Jack Frusciante Has Left the Band: A Love Story--with Rock 'n' Roll

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Grove Press, 1997 - Fiction - 175 pages
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Alex D. is on the verge of just about everything and consumed by a restless, unanswered longing that rebels against jumping through the hoops of school. Staring down the tunnel to a mundane adulthood, he is appalled by the banality and overwhelming predictability of it all: teachers, parents, and above all his classmates - the seething masses of dutiful zombies and sistren of the Evervirgin Sorority. A bicycle bandit with a DeNiro smile, Alex sports a homemade buzzcut, ditches school to drink and trade stories with his posse of delinquents and rogues, and chases away the blues by assailing his eardrums with the Clash. He shares a brief friendship with the privileged, semi-degenerate Martino, who seems to have mastered the devil-may-care stance Alex covets - until he's busted for drugs. And then comes the sudden entrance of Aidi, who seems to instantly understand, complement, and challenge him. A hundred letters and conversations later, she is magnificent, amazing, irreplaceable ... and leaving for a year in America at the end of the summer.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Haphazardly punctuated first novel of middle-class Europeen angst that's less about rock 'n' roll, or pubescent love, than about Anglo-American slacker culture and a bunch of dead-end kids who talk ... Read full review

Alex D. is the Italian Holden Caulfield.

User Review  - WeAreLikeGiants - Borders

I first saw this book reviewed in a teen magazine and wanted to have a copy ever since. The only problem was that I lived in Asia and not too many books (especially those translated from another ... Read full review

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