Road Rash

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February 11, 2014
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A teenage drummer finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band in this funny, funky, bittersweet debut YA novel. For anyone who loved Almost Famous or This Is Spinal Tap. 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.

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Being a drummer myself, I was really looking forward to reading this book. Road Rash does not disappoint. Loved the band on the road story, and loved the musical references that are woven in almost flawlessly.

Mark Huntley Parsons creates characters you can cheer for- especially Zach. The character portrayals are realistic and readers get a glimpse on how musicians build their craft and prepare for their life on the stage. It is very clear that the author has first-hand experience as a professional drummer and musician.
While touring through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Canada Zach learns the ins and outs of life as a musician, professionalism, and the kind of dedication it takes to be a musician on the road.

Road Rash is a great story about following your dreams and the bumps in the road that get you there. Teens and Tweens, musicians and non-musician a like will enjoy this book.
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