- Title: If Rock and Roll Were a Machine
- Author: Terry Davis
- ISBN: 9780910055864
- Page: 500
- Format: Paperback
This coming of age tale is an old story made new once again in the roar of Harleys, the pulse like throb of an RB baseline, and the silence of adolescent solitude The story teaches us once again that the pain of coming of age is the purchase price of mature joy.
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This book had a good message for a lot of teens in my opinion. It was one of those books, in my opinion, that goes too scary deep into real-life problems where you just got to put it down for a while. Overall a great book with a good message.
An excellent book about growing up, the impact of the people around us, and how the decisions we make about who we are and what we will become shape not only us, but those around us. Really enjoyed this one. Fast YA lit book, but definitely worth the read!
On the surface, this is a story about a kid learning to ride motorcycles, play racquetball, and overcome his desire for intimacy.However, this story spoke a lot to me about a kid who had his self-confidence snatched away until he lost his will to voice opinions and recovers this. He finds meaningful people who believe in him, and that's all it takes for him to start rehabilitating his lost soul.Two of my favorite quotes from this book:1. [randomly funny simile] "Every bike I met carried a couple [...]
Davis gives us Bert Bowden, a coming-of-age high school junior who finds himself at a crossroad with his father, a bully teacher from his past, and the reality that he is not the best football player. In fact, Bert turns his focus to racketball where he runs into his bully teacher. Terry Davis had great success with Vision Quest (1979) and he does it again here with another memorable character in Bowden.
Loved the cover, loved the premise, loved the style AND the fact that it was an older title that held up well and was being reissued. Didn't love the f-bombs. Definitely look into for high school, but will pass for my middle school students.
This book was kind of slow at the start, but then by the end I was really into it. I thought it was going to be about rock and roll (as the title suggests), but really rock and roll hardly features. But it was a great growing-up novel, one that I can relate to and enjoy.
Received an ARC of what appears to be a reprint last year. Took me a while to get into, but Bert's story is powerful and one that we've all experienced: the debilitating effect of another's criticism and the self-defeating prophecy that can result.
See my review on my blog You Know You Wanna Read It: willteenbooks/201
Motorcycles and rock, what's there not to like?
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