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Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled 1st , Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The most absorbing aspect for me was the character of Colin Preston, the Beatle-music-obsessed hero. Even though he doesn't profess to be a particularly good guy, he can't help his true character coming out in the way he behaves and the things he does and the way he treats other people.
It's an account of teenage Colin finding his way forward at a confused time, of his all-consuming passionate love affair that takes over his life and that makes him blind to realities. We've all fallen in love and things have gone wrong, but this book encapsulates precisely the way that love can chew you up and spit you out, and you're powerless to stop it.
Like all basically decent people, Colin is bemused and confused by treachery, falseness and other people's selfishness. We feel his shock and misery, and his deep deep unhappiness and confusion. It's largely about the sad hopelessness of true love, and also about cruelty. But it's also about the realities of life and how they smack you in the face: what do you do when your friend is better looking than you are, more attractive to women. It's a fact, and it's hard to get used to. And this must resonate with thousands and millions of men who've felt and thought: "Why does the other guy get the girl, when he's not even nice? Why can't I get girls when I'm a nicer person than he is?"
'Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled' put me in mind of that classic 'Catcher in the Rye'. There's the same teenage angst, the same struggle for a man who just wants to do the right thing, yet winds up at rock bottom.Read more ›
Colin's other love is music, mostly from the 60s and 70s, and song titles and lyrics run throughout the story. For someone who knows their music better it would probably mean more to them, but a lot of it passed over my head. However the book is set in the mid 80s and contains plenty of nods to the fashion and culture of the time. Although I wasn't that old then a lot of the references took me back and made me smile.
The book is narrated by Colin, and while I had a lot of sympathy for him at times there were also points where he came over as needy, and he did seem guilty of using friend Liz. That made it hard for me to completely connect with the character. While the first person POV gives you a good insight into Colin I would love to have known more about Jasmine's background to have better understood her.
In addition to the love story Colin strikes up friendships with two very interesting people, Spanish lecturer Mrs Vesquez and reclusive student Chester. They work both as sounding boards for Colin and as a demonstration that while love can hurt and narrow your focus other people may have bigger things going on in their lives.
This is a good, light and easy summer read, and it is probably because I don't read a lot of romance and when I do like them with a comedy spin that I'm giving this 4* but if it's your thing you'll probably rate it more highly.
The author has a simple, but engaging writing style and I was with Colin every step of his journey, feeling all of the highs and lows with him. It is a story told from the male perspective, but I suspect this romantic drama will appeal to both sexes. College life is described so well, so that the reader gets an authentic feel for student life.
I hold the author in the highest esteem and could not make a stronger recommendation. If you haven’t done so far, you must read this wonderful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading "Through the Riptide", the sequel to this book, I was intrigued by some of the characters who had met at college in the first book and my curiosity got the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Brigitte
A well written book that perfectly captures what it's like to be a student away from home for the first time and falling in love with someone totally unsuitable. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2014 by I. A. Matthews
I really enjoyed this coming of age story. The author's unique and authentic voice works well in the narrative. Read morePublished on 5 May 2014 by Mary E
From The Beatles thru to The Doors and even Siouxsie and The Banshees all these feature in Colin Preston`s life at Elerby college. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2014 by Anne
I feel somewhat guilty that my review can't be more positive when I received such a nice message from the author requesting that I review this book. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2011 by Emily May
A little on the different side to my normal reading.
I did love this book and I can see scope for it being followed up (I would welcome that) however I did find myself... Read more