Thomas Harrison is determined to start his own alternative band, an obsession that blinds him to what's either the mental collapse, or the eruption of musical genius, of his little sister, Bridget. Bridget boldly rejects her brother's music, and the music of an entire generation of slackers, by taking on the persona of an X-rated gangsta' rapper named "Bri Da B."
No Alternative probes the lives of rebellious kids who transition into adulthood via the distortion pedals of their lives in an era when the "Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll" ethos was amended to include "Suicide" in its phrase.
|Publisher:||Kettle of Letters Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)|
About the Author
His first book, "No Alternative," was declared, "a sympathetic coming-of-age story deeply embedded in '90s music" by Kirkus Reviews. His latest book, "DETOUR: Hollywood: How To Direct a Microbudget Film (or any film, for that matter)," is available now.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well written and memorable piece of The 90's History! I was happy to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I could tell by reading this book, that the author was very smitten of the 90's. I grew up in the late 70's and 80's and still really enjoyed this book. WHY? Because when written words can impact you and make your "feel" all the emotions while reading? It's a good book! And that is what I found in "No Alternative." I cried, laughed, and was surprised. It is very well written, characters jump off the pages and loved the sharing and comparison of the 90's to the 60's through 80's to let the readers grasp the economic and musical differences and impact. With the suicide of Kurt Cobain, that changed a whole 90's generation of grunge kids forever, but that had the same effect as did the 70's death of "Elvis" .... I also found how suicide became more talked about and prevalent within this book as we seen the increase in suicides more among teens in this era. And like many other readers, my fav character is Bridget, as we learn through her life choices ... Just a fantastic read! Well done William, and I look forward to A Film!! Author & Columnist, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
I've read many books over the reads yet none have touch on before, during, and after affects of suicide on a whole family. This is what presented in No Alternative from the beginning to the end of the book was poignant process of the affects and effects all together. The family showcased thru out the book is the Harrison family. They're a well to do family living thru 1990's generation. I remember most of this time period as a young adult just after graduating high school and going to college while working. To say that you've known someone who has attempted suicide but never succeed is truly a heartbreaking experience which is true in my own personal life. I won't reveal who yet know this person tried committing suicide at least three times; so I know what I'm talking about. It's my recommendation that everyone should read this book and see for yourself what I'm talking about. This book put me thru the ringer emotionally and mentally in ways that I can't even beginning to express in words. This is how deeply moving this book is. I believe this quote from the book adaptly puts into words what I cannot: "In the end, it's only words that are left. Spoken, written or read, words you said, words people think you said, words people will continue to say about you for some relatively small intercal of time after you're gone, words that translated through the impressions of others, through the impressions you left on others, through the filters of the characters around us, characters who have had an impact on our character. Some are more inconsequential than others." Please read No Alternative for yourself.
I figured I'd take a shot on a new author and I'm so glad that I did. The description of the book really intrigued me, because I was a teenager in the 90's and was heavily influenced by the music of that time. Not sure why more stories aren't set in this time-period, but hopefully this one will start a trend. I don't want to give too much away, but I feel like I need to highlight the character of Bridget. She is my favorite part of the book and is, by far, the most unique character I've encountered in a while. The way she chooses to channel her emotional issues is both frightening and truly hilarious...not to mention pretty freaking awesome! The visual imagery of this perfectly preppy teenage girl becoming obsessed with gangsta' rap and creating a whole new persona--its seriously entertaining. I sort of wish she was real so I could hear her music for myself! While Bridget clearly stands out, her world is populated with friends and family that feel just as real as she does. The book turns stereotypes on their heads, while delving into some pretty serious issues that are just as relevant in the present day as they were back in the early 90's--maybe even moreso. The entire story was moving and engaging, not to mention the overwhelming nostalgia I felt reading about the days of "grunge." I really enjoyed reading this and recommend it to anyone who is looking for captivating characters and a snapshot of 90's youth culture.