Road Rash

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A teenage drummer finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band in this funny and bittersweet YA novel. For anyone who loved Almost Famous or This Is Spinal Tap.
 
After being dropped from one band, sixteen-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—filled with ...

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Overview

A teenage drummer finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band in this funny and bittersweet YA novel. For anyone who loved Almost Famous or This Is Spinal Tap.
 
After being dropped from one band, sixteen-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—filled with jealousy, rivalries, and on-stage meltdowns.
 
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.
 
“A must-read for young garage-band types.” —Booklist
 
“Readers and especially musicians should enjoy debut novelist Parsons’s look at a band on the run.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“A road-trip adventure in romance and friendship that is ultimately all about the music.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
When 17-year-old Zach Ryan gets picked as the new drummer in a popular local band going on a long summer tour, he quickly learns about the challenges that come with life on the road. Playing in small venues, Bad Habit deals with a bar brawl and a manager who won’t pay them, but the biggest problems come from within the band. Zach wants to start playing originals, like a great song written by Bad Habit’s talented guitarist, but the lead singer has too much ego to listen. Zach is a sympathetic “nice guy” narrator who is trying to be a responsible band member, despite being its newest and youngest addition. He’s also good at expressing the thrill of creating music (describing drumming, he says, “You’re the guy with his foot on the gas driving the whole thing. You’re the one making people get up off their asses and dance”). This road trip runs a bit long, including a romantic storyline that distracts from the main plot, but readers and especially musicians should enjoy debut novelist Parsons’s look at a band on the run. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
Dumped by his band, Zach faces the prospect of the summer before senior year's being the dullest of his life, forced by his parents to work a "real" job. Things turn around when Bad Habit picks him up as their new drummer right before their first tour. Zach quickly learns that being in a touring band is itself a job, schooling him in compromise, management and professionalism. However, the moments on stage make up for the drama and boredom between gigs. Driving from town to town, Zach wonders what is going on between him and girl-back-home Kimber, as their emails seem to be taking their friendship into new territory. He also discovers that his band mates have hidden talents that could elevate them to the next level, but he manages to set off one ego-bomb after another as he tries to challenge them creatively. The predictable yet believable mix of personalities--self-absorbed lead singer, goofy bass player, token girl on keyboard and the talented-but-serious guitar player--works well despite some awkward language and clichéd scenes. When the band takes the stage, the music references and technical details are presented with such enthusiasm that readers will find their heads nodding and toes tapping as though they were in the crowd. A road-trip adventure in romance and friendship that is ultimately all about the music. (Fiction. 14-17)
Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
When seventeen-year-old drummer and songwriter Zach gets kicked out of his band, he thinks it’s the end of the world, until he’s offered a spot in a new, even better band and invited to join their tour. A road trip with his friends, playing music at every stop, and writing new songs for the band sounds like the perfect way to spend a summer, even if it does mean leaving behind the girl he might be in love with. But life on the road is not as harmonious as he had hoped. Jealousy and competition between band members threaten to tear the band apart and Zach’s position as drummer looks like it might be the first casualty of the growing rift. The girl he left behind is spending way too much time with another boy. But teaming up with one of his bandmates to write a song for Wild 107s “Best in the Rockin’ West” contest might be the way to show the girl how much he cares while simultaneously fixing his floundering music career. A must-read for aspiring musicians and teens with an interest in the arts, Parsons’ debut novel hits all the right notes. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles; Ages 14 up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385753425
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 449,074
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK PARSONS has been a drummer since 7th grade when he saved $100 from his paper route to buy a used drumset, and he's been pounding away ever since. He's a long-standing contributor for Modern Drummer magazine, and has written non-fiction books on audio and music-related topics.

Mark lives on the Central Coast of California with his wife and two sons (the four of whom comprise the ever-eclectic dance-rock band, Risky Whippet). Road Rash is his debut novel.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    Take an unforgettable, wild ride in the "Bad-Mobile" w

    Take an unforgettable, wild ride in the "Bad-Mobile" with Zach and his traveling rock band. You won't be sorry you hopped aboard for this high-octane, musical adventure. Fasten your seatbelt for a fast-paced, bumpy road tour filled with rocky relationships that need to be resolved along the way to concert destinations.

    Parsons creates an empathetic, passionate protagonist with his sensitive portrayal of Zach, the gifted teenage drummer. His realistic, insightful glimpse into the world of rock musicians is magnificent. I was impressed by his detailed descriptions of how musicians hone their craft and prepare for concerts. He takes you on stage during a performance and allows you to feel what the characters are experiencing. It is obvious that the author has first-hand experience as a professional drummer and musician.

    I highly recommend this entertaining, high-energy journey into the fascinating world of rock and roll musicians. I am adding Road Rash to the fiction collection in my school library. Readers will be rockin' to the beat of a fine-tuned, beautifully harmonized story until the final chord is played and the conflicts are resolved in a gratifying conclusion.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    Beating the drums for Road Rash! It was a great book. I am a tee

    Beating the drums for Road Rash! It was a great book. I am a teenage drummer like Zach, and I could identify with his role in the rock & roll band. The author did an awesome job of describing Zach's feelings and the difficulties he went through on tour with the older band members. I enjoyed this book very much.

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