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Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled [Kindle Edition]

Bert Murray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Handsome, New York City, Beatles-music-obsessed prep school graduate, Colin falls for free spirit and wild child Jasmine from Laguna Beach, California in this teenage love story. 
Green eyes, high cheekbones, long blond hair. He thinks she's beautiful.
Colin finds himself madly in love with Jasmine, believes he has met "the one" and experiences all the agony and ecstasy of a first romance.
Dating Jasmine turns out to be an emotional roller coaster ride that changes Colin's life forever... 

Editorial Reviews

From Kirkus Reviews

Murray charts a lustily tormented story of first love and heartbreak. It's September 1985 in the bosky precincts of Elerby University (though it conveys the intimacy of a small liberal arts college) in upstate New York. Colin is entering his sophomore year with a lousy love life and a lousy relationship with his father, but he does have a good friend in Karl (a handsome natural athlete who has a way with women) and in the Beatles—"when you love a band so much that its songs fill the empty spaces inside your head and heart." But along comes Jasmine, a serious dish with lips like butter, who really gets inside Colin's head and steals his heart. Murray's writing is phonetic; Colin's voice lifts from the page—young and inexperienced, star-crossed and love-lost, which will come true soon enough as Jasmine drops him like a load of bricks and proceeds, that very afternoon, to have sex with Karl, into whose room Colin charges without knocking, looking for commiseration and finding betrayal: "'Yes! Yes! Don't stop'…the girl demanded loudly. Her voice sounded familiar." Murray draws Colin with immediate emotional pungency, and he doesn't lose the beat even when the situations turn slapstick. Nor does he tidy Colin up, rather letting him sink into a great morass of self-pity from which he must drag his own sorry butt toward whatever measure of salvation a decent, immature young man can find. Yes, the Beatles do offer the solace of shared experience, of meaning and even a little direction, but it is Colin's slowly gathering circle of friends—a very human society of odd fellows, including a dorm-cellar-dwelling delusional, a dark and mysterious Spanish professor on the run from her demons, big-hearted Big Ty and sweet Liz—who help illuminate the road ahead. Some of the sex scenes carry informational overload, but even then it is more humorous than cringing, perhaps even another epiphany that Colin collects: "There was no disappointment with Twinkies. You knew exactly what you were getting. Unlike Jasmine. Unlike love. Unlike life." A coming-of-age story with plenty of sting, where love is not only blind, but it blindsides.


"With Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled (Davanna), first-time novelist Bert Murray manages a feat that seems to have escaped many writers, mainly women, who try for a Young Adult readership but wind up delivering predictable, generic, forgettable adolescent chick lit. Murray, who delivers here a kind of hard-core Catcher in the Rye, has a good ear for the lingo and speech rhythms of bright 19-year-olds, particularly young men who, despite their vulnerability looking for love, obsess about scoring. The story, set in 1985 at a leafy, upscale college in the Northeast, is full of references to rock that serve as mood markers, especially for the protagonist, Colin Preston, for whom The Beatles are almost substitute friends. An intelligent, likeable guy but (and who isn't at this age) troubled by a first serious love and ambivalent about his parents and career, undergoes "an education in the geography of the human heart." The story has engaging authenticity, though the unfortunate title may be off putting. For sure, though, the depiction of the extent to which sex, drugs and drinking consume many college students should be sobering, considering the continuing rise of the cost of going to college. One sympathetic teacher, who befriends Colin, cannot compensate for what older adults might well see as the questionable value of higher education."

-Joan Baum, Dan's Papers                             

Product Details

  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439275300
  • Publisher: Createspace (December 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GEAOO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book rocks July 21, 2011
In this debut novel, Bert Murray takes us on a fast-paced, often funny ride back to the college days of 1985. A good-looking and sensitive nineteen year old in his second year at fictional Elerby College in upstate New York, Colin Preston drinks too much, loves classic rock (especially the Beatles) and falls in love with the most beautiful sophomore on campus. The novel is chock full of interesting characters, beautiful people, enthusiastic sex and adolescent angst. This book is very enjoyable and leaves an extremely pleasant after-taste when finished.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! November 8, 2011
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Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled is Bert Murray's impressive debut novel. Beautifully written, it is a coming of age story that should resonate with everyone who has been a college sophomore, dealt with college friendships and known the agony and ecstasy of first love. Murray captures the immaturity, impulsiveness and neediness of adolescents and balances them with portraits of intelligence, sensitivity and caring. The book is often funny, sometimes poignant and always entertaining, a great read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stayed up until 3 am reading this. June 25, 2012
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I SO wanted to finish the book last night but only made it until 3 am. Its hard to believe that this is the author's first novel, its that good.

I thought the character development, in part using their taste in music, was enjoyably clever. Reading about Colin's struggles brought back a lot of memories of college. First loves, betrayals, loneliness, friendship, happiness and growing through adversity are such big parts of the those years of our lives.

Poor Chester was one of my favorite characters, although each character reminded me of someone I knew in college.

Great book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Pains February 12, 2011
A story of first love, of loss, of a boy on his way to becoming a man, set to a classic rock soundtrack. Colin is a quiet, sensitive boy who unexpectedly has a narcissistic jock as a best friend and a beautiful but damaged girlfriend. He feels his father doesn't understand him. He attends a small, private college in the mid-1980s and is obsessed with classic rock, especially the Beatles. While navigating the ups and downs of his first love, he is learning about life. Colin's tale is told in the first person, and through his voice you experience how it feels to be a teenage boy suffering and learning to grow up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun book October 24, 2011
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I really loved this book. I rarely read books from a male point of view but this one was very amusing. Colin is a typical 19 year old college student and Jasmine is a free spirt. Colin falls inlove with Jasmin but sadly she does not feel the same.. Frienship, love, and partying makes a fun read. I love all the song refences. All in all a great book and one i would love to read again...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Fun Read! August 17, 2011
Sophomore year in college is the year you should declare your major. What do you want to do with the rest of your life? Can you leave your past behind you and move forward? Colin Preston takes his sophomore year and explores relationships with friends, girl friends, parents, and faculty. Can he survive his sophomore year and make it to his junior year or will his relationships get in the way of his education?

I really enjoyed receiving this book as a Goodreads First Read. It was an enjoyable quick read and I could see some of my college friends and acquaintances through the characters in the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin Preston Rocks! February 20, 2011
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Bert Murray's first novel is a poignant story of self-discovery, unrequited love, and betrayal. The protagonist, Colin Preston, is the voice of many young men who naively confront the overwhelming and acute emotional distress of transitioning to adulthood. Colin is real. His fears and insecurities resonate in all of us and bring a profound sense of realism to the story. A must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 6, 2013
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"Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled" by Bert Murray is a great coming of age story set on a campus in the 1980s. Colin Preston, a very likeable and interesting main character dates a very attractive but difficult girl and some of his friends have also a lot of baggage and issues that impact on Colin's life. For example Chester with his psychological problems and cocky Karl who turns into a love rival.

The student life is a great background for the growing up that the characters have to do; anybody who was around at that time will appreciate the many witty references of cinematic and musical nature.
The book took me down my own memory lane and astonished me with its authentic feel of those days. I found the style to be warm and charming in many ways but without ever making the more serious notes feel out of place. It reads as realistic as a memoir with engaging characters and multiple plotlines.
A real treat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I really enjoyed this coming of age story. The author's unique and authentic voice works well in the narrative. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary E
4.0 out of 5 stars Music Molds the Man
Everybody hurts and nothing hurts like first love gone wrong. Colin is a sweet college boy with a distant father, a crazy girlfriend, and more manners than most young adult males. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
This was an easy read, maybe a bit young for me, but a look at college life in America. Typical and not surprising storyline, but you feel involved with the characters and really... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JackieC
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really interesting...
Eh...not sure what I expected but felt the story was a bit sophomoric.... Easy to read but not really interesting.
Published 3 months ago by Skeeterks
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Ride!
I don't read much fiction but I did read Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled, and I really liked it! The story kept me intrigued with interesting characters such as Colin, who's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gina Charles
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed This Book
This isn't the type of book I usually read, but it was free and I needed something to read. I was surprised. I actually enjoyed it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
My family vacationed in this area and I bought this book out of curiosity and absolutely loved it. My brothers both went to University close by and visiting we always had a great... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kallie
4.0 out of 5 stars Colin DOES rock!
This is a fantastic book by a great author. Lovely characters, relatable and passionate. This story will keep you captivated from beginning to end.
Published 4 months ago by Gretchen R
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this college coming of age novel
Probably why I enjoyed this was I was at university in the mid eighties so could relate to the references and remember the angst of love found and lost.
Published 4 months ago by Sally
4.0 out of 5 stars College in the 80's
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was an enjoyable book with great characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by m pollard
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More About the Author

Critical acclaim from around the world has greeted Bert Murray's first novel, Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled. Many reviews have compared it to the classic 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Bert attended Princeton University. When he is not writing he enjoys playing tennis and jogging on the beach. He loves classic rock music from the '60s. Please note: Colin Preston Rocked And Rolled has strong language and content. It is a Coming Of Age novel for college age readers and adults.

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