Broad Street

Broad Street

by Christine Weiser

When Kit Greene and Margo Bevilacqua make a drunken pact to form a band with the sole purpose of outshining the musical men in their lives, they have no idea what awaits them: gigs in seedy bars, obsessed fans, threats from a stalker, parties with biker gangs, and a seemingly end quest to secure a steady drummer.

Meanwhile, both women must learn to juggle their personal, professional and musical lives as they deal with ex-boyfriends, mind-numbing day jobs, and hard-to-please parents as they claw their way to the top of the Philly rock pile.

  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.61
  • Pages: 234
  • Publish Date: September 1st 2008 by PS Books
  • Isbn10: 0979335019
  • Isbn13: 9780979335013

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Some sort of shift, and so when I picked up Broad Street again the next morning I was less critical of Kit, and I realized I did want to know what happened next. She works in a job she tolerates because she has bills to pay, is now living on her own after having broken up with a cheating boyfriend, and is feeling even more like she's a disappointment to her family, especially compared to her successful sister who seems to do no wrong. Margo comes across as confident and sure, and yet she is quite insecure on the inside. Her relationship is on rocky ground; much like Kit, she works a ho hum day job, and she feels a bit stuck where she is. Still, the women are able to get their band off the ground, booking shows and performing alongside other respected rock bands. The rock scene in Philadelphia during the 1990's was male-dominated and the women often had to struggle harder to get where they wanted to go. The author Christine Weiser has insider knowledge of the local rock band scene, having been in a band herself. The focus of the book, while always on Kit, shifted toward the band and her other relationships more specifically and less on Kit and her sexual escapades and drug experimentation. I am not sure Broad Street is really my type of book, when all is said and done. I do think that Christine Weiser has a promising career ahead of her as an author, and from what I have heard of the book she currently is working on (a mystery), it sounds like it will be a good one.

Broad Street is a novel that focuses around the life of Kit Greene and her new-found best friend, Margo Bevilacqua. Through Dale, Kit has gained valuable experience regarding the ins and outs of the Philadelphia music scene. Instead, Kit is determined to move on with her life and recreate her new Dale-free identity. Kit and Margo immediately bond over their shared interest in music and their love for female musicians. I saw much of myself in Kit she worked in Philadelphia as a copywriter and loved music. It seems like the band is close to getting a record deal at the end of the novel, but youre not entirely sure if they do or not. It kind of seems like the end of the band may be within hindsight since Margo wants to go back to school to study agriculture. Despite being in Kits head through the entire novel I still felt like I didnt really know her or what she was thinking or feeling. She still felt really distant to me and again Im not sure this was the right character to use as the narrator; the novel probably wouldve benefited from having Margo as the main character and narrator.

I'm such a dork that I had no idea this was set in the 90s until Kurt Cobain dies at the end.

The author of Broad Street, a story of a young twentysomething who finds a passion in music and taps into a talent that she did not know she had, Weiser brings the reader into the life of young musicians, musician wannabes, and hangers-on in a way that puts the reader on the stage, in the studio, and between the sheets. Margo enters Kits life through a band party in which they click over the small talk of the trade. What unites them is more the revenge fantasy of forming a band and surpassing their cheating boyfriends than their passion for musical expression. While hatching the plan for the band, from which Broad Street gets its name, the young women find that they really do have passion, and they can write sweet songs, angry songs, and passionate songs in addition to revenge songs. Throughout the birth and launch of the band, we find the young women, especially Kit, drunk, hung over, and naked next to a man they didnt know or who exploited them.

The novel follows Kit and Margo as they decide on one very drunken night to form a band in order to get back at the men in their lives who are both in bands themselves. She ends up going to the party where she meets Margo and she's feeling out of place with all these people who knew her when she was a couple so she resorts to more than a few drinks which ends in her drunken agreement to form a band. I was hooked from the first page and interested to find out how things would end for Kit. For those who find the rock scene with alcohol, drugs and sex offensive then you may not like the book but this book holds so much more than that in terms of strong women and finding yourself in a sometimes mixed up world.

this book was like a crash; i didn't want to see it but i couldn't look away. second, it's funny that the main character is a proofreader when there are so many blatant mistakes in this book - capitalization, spelling, etc.

Fast and Fun, Girl-Band Broad Street Rocks! It's fast-paced, witty, bonding, with a sense of strength building among the girls from the start to the end of the book.

But for those who like rock and roll, this would be a good book for them.

There were a few timing issues that made me wonder what year this book was supposed to take place in.