My Little Brother Just Discovered Rock 'N' Roll by Benedict Brown

P.E., Maths and Rock n Roll...

Dennis is too busy pining over the prettiest girl in school and being pushed in the mud every P.E. class to notice what his little brother Jake is up to. When Jake's band suddenly become the hottest thing in Stanley Hall, Dennis is left questioning the building blocks of his existence. Important questions like why everyone thinks Jake Jones is cool, why no one thinks Dennis Jones is and who gets to decide what cool is anyway.


All this is and his secret pursuit of his one great passion, Daniela Valentina, his escape from her boyfriend's fists and the looming school talent show make the habitual horrors of maths and chemistry seem like minor irritations. As his little brother's star goes shooting into the heavens, all Dennis wants to do is survive high school, get the girl and pass his GCSEs. Is that really too much to ask?

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  • First submitted Nov. 26, 2013
  • Last updated Nov. 26, 2013
My Little Brother Just Discovered Rock 'N' Roll
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  • Retired user
    BunnyHopwood wrote 10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Yarg review Hi Benedict. What a great hook! I like the way you have set it out with the intro and play on musical terms. There is not much more I can offer in the way of constructive criticism of ch1. very well written and polished. We instantly like the main characters and by the end of the chapter feel Dennis' pain acutely. I love the fact that he was so proud of friending her on Facebook. Made me laugh. ...
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    Taps [Retired] wrote 1 year, 2 months ago
    Hi Benedict. Reading this has been absolutely brilliant. It really did take me back to high school, showing that it is pretty much the same where ever you go. It also taps into every kids dream to do something that will earn his peer's admiration. It may be sad, but I remember slaving over my guitar, brutalising "The Blue Bells of Scotland" and dreaming of the day I would stand on the stage, crank out a power chord and see ...
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    Meike Buechler wrote 1 year, 2 months ago

    CHIRG review.
    Your characters come to life in no time at all. I feel like I've just time-travelled, back to my teenager years at school... Your dialogues are captivating, your descriptions beautiful. Will be back to read more and provide detailed feedback....

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    C. A. Thomson wrote 1 year, 2 months ago
    CHIRG Hi Benedict, Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you, but I'm sure you know what it's like. Anyway... I love your story. I don't do total break down reviews (I'm usless at them) but I can certainly try to inflate your ego a little. Your writing style is great. Straight down the line and easy to read. The subject matter is fantastic. (A subject dear to my heart) and in the main, brilliantly written! I know ...
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    kkobylar wrote 1 year, 2 months ago
    CHIRG review (part 4) Hi Benedict, I finished reading your chapters. Here are my thoughts on chapters 6-10. I do have a few nit-picks; those are below. But I do have one overall concern: while Dennis is an entertaining narrator, I'm not seeing any real conflict here. He has a good relationship with his brother and sister, and at school, he seems like more of a bystander. I like the Jake vs Daniela popularity contest, but I think it would ...
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    kkobylar wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    CHIRG review (continued) Hi Benedict, I'm back with comments on chapters 3-5. All 3 were really well-written. I just have a few nits and such. Chapter 3 The description of Mr. Daniels seemed to tell more than show. I found a couple missing commas: No[,] of course we didn't[,]... I'd suggest reconsidering the end of this chapter. It didn't feel like a proper closing. With Dennis's obsession over Daniela, I kind of expected him to be mulling over her reaction ...
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  • Michelle Richardson's avatar
    Michelle Richardson wrote 1 year, 3 months ago

    This was very easy to like. The school was familiar, the characters relatable, and your voice is perfect for your audience. After reading just two chapters, I will be backing at my next shuffle. Great job ;)
    Michelle 43 Primrose Avenue

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    Alan Barbara wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    Hi Benedict, A CHIRG review - sorry it's taken a while to get back to you. I like the name of the book and have read the first 3 chapters. I like the little band of friends that Dennis has. Your description of the school bullies was excellent – reminded me of my school days in the late seventies. This flows well and the pace means that the story moves along nicely. I’ve noted a few things – feel free ...
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    rikasworld wrote 1 year, 3 months ago

    No niggles in ch. 5 and 6. It's cracking along. Bits about food are always popular with teens. Loved the ants dialogue and Aunt Sarah.

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    kkobylar wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    CHIRG Review Hi Benedict, I’m back for chapter 2. I just had one area of confusion and some nit-picks: 1. I’d like a clearer description of what Michael is doing when his face is in the wall. I’m from the U.S. and am unfamiliar with what form class is. I also teach in a building where the hallway walls are concrete, so it’s hard for me to picture what Michael is doing. 2. I agree with the other reviewer. I ...
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    Willow Fay [Retired] wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    YARG Hi :) Both your pitches are great. I would pick it up in a book store! Sounds like this is going to be a fun read! I love the opening, and the last line -'This would make a great ending to a story but sadly it's just the beginning of mine.' Good hook! 'Jordan gutierrez emerged celebrity-like from his fathers car where he was mobbed, celebrity-like...' - Maybe you could try a different word here rather than 'celebrity-like' because ...
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    rikasworld wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    CHIRG Review Hi Benedict, I thought you would have plenty of crit. on the early chapters so I would start in depth comment in Ch. 3. I have to admit thought that the form teacher in Ch. 2 could have been me in my last few years teaching! Ch. 3 A great pivotal Susan Boyle type moment. Some nice humour I loved the Hitler as a teenager comment and the Dennis Jones font from Mrs Hale. Also the grandparents getting ...
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    Mayes [Retired] wrote 1 year, 3 months ago

    I have read chapter 1 and was definitely pulled into the story. This makes me feel very immature, since I am aImost 60. Your description of Jake is perfect, you made him my favorite character so far, hope Daniela doesn't fall for him and leave Dennis out in the cold. I will be back to finish reading.

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    kkobylar wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    CHIRG review Hi Benedict, I took a look at chapter 1 today and enjoyed it. Some great turns of phrase. (I particularly liked how the building "sat aptiently" and when Amrita's face "bananaed into a smile." I also like the first-person, conversational tone of your narrator. I teach 4th graders (9-10 year olds) and they love reading books with first-person narration (like Jeff Kinney's DIARY OF A WIMPY KID BOOKS). Your story would definitely appeal to some of them--and to ...
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    Michael Matula wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    Very good sense of humor and excellent writing, with some great details and descriptions, and some very fun and clever use of simile, which I always enjoy. After the first two chapters, I did kind of want a bit more from the protagonist, as everyone around him seemed a little more interesting and more fleshed out to me than he did. He admits he's not interesting, but I wanted a bit more reason to pull for him to win Daniela's ...
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    vee8 wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    YARG review. I confess that this kind of book will always appeal to me because I am still young at heart. Or, a stupid, overgrown kid, as my wife calls me. I need to grow up, I'm always being told. Why, I answer, acting half my age is more fun! Your book transported me back to a more youthful time, a simpler time, before jobs, and mortgages and maintaining a lifestyle. Opening chapter, the end of the story, is great, ...
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  • Chris Bostic's avatar
    Chris Bostic wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    Benedict, A YARG review. Continuing on from where I left off a few days ago. The following are my comments: Chapter 3: -C3, P3, I wouldn’t mind seeing you drop “and Mondays were abolished”, but that’s obv minor. -C3, P5, oftentimes ‘that’ is an unnecessary word. I’d remove this one “…they decided that climbing…” -C3, P6, the present tense feel of “He is young” seemed jarring. Also, not sure that you need both “aloof and apart” -C3, P8, the “up” ...
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  • RubenFonsbo's avatar
    RubenFonsbo wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    Hi Benedict Reading your wonderful book brings back schoolday memories, only your book is a lot funnier than school ever was. It is truly well written, has lots of funny observations, and I love sentences like 'Her face bananaed into a smile' and 'Sometimes talking to Michael is more trouble than it's worth'. That's wonderful! I'll be back to read as much as possible of this wonderful and imaginative tale! Thanks for the great read! I found a few typos ...
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    billydot wrote 1 year, 3 months ago
    YARG review... And CHIRG too, I think...! Benedict, Gaaah, this sounds just like the high school I went to! Oh dear, memories are flooding back... Which is bad for me but surely an indicator of good writing on your part! The medley of characters is great, and well-introduced. Introducing so many characters in just two chapters can be confusing, but you've somehow managed to present each one so that they stick in the mind. I particularly like the dishevelled Michael ...
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