Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Colin McCaffrey has his life all mapped out. Overachiever extraordinaire, he spends every spare moment training for his Juilliard audition because the last thing he wants is to end up a directionless slacker like his brother, Bryce.
Bryce has his life mapped out too -- hitch a ride on his little brother’s coattails. As long as Colin succeeds, there’s no reason for Bryce to face reality. Responsibility sucks.
When the brothers form a band with their friends, Bryce gets a taste of success, and Colin gets distracted from his practicing. As their popularity grows, Colin’s past comes back to haunt him. See, Colin and Bryce have a secret pact -- protect those who need protecting, and punish the bullies for their douchey behavior. Now his “victims” want to pound his spinal chord into dust.
Then Colin gets rejected from Julliard, and he’s forced to face something he never thought he’d have to -- deciding what he really wants from life. His choices are going to college, or taking the band to the next level.
And for the first time ever, Bryce will have to work to help make his brother’s dream a reality. Turns out, the music industry is loaded with bullies and Bryce knows just what to do.
Told in alternating points of view between Colin and Bryce, NO SYSTEM AT ALL is a 65,000 word Young Adult contemporary fiction, much like SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD and THE MOCKINGBIRDS.
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