Stone

Confessions of a Rockstar

Fiction - General
484 Pages
Reviewed on 08/22/2015
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Author Biography

C. J. McWain grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor in Literary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she went on to perform graduate work in Humanities. For twelve years, she has served as the Chief Operations Officer for a financial planning firm in Dallas, Texas, and as adventure columnists for Modern Jack magazine. She was an avid reader at a young age, finishing the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy's series by the age of nine. At age eleven she picked up her first romance novel on the bus of a traveling library. It was Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. A challenging read for a young girl and it prompted her to buy her first dictionary so she could look up words that were unknown in her youthful vocabulary. On her twelfth birthday, her mother took her to a bookstore where she was immediately drawn to Shakespeare. The sales person steered Cynthia towards the children's version of his collected works, but she insisted on the unabridged adult version. It was then that she truly fell in love with both Shakespeare and literature. By the time she reached her teenage years she had written over forty pieces of poetry and one novella. It wasn't any surprise that she attended college to study literature where she received several awards for her writing talent and has since produced many short stories, biographies, articles, and essays. Only recently has she returned to her love of writing fiction novels

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Stone: Confessions of a Rock Star by CJ McWain is the story of a vain rock star. Stone is the epitome of a sexy rock star, with his long dark hair and revealing outfits. He is promised to Julie but, having been signed to tour in America, he wants to complete that first. Stone is a liar. Stone is selfish, spending years chasing after Cassy, a woman he simply cannot have. Liars always end up tripping themselves up and Stone is no exception. While he believes he is God’s gift, his life is built on cards – and the whole deck is about to come tumbling down around him. His lies have caught up with him and it is time for the truth to come out – and what better way to do it than in a journal, a book that the world will fall over themselves to read.

Stone: Confessions of a Rock Star was a pretty involved book. I must say that the characters were very likeable, especially the man himself, and the story unfolded very naturally. It wasn’t a difficult book to read, but it was one of those that you really couldn’t predict what was going to happen next. The development of this story was good and I believe that to be successful at writing this kind of book, you have to have a real flair for writing – CJ McWain clearly has that. A very good book.

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I read books solely for entertainment, and this book fulfilled this purpose perfectly. I give this book 4 out of 4 stars.

C. J. McWain is the author of this novel Stone: Confessions of a Rock Star. She wrote two more books called Between Kings and The Druid's Curse. All three books were published by the Createspace Independent Publishing Platform in 2015. Stone is an Other Fiction novel. This story is not appropriate for young readers due to language and sexual content.

Stone is a sexy Rock Star who is literally drowning in his own sea of lies. He selfishly spends years perusing a woman he can't have. The day has finally come for his lies to catch up with him and force him to tell the truth. Stone is desperate for a confession and what better way to do that than give the world one hell of a juicy memoir!

I believe this novel has all the right elements to earn a 4 star rating. It is simply beautiful in every sense of the word. The premise gave a brief glimpse of the protagonist's thoughts about writing one's personal troubles in a journal. I connected instantly from the start of the introduction and felt his vulnerability in sharing with the world his darkest secrets. This story tackles many themes such as infidelity, family, first love, and finally revealing the truth.

The plot was extremely new to me, I had no inkling to where he was going and that excited me more than anything else could. I went through all his accomplishments, his mistakes, his challenges and his dreams, and came out rooting for him. His lies created a delicate house of cards that could tumble down in any moment, and this feeling kept me nervous and on edge almost the entire book. I was thoroughly and utterly entertained.

I think in order to set a great constant pace in a memoir that would not confuse the reader in any way the author must have great writing skills. I believe Mcwain has those skills because I liked the pace she set in this memoir. Although the pace was exceedingly fast; I neither felt lost nor bored. I was able to catch up perfectly fine due to her writing style.

The author's character development and her writing style are remarkable. What I liked the most about this character was that although he lied to almost everyone around him, he never once lied to himself. I found that so refreshing that I liked him more despite his character flaws. He slowly matured through the book. He finally acknowledged that he played a huge role in destroying his marriage. He felt very human in every way possible, and surprisingly enough, that connected me more to him.

I highly admire the author's choice of vocabulary and I thank her for educating me with new words. I loved her writing style because I initially thought that I couldn’t relate to the protagonist, but then the author's writing style was so real and human that I finally related in a way. The story was more than well written; it was very smooth and very easy to follow. However, what delighted me the most was the author's ability to shake me. All through the book I wasn’t sure what I wanted him to do, to stop or to continue. I loved and hated him at the same time. Although this is a fictional memoir, it has stirred in me many emotions. From her writing alone, I felt angry, nervous, depressed, happy, guilty, betrayed, scared and finally and blessedly calm. These emotions gave me one fantastic ride and made me like the book even more.

With the presence of some typos, I still recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a thorough entertainment. I truly think this novel has all the right elements for a great read. I don’t think the author needs any advice from me; she is one very talented storyteller. I look forward to reading and reviewing more of her books.

Stacy Scheuchl

Great story! It was a quick read because I just couldn't put it down! The best thing about it is instead of the main characters being so perfect they aren't realistic, they are flawed (like we all are), but still likable, and you find yourself rooting for Stone even when he kept making the wrong decisions over and over again, and being so happy when he finally got it right in the end! Great job, can't wait til your next book!

Firmino Campos

This is an amazing book. Provide a lifetime experience, with all the challenges, the disappointments, accomplishments, the unplanned. Cynthia managed to entertain us to a point that we need more... It shows real life and how we deal with it. It was fun to read it !Congratulations !

JaviJV

It was really entertaining and humorous. I wasn't sure what to expect based on the title and introduction but once I started I was hooked.

Lisa Schumacher

Stone made me laugh and cry. I thought the characters were well developed and the story line was fun and engaging. It was clever to have it seem as though Stone got away with everything and yet not because once the memoir is published his deeds will be revealed. I'd like to read a sequel to see what happens when the truth comes out.

Casey Mayes

Clever and witty! I think that sums it up perfectly. It was a fun book to read and I really liked the fast paced style the author chose to use. Stone himself was hilarious!I'd love to see this story unfold in a movie.