Road Rash

Road Rash

by Mark Huntley Parsons
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Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385753456
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 575,841
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Road Rash 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bookcrazedCC More than 1 year ago
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.
chatter1 More than 1 year ago
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.