The Rock Star in the Mirror (or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life)

Rated 4.13/5 based on 8 reviews
Joe is a small-town Oregon guy. He's madly in love with Lynnie ... who has a huge crush on David Bowie. Joe will do almost anything to get Lynnie's attention, but there are always consequences. More
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About Sharon E. Cathcart

Award-winning author Sharon E. Cathcart (she/her) writes historical fiction with a twist!

A former journalist and newspaper editor, Sharon has written for as long as she can remember and generally has at least one work in progress.

Sharon lives with her husband and several rescue cats in the Silicon Valley, California.

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Reviews of The Rock Star in the Mirror (or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) by Sharon E. Cathcart

Louise Hathaway reviewed on Oct. 3, 2015

I enjoyed reading your book. It was very brave of you to tell the story from a male point of view. I liked all the characters. I went under the pen name Louise Hathaway
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Sadie S. Forsythe reviewed on April 28, 2014

I thought this was an interesting little story chronicling one young man's attempt to find himself, when he wasn't even originally aware that he was lost. An obsession with David Bowie, once removed, is just such a random way to go about it. I especially liked that the HEA isn't one that brings all the happy people together. Joe had to face the consequences of his actions, but was still happy with the end result. It did seem to wrap up unexpectedly quickly, but it's well-written and worth the time to read.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Avid Reader reviewed on Aug. 18, 2013

Joe loves Lynnie and will do whatever it takes to win her over, even transforming himself into the spitting image of rock star David Bowie. The last quarter of the book seemed rushed.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Amanda Borenstadt reviewed on Jan. 13, 2013

Told in first person, the story has an intimate, conversational feel. Cathcart gives the reader a vivid sense of Joe's "voice" as we watch Joe transform from Mister Shy to Mister Popularity. We watch in nervous anticipation, wondering if he'll get the girl, completely blow it because of his new rock star persona, or perhaps slip into insanity. I won't spoil the ending for you. You must to read it for yourself.

It's a super read for anybody, but for Bowie fans, the mention of "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (the 1976 science fiction film starring David Bowie) and the references to Bowie songs are loads of fun. I swear, Bowie started singing in my head!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Dave Darling reviewed on Jan. 10, 2013

I enjoyed this novella quite a bit. (Disclaimer: The author is a real-life friend of mine.)

There are certainly enough Bowie references for (almost) any Bowie fan. The protagonist does get quite annoying, but that shows how well realized he is.

I generally prefer my books on dead trees, but even without physical pages to turn I still liked this one! In some ways, I wish it were longer, but that would run the risk of it being overdone.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Space Face reviewed on Jan. 2, 2013

Well this book appealed to me as I've been a Bowie fan for 40 years and still have the Ziggy cut, plus my family and best friends call me Lynnie. Really enjoyed it, and it's also my first e-read (as a book addict I prefer to lie curled around a book in bed). The author is clearly a Bowie fan,I loved all the references to songs etc. My only complaint is it was too short!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
WyrdStar reviewed on Nov. 28, 2012

An entertaining little read. The premise was somewhat reminiscent of the Woody Allen film Play It Again, Sam. I expected the second half of the story to develop further than it did, but it provided a fun distraction during a particularly tedious train journey to Sheffield. [Goodreads rating: 3 stars = 'I liked it'.]
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
MoshPit Publishing reviewed on Nov. 7, 2012

Purchased this book two days ago and then had to wait to read it because I'd let my NOOK battery die! But it was worth the wait.

Ms Cathcart has written a lovely tale - highly original, nicely paced, great characters, and simply a pleasure to read.

I don't read many books or stories twice - which is why I prefer ereading to print reading - but this is one story I expect to revisit in a couple of weeks' time.

It was a lovely way to start my day.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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