The Rock Star's Homecoming

The Rock Star's Homecoming

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by Linda Gould
     
 

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Nestled in the Appalachian foothills, Glendary College is the epitome of a small-town college. Calm and studious on the surface, the mixture of jocks, religious fanatics, and hippies creates a powder keg just waiting to explode. The igniting spark comes in the form of the Sunburst, a homegrown rock-and-roll band whose members go out of their way to break campus rules.

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Nestled in the Appalachian foothills, Glendary College is the epitome of a small-town college. Calm and studious on the surface, the mixture of jocks, religious fanatics, and hippies creates a powder keg just waiting to explode. The igniting spark comes in the form of the Sunburst, a homegrown rock-and-roll band whose members go out of their way to break campus rules. Finally, at a late-night concert, they go too far, and the band members are expelled.

It's been two years since the band's departure, and the Sunburst has made it big in New York City. Due to Sunburst's phenomenal success, the college students rally to hear them play again. Soon a groundswell builds to woo the musicians back to campus to perform at Glendary's homecoming dance.

Imogene plans to write her senior honors thesis on the Sunburst as a social phenomenon. Sara, the bandleader's sister, struggles to keep the musicians together while recovering from a broken affair-with one of the band members. And their roommate Emily, a drama major who is secretly dating her married faculty advisor, is determined to reveal all in a video chronicling the homecoming weekend. But this isn't any average homecoming. This is a rock star's homecoming-and the college is about to ignite once again.

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ISBN-13:
9780595462834
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.60(d)

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Rock Star's Homecoming 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Christina Giordano More than 1 year ago
annoying, predictable, waist of time , pointless,stupid, more for a boy, lame, no wonder why its free, should i go on probably not.
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The storyline of Linda Gould¿s second novel has a certain similarity to the 1963 movie, Bye Bye Birdie, except the timeframe is in the `80¿s and the circle of girlfriends composing the main characters are in college instead of high school. The rebellious rock star had left the campus years earlier to become rich and famous in New York City. His little sister has promised her friends and the campus administration that she can bring her brother¿s legendary Sunburst band back to the somewhat isolated campus to play for the Homecoming Dance. Most of the action takes place in Clemens Dorm with Sara and her girlfriends, who range the gamut from true friends to those harboring deep-seated, but petty, jealousies. Ms. Gould¿s strong suit is her ability to capture slice-of-life scenarios with fascinating, and sometimes nostalgic, accuracy. Her characters are thoroughly drawn and the plots and sub-plots are easily believable. The language is literary without being haughty and the editing is tight and clean. The plotline may display an obvious similarity to the ridiculous, goody-goody silliness of an old movie, but Jake Murphy and his gang can abuse alcohol, drugs, and fame with the best of them, and Sara and her buddies will leave you lounging in nostalgia for your good old college days. Linda Gould brings the family back together in a story that will please both nostalgic rock fans and chicklit junkies alike.
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Imogene¿s college thesis focuses on Sunburst, an eclectic band whose roots formed on the campus of Glendary College two years earlier. All she needs is to interview the band. Her roommate, Sara, is the bandleader¿s sister and is focused on making this year¿s Homecoming dance memorable, no matter what it takes. Emily, the other roommate, has her creative videographer eyes set on Hollywood, with her faculty advisor¿s assistance. Life in the corner room of Clemens hall is anything but boring. There is always drama in a girls¿ dormitory, especially with the upcoming dance of the season. Rules are made to be broken, individual theses need to be decided upon, relationships need to be gossiped about, but, most importantly, the Sunburst band members need to be reunited - quickly. Each chapter of The Rock Star¿s Homecoming starts with a first person narrative by any one of the many characters in the novel. The narrative is well-written and gives a unique perspective on events which are unfolding. However, the reader is challenged to identify the voice at the start of each chapter, which slows the momentum before moving into the recognized third person narrative that carries the book along quite well. Gould¿s full stage of characters, including ¿nondescripts,¿ lend to a realistic depiction of college life. Linda Gould, a career bureaucrat, has a bachelor¿s degree in English and a master¿s in political science. She lives in Silver Springs, Maryland where she is working on her third novel. Her first, Secretarial Wars, was published in 2003. The Rock Star¿s Homecoming is a good read, especially for those nostalgic about their college days. Reviewer: Lisa Haselton, Allbooks Reviews.
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Excitement and tension are everywhere at Glendary College as they await for Homecoming and the return of their musical savior and hall mate¿s brother, Jake Murphy, lead singer of The Sunburst. Sara Murphy, Jake¿s sister, has promised her classmates that she would deliver her brother and his band mates to their school in time for a much anticipated Homecoming performance. Jake is not sure there will be a band left by the time they arrive. Imogene Taylor is searching for the perfect topic for her thesis paper, and believes she has found it in the band and Jake himself. Sara is struggling with not only her family¿s issues, but her own as well when it comes to her gymnastics meet. Unbeknownst to everyone else, there are forces at work that will challenge them in ways they never anticipated. Like all challenges, there is a lesson to be learned. Reading this book will be like a glimpse into college life, if they haven¿t already experienced it. It¿s almost like a preparation into a world that still borders between being an adult and acting like a child. The important part is the path taken and the lessons learned.