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Austin, 16, a self-described screwup, finds out that his father isn’t dead. He’s alive, and moreover he’s Shane Tyler, a famous singer/guitarist/song writer—Austin’s dream for himself. But Shane is battling his own demons, and Austin must figure out how to grow up on his own terms.
The Bad Decisions Playlist is a great summer read that kept me entertained throughout the entire book. Austin, the troubled main character, makes a lot of questionable decisions, most of them having to do with trying to gain ladies’ attention. Sometimes I found myself wondering just how Austin could be so stupid as to do some of the things he does, but having never been a teenage boy I can’t really relate to the mindset that Austin has. He is truly a character with a unique personality.
I feel like Austin’s struggles with constantly messing up and doing the wrong thing is very relatable for me, and probably for a lot of other people out there as well. Sometimes it can feel like no matter what you do, you’re always screwing things up in one way or another, so this book really hit home for me.
I give The Bad Decisions Playlist 4/5 stars. It was published on August 2, 2016. You can purchase it from any of the following retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
About the Author:
Michael Rubens is the author of The Sheriff of Yrnameer and Sons of the 613. He was a producer for several years for the Emmy- and Peabody-award-winning Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has written and produced for CNN, Oxygen, the Travel Channel and other networks. It’s theoretically possible that you saw him as the host of Eclipse Chasers: Ghana on the Travel Channel. He was also, for a very brief period, the World’s Least Effective Bouncer. He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, New York, and feels that the practice of writing one’s bio in the third person is somewhat questionable.
He is represented by John Silbersack at Trident Media Group.
Details: 3 winners will receive a hardcover copy of The Bad Decisions Playlist. US only.