For What It's Worth is a really good book. I enjoyed it a ton and read it quickly, but I don't know a lot of teens I would recommend it too, because, well I don't know. There are a ton of references to albums and bands in it, and they are actual albums and bands, not like in the bizarre Why We Broke Up, which references a million movies and movie stars that have never existed. I knew most of the music that Tashjian mentions, but I don't know if teens do. Maybe they do? Maybe they don't, but just like I didn't know much about Rimbaud (okay ANYTHING) I was compelled to find out more after reading Radiant Days. So yeah, I will recommend the book for sure to teens. And I know I will recommend it to adults. The book is set in 1971-1972, when Quinn heads back to school after the summer that Jim Morrison has died.
Judy, Jim and Tupac. The three most important people in music, ever.
Quinn is fourteen and he is a music fanatic! He has a sweet record collection, a mom and dad, a sister who is a freshman at Brandeis, and he lives is Laurel Canyon. His mom is friends with Mama Cass, he actually would see people like Janis and Jim hanging out. He gets a job helping Frank Zappa. It's just his neighborhood, you know? In the right place at the right time. This year he gets his first girlfriend, so there is the young love part. He also starts to realize more about the world around him. Remember this is Vietnam time. The protests, the draft, Watergate is in here. This is would be a great book to recommend to a teen having to do historical fiction, actually. I mean, they would enjoy it and it is also historical!
Anyway, great book!
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.