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- Publisher: Park Slope Publishing; 1 edition (September 30, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0161WGD06
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You see, I lived in Decatur, Georgia in December of 1980. I was sixteen and my mother had moved us there from Chicago that summer and I vividly, very vividly remember the night of Lennon’s murder. I remember feeling crushed, depressed and enraged and wishing so much I could have done something to have stopped it from happening. This point was driven home even more painfully and acutely when the following spring my new best friend Patrick told me to my horror told me that he knew Mark David Chapman.
I’m the book Donovan Day writes that Chapman had come to New York from Hawaii “where he grew up.” This is not correct. Chapman grew up in Decatur, Georgia and attended Columbia High School which was only two blocks from where I lived when we moved there. My friend Pat had gone to a summer camp a few years before and Mark David Chapman had been one of the counselors there. After reading much about him I also later found out he had lived in Chicago for time while I still lived there and lived only two miles away! I was angry, hateful and furious about this and even though these were simply weird coincidences and there was no way I could have known of or done anything to stop Chapman I had a strange feeling of guilt about it.
This book brought all of this alive again for me and though there were a number of serious time line problems with it (one character is introduced as being about 17 on the main character’s first trip back in time to 1979 but is then introduced as being 16 on one of his later trips bCk to 1971.) but if you can check your brain at the door and just accept it the story is really enjoyable.
There are other more annoying inconsistencies in the narrative as the type of time travel the author chooses sets up a paradox that is changed as he writes it. Early in he story a person who died in the far past of the 70’s is saved and lives in the present. This is carried on throughout this book even though the main character goes back several more times to dates before then. This would have reset time to its original line but this is a different telling. Later, a character disappears while in a trip to the past because the circumstances that allow her to be born are changed. This counters the earlier narrative of the earlier parts of the book where characters actually meet younger versions of themselves. This means that this character would still exist in the past but would return to a world that would not know who she was as in the new timeline she was never born. Day ignores this and changes the type of time travel to fit the story point.
I was rather unhappy with the ending as stories line these are meant to satisfy the reader with a resolution that we as immersed readers desperately want but Day doesn’t give us that but does give us what seems like a rushed, watered down romantic ending that seems to have been written to make a publisher’s deadline.
It was still fun to read how Day does fold time as it exists as we know it into the unfolding narrative but these problems among others were annoying to me. If you find them too I hope you still enjoy it. If you don’t find them I know you will.
I gave it all stars because l love these stories. Though I would have ended it differently I still say give it a read.
Teenage guitarist & singer Lenny Funk, after getting into a fight with a bully who stole his guitar, finds to his dismay that he's able to travel back in time using classic rock music as his guide. His newfound girlfriend & singer learns if this, and they are off on the adventure of a lifetime.
My god! What WOULD it be like to be there at the birth of The Beatles? Knowing all any good Beatles fan does. How incredibly special would that be? And could you actually change history? Prevent their break-up? Lennon's murder? And if so, at what cost, if any?
Well, Lenny finds out the hard way that messing with Father Time is not as easy as it seems. And more than one conundrum presents itself. One gut wrenching one, in particular. Decisions have to be made. And Lenny learns that "with great power comes great responsibility."
A lighthearted, easy read, filled with wonderful memories for Baby Boomers - and magical possibilities. So good, in fact, I may just read it again. It was just that good.
If you’ve ever fantasized about the concept of time travel, you’ll love this opportunity to leave 2015 behind as you slip back in time to the Swinging 60s. It’s the height of Beatlemania, and you find yourself on a “magical mystery tour,” with teenager Lenny Funk and his dream girl. Their time travel adventures enable them to meet not only The Beatles, but other music legends – like Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger – and immerse themselves in a virtual time capsule of 60s culture.
Donovan Day does a marvelous job making time travel even seem plausible, capturing that era and all its nuances, as the teenagers enjoy interacting with their idols onstage and off. The book slips back and forth between 2015 and the 1960s effortlessly, as the teenagers become caught up in the idea that maybe they can intercede in time to stop events from happening, only to ultimately realize there may be a price to pay for trying to rewrite history.
I don’t want to spoil it for others by divulging too much, but the nostalgic recounting of an exciting era on the music scene, unexpected plot twists and the novel concept of time travel all come together in one refreshing one-of-a-kind tale you won’t want to miss!
I think what I liked the best, though, was how this story exuded the spirit that can only truly be felt by the young...teenage longing, a sense of unbridled adventure, and the idea that you can change the world -- even if it means changing the past -- and the consequences that go along with all of it. But I don't mean to get "heavy" -- this book is a fun romp, and anyone who is young or ever was could enjoy it. It's also a chance to escape to a dream that many of us have probably had: Getting to hang out with the "lads" as our friends. :)
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Buy this book you won't regret it, it would make a great film.