Amplified by: Tara Kelly

Synopsis: When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she’s the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn’t think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . .

In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified.


Thoughts: There is no doubt that Amplified makes you feel like a rock star when you’re done. I love the struggles, the music, the parties, the boys, and everything wrapped up in this musical story.

We start off with Jasmine Kiss, who is from Woodside, an indicator that she comes from money. After telling her father she deferred Standford and doesn’t want to do the college thing, she leaves and goes to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of playing music. She realized life isn’t as easy as she’d though it’d be. When she meets Veta and Sean… siblings in the band C-side things start to look up for her. But, she’ll have to literally amp herself up to survive the life she wants.

I loved this book so, so much. If you don’t know, I’m in love with music. It’s what gets me through most days to be honest and I can’t seem to do one thing without it. I always have it on in the background, I play it in between classes, I fall asleep to it. Music says so much that words and feelings can’t sometimes. That being said, the whole music aspect of the story made me connect with it that much more. And hello…. Jasmine’s ringtone is Placebo – Meds?!?! I am in love with that song.

All the characters in this book are so well developed too. None of them are perfect, they all have flaws and problems. Jasmine is trying her hardest to fulfill her dream yet in the background, she deals with extreme family issues. She’s a very inspiring protagonists that I think many readers will relate to. I also, love all the band members: Veta, Bryn, and Felix. Veta is the hardcore best friend, Bryn has issues of his own to deal with while trying to be the band leader, and Felix is the comic relief. They all mesh together so well. There are also shall we say “others” that weave this story. One in particular… Amy. To me, she’s the type of person that girls hate and guys just want to get with. She’s spoiled and rude, and I wanted to kick her multiple times :).

And oh yes, I’m forgetting someone….. Sean. Sean is something else. Three main things hit my brain when I think of him: Smells like gasoline, has green eyes, and plays in a band. Each of those things drive me in INSANE. Uhhh perfection! I really enjoyed watching his and Jasmine’s relation grow. It’s not perfect, and it’s not meant to be… that’s what makes it so real.

To be honest, the ending of this story left me wanting so much more. But, with that being said I understand why it ended the way it did, and it ended perfectly for the story. There are so many ups and down and emotions throughout Amplified, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. A completely moving story.

– 5 out of 5 Stars –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

4 thoughts on “Amplified by: Tara Kelly

  1. Haven't read it yet ): but this is confirmation of my initial thoughts on this book: it's amazeballs. \”and I wanted to kick her multiple times :)\”<— smiling face???? = ❤


  2. Ohhh, this is a book that I really wanted to read!! I remember seeing it before and thinking that it sounded so cool because I love books with musicians, and I'm so glad you loved it, Jena! Perfectly imperfect characters and a super sweet boy are the best! Awesome review! 🙂


  3. Hahaha I've come to learn that green eyes = a Jena turn-on! I fail to see the appeal in the smell of gasoline LOL but I'm with you on the eyes and the fact he's in a band! 😉 This sounds like an amazing book with a fantastic protagonist and of course, awesome music! ❤ Totally have me wanting to read this!


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