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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Red Dirt Rocker by Jody French

Red Dirt Rocker

Red Dirt Rocker is a contemporary and inspirational American dream-come-true story geared toward a Young Adult audience. Based, in part, on the true and incredible adventures of teen MTV musician Forrest French, this hip and vibrant page-turner filled with pop culture references will draw the young reader in as they see the story unfold through the eyes of this straight-edge teenager from a tiny, hick, country town, whose life is about to change forever.

His strict dad raised him to be a football jock—his free spirited mama raised him on classic rock. Small town athlete and teen musician Forrest French finds himself torn, having to decide between public high school, sports and his simple, country life in Coweta, (aka Cow-Town) Oklahoma; his deep Southern roots and strong family ties, or the jet-setting life of an MTV rock star. While dealing with the team bully and facing the fickleness of teen dating relationships, Forrest depends on his faith to keep a cool head. In this story filled with teen angst and teen hopes, Forrest holds fast to his beliefs as he hangs on for the ride of his life in the upside-down, backward and thrilling world of rock-n-roll.

Red Dirt Rocker illustrates to its Young Adult audience that they can be accepted and successful with straight-edge flair, be they athlete, band geek, cheerleader, or aspiring rock star. Experience a shotgun ride right alongside Forrest as he embarks on his rock-n-roll dream and finds that a beautiful heart and strong values may just win over superficial beauty and popularity in the end.

Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Neverland Publishing Company, LLC
ISBN 0982697139 (ISBN13: 9780982697139)

Red Dirt Rocker revolves around the life of 16 year old Forrest French. Set in Coweta, Oklahoma (which is not quiet 2 hours from where I live), Forrest and his friends form a band named Cellar Door is Gone. Along with playing in a band, he also plays on his school's football team.

 In Red Dirt Rocker you get to follow Forrest's dream from playing in the barn of his Aunt Carmen to playing at a Cowboy's game to opening for the legendary KISS. The book is simply written and can be enjoyed by many different age groups.

I have read other reviews stating the author is a bit biased when dealing with Heather and Sophie...mostly just Heather. It has been chalked up to Forrest being her son, and Heather just what seemed like a snobby girl (the author has stated that some characters are completely fictional....of her imagination). I don't see it as her being biased. This has been quite common in YA books I have read.

If you are looking for a light read, I recommend Red Dirt Rocker.

Happy Reading and Rock On!

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