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Mary Rowen
Leaving The Beach
Mary Rowen, author
Erin Reardon gets her first kiss from Jim Morrison, and loses her virginity to David Bowie. When she flunks out of college, Bruce Springsteen comforts her, and Elvis Costello breaks her heart in Europe. So what happens when she finally meets a rock star in the flesh? Erin's a lonely misfit with an eating disorder and a wild imagination. She believes she was born to save—and love—at least one tortured musician, and is willing to risk almost everything to fulfill that destiny.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


Plot: This is an outstanding novel. The success of the plot depends on the strength of the protagonist, and Erin is a perfectly flawed heroine.

Prose: This novel is a pleasure to read. The prose is of the highest quality and perfectly suited to the story.

Originality: Erin's voice and fantasy life are original and drive this poignant story.

Character Development: The characters are all well rendered. The ending might be the strongest part of the book: emotional and close to perfect.

Burb: A misfit bulimic whose fantasy life both protects and isolates her finds a real musician to save. A quirky read with a lovable, flawed protagonist.

Date Submitted: August 31, 2017