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This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get
     

This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get

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by Jim Scheers
 

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In the musical abyss between New York City and Philadelphia (otherwise known as "New Jersey"), the only place to see punk bands in 1987 is the 321 Club. For suburban outcasts of any age the rundown club in the ghettos of Trenton is both a gauntlet and a haven.
For Nick Lablanche, it promises an escape from a life ruled by silence: the uneasy hush of his parents

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In the musical abyss between New York City and Philadelphia (otherwise known as "New Jersey"), the only place to see punk bands in 1987 is the 321 Club. For suburban outcasts of any age the rundown club in the ghettos of Trenton is both a gauntlet and a haven.
For Nick Lablanche, it promises an escape from a life ruled by silence: the uneasy hush of his parents' house, the vacuum-sealed void of a corporate office, and the inner silence of a depression that's dogged him since high school.
At the club, bouncers scream in his face, he can't last longer than a few seconds in the pit without getting knocked down, and skinheads stalk the new "poser." But Nick persists and falls in with a group of fellow misfits: the romantic skinhead Victoria, the bookish Oz, the angry but idealistic Austin, and Bird, who becomes his sarcastic guide in his search for an identity and a community.
But Nick's world may go silent again before his search is over. The stock market crash looms, Nick's parents have lost their patience with his late-blooming rebellion, and gangs and violence threaten to overtake the club.
Inspired by the punk and hardcore scene that flourished at the infamous Trenton nightclub City Gardens, This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get is a tightly woven tale of suburban punks suspended between the brutal energy of a fleeting underground scene and the complacent home life that has provided everything they could want . . . except the answers they need.

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VOYA, February 2015 (Vol. 37, No. 6) - Susan Allen
The punk music scene of Trenton, New Jersey, in the 1980s is the setting for this debut novel. In the fictional punk music Club 321, the nineteen-year-old main character, Nick Lablanche, seeks to escape from his “normal,” suburban life. He is not a punk/rebel stereotype; he is a regular guy, seeking help to overcome depression and trying to find a way to live life on his own terms. The reader shares Nick’s feelings as he walks into this counterculture portrayed by blood- and mud-stained floors, skinheads, raw sex, unfettered language, and loud, raucous music. Feelings include discovery, trepidation, exhilaration, and fear. The tension between the violent, yelling counterculture and the “suburban raised” Nick keeps the reader involved. The author kept journals of his punk-music-club-hopping days and used them in his writing to keep the punk scene real and vibrant. The writing is like the music of that time. It is stark, not many metaphors, with quick, short starts and stops. There are no long passages and the focus of the text is razor-sharp. The characters are real as well. They portray older youth and adults seeking ways to live their lives differently than what they know. They realize they have choices, some that will bring difficult consequences, but still show their individuality and demonstrate their liberty to choose. This is a book for older young adult readers who are interested in urban fiction and/or punk music. Reviewer: Susan Allen; Ages 15 to Adult.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937997519
Publisher:
Northampton House
Publication date:
11/12/2014
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet the Author

Jim Scheers grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Philadelphia. Over the last three decades he's maintained secret identities such as file clerk, accountant, and technical writer while he focused on his real interest: fiction.

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