Peter Bennings begins his teen years naive and awkward, still living the predictable, uncomplicated life of his youth, dreaming about his future. His sexual maturity brings fantasizing sexual encounters with real and imaginary girls, struggling with his awkwardness and immaturity. High school changes Peter's life forever. He's a lost soul, struggling to find his place. Music - the British Invasion and psychedelic rock - becomes Peter's refuge, and he follows his dream of playing drums in a band. Sex, booze, and rock and roll now rule Peter's life. All he wants is to escape, physically and mentally. Graduation arrives, friends scatter, and Vietnam and the draft loom in the distance. What lies ahead for him? Who will be there to help him find his way?
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Summertime Blues reviewed in the Midwest Book Review:
"The music of our coming of age sticks with us for our entire lives. "Summertime Blues" is a coming of age story of young Peter Bennings. Reaching the age of thirteen, the world seems a lot more confusing to Peter, as the allure of sex pulls him over, and in the 1960s, the allure of drugs and rock and roll strike as well. "Summertime Blues" is a bittersweet look back on the sixties, and what it was like growing into a young man with the Vietnam War on the horizon."