The Pursuit of Cool

The Pursuit of Cool

by Robb Skidmore

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BN ID: 2940045107693
Publisher: Robb Skidmore
Publication date: 04/12/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 583 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

My "upmarket literary" fiction takes a love of language and uses it to create original characters, then runs the characters through riveting plots. My short fiction has appeared in Gawker, io9, New Orleans Review, New Millennium Writings, South Carolina Review, Oasis, and Twelve Stories. My novella is The Surfer, and my novel, The Pursuit of Cool, is a Winner of Next Generation Indie Award and a critically acclaimed novel with strong reviews from Kirkus, Midwest Book Review, Writer's Digest, and many others. Growing up in Charleston, S.C., I read more J.R.R. Tolkien and listened to more Van Halen than was probably healthy. But then I read Kurt Vonnegut and Joan Didion and listened to Echo & the Bunnymen and things got balanced out. Next came Tom Wolfe and Radiohead. After college at Emory, I traveled to Europe and in Scotland I stood in the rain among Bronze Age standing stones and realized I wanted to be a writer. I scribbled in lots of journals and attended many workshops. In the 90s I spent a year traveling and camping around America in a Chevy Cavalier with my wife (then girlfriend). In King's Canyon National Park a bear tried to rip a door off our car because it smelled food in the back seat. We scared it away, but not before the bear turned and stared blankly, and seemed to consider killing us. I live in Southern California, near LA. I love travel and have been to many far flung parts of the globe. Besides writing fiction, I am a screenwriter, music lover, movie fanatic, artist, surfer and snorkel enthusiast. You might find me drinking kombucha tea or staring at the sky with wonder and appreciation.

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The Pursuit of Cool 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
HilyBee More than 1 year ago
A definite 1980s inspired novel, this novel will make you love the characters. Lance, a lovable college student who's trying to figure out what he wants to do in life, goes through college meeting people and living the typical college student life. He went to college with a *study hard, work hard* mentality and ended up with a different experience. He's such a lovable character! He reminds me of a mix between Ducky and Ryan from Pretty in Pink. The lovable male character who's kinda goofy and different, loved easily, intelligent, but has a depth that only a few people can truly see. I also enjoyed all of the supporting characters - LaCoss, Carson, Stephanie, Lance's parents... They were all great characters - very true to the 80s. One of the best aspects of this novel is how Robb adapted the 1980s popular film feel into a moving, humorous, lovable novel that is still modern. It delicately balances the 1980s and the 2000s college life feel into one. I loved it! I'm a fan of the 1980s films, but they aren't ones movies I typically watch over and over again until I'm going crazy. I can only see myself re-reading this book a couple more times. It has a familiar feel to it, because of the theme of a college kid trying to make his way through, but is still very different. I loved the different take on the college experience. Great book, and one I think is a great buy. ~HilyBee from Novel d'Tales
Caitlin0 More than 1 year ago
This book is a MUST READ! I really loved this book because the story has interesting, funny and memorable characters trying to figure out life, love and how to achieve their dreams. Yes, its a novel set in the 1980's - the decade in which I spent much of my teen years- but its story really transcends the era. For those who love the 80's (and who doesn't??), they will enjoy reading about the music, movies and pop culture that made growing up during that time unique. Skidmore does an amazing job weaving the 80's through the novel without making it seem like he's trying to do it. Its just part of the story and isn't overdone or cliche. Another fact: the music and movies are all the really cool stuff from that era all there to make not only a rich story but to bring the reader to a deeper understanding of American culture. And here's what I haven't seen any other reviews talk about: it's quite a poignant, moving tale that shines a bright light on feelings that all of us go through at that time in our lives. Lance's struggle to find "cool" is really OUR struggle to find our place in the world. How do you find joy, love, acceptance and a career you can live with? How do you escape the path set for you by your parents and peers? How do you become your own person? And who will that person be? Are you willing to take the risks necessary to find yourself? Just like all of us, Lance's friendships and romances may take him away from his original goals but they also enrich his sense of self. Ultimately, we all must be allowed to break free and figure it out on our own. This novel makes you laugh, cry and be inspired by that struggle. A super enjoyable read not to be missed!
EdwardChase More than 1 year ago
Really an entertaining read. I enjoyed it on several levels. The story sucked me in with some original characters and crazy plot stuff, and I also appreciated the 80s references. The pop culture in the book took me back in time, but also make me think of it in new ways. It was "cool."