If you love the music world and wonder what it takes to “make it” in the business, then Rising Star may be the book for you. Fifteen year old Dani Truehart is the main character, and in the book she describes her journey to earning a recording deal. Plenty of obstacles and drama follow her….. an overbearing stage mom, separation from her friends and family, and the pressures of her training. I found this to be an interesting story that moved at a good pace. I think the YA reader would especially enjoy it.

Kelly Cantrell

Great vacation book! Whether you are snuggled up by a cozy fire with a cup of tea or down by the beach with a cool one, this book is a fun, relaxing read! A perfect book to cuddle up with and CHECK OUT! Really enjoyable to see this character grow as she navigates the challenges of coming of age and building a meteoric music career. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series to see where Dani goes from here!


April 13, 2021 – Hello fellow booklovers, I have another book review for you guys today. I have to say that I have been reading a lot of books that are a little bit out of my comfort zone lately. But this one felt right up my alley. I have always been intrigued by the entertainment industry, how a pop star is made, all the effort and hard work it takes… and this book has a lot about that, and so much more..

Rising Star by Michele Kwasniewski

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My first 5 star rating of the year and one I wasn’t expecting.
This book was really good at portraying the life of a pop star, from the early stages of her career to her road to making it big. We live it all through the eyes of Dani our main protagonist. her struggles, her dealings with an more than oportunistic mother who just wanted money and fame vicariously through her daughter.. and you will be thankful you’re not Dany let me tell you… it’s hard hitting, their relationship.. always pushing her, and pushing her and with less than good intentions.
We see her trying hard to mantain her relationships and how it’s quite a difficult task, due to long hours, tigh schedules and just simply being too tired to reach out..

We also see how important it is to have important people on your corner helping you deal with it all and supporting you as best they could by understanding your absence in a way.

It’s easy to see the background and research the author had on the entertainment industry.. You can feel the effort one has to go through to reach stardom.
The character development on this book is top of the line, it only enriches the story.

It starts a little on the slow side but once it picks up you’ll fly through it, it’s easy to read and very engrossing which I appreciate a lot because that’s what I’m looking for these days, to be taking out from my reality for a while.
Thank you to the author for gifting me with this book and I’m looking forward to reading more from her.

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Happy Reading


Chelle’s Book Ramblings

Fun read! Great read! Dani is relatable and easy to cheer for! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Amazon Customer

Nostalgic and entertaining: Rising Star is a wonderfully exciting read that appeals to all with a fresh, witfull and often humorous reminiscence that is Kwasniewski’s signature style. Certainly looking forward to the next book in the series!

Amazon Customer

Well written and relatable! So well written! I couldn’t put it down! Dani’s journey and struggles are so relatable! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!!

Heather A.

Sweet, talented, and determined Dani Truehart – 15 years old – is about to have her dream of being a Pop Singer realized. However, so many concerns swirl around in her head. I liked reading this realistic story of how the entertainment business works – the highs and the lows. Good book! And, I’m curious about Dani in the next book of the series!

Anita M.

 Can’t wait for book two in the series! To say I love this book is an understatement. You really feel what Dani goes through in her musical journey. Also there is some eye-opening insights to the positives and negative sides to being in the music business. In addition Dani’s relationship with her ambitious mom to her relationship with her sister is weaved into Dani dealing with her own longings and ambitions. This is really well depicted by the author Michele. At times you can really relate and feel what Dani is going through and at times feel for all the other characters as well. Can’t wait for book two in the Dani Truehart series!

Nicoletta N.

Such a great read!! Looking forward to book 2, I’m hooked!!

Suzi M.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Dani is a relatable character and I can’t wait for the next book to see what happens in Dani’s life.

Susan D.