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For a group of young people on the cusp of adulthood, music is their bond. RPM follows Neil’s tentative early forays with girls, his fumbling attempts at musical greatness with his band and his dreams of leaving small-town confines behind.

Along with a lively cast of characters -- JD the DJ, Stephen the Mod, Peaches, Jools One and Jools Two, Neil is drawn to returning Londo...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 2011 by University of Queensland Press
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YA/adult crossover fiction. (Meaning essentially that it's a coming of age story, but the publisher's decided they're going to sell more copies to people who remember the Eighties.) When Neil Gentle finished high school he had a band, and they had something, rock'n'roll dreams that could reach the world. But now he's nineteen, 1983 is kicking over into 1984, and most of Neil's dreams are about Charley, the first girl Neil's met whom he can talk about the Beatles with. Then an old hero comes back...more
David Bigger
Took a while to get into the main plot with a lot of characters to remember. I found the music references a bit over powering to the story. I feel they could have been used sparingly to highlight a moment. Nice little story which had its moments but the start in particular was long and bland.
A serendipitous find on the library shelves - a Queensland writer! I didn't know Noel Mengel had written a book and this one really brings out his strengths (music knowledge). I can relate to the misfits in the story, coming from a similar time (the 80s) and I know of Kingaroy (would have loved if he'd had the boys buzzing the Premier's farm...). RPM had a lovely nostalgic feel and so might be better marketed to adults who lived through the 80s, rather than YA (who will definitely not know most...more
Lauren Murphy
RPM is about a group of youth who share a passion for music and dream that it will take them out of their small Australian town. It is told from the POV of Neil a 19 year old guy who still grieves the death of his older brother Carl, the talented, loveable guy that Neil looked up to. Besides their enthusiasm for music, the brothers couldn’t be more different. Neil is always hiding in the shadows, he is shy, indecisive and lacks confidence which can be endearing and frustrating at the same time....more
have only read a few chapters. i think this book is turning out to be very good, its a mix of lots of diffrent things and alot of them i can relate to. its good to find a book from a male point of veiw that i can still realate to.
Took ages to get going but was interesting once it did.
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