Title: Red Dirt Rocker
Author: Jody French
Genre/s: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Red Dirt Rocker is a contemporary and inspirational American dream-come-true story geared toward a Young Adult audience. Based, in part, on the true and incredible adventures of teen MTV musician Forrest French, this hip and vibrant page-turner filled with pop culture references will draw the young reader in as they see the story unfold through the eyes of this straight-edge teenager from a tiny, hick, country town, whose life is about to change forever.
His strict dad raised him to be a football jock—his free spirited mama raised him on classic rock. Small town athlete and teen musician Forrest French finds himself torn, having to decide between public high school, sports and his simple, country life in Coweta, (aka Cow-Town) Oklahoma; his deep Southern roots and strong family ties, or the jet-setting life of an MTV rock star. While dealing with the team bully and facing the fickleness of teen dating relationships, Forrest depends on his faith to keep a cool head. In this story filled with teen angst and teen hopes, Forrest holds fast to his beliefs as he hangs on for the ride of his life in the upside-down, backward and thrilling world of rock-n-roll.
Red Dirt Rocker illustrates to its Young Adult audience that they can be accepted and successful with straight-edge flair, be they athlete, band geek, cheerleader, or aspiring rock star. Experience a shotgun ride right alongside Forrest as he embarks on his rock-n-roll dream and finds that a beautiful heart and strong values may just win over superficial beauty and popularity in the end.
Red Dirt Rocker is fun, funny and freakin' awesome. It only took me one day to finish it, I just can't put it down.
I admire Forrest for his outlook in life, the way he handle his problems, the way he strive for his dreams, and the way he did not let fame get into his head. He has a great sense of humor which makes this book so fun to read.
But what I admired about him most is his faith in God.
"... I don't care if I get called Jesus freak or not - my faith in God is my rock."
This is now, officially, my favorite quote from a book ever.
Forrest is not afraid to be called Jesus freak, he is not afraid to proclaim to the world that he got Jesus in him. And that is what I called, a role model. No wonder, he was blessed with so much talent.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone especially to all teenagers who needs a role model to look up to.
*I won this copy in a giveaway. :)