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Trevor's Song Paperback – April 6, 2011
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A tone-deaf rocker at heart, Susan worked in retail record stores, in radio stations, as stage crew, and as a promoter while earning two college degrees in creative writing.
Drop in at Susan's online world: http://westofmars.com and stop by the official author's blog, The Meet and Greet. Check out the Rock Fiction book reviews and maybe even become one of the select clients Susan takes on for manuscript editing work.
Top Customer Reviews
The author, Susan Helene Gottfried, has a background in the music industry, and she's given us an inside look at a band on the edge of stardom. The characters of Trevor, Mitchell, and Kerri are well-defined, with Trevor truly as the star of this story. There are several layers of complexity to Trevor in his feelings and his relationships; he doesn't even really understand himself. Conflicted by memories of a hinted past and uncertainty about his future, Trevor's story is an engaging study of emotional growth. It's Trevor's song that reverberates throughout this story, and the background music of other characters is there only to support and reinforce Trevor's own refrain.
In addition to Trevor's other relationships, a special relationship is implied with Kerri; animosity on the outside, but an unexplainable internal connection. I felt this relationship lacked something to help define it. Perhaps it would have been clearer with more backstory on Kerri that could help explain why they had that special connection.Read more ›
Susan has had an interesting marketing idea behind her book. She started a blog called the Meet and Greet where we got to know Trevor and his band mates a bit, read some outtakes and swoon over the Wolff hotness. She then took those blog posts together, gave us an intro to each one and released the Demo Tapes 1 and Demo Tapes 2. It took a LONG time (not that I'm bitter) but we finally, at last, have Trevor's Song. Was it worth the wait?
Oh, heck yeah! What a just plain fun read. It will take you back to the early 80s-90s. And for those of you sitting there shaking your head, you know you got your Poison on back in the day! Susan takes us for a wild ride through the world of Shapeshifter, making us laugh so hard we cry and learning things about Trevor and his band mates along the way. It's a wild ride, so you want to hang on tight!
It's not all fun, there are a few serious things going on that keep the story moving forward to a climax that left me wanting to hang the author from the nearest clothesline and beat her with a wooden broom until she spilled! The ending will leave you wanting more. I really like my stories to have a very definitive ending. I like to see it all wrapped up in a pretty blue bow and she used a pink one.Read more ›
Despite my annoyance with Trevor, Gottfried's writing style made the story fun. Her familiarity with the music world brought vivid detail to the band's life. The dialogue and characters felt like I could have been reading the journal of a real-life young band.
About midway through the book, the story really got going. Trevor's challenges forced him to make difficult decisions that tamed his self-involved immaturity. In the end, Gottfried leaves the perfect opening for a sequel. I had a sense that all would be well and that Trevor had grown, though we might have to wait to know that for sure.
He does love attention. `Trevor's Song' is more than his moment of fame; he realizes that and appears as expected in every scene. Even the scenes without him are about him. When you begin to define this story, and struggle to do it without spoilers, you begin to wonder who created it. Trevor is the reason every word of it exists, I believe. He assembled the band, somewhat by accident and experiment, Susan tells us. She doesn't admit that he demanded the book, yet it feels like it. He must have insisted she write it all down.
Staying away from setups that feel like hastily created TV shows which attempt to explain why we all still love that one, tired song, Susan Gottfried takes us where it is forbidden to go - into the living part of that life. We get a limited number of naked, groping tag-alongs, and instead get some enlightening conversation about how difficult it may be to realize your dream is rolling right over you. Trevor wanted to be famous, and it has happened, almost while he pranced around to avoid it. Was he really trying to get into trouble the whole time? We also learn what binds him to Mitchell Voss, and what Trevor-tremors that bond can endure.
The author lived this life. She accurately, honestly, shows the moments that flip Rock Stars into monsters or burn-outs. But she won't let her characters lose all their dimensions to go there. She would have to remove so much to make this fit the late-night clichés. `Less is more' would not work here. Perhaps that explains why there are three books about this band, `ShapeShifter', and why this author cannot stop writing this character. Trevor Wolff is very demanding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Susan Helene Gottfried has given us a slice of rock n roll craziness in this tale about rock musicians kicking butt. Book Two continues the saga from very readable Book One. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Williams
Susan Helene Gottfried has been in and around rock and roll, and it shows. She's also a degreed writer, and that shows, too. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Matt Syverson
I do not usually read this genre and have little rock music knowledge, and still really enjoyed this book. The characters are well drawn and the writing transparent and engaging. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by carol
This book was not what I expected at all, but yet I really liked it. I could not believe all the emotions it pulled from me. I laughed and even shed a few tears! Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by K.A.W.
Gottfried owns the art of delving into a character's head and heart. She especially shone at this with Trevor's voice. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Pam Godwin
This is the first novel of Ms. Gottfried's that I've read. But it won't be my last. Her writing style sucked me into the story from the start and kept me glued to the story. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Dana Griffin
Dilettante singer falls in love with an artist, putting tension between him and the visionary bassist. Isn't this how every rock band falls apart? Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Big Dave
Trevor Wolff is the manager and bass player for Shapeshifter a heavy metal rock band on the cusp of stardom. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Sheilagh Lee
This book was a all-around fun read. Exactly what one would expect having a metal-rockstar narrating- without ever being boring or cliche. Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by Shayna Gier