“It’s not that I don’t love you, and my tears are yet to dry. But you can’t go back and forth forever and we’ve already said goodbye.”
Through these words, a young poet unearths his musical soul while severing ties with the woman he loves after her stunning betrayal. Unknowingly, in writing this ballad of liberation, he will soon evolve as one of the fastest rising stars on the pop music landscape.
The year is 1991; the place, New York City. Here we meet Johnny Elias, a college student from Brooklyn with boundless adoration for two things in life: timeless popular music, and the heart of a sweet, complicated young woman who is clearly out of his league.
Megan Price not only is the object of Johnny’s affection, but also the only daughter of New York’s most powerful PR woman: the indomitable Katherine Price.
Projecting that her daughter’s boyfriend will never live up to the family standard, Katherine cleverly perpetrates a series of duplicitous schemes to rid Johnny from her high-class world. But in her callous disregard, she inadvertently sets him on a determined course to his improbable musical destiny - while sending her own daughter spiraling down a path of devastation.
Poet of the Wrong Generation tells the symmetrical story of a lovable underdog and his meteoric rise to stardom, his humiliating downfall and his unprecedented attempt to reclaim his place as the unlikely musical spokesman for his generation. At the heart of Poet is a tale of star-crossed lovers and their struggle with unforeseen success and disillusionment, in an attempt to rediscover lasting harmony.
Uniquely integrating a variety of original song compositions, Poet projects the epic clash between true contentment and the fable of stardom’s rewards; a nostalgic journey through the major events of the 1990s, with a cherished cast of characters and a stunningly unpredictable conclusion.
|Publisher:||Harmony River Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.05(d)|
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Clearly no stranger to the literary world, American author Lonnie Ostrow gives us; ‘Poet of the Wrong Generation’. The helpful prologue sets the framework for what is to come and we can make sense of the title from the beginning of the book, which is always a bonus. The cover design is colourful and eye-catching and will definitely attract the attention of the casual browser. The chapters are evenly spaced and quite short which provide helpful natural breaks if reading time is limited to a few minutes. We join the story in August 1991 and the action is then spread over the following years. It is written in the third person, usually from Johnny’s perspective but occasionally from that of one of his supporting cast. We get a smattering of backstory and know from early on that Johnny hasn’t had the most fortunate of starts in life. The author has clearly played to his own strengths when constructing the plot and I admire the innovative use of original song lyrics. Johnny has some strong foils, in particular college chums, Andy and Jacqui as well as his girlfriend, Megan. Ostrow also throws in a few famous names to add a bit of authenticity to the idea that Johnny is a new face among an illustrious contemporary crowd. This is in essence a love story with the inevitable hurdles one expects from an engaging novel. It is testimony to the skill of the author that the reader actually cares so much about Johnny and what happens to him. We watch in horror as the boy from Brooklyn and the girl from Fifth Avenue are wrenched apart by the machinations of Megan’s manipulative mother. Katherine Price is the epitome of the influential business woman and all round social snob and is by far the most colourful character in the book. It would be a truly delicious role to play, should this book ever make it to the silver screen. Her crass attempt to reunite her daughter with her first love once he becomes a successful artist is clumsy in the extreme and completely transparent as she tells Megan she is; ‘allowing this parasite peasant to reclaim his cherished soul mate …’ Like many musical careers before and since, it only takes a few malicious rumours for the fickle world of glitter and glamour to turn its back on Johnny, leaving him at his lowest ebb. However, his multi-faceted personality dictates that he will not to be bowed by a downturn in circumstances as he sets about rebuilding his life, drawing on qualities of loyalty, altruism, determination and ultimately, generosity of spirit. This is a sophisticated read which doesn’t rely on padding or superfluous sex scenes to fill its pages. The pace never falters and if you enjoy a love story with soul-searching, self-discovery and a bit of heart-ache along the way, then this book is for you. I congratulate Lonnie Ostrow on a well-constructed story and award ‘Poet of the Wrong Generation’ five stars.
This book was thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. The author, Lonnie Ostrow is a great story teller. This is an all american tale of young love and the music business. Any fan of rock music would appreciate the tale of a young musician trying to make it big. Lonnie Ostrow really hits a homerun with this book. While I was reading this book, I felt as if I was living the story. It reminded me of my college and twenty something years. I could see this book playing out as a movie on the big screen. It was really great to come home from work and unwind to this book. You are able to experience the highs and lows along with the book's main character. I highly recommend this book for an enjoyable reading experience. As a big fan of rock music and pop culture, I enjoyed being entertained by what was really an all american tale. I high recommend this book.
Wow! I have been reading this book for a while and I got it as an ARC from the publishing company that represents Mr. Ostrow. Poet of the Wrong Generation by Lonnie Ostrow is truly an inspiring read. This book started off as a college assignment and now I feel like for Mr. Ostrow that it’s going to be a bestseller. In this review, I am going to be trying something different like identify who the protagonist, the main secondary character, and the antagonist are in the books. The main character of Poet of the Wrong Generation by Lonnie Ostrow is, of course, Johnny Elias as he goes through the motions of everything that happens to him in this book. We start out with Johnny Elias looking at his stuff as he is packing up to move somewhere when he uncovers a picture taken back in 1991. He goes through the heartbreak of losing his first love with Megan Price, starts his musical career, ends his musical career because of Katherine Price, lives in solitude for a long time, starts creating new music, restarted his musical career, and tries to get back to living with Megan Price. What I liked about Johnny Elias is that he is an interesting character who is easy to relate to. He was in the foster care system and didn’t get out until he was an adult. I also like his strength as he was able to get through his heartbreak no matter how tough it was for him. He worked hard and continued until he got where he wanted to be. What I didn’t like about Johnny Elias is that when his career was going down the tube, he didn’t try to take down the one person that he knew was behind it all. Instead of facing this person he took it and hid away. I like to think of myself a good person, but I really wanted him to at least tell her off. I guess now after I am done reading the book, I get why Johnny did it because everything was happening way too fast for him, he wasn’t getting a break to actually work on writing the songs. Then there was the fact that his record company wanted out of him. Johnny is a very interesting and confusing character. Johnny ended up becoming a really good guy at the very end and proving it to everyone. In Poet of the Wrong Generation by Lonnie Ostrow, there are a lot of secondary characters that are very important in both Johnny’s life and Megan’s life. The second character that I deem would be very appropriate for this is Katherine Price. Katherine Price is the secondary character for both Johnny and Megan in the ways that she is the one that wanted the best for her daughter while pushing Johnny to achieve things that weren’t really in his grasp. Katherine is a very complicated secondary character. What I liked about her is that she cares about her family even though she goes about it in a very unrespectful way. Katherine was really the one that was the motivating shove, pushing her daughter into dating other people while still dating Johnny. If she hadn't done this, he probably would have never written the songs for his first album and her daughter might not have had another very important person in her life. What I really didn’t like about Kathrine was that she was stuck up about not wanting her daughter to be with Johnny because she didn’t want her high-class daughter to be with low-class Johnny. to read more of this review and others go to my blog site: baronessbooktrove.com
Captivating. A book not just to be read, but experienced. This book takes off in the 90's during a free concert in Central Park with Johnny and his girl Megan, and friend Andy. As Andy wanders off in search of those bootleg t-shirts he comes back with a lovely Brit in tow Jacqui. Johnny is a writer/poet. Even at the concert his notebook and pen in hand taking in all he sees around him and puts it on paper. You know from the start that Megan and Johnny are meant to be. Megan is from money, her mother Katherine (dare I call her that) a heavy hitting self made PR woman; manipulative and cunning this woman takes no prisoners. There's no love lost between she and Johnny and she does what she does best. Drives a wedge between her daughter and the boy. His betrayal so raw he sits and pens a song about what has happened. He's in college as is his friend Andy, Jacqui is here attending school as well when she gets called home because of her father. When he passes, she remains in England. Andy is devastated. Johnny writes a song. While in school Johnny meets and older song writer who has returned to school determined to get his degree so he can teach. Howard sees something in Johnny, he helps him along. Helps fine tune his gift meanwhile taking his music to a friend at a music label. Pulling together some old friends, Howard gives Johnny a little studio band and the label falls in love with him. Singer-songwriters in the 90's are long gone. Johnny is one of the rare treasures that don't come along often. At the same time Megan's life changes dramatically as well. His career takes off in a huge way. A tour. Social obligations. And then there is Megan's mother Katherine, ready to cut this boy off at the knees. For no other reason than because she can. Without defense Johnny retreats to Connecticut where he lives alone, goes back to school learns to play guitar and basically removes himself from life for 5 years. There are some things that transpire leading Johnny back into the music arena. Jacqui and Andy are married. His friends are firmly rooted in their lives. With the help of a couple of old friends he makes his re-entry into music in a huge way and also with Megan. There aren't enough good things to say about this book. It's moving, emotional, captivating, the music and songs accompany the book (they'll wreck you) and I couldn't put this one down. Lonny Ostrow is a gifted writer. This book with it's twists and turns, magic and emotion will take you on one of the most wonder filled and painful journeys in life. Honestly I hope this makes the NY Times list. It's uncomplicated simplicity is as complex as one of Johnny's songs. He is the Poet of the Wrong Generation. **arc from NetGalley and Publisher** in exchange for an honest review.
POET OF THE WRONG GENERATION by Lonnie Ostrow is an amazing and cleverly written, contemporary romance story of fiction following musician Johnny Elias, and the woman he loves Megan Price. Told from several third person points of view, POET OF THE WRONG GENERATION covers approximately six years in the life, beginning in 1991, of contemporary singer/song writer and poet Johnny Elias –from his early days in college to his meteoric rise to fame and fortune, and the eventual downfall, not of his making. The reader is front and center as twenty one year old Johnny Elias enters into the world of an upstart musician working his way to the top. Before Johnny’s life begins its quick ascent he will lose the one person who keeps his heart beating and his soul alive. Megan’s rejection of the boy that she loves is the perfect muse for our story line hero, and with it comes the fame and notoriety of celebrity status and the fortunes of success…but jealousy, revenge and betrayal are accomplices to Johnny’s fall from grace- a fall that is triggered by someone from his past. POET OF THE WRONG GENERATION is an astonishing and profound story; a unique look at one man’s climb to the top only to be destroyed by someone else’s greed, ambition, and need for retribution and revenge; a story of forbidden love between two people whose lives will be destroyed by resentment, the hunger for power, and a need to control. Lonnie Ostrow’s POET OF THE WRONG GENERATION is a masterpiece of literary fiction for today’s generation and the next. Make POET OF THE WRONG GENERATION your next go-to read and enjoy!