Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Road Rash by Mark Huntely Parsons
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author Info: Twitter
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352 pages
Buy it Here: Amazon
Our Rating: 3 1/2 stars
After being dropped from one band, 17-year-old drummer Zach gets a chance to go on tour with a much better band. It feels like sweet redemption, but this is one rocky road trip. . . .
Zach's in control on the drums, driving the band, keeping things moving at the right pace. But when the show is over, his timing is all off. The jealousies and rivalries within his new group keep him off-balance. The awesome original song he recorded backfires. And the girl he left back home is suddenly talking about this other guy . . .
Mark Parsons has written a fast-paced, feel-good novel about a boy finding his place in the world, in a band, and in the music. Zach is a character teens will stand up and cheer for as he lands the perfect gig, and the perfect girl.
I have to start by saying my favorite part of this book were the drummer jokes that popped up periodically! Their presence in the book gave it something special, which I really liked. I loved Zach from the beginning, as he struggled with musical self-esteem & finding his place after losing his band and his best friend. I knew that when he joined the new band there would be issues & it played out exactly like I thought it had!
I feel like this book was more of a guy-read, but I still enjoyed it!