Poet of the Wrong Generation by Lonnie Ostrow


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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

“It’s not that I don’t love you, and my tears are yet to dry. But you can’t go back and forth forever and we’ve already said goodbye.”

Through these words, a young poet unearths his musical soul while severing ties with the woman he loves after her stunning betrayal. Unknowingly, in writing this ballad of liberation, he will soon evolve as one of the fastest rising stars on the pop music landscape.

The year is 1991; the place, New York City. Here we meet Johnny Elias, a college student from Brooklyn with boundless adoration for two things in life: timeless popular music, and the heart of a sweet, complicated young woman who is clearly out of his league.

Megan Price not only is the object of Johnny’s affection, but also the only daughter of New York’s most powerful PR woman: the indomitable Katherine Price.

Projecting that her daughter’s boyfriend will never live up to the family standard, Katherine cleverly perpetrates a series of duplicitous schemes to rid Johnny from her high-class world. But in her callous disregard, she inadvertently sets him on a determined course to his improbable musical destiny – while sending her own daughter spiraling down a path of devastation.

Poet of the Wrong Generation tells the symmetrical story of a lovable underdog and his meteoric rise to stardom, his humiliating downfall and his unprecedented attempt to reclaim his place as the unlikely musical spokesman for his generation. At the heart of Poet is a tale of star-crossed lovers and their struggle with unforeseen success and disillusionment, in an attempt to rediscover lasting harmony.

Uniquely integrating a variety of original song compositions, Poet projects the epic clash between true contentment and the fable of stardom’s rewards; a nostalgic journey through the major events of the 1990s, with a cherished cast of characters and a stunningly unpredictable conclusion.

Genre(s): Teen & Young Adult
Arts & Photography > Music > Musical Genres > Rock
Series: n.a.
Length: 455 pages
Release date: 2016-11-10

 

Teaser


Johnny flashed a hopeful grin. “Maybe so. But the thing is: I’m having major trust issues. It’s like she’s holding something back. And all these restrictions… I mean, she’s probably the one thing I’ve ever cared about; can’t imagine losing her. But her mom, she’s just calculating enough to always stay one-step ahead. Plus, Megan’s confidence is so fragile that Katherine can just breathe on her and she folds up like a camping tent.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Johnny Elias and his first love, Megan Price. Unfortunately Megan’s mother Katherine does not in the least approve of Johnny.

With Poet of the Wrong Generation, Lonnie Ostrow has created a nicely balanced story about love and its complications, and of the ups and downs of a musician’s career. It is a compelling read, drawing you into the world(s) of Johnny and Megan. Lonnie Ostrow paints a clear picture of Johnny’s mind while the story evolves. Johnny is very likeable and complex, the other characters are of sufficient depth – depending on their relevance. The meaning of friendship is an important part of this book. The story comprises several plot lines, authentic characters, interesting turns, and has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like young adult stories on music and love, believe in friendship, and if you like authentic characters.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, hopeful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Lonnie Ostrow has been an innovator, storyteller, promoter and celebrity-insider for more than two decades. With Poet Of The Wrong Generation, he combines all his unique experiences to bring you a novel of love & betrayal, music & fanfare, downfall & redemption — a fable of stardom’s rewards, set in New York City during the 1990s.

Since 2001, Mr. Ostrow has been the publicity/marketing director & researcher for the iconic best-selling novelist Barbara T. Bradford. He also serves as an editorial and marketing consultant for a collection of first-time authors through The Editorial Department. Previously he served as a PR executive, promoting an assortment of first-time celebrity authors including Ray Manzarek of The Doors.

From 1995 – 2001, Mr. Ostrow was widely credited with inventing the “living celebrity postal phenomenon.” In all, he worked with more than 40 legendary personalities from Bob Dylan to the Bee Gees, Sylvester Stallone to Jackie Chan, creating high-profile media events to celebrate their postal recognition by an assortment of foreign nations.

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Poet of the Wrong Generation?  Or – if you did not yet read Poet of the Wrong Generation – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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