Equal parts humor and heartbreak, Sorta Like a Rock Star is a moving and worthwhile read. Amber Appleton is a truly unique and endearing character. Subject matter is mature, as spirituality, homelessness, alcoholism, murder, autism, and grief are all central to the storyline. Language is graphic, though infrequent. A sperm donor is mentioned and reference is made to a dog's "stiffy." Amber's promiscuous, smoking and drinking mother is murdered partway through the story, which marks a significant turning point in Amber's life. An incredibly supportive community makes heartwarming gestures in order to keep Amber afloat and let her know that she is truly cared for. This story is rich with discussion material, and the haiku poetry interspersed throughout adds greatly to the story in a very simple way.