Saturday, January 4, 2014

"Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled," by Bert Murray

FREE TODAY! A trip back to the 1980s in a coming-of-age story of first love and heartbreak.

Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled, by Bert Murray
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259 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 62 reviews

"With Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled (Davanna), first-time novelist Bert Murray manages a feat that seems to have escaped many writers, mainly women, who try for a Young Adult readership but wind up delivering predictable, generic, forgettable adolescent chick lit. Murray, who delivers here a kind of hard-core Catcher in the Rye, has a good ear for the lingo and speech rhythms of bright 19-year-olds, particularly young men who, despite their vulnerability looking for love, obsess about scoring. The story, set in 1985 at a leafy, upscale college in the Northeast, is full of references to rock that serve as mood markers, especially for the protagonist, Colin Preston, for whom The Beatles are almost substitute friends. An intelligent, likeable guy but (and who isn't at this age) troubled by a first serious love and ambivalent about his parents and career, undergoes "an education in the geography of the human heart." The story has engaging authenticity, though the unfortunate title may be off putting. For sure, though, the depiction of the extent to which sex, drugs and drinking consume many college students should be sobering, considering the continuing rise of the cost of going to college. One sympathetic teacher, who befriends Colin, cannot compensate for what older adults might well see as the questionable value of higher education. " -- Joan Baum, Dan's Papers

"The first thought that went through my head was that I wanted to kiss her. Feel her tender lips against mine." - Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled

FUNNY, MOVING, BITTERSWEET, AUTHENTIC! A novel that will take you back to your college days! A passionate love story that is filled to the brim with adolescent angst, drama, romance, laughter and tears!

5* "A great coming of age story...astonished me with its authentic feel" - Christoph Fischer (Top 500 Amazon Reviewer)

5* "Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled is a truly top rate book you won't forget, similar to The Catcher in the Rye." - author, Geoffrey D West

Meet Colin Preston. 19 years old and a student at Elerby University in Upstate New York.
He drinks too much. Lives for the Beatles, John Lennon and classic rock.
Falls for the most beautiful sophomore on campus.
Funny. Moving. Raw. An entertaining novel about first love, passion and betrayal.

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Meet the Author

Critical acclaim from around the world has greeted Bert Murray's first novel, Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled. Many reviews have compared it to the classic 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Bert attended Princeton University. When he is not writing he enjoys playing tennis and jogging on the beach. He loves classic rock music from the '60s. Please note: Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled has strong language and content. It is a New Adult/Coming Of Age novel for college age readers and adults.

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