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If Rock and Roll Were a Machine

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Terry Davis' If Rock & Roll Were A Machine offers us a priceless gift; Bert Bowden, an everyteen caught poignantly in the throes of becoming himself and torn by the task of breaking away from his loving-but-confused parents. It is the old story made new once again in the roar of Harleys, the pulse-like throb of an R & B baseline, and the silence of adolescent solit ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Eastern Washington University Press (first published October 1st 1992)
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Sylene
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
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Dave Wilson
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.
Debbie Hoskins
Motorcycles and rock, what's there not to like?
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Terry Davis is an American novelist who lives near Spokane, Washington, and is a professor emeritus of English at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU Mankato), where he taught Creative writing – fiction and screenwriting – as well as adolescent literature. Davis, who has been a high school English teacher and a wrestling coach, is the author of three novels for young adults: Vision Quest (197 ...more
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