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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Rock and Roll Children: An 80s Hair Metal Garage Band Story by Sean Frazier is a rollicking ride filled with nostalgia that will have an irresistible appeal to fans of Rock 'n’ Roll and the culture in which it burgeoned and blossomed. The story follows seventeen-year-old Sean who is bored with living in a sleepy rural town and wants desperately to make it in music. He knows he can’t make it alone, but his biggest challenge is finding like-minded guys with whom he can form a band. He eventually does, but the question is: Can the five work together long enough to perform their biggest show?
This is a beautifully narrated story, and Sean Frazier’s use of the first-person narrative adds strength to the story as it accentuates the points of view, allowing a relationship to build between the protagonist and the reader. The story is gracefully written and the author’s handling of the themes of adventure, love, friendship, and teamwork is natural while exploring character depth as the key characters evolve through challenges and, at times, heartaches. There is so much fun in this narrative and the gorgeous writing brilliantly captures the historical and geographical elements of the setting. I loved how the author writes about life in high school, his take on music, and the insightful thoughts that punctuate the narrative.
As one reads through this engaging story, one surprisingly comes to the realization that “The music gets in you. It is you. And once it is part of you, it never leaves.” Rock and Roll Children: An 80s Hair Metal Garage Band Story is sometimes heartbreaking, filled with humor, and permeated by an uplifting spirit. It inspires readers to believe that dreams do bring light to life and how music can create the pulse that moves people forward in spite of the hardships and struggles.