who are at once flippant and supportive, and to watch the repartee between Marley’s circle and the “Haves”; although the rich-poor line is a bit too thick to feel realistic, it makes for hilarious banter.

The plot is a steady, straightforward one, allowing the characters and the beautiful scenes in the clubs to take precedence. And the DJing scenes are sublime. It’s where Love Maia’s prose flows best; it spills a passion for music across the pages while offering a descriptive look behind the scenes—or rather, behind the turntables.

Otherwise, however, DJ Rising does not shine in the writing department. Characters often info-dump in conversation, and a menacing number of exclamation marks litter each chapter, accentuating the often-used clichés. Speaking of clichés, the romance definitely is one. Though the longing Marley feels for Lea Hall is realistic, the ease of their relationship is not. It grows too quickly into the dream of a perfect relationship, reminiscent of Take Me There by Carolee Dean.

Oh, but the last paragraph. It’s so lovely it makes up for the entire last summarizing chapter. (You know those summarizing paragraphs... they say "oh, I ended up with her, and my mom finally called me, and my friends all came back!") I want to quote it, but also don’t want to ruin the surprise. So… yes, I would say go ahead and read this one.


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Jul 04, 2013

"Last night, I had the most incredible dream.
I dreamed that I was on the highest of highs, flying like I said I would.
I dreamed that I had a family who loved me and wanted to give me a healthy home life.
I dreamed of the most elite club in the city and of a circular booth from which I had the power to free people of all their worries and replace those worries with forty-five minutes of bliss.
Last night, I dreamed these things.
And in the morning,
I found that I was, in fact,
Still dreaming.

~Marley (DJ Ice)

chrisgotstacks Jul 28, 2012

great ' amazing and joyful


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Aug 17, 2013

freddieuk thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 99


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chrisgotstacks Jul 28, 2012

this book teaches people how life can be the cool way and it is a great book


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