DJ Rising is the debut novel of author Love Maia. This book is about a boy named Marley Johnnywas Diego-Dylan. Marley is a sixteen-year-old boy who has to deal with a heroin-addicted mother, bills to pay, and a full scholarship to a private school to uphold. Along with that, he has a dream, a dream to DJ at the Fever, and elite club where the DJ is the biggest celebrity. When he is cordially invited to the Fever’s First Annual DJ Battle, he feels like he has one last chance to prove to his father up in heaven that he can rise above all the evil he has been surrounded by for a good majority of his life. Everything comes crashing down, though, when Marley’s mother overdoses on heroin after a thirty-day sober period of quitting cold turkey. He continues on with his dream, though, and ends up winning the huge competition, becoming a DJ at the club of his dreams. This book was oozing with meaningful quotes, but the best one had to be, “It’s like music is such a universal connector it can break through all the bullsh*t barriers that divide people into opposite groups.” This quote is saying that there are few things that can help break through the discrimination and hatred in life, and music is the brick that smashed through the window of discrimination. This quote, believe it or not, is conveyed throughout all aspects of life, beginning in the characters of this novel, to the storyline of Remember the Titans, finishing up in my own personal life.
First of all, this quote relates to all the characters of DJ Rising in one way or another. Marley is the character who said this quote, which makes him the best example. Since he is in a private school on a full scholarship, all the wealthier, rich kids treat him like he is a piece of trash. The rich kids are called Haves, since they have everything they could possibly want, and the kids on scholarships are called Transplants, because they are not originally supposed to be part of the school. Once Marley begins DJing for...
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