Professor Owl’s Book Corner~~ For The Week Of June 17th 2013

Rich Boy Cries for Momma [Kindle Edition]

Ethan H. Minsker (Author)

Kindle Edition Price:CDN$ 1.99

Rich Boy Cries for Momma

This Author’s writing style makes is easy to follow along on his story about a kid growing up amidst the D.C. punk scene. You get to read about (and feel like you were there in) the punk rock music scene that broke open in Washington D.C. in the 80s.

Rich Boy Cries for Momma is a coming of age novel told from the viewpoint of the good son turned teenage punk rocker. While the “nice” kids of the Washington elite bully and reject him because of his dyslexia, the punk rock scene accepts him as he is. This fast-paced novel pulls us into the protagonist’s dangerous and erratic new world, filled with violence and drugs, while remaining funny and heartwarming.

An unrelated cast of characters—the rich, powerful, and successful, to the beaten, broken, and corrupted—become entangled in the punk rock subculture. We follow alongside our somewhere-in-between narrator as he wades through his learning disability, and navigates relationships that sometimes betray his perceptions, sometimes break his heart, and sometimes save his life.

Rich Boy Cries for Momma features ink and paper drawings that capture the essence of D.C. during the 1980s. The book also contains the lyrics of more than two dozen songs of the hard-core punk rock bands of that era.

In my opinion, this book is more than a coming-of-age tale. When I hear that phrase, I’m lead to believe that you’ve arrived at a firm place in life and the box of adolescence can be checked off. However, in reading Rich Boy… we see it’s never that cut and dry. I’ve always had a fascination with subcultures, in particular the hardcore, punk and oi! music scene, Rich Boy Cries for Momma paints an all too real, at times shocking picture of the scene and the inherent pitfalls one experiences while falling for that old line support the scene!

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