Monday, October 3, 2016
Die Young With Me: A Memoir - Book #Review & #Giveaway! (US/CAN) Ends 10/16 #DieYoungWithMe
Die Young With Me: A Memoir by Tennessee-based author/musician Rob Rufus, which Kirkus calls "a resounding affirmation of how music can lift one's spirits beyond gray skies and bad news…a valuable contribution to the literature of healing and recovery.”
About the Book:
In the tradition of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes the incredibly moving true story of a teenager diagnosed with cancer and how music was the one thing that helped him get through his darkest days.
Punk’s not dead in rural West Virginia. In fact, it blares constantly from the basement of Rob and Nat Rufus—identical twin brothers with spiked hair, black leather jackets, and the most kick-ass record collection in Appalachia. To them, school (and pretty much everything else) sucks. But what can you expect when you’re the only punks in town?
When the brothers start their own band, their lives begin to change: they meet friends, they attract girls, they finally get invited to join a national tour and get out of their rat box little town.
But their plans are cut short when Rob is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that has already progressed to Stage Four. Not only are his dreams of punk rock stardom completely shredded, there is a very real threat that this is one battle that can’t be won.
While Rob suffers through nightmarish treatments and debilitating surgery, Nat continues on their band’s road to success alone. But as Rob’s life diverges from his brother’s, he learns to find strength within himself and through his music. Die Young With Me is a raw, honest account of a brave teen’s fight with cancer and the many ways music helped him cope through his recovery.
About the Author:
Rob Rufus is a musician and writer living in Nashville. His band, Blacklist Royals, has released two full-length albums and played in sixteen countries over the past five years. Rob has written articles for Modern Drummer, Amp Magazine, Digital Tour Bus, and many music sites. Rob also works closely with the cancer community, including the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Stupid Cancer Podcast (the largest advocacy/support organization worldwide for teens with cancer), and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
You can find him online at robrufus.net
On Twitter: @rob_rufus
Buy It! (affl. link)
Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form for a chance to Win a copy of "Die Young With Me: A Memoir" book! Giveaway ends 10/16/16! Giveaway is open to residents in All 50 U.S. States and Canada.
Disclosure: I didn't receive any compensation in any way, shape or form in exchange for this post. I simply did it out of the kindness of my own heart, because it sounds like a great book and because the author lives in Tennessee!