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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Nothing Brothers is a coming-of-age YA novel by Jeff Rosen. The book follows the adventures of a teenager named Leo Kraft and his free-spirited friends as they navigate the colorful 70s. With the rise of rock and roll and metal music, Leo had found the perfect medium to unleash his pent-up youthful vigor and channel his inner sense of rebellion. After being forced to attend a summer camp by his parents, he dabbles in a brief yet intense romance and returns home to his childhood friends, ready to watch his music heroes, which include the likes of Ted Nugent, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and many more. As the motley group of friends traverses state lines in a van with a shared love of music, they learn what it truly means not to care until you have to.
If slice-of-life stories are your jam, The Nothing Brothers will be just up your alley. This young adult coming-of-age novel showcases what it means to grow up defying the mainstream in search of one's identity and how it often correlates to one's choice in art, music, and friends. Author Jeff Rosen paints a vivid and nostalgic portrait of the 70s, with some of the biggest musical acts in the history of rock and roll and heavy metal playing key roles throughout the narrative. The camaraderie between Leo and his friends feels genuine, and their almost tribalistic sense of loyalty to their preferred bands makes for some of the most entertaining scenes in the story. I recommend the book to readers who love coming-of-age tales.