One Hit Wonder

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Kensington Publishing Corp., Oct 1, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Carillo has an easy way with breezy prose and likeable characters. –Publishers Weekly

From the acclaimed author of Raising Jake comes the hilarious, heartfelt story of a former pop star who goes back to his roots--to answer the age-old question,"Whatever happened to. . .?"

Back in the Eighties, Mickey DeFalco was America's teenage heartthrob with spiky gelled hair, slanted sideburns, and a number-one hit single--"Sweet Days"--a sappy love song he wrote after his high school sweetheart, Lynn Mahoney, broke his heart. Now approaching middle age, Mickey is lucky to land a singing gig at a bar mitzvah. So the one-hit wonder-boy is making a different kind of comeback--returning to his old stomping grounds in Queens, living with his parents, and sleeping in his childhood bed. Just like in high school. And speaking of blasts from the past, Lynn is also back in town--as beautiful, beguiling, and baffling as ever. . .

Sometimes life can feel like a broken record. But even a one-hit wonder deserves a second chance.

"A superb comic novelist. . .hilarious and truthful."--Sally Jenkins

Queens-born Charlie Carillo is the acclaimed author of My Ride with Gus and Raising Jake. He worked at the New York Post as a journalist for many years, and now divides his time between New York City and London, England, where he works as an independent television producer.

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User Review  - Bette-Lee Fox - Book Verdict

It's back to the old Little Neck, NY, neighborhood for 38-year-old Mickey DeFalco, who hit it big 20 years ago with his first—and only—pop song, "Sweet Days." Then it was drop out of high school ... Read full review

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