Rock On by Denise Vega
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This brother v. brother story is told with more realism than I'd anticipated: Del is a high school lacrosse star turned college drop-out, while Ori is the dorky guitar-playing kid brother. We don't focus on that as much, though, because the book is also about Ori's unnamed band, his lack of luck with girls, his love of music and desire for a Les Paul guitar with which to win the Battle of the Bands. The plot was a bit predictable, but in a good way (I know, that's odd, but trust me on this).
Even the fact that this was told in texts, website screenshots, straight narrative and IMs didn't feel forced and gimicky. Kids use all those methods (well, not the straight narrative, but the others) and the way they blended into the story made sense. It was also nice to have this be a boy-based story, although there's definite girl appeal here.
ARC provided by publisher.