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Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled

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This novel is an exciting college romance about best buddies, fraternity parties, new experiences and dangerous secrets. Colin and Karl are best friends and college sophomores enjoying an adventurous social life at a preppy, upstate New York college.

However, when Colin meets green eyed Jasmine everything in his life is soon turned upside down. The red-hot romance between g
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Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published December 15th 2010 by Createspace
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Charity
Jul 25, 2011 Charity rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the blind (lucky bastards)
*** Warning: The following review contains references to sex. Not good sex, mind you, but still, sex. ***

0 Stars, actually.

While it is never very pleasant to write a bad review, it even less pleasant to read a bad book. And this book is the WORST book I've ever read!

All other books are masterpieces in comparison. Horrible writing. Horrible characters. Horrible dialogue. Horrible plot line. Horrible layout. There really was NOTHING redeemable about this book at all. I would read excerpts to my
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Emily May
Jul 16, 2011 Emily May rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Many thanks to Goodreads first reads programme and the author - Bert Murray - for providing this book free for review.

I feel somewhat guilty that my review can't be more positive when I received such a nice message from the author requesting that I review this book. I wanted to come back with nothing but praise and compliments and declare it an undiscovered masterpiece... but I also think it's my job to review honestly and that's what you're going to get from me.

It's a very easy book to read, le
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Mackenzie Brown
Apr 08, 2015 Mackenzie Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling read.
The trials and tribulations of Colin Preston’s college days is a well crafted work, told in the first person and I was hooked from the start of this wonderful read. Colin falls for the incredibly beautiful, but flawed Jasmine, and can hardly believe his luck when his feelings are reciprocated. As in life though, things don’t necessarily go smoothly, but throughout the tale my attention was held and I was bound in, by the well drawn characters I cared for deeply.
The author has
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Literary  Chanteuse
Sep 09, 2011 Literary Chanteuse rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I loved the humor and throw back to the 80's in this book. It was an easy and enjoyable read. I liked a lot of the creative characters that I'm sure most people have encountered at one time or another. In my opinion Colin definitely rocked and rolled!
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I read a review of Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled on Booked Up and left a comment that prompted the author to contact me to request a review for his book. The premise appealed because I am a huge Beatles fan as well as having a soft spot for the 80's so I added it to my crowded schedule.

The protagonist, nineteen year old college student, Colin Preston, confronts some serious issues including drug use, relationship breakdown, mental illness and academic pressure during his first year on campus.
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Vone Savan
As human beings, we often want things that we can’t have. In the novel, Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled by Bert Murray, that again, is sadly the case.

In 1985, Colin Preston, an amiable—but not completely atypical—nineteen-year-old college student, goes to fictional Elerby University in upstate New York. There he meets Jasmine, a tumultuous wild child, who he falls madly in love with. Through their eventual relationship, Colin experiences challenges with infidelity, self-worth, and his sanity.

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Sonia Reppe
Dec 04, 2014 Sonia Reppe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-of-age
This is a boy-meets-girl story that takes place at college in the '80's. Colin falls hard for Jasmine and gets his heart broken. I liked being in the world of this book; college-age romance and heart-break is a favorite of mine to read. Colin is likable and vulnerable and his relationship with Jasmine is realistically drawn. The reader can tell that Colin loves Jasmine more than she loves him--he gets mad at her flirting but then is the first to apologize when they fight. There are some good des ...more
Sheldon
Jun 02, 2011 Sheldon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction
A coming-of-age novel set after the early teenage years when most coming-of-age novels are set, Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled by Bert Murray is a touching slice of life story during the title character's first semester of his sophomore year at Elerby University.

Colin himself is a typical nice guy who is obsessed with classic rock. He meets Jasmine, a girl who he falls head over heels for and believes she is his soul mate, despite being warned by several friends that she is going to be trouble.
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Melissa
Sep 20, 2011 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow there is a lot to say about what I found within the front and back cover of this book. Let me start with the positive. What earned the rating of "one star" were the final two words of this story...The End. That simple phrase was the sole reason for a "one star" rating. Beyond that the rest of the book would get nothing.

This simply may have been the most poorly written book I have ever read. At page 42 I had already begun calculating the number of pages left in the book and after another 40 p
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Kitty Honeycutt
Jun 19, 2011 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"COLIN PRESTON ROCKED AND ROLLED" BY BERT MURRAY

I had been trying to get a copy of this book since March and finally received one in early June. I can honestly say that it was well worth the wait! This book is a story of coming of age, learning your true self, and realizing that first loves don't always last. It's also a story about deception and betrayal and how selfish people can be, but it's also about realizing this is not the end of the world and you can move on and be alright.

Colin Preston
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Kelly
Feb 15, 2011 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Bark's Book Nonsense
I’m unfortunately going to have to mark this one as a DNF. I’m at the halfway point and it just isn’t working for me. The writing is breezy but I’m not finding any of the characters engaging enough to continue and I'm getting increasingly frustrated at the fact that although Jasmine is stunningly gorgeous there is very little to love about her personality. Also, though it is set in the 80’s, the characters feel more like they belong in the 1970’s. As a child of the 80's I was expecting something ...more
Amandaj
Colin Preston, a 19 year old college student, falls fast in love with a girl named Jasmine. He feels like he can talk to her about anything, that she is his soul mate, that they are meant for each other.
He fails to see that maybe she doesn't feel the same way back. Jasmine is his first love and becomes obsessed with her in the way that lovers sometimes do, refusing to see faults, and wearing rose colored glasses. Jasmine is defensive, moody, self absorbed, and most likely confused as to what sh
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Anthony Chavez
I'm considering this a Goodreads First Reads book as Bert Murray sent me the book to review. Colin Preston is a great character who has many layers, Murray writes him real to life, a college kid struggling to find himself, still undeclared and figuring out his true passions, fighting with his dad, feeling misunderstood and at times embarrassed by them, really trying to hash out his path, found out what to love. The one constant throughout the book is his love of the Beatles and Lennon specifical ...more
Sue
Sep 10, 2011 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college-students
Colin Preston, a 19 year old college student, falls fast in love with a girl named Jasmine. He feels like he can talk to her about anything, that she is his soul mate, that they are meant for each other.
He fails to see that maybe she doesn't feel the same way back. Jasmine is his first love and becomes obsessed with her in the way that lovers sometimes do, refusing to see faults, and wearing rose colored glasses. Jasmine is defensive, moody, self absorbed, and most likely confused as to what sh
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Jeff
Jun 23, 2012 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
The first half was intriguing. The premise was sound, but I couldnt understand why there had to be so many chapter breaks between character's lines! Didn't chapters usually signal change of location, or different characters interacting with the main character? I got so tired of it I skipped to the end and made my way backwards, even skipping a few chapters in between. Storywise however I felt it was well done, if not a little suspect. Probably better geared towards a lovesick twenty-something ro ...more
Joshua
Aug 06, 2011 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book caught my attention from the title and cover alone. I was glad that I received the chance to read this book. Colin, a college sophomore, has to deal with the many issues of life: family, friends, and relationships. I would recommend this book to others.
Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
This is a Reading Good Books review.

The year was 1985. Madonna was making waves up and down the Top 40 charts. The Bee Gees were ‘staying alive’. Colin Preston was in his sophomore year at Elerby University; the toughest period in his life.

I remember seeing this book again and again in various giveaways from GoodReads and LibraryThing and I never won it. Until the author directly contacted me and graciously offered to provide a copy of the book for review. I received this book in the mail befo
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Geoffrey West
Sep 05, 2013 Geoffrey West rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really really genuinely good book. It makes you think. It makes you angry. And it makes you sad. Most of all it makes you think: "I've been there, I know just how he's feeling."
The most absorbing aspect for me was the character of Colin Preston, the Beatle-music-obsessed hero. Even though he doesn't profess to be a particularly good guy, he can't help his true character coming out in the way he behaves and the things he does and the way he treats other people.
It's an account of tee
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Brigitte
Jul 08, 2015 Brigitte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, college, suspense, na
After reading "Through the Riptide", the sequel to this book, I was intrigued by some of the characters who had met at college in the first book and my curiosity got the better of me. I went on to purchase "Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled". It didn't disappoint.

Colin is a nineteen year old student who doesn't have much confidence in himself, especially when it comes to girls. Karl is his best friend who doesn't believe in serious relationships but doesn’t have any problems with picking up anyone
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Carol Piner
Nov 02, 2014 Carol Piner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Splats, Selfish Friendships and Useless Pats on the Back, October 19, 2014
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Carol Piner aka NCcharmer "NCcharmer" (North Carolina) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled (Kindle Edition)
Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled is a debul novel by Bert Murray and I think it is certainly one he can be proud of. He introduces his characters and then brings them to life slowly thereby ensuring you will remember them when they pop back up later in the book. And they do.
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Terry
A quick, easy, and fun read. Aimed at a young adult reader, it is a slice of daily life for many of them. If you are over age 25, it will bring back memories of how immature we all were at age 18-20. This is a story of an average male college sophomore: Colin Preston has limited sexual experience but thinks about sex most of the time, does just enough work to get by respectably in college, resents his parents, admires a buddy who appears to have it easy with women, and is deathly afraid of looki ...more
Lina
Firstly, I would like to thank Bert Murray for allowing me to read a copy of his debut novel Colin Preston; Rocked and Rolled.

Just like A Touch Mortal, this book gave me a lot of mixed feelings. In the beginning, I honestly will admit I could not get into it. I felt like I was reading some kid's diary about life and searching for love in college. Now, I'm in college and I totally understand the desire to have someone at least to cuddle with. That being said, I don't feel like reading about that
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Ingrid Hall
Nov 16, 2013 Ingrid Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I am enjoying the eclectic range of novels that we are receiving at the moment from indie authors wanting their books reviewed: Books that I normally wouldn't read but to my surprise I am thoroughly enjoying and Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled is a perfect example!

Beautifully told in first person through the eyes of the unlikely hero of the book and ardent Beatles fan Colin, the story kicks off at Elerby College in New York in 1985 and I was immediately drawn in to Colin's wor
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Alpha
Jan 25, 2012 Alpha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first came across Bert Murray and his first novel Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled through multiple groups here on Goodreads. I have to admit, I am enjoying coming across all these new writers who have seized the brass ring when traditional publishing is becoming more and more selective on who they decide to publish. The cons of self-publishing however are understandable since a lot of the resources available with traditional are high cost on one's on. Ergo, I give some graces with certain thin ...more
Lilac Wolf
Apr 12, 2011 Lilac Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lilac by: Bert Murray
The cover is brilliant. I don't think the characters are as HOT as described in the book but then again I'm 36 and not 19. It is colorful and eye catching. I had a hard time avoiding this book that I received from the author thru Goodreads. (Why was I avoiding it you ask? Because I have an ever growing list of books to review!)

The main character annoyed the living hell out of me. He whined a lot, and kept making choices that were making his life worse. Jasmine, the girl he obsessed over, was com
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Karen Fowler
Jul 23, 2011 Karen Fowler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book made me realize that it has been a very long time since I've read a book with a youngish male narrator. Sure, I've read some James Patterson, but those don't really count, as his stories are less about characters and more about suspenseful plots. This book, Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled is male-character-driven, and I found the change out of my norm refreshing. 

Boiled down to basics, it was the story of a young man, adrift during his first year of college for various reasons
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TC
Jul 13, 2011 TC rated it liked it
Shelves: lad-lit
Colin Preston is 19, at university in upstate New York and doing all the things students are meant to do. When he meets free-spirited Jasmine he is besotted. This is a story of his first real love, betrayal and friendship.

Colin's other love is music, mostly from the 60s and 70s, and song titles and lyrics run throughout the story. For someone who knows their music better it would probably mean more to them, but a lot of it passed over my head. However the book is set in the mid 80s and contains
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ILoveBooks
Jul 25, 2011 ILoveBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Need a good summer read? Colin is a typical sophomore in college. The reader will be immediately immersed in the novel. Colin is one of those characters that a reader will be unsure about. Is Colin a sympathetic character? Is he too neurotic? Yes, to both questions in this case. Colin isn't the most mature character, but that is actually a great quality to this novel. Colin shouldn't be extremely mature, he's still a kid in many ways. He does, however, show flashes of maturity throughout the nov ...more
Liliana Diaconescu
Thank you the author for sending me a copy in exchange of an honest review.

I liked the book and as a first, for me, it stirred memories, as I was in my second year of university, pretty much at the same time as Colin and loved the Beatles (even though in another country, very different at the time from the US).

Colin Preston is in his second year at a very exclusive and expensive college, as many young people do, he has troubles with his parents, especially with his father with whom he doesn't se
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Bert Murray is an American author. Bert attended Princeton University. When he is not writing he enjoys playing tennis and jogging on the beach. He loves classic rock music from the '60s.
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