A Couch Book Review - Imagine

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A number of months ago, Dad Vince and I corresponded about his upcoming biography and the items he needed to complete for it to be published.

At the same time he mentioned that an old friend of my Sister Lynn had also just completed a novel and had it self-published.

Kathy Picciano spent many years as personal secretary for The Rolling Stones in New York City and that increased her love for Rock and Roll music.

The Novel Kathy has written is called IMAGINE and after Kathy and I corresponded, I was lucky to receive a copy of the book.

IMAGINE is the story of a seventeen year old named TJ who attends Barrington High School in Illinois. TJ is a lover of music and an accomplished musician.

What I was amazed at is how a 50 year old woman could write in the voice of a teenager with, from what I can tell, a amazing accuracy.

This is truly a book for teens - both male and female, but as a former HS band wannabe I could relate to much of the story.

Kathy weaves the story of TJ being drafted to help fellow students in a HS talent show to a unlikely pairing with other students for a history project and his finding partners in music and how they develop as a band.

Throughout the book we are not asked to believe that these are the perfect teens. There are scenes in which we are aware of their smoking pot, but Kathy never makes it an accepted part of their lives. She never comes straight out to describe the scenes, but instead uses her prose to let us know it is happening.

Kathy knows the HS scene having two teenagers of her own and portrays it accurately.

Kathy has also left room for a sequel and from speaking with her, she is planning on taking TJ and his buddies to the next level in the next book.

She also had what I consider a brilliant idea. As she was using a real life high school as a background for her story, she contacted two of the art teachers there and the students were given the chance to submit their ideas for the book cover.

If you have a teenager or know one who loves music, appreciates a good story and loves to read, I would suggest this as a nice summer read. Then when they are done, pick it up and give it a try...I bet you will not be disappointed.

You can find the book at AUTHORHOUSE.

8 Of Your Sparks

  1. As a matter of fact, I happen to know a teenager who loves music who might enjoy this.....

  2. Dad, Vince Says:
  3. Great review of a really good book.

  4. Travis Cody Says:
  5. If I come across any teenagers, I'll keep this in mind.

  6. ...quality writing can make any subject viable to all...

  7. CiCi Says:
  8. Thanks for the information on this book. It sounds like a good book for teens and I will forward the info to my daughter for her kids.

  9. Coco Says:
  10. It sounds great Vinny. I wonder where I might find a copy of this?

  11. SONGBIRD: I think she might really enjoy it

    TRAVIS: Stand on a street corner and ask some teens! LOL

    DAD: Thank you Sir

    PHFRANKIE: This is true indeed

    TECHNOBABE: I think they will enjoy it

    COCO: The link to Authorhouse will lead you to a place to purchase

  12. Dad Vince Says:
  13. The first photo in your blog was taken by a friend of mine, Bill Stahl who worked for the New York Daily Mirror and after its' demise the New York Daily News.
    Great guy and a superb photographer, as you can tell by the photo, although he did have an excellent subject.


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