The Best Hardcore Band in PA (Paperback)
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The Best Hardcore Band in PA is the coming of age story of Cyrus, Jeff, and Mindy as misfit teens in a place where they’ll never be considered “normal”—Cyrus for being gay and losing his mother at age twelve; Jeff for playing hardcore music featuring the “devil’s lyrics” and questioning his sexuality in this town filled with churches; and Mindy for being Korean in a place where anyone non-white doesn’t always fit in. The boys navigate their complicated feelings with each other, their parents, and the town, while forming the best ever hardcore band in PA, their only hope of escaping this place.
About the Author
Bill Elenbark wrote his first novel longhand in the empty pages of engineering class notebooks at Rutgers University, while tuning out professors blithely discussing the Mechanics of Solids (an actual class name!) He went back to school for a writing degree, where he focused on Young Adult stories, particularly those with an indie rock, punk, or hardcore theme. He hosted a music blog called Vague Space for over a decade and has attended several hundred shows in mostly small spaces in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philly, and LA throughout the last two decades. His first novel, I Will Be Okay, was published in June 2020 by Amphorae Publishing. He currently lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his partner and their mini schnauzer Elie. https://www.billelenbark.com
"The boys navigate their complicated feelings with each other, their parents, and the town, while forming the best ever hardcore band in PA, their only hope of escaping this place." —KinzieThings.
"This emotionally intelligent story centers Cyrus’ coming to terms with himself and his queerness over the course of two years. The energetic plot is balanced by sweet and intimate moments and buoyed by well-drawn characters ... An engaging coming-of-age story with a raging romance and a punk finish." —Kirkus Reviews