The Pursuit of Cool

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Lance Rally is a ragingly ambitious, music and movie obsessed, tragically romantic young man who tries to find "cool" while attending college during the 1980s. He faces pressure to live up to his super-achieving family and is fueled by grandiose ambition. He wants to become a big success, but is prone to distraction. He also has a deeply romantic nature and, though inept, he is sincere and falls in love easily. He discovers emotional complexities as relationships with a beautiful psych major and a feisty goth girl change him. Friendships with a punk rock actor and a subversive scholar challenge his careerist world view. He risks disaster as the clock of academia ticks on.The Pursuit of Cool is an intense and emotional ride through albums covers, dance techniques, all-nighter revelations, and corporate internships gone bad. The story comes alive with music and movies, which give Lance solace as he questions his beliefs and his heart gets crushed. He tries to capture that elusive quality, that magic of youth, the essence that is "cool."With strong reviews from Kirkus, Midwest Book Review, Writer's Digest and many others, this novel was a Quarter Finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and Winner of a Next Generation Indie Award. It appeals to fans of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, and John Hughes movies. It's the definitive novel about the 80s. It gets past the stereotype, to the way things actually were in the 80s."The characters are so well-developed and precise, I am already envisioning which actors would play them on the big screen."--Mamarific"A skilled writer... A smart account of '80s college kids... the novel believably summons the '80s, complete with floppy disks, 9 1/2 Weeks on VHS and R.E.M. cassettes."--Kirkus Indie Review"An experience as moving and thought provoking to its reader as it is to its hero."--Literary Inklings"A splendid job...The lively dialogue is the real music of this novel."--Writer's Digest"...An excellent job of taking a character and creating his time and place perfectly. A totally enjoyable flashback ride..."--Dew on the Kudzu"From The Clash to Joy Division to Bauhaus...provides the perfect setting. It centers the reader in that hopeful era of high expectations and jaded reality."--The Book FetishJoin Lance on his intense ride!

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Expired Deals The Pursuit of Cool Lance Rally is a ragingly ambitious, music and movie obsessed, tragically romantic young man who tries to find "cool" while attending college during the 1980s. He faces pressure to live up to his super-achieving family and is fueled by grandiose ambition. He wants to become a big success, but is prone to distraction. He also has a deeply romantic nature and, though inept, he is sincere and falls in love easily. He discovers emotional complexities as relationships with a beautiful psych major and a feisty goth girl change him. Friendships with a punk rock actor and a subversive scholar challenge his careerist world view. He risks disaster as the clock of academia ticks on.The Pursuit of Cool is an intense and emotional ride through albums covers, dance techniques, all-nighter revelations, and corporate internships gone bad. The story comes alive with music and movies, which give Lance solace as he questions his beliefs and his heart gets crushed. He tries to capture that elusive quality, that magic of youth, the essence that is "cool."With strong reviews from Kirkus, Midwest Book Review, Writer's Digest and many others, this novel was a Quarter Finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and Winner of a Next Generation Indie Award. It appeals to fans of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, and John Hughes movies. It's the definitive novel about the 80s. It gets past the stereotype, to the way things actually were in the 80s."The characters are so well-developed and precise, I am already envisioning which actors would play them on the big screen."--Mamarific"A skilled writer... A smart account of '80s college kids... the novel believably summons the '80s, complete with floppy disks, 9 1/2 Weeks on VHS and R.E.M. cassettes."--Kirkus Indie Review"An experience as moving and thought provoking to its reader as it is to its hero."--Literary Inklings"A splendid job...The lively dialogue is the real music of this novel."--Writer's Digest"...An excellent job of taking a character and creating his time and place perfectly. A totally enjoyable flashback ride..."--Dew on the Kudzu"From The Clash to Joy Division to Bauhaus...provides the perfect setting. It centers the reader in that hopeful era of high expectations and jaded reality."--The Book FetishJoin Lance on his intense ride! http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lyP-50rsL._SL160_.jpg
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