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Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Coming out and coming of age in the days of AIDS, MTV, Reaganomics, and Just Say No. Daron Marks is a young guitar player with a dream, make it big like the guys he grew up idolizing in New Jersey--or at least escape his dysfunctional family. He makes it as far as music school in Rhode Island, and the stages of Boston beckon. But it's hard toSex, drugs, and rock and roll. Coming out and coming of age in the days of AIDS, MTV, Reaganomics, and Just Say No. Daron Marks is a young guitar player with a dream, make it big like the guys he grew up idolizing in New Jersey--or at least escape his dysfunctional family. He makes it as far as music school in Rhode Island, and the stages of Boston beckon. But it's hard to succeed from the closet....

Title : Daron's Guitar Chronicles: Volume One
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Daron's Guitar Chronicles: Volume One Reviews

  • Vivian
    2019-05-30 02:55

    Zeitgeist.The sense of the eighties is tangible, from the smokey IHOP to the spandex wearing cover bands. The story is first person and is told exclusively from Daron's point of view. He keeps you close with the confidential tone while you travel with him.This is a journey, and it is evocative and well paced. He doesn't rocket to stardom. This is the long haul of crappy gigs, subbing for band members, and eating when you can. Scrapping together and getting by. Argh! The story ends twenty pages before the final count. I thought I had so much story left. Cliffhanger! This is a definite read the series book, not freestanding. But, DAMN! It was really good. I'm totally invested in following Daron on his quest for self-discovery and acceptance. Favorite quote: If charisma was a magic spell, Ziggy was casting it far and wide.~A copy was provided by Netgalley and a review submitted~

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-06-05 09:53

    *2.5 stars*Part of a story. For sure NOT romance, this is new adult gay fiction that takes place in the 80s. While sections of the story were interesting, I struggled with the point of it all. It felt very ramble-y, without an end-goal. Very emo, very train-of-thought. Kindle edition ends at about 70%, which is always annoying for me. Read as part of my RT reading challenge, my quest to read new authors before the convention (

  • Shelley
    2019-05-21 02:46

    I'm broke and whoring myself out to poodle-hair bands [...] Oh, and by the way, I'm living a life of sin and perversion, too. Jeezus. I think I might have fallen just a little bit in love with a guitar genius who could be classed as an emo of the 80's. I have no idea how this kid got under my skin, but he really did. Daron is filled with inner angst, insecurities, self doubt, self loathing, and loneliness and hiding in his closet behind his guitar and too long fringe. So how the hell did this sad git worm his way into my heart?! It doesn't matter, he's there.Daron's intimate matter of fact chronicles is a trip. You've just got to love the 80's, who doesn't? The lycra pants(with additional sock in crotch - lol), string vests, big hair, cassette players and David Lee Roth! Non-smokers where eccentric and we had pay phones on the wall and life was a mobiles free zone! Ahh good times... I haven't a clue what direction this is going to take. I have an inkling who the love interest will be - but surely not, not him ... I mean ... really? Him?My nostalgia is heightened by the music of the era. The author labels all the chapters with a song from the 70's or 80's. It's so good and so bad, but it makes me smile in remiss. I love how Daron plays his guitar, with affection and intimate emotions. The guy is a musical genius but seemingly oblivious of the fact - it endears me to him even more.Let's see, so far I like it. 3.5 Stars and I'm rounding up.Favorite Quote: "When you're hungry the first thing you swallow is pride."

  • Bookwatcher
    2019-06-08 02:30

    How do you decide to read a book? It's just a curiosity, seriously, how do you decide, to read or not something?I follow friends reviews, listen to friends recommendation and in some rare cases it's by chance.This book is a example of something I cross by chance. Call it serendipity, fate, destiny anything... sometimes it happens.So I saw thisfree kindle bookand well, it's for free, so why don't try it?I'm glad I did... because I start it, and couldn't stop before the end.Another question: have you ever read a book and felt an immediate connection to the main character (and first person narrator)? Well, again I must admit it's rare. Who read many gay novels probably will say authors like Josh Lanyon, Jordan C Price, Aleksandr Voinov... well, Cecilia Tan is someone I really had never heard before and what a delight discover this writer! It's immediate, after just a few chapters I could heard and feel Daron (the main character) beside me, telling me his story. This book is all in first person narration and that will give you a quite amazing view of Daron.Daron is young, just 19 and still completely lost. Don't read this book if you want to read about a man going to gay pride kissing his boyfriend/husband/partner on the streets. Daron don't want to be gay, and you will read it. He don't want it, but it's his true self... He can try, and will do his best to don't even tell you he like men, but it's clear. His struggling, his denial, it's part of his turmoil, and what made him unique to me.I adore Daron, and I just want all the time to hug him and tell him he should not be afraid, he should let it go... live his life and be happy... but I can't. He is the only one talking, and you can't do less than hear it, trying to avoid tears, that is almost impossible to avoid.It's a sad book? I don't think so, but it's neither a happy story. Daron don't know what is to be in love, he is just attracted to someone, and stop. He don't love men... he can't love men... or can?Lovely story, about a lonely young man trying to find his place in this crazy world... his love for the music is his safe boat. What keep him sane, and what he is totally focus on.Read it, knowing he will never be a whining narrator. He don't complain about his life... but he didn't proclaim happiness neither.I can't say it's a story about a deep in closet gay man because in my eyes Daron is almost asexual. He will have the physiological need to sex... seems like that, and I'm not kidding. There is no romanticized view about it, so don't read it if you want an erotic story. Daron don't want to talk about it, and it's his world... and with his words you must know him... and you will not. I finish this book needing more, and knowing he can tell me more, and he must tell me more. 5 stars to this new writer to me (first book of Cecilia Tan I read). It's a book I would certainly recommend to all, not just to readers of gay story. Why? Simple, Daron fight to find his place in the world is so damn realistic he could be any of us... Lovely... just in one word, I would describe this story, and the main character saying... lovely.

  • Jenn
    2019-05-21 06:35

    I liked this. I did. Daron is a fascinating character in that he seems SO normal and someone that most readers can relate to in his experiences. The first book is always what I call 'The Set-up'. The author is giving us background info necessary, but not always super intriguing or exciting. The parts with Matthew were sad. Just sad, but I liked that I got to see the struggle Daron feels with coming in to his own. It's not just gay/lesbians that have a problem coming out. Even bisexuals worry about what others think of them. I don't know enough of Daron yet to say if he's strictly dicky yet, but I could relate to going along with the experiences and sexuality of the moments but putting a voice to them wasn't something he could handle. I've been there. His attraction or obsession or even curiosity towards Ziggy fascinated me. Again, I've been there. I think sometimes you meet people who you relate to, bond with, etc. but they are just tipped a bit more towards what you are comfortable with being to the public. That's how I read their relationship thus far. Ziggy lives and breathes music but he's tilted more towards the attention, the rush, the spontaneous moments, whereas Daron is a bit more reserved and logical towards life. But he's comfortable at the moment where he's at. He's not comfortable with himself or his place in life. Being comfortable with your present actions and being comfortable with your place in life are different feelings, but I get that Ziggy's energy draws him in.However, this had a lot of filler that dragged for me. That girl who constantly chased after Daron, while I get her 'place', she bored me to death. Remo, Digger, and Bart's love life...all that I get is the support to Daron, but the pace dragged for me in places.The last 20%, though, was special and different enough from the rest of the book that I felt like I was finally reading the 'real' Daron. On to book 2!

  • Dreamer
    2019-06-10 08:45

    Really enjoyed this short volume detailing 19 year old Daron's progress in the 1980s music industry. Read this in one sitting, left me needing more..'The next day was a gray wash from the moment I crawled into the shower onward. I stood there with the water running down around my ears and swore myself to celibacy. It seemed the only sensible option, the only possible way to avoid the self-loathing, the anxiety, the worst of the loneliness.'

  • Dani
    2019-05-27 07:27

    *Review of the whole series (volume 1-7 so far)*4,5 starsOk, wow! This is unusually good stuff. This is also very unusual stuff, which is exactly what makes it really, really good in it’s own, very unique way.And it is really hard to rate. The good things about this series are 5-star material, hands down. Five-star writing that tickled my brain, had a firm, faithful grasp on complicated emotional states, did not ONCE sell complex, interesting and very intelligent characters short, made me sit on the edge of my seat because I really, REALLY didn’t know what would happen next, offered thoughtful commentary on universal issues like family, friendship, creative expression, sex, attachment, self-acceptance and love. But first and foremost it let these characters become good friends of mine. You know the kinds of friends – the ones that shared adolescence and your early 20s with you, the weirdness, the entanglements, the fart-jokes, the hangovers, the intensity of all-night parties, the numerous crises and alcohol-induced soul-baring. The ones where you realize years later that you will never be able to establish this special kind of intimacy with people again that sharing these formative years brings with it.Tan takes every one of these characters seriously and refuses to let them down, to let even one of them become card-board-cutouts. This might be due to the fact that we get to follow them in minutiae-detail over 7 long books (or an 7-year-ongoing online-series), which allows Tan and us to delve in really deep.There are so many pitfalls here, so many tropes and storylines that could easily take a turn to clichée-ville - the Closet Case, the Manic Depressive Diva, the Narcissistic, Irascible Father, the Bad Boss of the Record Company, the Big Man Crushing the Creative Soul, the Drugs, the Groupies, the Sex, the Rock’n Roll – and not ONCE, not EVER does Cecilia Tan fall into any of these clichés.But what really is special – and precious – about this is that we get to grow up and change with Daron. We kind of experience everything twice. Let me explain:The first books have simultaneously both a numb, restricted and a immediately painful quality to them. Tan captures Daron stuck in anxious, repetitive thought patterns, in firm grasp of his uncontrollable dysfunctional coping mechanism with his internalized homophobia and his emotional trauma. A very perceptive 1st person POV of somebody with an anxiety disorder.This is why volume 1 feels stand-offish and very slow - it is a set-up for very satisfying interpersonal development later on.Then in volume 2 &3 life shocks Daron out of his shell, brilliant and heartrending, and from volume 4 forward we get to come along while he relives these perilious first years from a safer, more settled ground, analyzing what really happened to him and why, realizing his own faults and responsibilities in hindsight – and because he is such a brilliantly drawn, intelligent, perceptive character the hard-earned conclusions he comes to during volume 4-7 are utterly satisfying. And always a work in progress.Guys, so you get the impossible here: the fictional narration of realistic emotional growth - as glacial as it is in real life at times, with sudden spurts in the aftermath of times of crisis.Which leads us to the not so good stuff about this series that would rate around 2,5 stars - and might be a dealbreaker for a lot of people who are not as spellbound as I by Daron's inner world.Glacial really means glacial. Really.While Daron's fascinating interpersonal relationships always drive the main story arc in the background, there are endless fillers of side-show events. Endless. Some of them are good as well, fleshing out his world, giving his story and the story of his friends depth and width. Others feel completely needless and patronizing, like a purposeful draaaaaaaaaaagging-out to fill space until we can return to what we're all, obviously, interested in (as in Ziggy :-). Those I skimmed. Skimmed, skimmed, skimmed.That's why I probably would have abandoned the series if I would have read it in 2 short weekly installments over the years. But the book format suited me well and the pay off was - and continues to be - worth it. So Volume 8 is already pre-ordered (out in Nov) - and I suspect will offer another, slightly overdue, growth spurt on Daron's end.Oh, and a side note: Most pivotal sex-scenes are fade-to-black in the books, but if you donate any amount here Tan will send the explicit version to you. I loved them. You can feel that the scenes are not influenced by standard m/m sex-scene tropes and writing styles, that they are firmly rooted in Daron's well developed personality and emotional life and that Tan can write a good balance of gritty realistic and emotionally poignant, very much like her other erotica.

  • Nic
    2019-06-07 03:27

    Daron's Guitar Chronicles Volume 1 is the first in a series of stories about the life of Daron, a young nineteen year old musician growing up in the 1980's in the world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.Check out the author, Cecilia Tan's video which tells a little about how this series of books came into being.Ceclia Tan's YouTubeI actually listened so the audio version of this book and quite enjoyed the narration by Teddy Hamilton. His voice and inflections really seemed to suit the story and the character of Daron.The story itself is part of a larger journey, and this book only covers a small part of Daron's life. In this first book, we are introduced to Daron and his struggles to find his path in life. With dysfunctional parents who he no longer really sees or talks to, he is out making it on his own. He is trying to get his band up and running while earning enough money to fund his college course. He is also struggling with his sexuality and everything that goes along with discovering who he really is and what he wants.A large part of the story is taken up with Daron accepting a roadie gig with the band of a friend of his father's. As he travels the country he meets some interesting people and has some interesting encounters - from a couple of sexual exploits with men to being actively pursued by a girl also on the tour.This is not a romance, this is a character driven tale that introduces Daron - he is sweet and insecure and a bit confused - and tempts the reader into the next book of the series where Daron's journey continues.This is a relatively short book, at least I think it is. I have the Kindle version but listened to the Audio version which is just over 4 hours long (the audio versions always take much longer for me as my reading speed is heaps faster than the narration). But as usual it was a great way to spend my commute to work over a couple of days!Get Daron's Guitar Chronicles Volume 1 from Amazon - it's FREE!The audio version is only $1.99 from Audible.I publish all my m/m reviews on my blog so if you want to see all my m/m reviews in one place come visit at Because Two Men Are Better Than One!

  • LenaLena
    2019-05-18 09:30

    Daron is a fascinating character. Life's been hard for him, despite his talent, and despite some good stuff that happens to him, he gets dragged down into the dumps continuously. How can he not, he is 19, confused, lonely and in the closet. Life goes up and down for him, and the reader can't help but care.So much that I had to buy the second volume for my kindle on the freeway between LA and San Diego, because Daron is not even close to a happy anything by the end of this book, whether it is FN or EA. 4.5 stars

  • Christina
    2019-06-01 10:38

    This is a good story and something I will definitely continue. Daron is intriguing and I love the 80's music scene, so this was a fun read for me. However, I didn't really connect with Daron until 3/4 of the way through, possibly because his story is told in such a matter-of-fact style. The plot was a bit lacking in the excitement department but by the end I started to feel more from Daron and it left me wanting more.

  • Shannon
    2019-06-16 04:55

    Either this was longer that 92 pages or I was just really bored. I ended up skim reading most of it because I just couldn't get into it. I don't know why. The writing was fine but I just didn't give a crap after a while. Too drawn out for me.

  • Cal
    2019-05-22 03:32

    I liked it. The writing style is engaging and fun. The plot meandered a bit, but it's the first in a series so NBD.

  • Bee
    2019-06-02 06:31

    This was free, and pretty good...but it's part of a series and had no real ending so it demands that the reader buys the next book in the series to get any kind of closure. It wasn't really a surprise to me, that’s usually the reason for why the book is free in the first place, but some kind of ending would have been nice instead of "if you want to find out what happens next..." Yes, thank you, I do realize that the story will continue in the next book since it's named "volume 1" and the next book is named "volume 2"...I don't really need more clues than that. I probably will buy book 2 and 3 in the series at some point, because I liked the character and the story seems interesting enough even though it doesn’t have an actual “plot”. That will have to wait though because my book budget is $0 at the moment…So, I said the book doesn’t really have a plot, and that is the truth. Its title contains the word ‘chronicles’, and I suppose that’s as close as you can get to describe the story. We follow Daron as he struggles to live for doing what he loves the most – play music. Sometimes that means playing in the streets for food money, sometimes in means whoring himself out to a crappy cover band, and sometimes it means doing the things he loves the most…writing songs and playing on stage in front of a big crowd. The crux of the story is that it starts out in the late 80’s, where the climate for being gay isn’t the same as it is today, and Daron is in the closet…desperate for love, but terrified of anyone finding out about his secret. The language is…interesting. Most of the time it’s easy to read, but sometimes the first person narrative spins a bit out of control and throws you off a bit. It’s definitely personal though. Daron is a fascinating character. He’s very set in his ways, but he’s got a strange and not entirely consistent personality. Sometimes he’s quick to pick a fight and voice his opinions, but most of the time he just passively waits for other people to make decisions for him. He’s afraid of rejection and afraid of conflicts. He’s a leader in his mind, but his actions usually make him a follower. Most of the time it is clear that it is the fear of his sexuality being outed that holds him back…and sometime in the future when I might read the rest of this story it will be interesting to see when/if he’s outed and what consequences that will have on his personality.The sex scenes were also a bit inconsistent...most were fade-to-black, some were kind of explicit...none of them really that interesting though. There's no full-on love story or explored sexual relationship in this volume...I wonder what there is to expect from the sequels.It was different. Mostly in a good way. If you’re interested…get it while it’s free and see for yourself if it’s worth buying the sequels!

  • Kara
    2019-06-09 06:31

    So while I really liked Daron's characters and how this book was set in the 80's. I honestly thought it was kind of slow and there was literally very little steam in this book. Now that is usually not a problem for me at all but when he does for a lack of better words hook up with someone it just fades the scene after that so you really do not get any details at all. Now this book is about Daron from is POV. He starts of this book at nineteen and in a band he is also in the closet because back then it was not something you talked about at all.. You get your angst with this book too. So then it slowly it moves up through the years and I did find a lot of this book interesting. What it would be like to be in a band in the 80's and to be a gay man in that time. So all together I did like this book but some parts did drag a little bit for me. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.

  • Lori K
    2019-06-13 08:44

    There are what? 5 or 6 of these and it's still on-going. I've been having so much fun reading them. If you are looking for a quick fix-forget it. If you are looking for a long, meandering journey, then these free-online chapters are for you.They are especially fun if you grew up in Boston, going to the clubs etc that are mentioned here.I am about half through with what she has posted and went ahead and read the last few paragraphs of the last post. Nope, not happy yet. Hopefully that is where she is going with this though.

  • Trevor
    2019-05-20 07:49

    Difficult to review this one, I enjoyed the story, but the writing style at times annoyed me.Not sure why the sex scenes were so muted, seemed as if the author didn't really want to write anything graphic - so why try?Despite these negatives though, I want to know what happens to Daron and his band, and whether he eventually does accept that he is gay.I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Anna
    2019-05-26 03:34

    I like how complex Daron is. I have to remember that at the time 'gay' wasn't what it is now. Marriage equality and such. I already have book 2, just need 3-9. Looking forward to the rest of Daron's story. Recommended!

  • Harper Kingsley
    2019-06-14 04:45

    Oh, oh. That's all. I love this so much, a realistic chronicle of Daron's life from boy to rock star, all set in the 1980s.

  • Karen Wilson
    2019-06-05 04:26

    I listened to this book because I love the author, Cecilia Tan, and the narrator, Teddy Hamilton. It was every bit as good as I knew it would be. The quirky characters are smart and interesting amidst the trials and tribulations of a young gay man finding out who he is and where he fits in a difficult world. This book gives good banter and I enjoyed the musical references throughout the story. As usual, with a Teddy Hamilton work, the narration is what moved this story from good to excellent .

  • Madeline Elayne
    2019-06-06 05:37

    The strength of Cecilia Tan's fiction has always been her characters. She can write delightfully wicked villains that you can't help but love to hate. She can pen a cad with the best of them. But in my opinion, she shines the brightest when her she writes a character who is simply heartwrenchingly sweet, especially when that character seems to hope beyond hope that this wasn't true of them. The protagonist of this story is one of those characters. Rock guitarists are supposed to be thick-skinned and effortlessly charming cads. Daron isn't this at all: Daron is...well, he's real. It's 1986 and Daron isn't even 20 yet and he's already well on his way to being a future rock god. Unfortunately instead of being a womanizing sweet-talker he's an averagely awkward 19-year old who just happens to be gay (even though he can't even bring himself to say the word.) He doesn't know anything yet about who he really is, or what he needs in a partner, or even if he wants a partner at all. All he knows is that in his business “faggy,” “queer,” and “gay” are the most viciously insulting words there are. There is a fantastic scene early on the in the book in which Daron is walking around the East Village in NYC with Carynne, a girl his age who is desperately trying to sleep with him while he is desperately trying to come up with excuses not to without confessing that he's gay:***I kept my own eyes ahead, trying not to stare at the graffiti splashed across the steps ("Queer By Choice") trying not to hear the conversation of the two men coming the other way, trying to shut it all out. My hands felt damp as they brushed against my jeans. Everything here was a signal, a secret handshake, a subliminal image, and I wondered how long it would take Carynne to see right through me. What would I do that would give myself away? Even I had no way of knowing.*** The author does a fantastic job throughout the book of generating empathy for her lead character without provoking pity. We as readers can feel his hurt and his confusion, and share his victories and regrets. Being gay is an integral part of who Daron is, but Ms Tan doesn't fall into the trap of allowing his sexuality to become his identity entire. He is a well-rounded sympathetic and delightful character in a charming, at times poignantly sad but always engaging book. Rock on, Daron, rock on!

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-10 05:51

    With a tagline like "Sex, drugs, rock n roll, the closet, the stage, the 80s," how could this story be anything but fantastic?DGC is one of the best coming of age stories I've ever read, and volume 1 is just the tip of the iceberg of this tale. Set in the 1980's, this story brings back so many memories for me growing up, things like the songs used as chapter titles that I haven't heard in years, the introduction of pagers, having to hunt through an airport for a pay phone that accepts incoming calls, and Daron getting his first email account. The main character, Daron, is so believable that as the story progresses (and it goes long past this first volume) it almost feels like you're catching up with a good friend over cocktails. And he's living the crazy life of a rock star! Making music, touring, dealing with band and industry dynamics, learning to accept himself, and deal with the mistakes he's made, all the while trying to figure out how to love and be loved at a time when being gay was a career-killer. This story (now nearly 700 chapters) is my biggest addiction. It's a wonderful, well-written story that will stay with me forever. I anxiously await every new post on the website to see what Daron and the others have gotten themselves into next. The story is great, the fandom is great, and the interactions with the author and characters is unique and so much fun. And the bonus word: H-O-T.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-06-14 02:42

    I don’t think I’m doing any wrong to the novel saying that indeed this is a Volume One of a chronicle that needs to be read in its totality; in volume one we barely have the chance to know Daron, and he is still in his formative years, experimenting with life, and that means also with sexuality.Even if he doesn’t want to admit it, Daron is gay; in less than a year, he will have three different partners, all of them men, plus a not so hidden interest in a fourth one. It’s only that we are in 1986 and being gay is still a stigma, especially in the music rock world Daron is trying to enter. Another point that is important to highlight is that this is the 1986, just one years before AIDS became the plague we all know. And unfortunately, Daron is only worried about being gay for what it means to his career, not to his life: Daron is having unprotected sex with many partners, something that will become very dangerous very soon and very dramatically.Something that is probably important to say is that this is not an erotic romance; Daron is having sex, but most of the time the reader is not invited inside the bedroom, we only know that something happened.This installment reads smoothly and quickly, and it entices you to go and buy the next volume in the chronicles.

  • Blow Pop
    2019-05-28 03:28

    Content warnings: drug use, alcohol use, sex, gay sex, mentions of violenceI received an ARC of this from NetGalley for a fair and unbiased review.This was definitely an interesting book. It mostly takes place on the East Coast of the US particularly in the New England area (Northern East Coast for those who don't know).If you like reading books about gay men in the music industry, you'll probably like this book. I'm ambivalent both on the topic of the music industry and gay men but can definitely enjoy one or both of them.I also enjoyed the excerpt from volume two at the end of this book. The way that one of the songs was described I felt like I could practically hear it which is a new thing for me when it comes to books. And was definitely a good thing. I like being able to envision things while I read. And the author definitely does a good job with descriptions.OH! And it's mentioned that at least one of the encounters with sex that condoms and lube are used. Which was fantastic to read about. Not only that the author included the taking off/disposing of condom (though not a fan of how it was disposed of at least it wasn't the disappearing condom trick that books sometimes use). That was definitely a plus for me. That and the fact that it wasn't looked down on to use condoms and lube.This was a fairly enjoyable book to read.

  • books are love
    2019-06-18 10:54

    Received in exchange for a honest review.Mixed on this book. Sadly even though I am mixed on how I feel I want to see if Daron gets out of this horrible life he has had so far and makes it.Daron is a good character. His life has not been great but he still fights and believes. He is a in the closet guitar player who is trying to find his way. His best friend believes in him but sees him as having no backbone. He is afraid in the 80′s to come out of the closet. His family messed him up and didn’t love him and now he is trying to make it in the music business. His guitar playing skills are incredible.Daron has you really feel for him due to his life and what he has gone through. You root for him to make it. But at the same time you are frustrated with him in his closet ways of his sexuality. He is gay but doesn’t want others to know and is afraid of being gay. He has one good experience but that turns bad in the end and this pushes him further in the closet and his is just lost here as well.The book takes place in the 80′s and we see the times depicted wonderfully. Daron’s story is one that pulls at you but sometimes we have a information that bogs the story down. Overall the story flows and you are wrapped up in seeing Daron get a break.

  • Sue
    2019-06-02 07:47

    I enjoyed this book but I believe I'm too old to really appreciate the story.It was well written and I loved the character Daron.I thought his parents were total flakes.I loved his relationship with his friend Bart.His association with the band Nomad and the way the guy Remi tried to watch out for Daron & teach him things about guitar playing & the business.This just seems to be a series for young adults but I still have all the books on my wish list so you never know I just may go back and read them all at sometime.The story was one that I couldn't put down once I started reading it.It was very well written with a perfect flow.This is the first book that I've read from this author but I know it won't be the last.She has a wonderful writing style.

  • Donald
    2019-06-16 10:42

    This was an Audiobook:I have had this book in my library for some time and just have now gotten around to reading it. Written and read like a journal, you are introduced to Daron and become privy to a subjective perspective of a ‘coming of realization’ in the 80s. Volume 1 provides the groundwork to understanding where Daron comes from and why he sees the world the way that he does. As someone who was the same age as our protagonist in the 80s, I can relate to the fear associated with the awakening and acceptance process. I look forward to the next volume and seeing where Daron goes from here… I enjoy Cecilia Tan’s writing style and Teddy Hamilton’s narration was spot-on. On to the next book…

  • Emma
    2019-06-18 02:44

    This book was great, I loved all the characters in this book they all have great and unique personalities. I got to learn a lot more about those years, and the musical perspectives, I now know a lot more about guitars and bands and music in general. And got to see that it isn't all easy for musicians, and there's a lot of planning and learning involved. You get to learn about topics such as insomnia, depression, mood swings, drugs a load of stuff really.I fricken love it when Darren does a concert or writes a song with Ziggy, when he's not playing mind tricks, and love how Daren describes playing the guitar like it's going out of reality.The genius author writes this book, without many errors and your always waiting and trying to predict what comes next.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-20 02:33

    Daron's guitar chronicles is the journal-like novel of a young guitar player/ rocker that just happens to be gay. While he's mostly concerned with his music and his plans for the future, the being gay/ coming out aspects do affect and inform his character and the events that happen. This novel started as a web series and it has that feel. While it's an enjoyable read, it seems to be a bit unstructured and at some points its less interesting than at others. Personally, The story seemed to be at it's most engaging just as the first part ended. I probably will purchase and read part 2 as well but the "narativus interruptus" that I felt with the abrupt end of part 1 left me feeling a bit used.

  • Doris
    2019-06-07 10:34

    I really love rock romance books but I’m not quite sure what to think of this book yet. I have to say that I started to like this book by the time I got to the end of it. For me it had a really slow start. There is probably a lot of set up that the author is doing to get us ready for Volume Two. Will I read Volume Two? Definitely. I have to see where all of this is going to go. This book was provided as an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Bryan Hovey
    2019-05-23 07:42

    Very nice short story or novella about a young musicians personal struggles with music stardom and his sexual identity. Having played in a couple of local bands myself I enjoyed the knowledge of the music scene that the author incorporates in the story. If you're looking for a quick and easy read I recommend it. Download it free on amazon.