COMPLETE SINGLE VOLUME LIMITED EDITION of the seven-book serialized novel.
15-year-old softball pitcher (and Beach Boys fan) Margo LeDoux has a crush on Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, and wants to meet him, but her boyfriend, Scott, doesn’t really like the idea (“I don’t want you runnin’ off and bein’ some groupie!”).
Meanwhile, Margo’s best friend (and our narrator) Brian Pressley and his girlfriend, Christy Kelly, decide that they’re going to “take steps” toward going all the way, steps which seem to get them into trouble no matter how careful they are.
And then there’s Christy’s big sister Kathy, who’s stricken with a bad case of senioritis and a boyfriend who’s avoiding her just weeks shy of the senior prom… and Brian’s buddy Marty, a shy kid with a Beatles obsession and a crush on Margo… and Margo’s catcher Tara Longbaugh, whose parents have a Beach Boys connection that could get Margo closer to meeting her heart-throb… not to mention parents, brothers, sisters, classmates and teachers who just seem to make life harder, not easier.
In Margo’s words: “How do we put UP with all these people?”
And how can a girl with a rockstar-sized crush meet the drummer of her dreams?
This LIMITED EDITION complete volume contains all of the contents of the seven individual serialized books (except the “bonus track” extra stories included in books 1 through 4). It will be available only during December 2013, after which time it will be deleted from publication.
The seven serialized volumes will remain available in print and Kindle editions.
Reader reviews of the series…
“SHENK’S HOME RUN! A great story with subtle undercurrents between the characters that hook the reader… Friendship and the emergence of first love combine with some downright laugh out loud writing… a great beach read… an engaging story with a killer soundtrack…. a wonderful book with great details… a story for all ages… I can’t wait to read the next one… I started reading and could not stop… I recommend this book to anyone at any age.”
(excerpts from reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads)
About the author
Name – Max Harrick Shenk
Born – February 6, 1964, Carlisle, PA (same date as Babe Ruth, Bob Marley, J.E.B. Stuart, Christopher Marlowe, Francois Truffaut, and Fabian)
Middle child (older sister Amy, younger brother Joe) of Larry and Marge Shenk
Single, divorced twice. “Hoping that the third time’s a charm.”
Education – Carlisle High School; Harrisburg Arts Magnet School; Temple University (BA, communications, 1986); Goddard College (MFA, Creative Writing, 2007 and MA, Education, 2010)
Work – Community College of Vermont (English instructor) and The Bridge (Montpelier VT newspaper, Production editor).
Currently lives in – Worcester, Vermont
Favorite writers – Henry Miller, Edward Abbey, Henry David Thoreau, Miller Williams, Ring Lardner, Jimmy Breslin, Mark Twain, John McPhee, Thomas Boswell, Mary Oliver, Larry David
Favorite books – “My favorite book of all-time is The Marx Brothers Scrapbook by Groucho Marx and Richard Anobile. It’s mainly interviews with Groucho, interspersed with other interviews with people who worked with the brothers. I love the layout, the pictures and the ephemera, and the straight Q&A format… but what I love most about it is the way that all of the interviews– even some of Groucho’s own reminiscences– contradict and complement each other. It taught me so much about the veracity of a book and how truth can be so subjective and relative. And finally, it’s just funny.
“Walden may be the greatest book I ever read. It hits me on so many different levels, and in a different way each time I read it. It’s deep and rich and, again, it’s funny. Thoreau had a very dry, underappreciated sense of humor. As much as I love Walden, though, I think that Thoreau’s greatest literary work was his journal. In Walden he was ‘on;’ in his journals, he was writing mainly for himself, although I sense that he was aware of posterity. So in a way, the journal feels like he’s writing to us… to me.”
“I don’t read much fiction; I prefer non-fiction, and I think it’s because I want my stories to read more like memoirs than fiction.
“I think I learned more about writing from watching TV than from reading. TV shows like M*A*S*H and Barney Miller and Star Trek taught me about how story is driven by strong characters and good dialogue. And stuff like SCTV and Monty Python taught me that silliness and satire had its place.”