by C. J. Skuse

Chicken House
November 2012

Ages 14 – 16 . Grades 9 – 11

Library of Congress: 2011046582

Lexile measure: HL700L

Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit, loses her precious moon rock, and bodysurfs backstage, she ends up with more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. And now he doesn't want to leave.

It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series . . . but who got punk'd?!
C. J. Skuse

C.J. SKUSE loves graphic novels, '80s sitcoms, Gummi Bears, My Chemical Romance, and malamutes. She hates omelettes, carnivals, and coughs. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in England. BCCB called her novel PRETTY BAD THINGS "a fast-paced action adventure [that] provides a subtle sociolgical study of the effects of living in a hyper-mediated culture"! ROCKOHOLIC is her second book.


  • "Made me laugh, cry, and seriously reconsider my taste in rock stars." -- Lucy Christopher, author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN

    "Perfect for the inner fangirl in us all. A hilarious look at what happens when fantasy and reality collide. Fast-paced, squirm-inducing, heartbreaking, life-affirming: It will make your think twice about your celebrity crushes. But not stop them. THAT would be crazy talk." -- Elizabeth Eulberg, author of TAKE A BOW

    "Unexpected, in the best possible way. Romantic, surprising, a wild ride from beginning to end." -- Stacy Kramer, co-author of FROM WHAT I REMEMBER

    "If Bridget Jones had a little sister, it would be Jody. Her narrative is sharp and pithy, yet perfectly captures how complicated it is to figure out what it means to love...and to learn how to let go. This reviewer cannot remember the last time she so desperately wanted everything to work out for a set of characters. ROCKOHOLIC is fun, funny, and would make a great book club read." -- VOYA

    "This engaging, surprisingly serious caper is rock-solid." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

    "A raucous story of romance, rock music, and accidental kidnapping...shines a light on the pressures of fame and the process of seeing oneself from a new angle." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

    "Funny and accurate." -- THE TIMES OF LONDON

    "Sharp, vivid, daft." -- THE TELEGRAPH UK

    "Intensely funny. Laugh-aloud slapstick with a dash of romance, it's terrific." -- THE BOOKSELLER UK


--- -'s not Jackson. It can't be Jackson. Jackson never goes backstage to visit the fans.

But it is Jackson.


Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, Jesus please no. Oh no. Oh no, I'm not ready. Oh I look a mess. Do I still smell of puke? This is too much. I'm going to faint. What will I do, what am I going to do?! This man is the most perfect man in the world and I look like crap! My mind is blank. I should be squeeing. I should be about ready to bungee jump off Cloud Nine, but I feel sick. I do want to meet him, ask him if it was a dream that he gave the moon rock back to me, tell him how much he means to me, how I'm an outcast like him, how my parents got divorced too, tell him about the Stephen King books I've read, about the thirty-seven times I've watched their DVD, how his birthday is twenty-six days before mine. Tell him I'm his Number One Fan.

Jacketed Hardcover / Adhesive

ISBN: 9780545429603

368pp. | 5-½ x 8-¼