It’s not often that I finish a book and I think, “Man, I’m glad that’s over!” But that’s just what went through my mind when I finally finished reading Bert Murray’s Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled. I received a free review copy of this book, and let me tell you that I’m so glad I did not pay my hard-earned money for this book. It pains me to say this about any book, but I didn’t care for this one at all.
The main character, Colin, is whiny, needy, obsessed with the Beatles, and has few (if any) redeeming qualities. The story itself is predictable. And if I saw the word “lighted” one time, I saw it a dozen more. (I know this seems like a trivial thing, but it really got on my nerves.) I realize that the book is about college life in the mid-1980s, but the characters in this book are crazy and seemingly obsessed with sex, drugs, booze, and rock ‘n’ roll. (No, I’m not delusional in thinking college students don’t think about these things…but I also don’t think they’re the ONLY things they think about. Maybe I’m wrong, but I sincerely hope not.)
If you’re thinking about reading a book about what the college experience is all about, skip Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled. There are many other books–even movies–that will better serve your needs.