Why Should all ENG4U students read Born to Rock
by Gordon Korman
"You know what punk is? A bunch of no-talent guys who really, really want to be in a band. Nobody reads music, nobody plays the mandolin, and you're too dumb to write songs about mythology or Middle-earth. So what's your style? Three chords, cranked out fast and loud and distorted because your instruments are crap and you can't play them worth a damn. And you scream your lungs out to cover up the fact that you can't sing. It should suck, but here's the thing - it doesn't. Rock and roll can be so full of itself, but not this. It's simple and angry and raw." And you thought your life was complicated, welcome to the new world of Leo Caraway, straight laced student, a future student at Havard and for now an unsuspecting groupie for a punk rock band called the Purge. Let the fun begin. Our lives can be so structured, school, activities, jobs, girlfriends, so when something so out of the ordinary takes place it can really throw you for a loop, and literally put your life upside down. Welcome to Leo's new world, a world so unlike his own, straight-laced and conservative. With a twist of fate, Leo discovers that the man he thought to be his father is really not, and his biological father is actually Marion X. McMurphy, also known as King Maggot, lead singer of the Purge. Image your surprise to find out that the one person you would least want as a parent, is really your father. As Leo imbarks on this journey with his father he watches in wonder as King bawled their signature anthem, forty thousand throats screamed along with him: “ Bomb Mars now! Nuke Mars now!Just you wait and see,Bomb Mars now! Nuke Mars now! The new diplomacy … ”
I looked over at the music critic from the L.A. Times . She wasn't making notes. She was weeping. Her eyes never left the figure that rampaged across the stage.Neither did mine. The thought that this was my father, that I shared an earlobe and DNA...