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If Rock and Roll Were a Machine

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This coming-of-age tale is an 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 solitude. The story teaches us once again that the pain of coming of age is the purchase price of mature joy.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Eastern Washington University Press (first published October 1st 1992)
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Jun 01, 2014 Sylene rated it really liked it
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
Ms. Yingling
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.
Mar 11, 2016 Will rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
See my review on my blog You Know You Wanna Read It:
Dave Wilson
Dec 08, 2011 Dave Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 544-advchldlit
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
Aug 28, 2011 Debbie Hoskins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rock-star
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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