Official Review: Poet Of The Wrong Generation

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Official Review: Poet Of The Wrong Generation

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[Following is an official review of "Poet Of The Wrong Generation" by Lonnie Ostrow.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Poet of the Wrong Generation by Lonnie Ostrow is classified as Other Fiction and is a story about love, fame, music and heartache.

Set in New York in the 90’s it follows the story of Johnny, a young and talented poet. Johnny and Megan are college sweethearts and have been together for years. Even though they are from very different backgrounds they are caught up in their love for each other and think nothing can come between them. Megan’s mother, Katherine, is a power hungry, image conscious head of a wealthy PR company. She is convinced that Johnny is not the right person for Megan and interferes in every way possible. With low confidence and limited options, Megan is helpless to stand up to her overbearing mother.

After Johnny suddenly experiences heartache for the first time, his grief finds an outlet in song writing. His new friend, Howard, sees the potential in Johnny and takes it on himself to make him a rock star. Will fame be enough for Johnny and will he ever find love again or will it elude him forever?

Wonderfully written in third person, this book caught me completely by surprise and I ended up reading it all in one sitting. The story is fast paced and is packed with original song lyrics (you can even listen to some of the songs on YouTube) that are both vivid and moving. Even though the story is set in the 90’s, the songs could very well capture the hearts of this generation in today’s political climate with lyrics such as “Our future is fading, stop observing, start participating” and “Now where are our leaders we elect? Must our children be exposed to hatred?” My personal favourite was the line “Tell me why must we fight each other when our shadows are the same color?”

The character of Johnny is both realistic and three-dimensional. A good kid from a tough background who is getting a chance of a lifetime. There’s a purity and innocence to him as he remains relatively unaffected by his life changes and never forgets where he comes from. The secondary characters of Johnny’s friends Andy and Jacqui provide a reassuring continuity throughout the story, while Howard’s character is almost hinting at what Johnny’s future could become if things go wrong. The character of Megan I alternatively liked and felt frustrated with. I sometimes wanted to shout at her through the pages to just stand up to her mother for once.

Although the story is about two star crossed lovers, it is also predominantly a story about music, good music, and how it can touch millions of people as well as provide a soundtrack for a whole generation. Several times in the book it mentioned that there is a lack of quality music present in the industry. This is a very real thing as so many pop or rock stars are all about the image rather than the music itself.

The only criticism I had was that I found one or two places where the speech marks were missing and once when a word was cut out, however, this could be the fault of my device. It in no way changed the pace or quality of the story and was easy to ignore.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. An excellent story about the strength of love, friendship, and above all, the power of music. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a love story, but especially to those who enjoy poetry, can appreciate well written lyrics and have a love for music.

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I think we have all had the experience of wanting to shout at a character when their behavior is frustrating. Great review.
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I love love awesome music so this seems to be for me. Great review
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It's a wonderful poem. It generalizations caught a lot of pictures being discussed
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This will make a nice read for me. Thanks for the review.
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