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Mild-mannered English teacher Brian Smith has a big secret: he used to be a rock star. Kind of. In the summer of 2000, his one-hit-wonder punk band released a radio-friendly pop song and made it big. Then, just as quickly, it all fell apart. Though he’s been living a quiet white-collar life for the last two decades, settled in his static suburban normalcy of treadmills and lesson plans and parenthood, a chance discovery leads to a collision between his old world and his new one. What happens when the rock & roll ghosts of the past come back to haunt you? This retired rock star is about to find out.
Incomplete is a rock & roll version of The Goldfinch – with echoes of Nick Hornby and Frank McCourt. This coming-of-age novel examines art, love, grief, guitars, writing, and everything else that defines us.
The Reviews Are In!
- Kirkus Reviews calls Incomplete "An engrossing rock-’n’-roll bildungsroman."
- The Prairies Book Review describes Incomplete as "A tender, wise, and engrossing coming-of-age tale."
- San Francisco Book Review says, "Incomplete by J.D. Levin is a powerhouse work that weaves contemporary music history into a riveting narration of the highs and lows of the music industry... Levin’s Incomplete is a five-star work that will leave readers anxious for the next installment!"
- Booklife/Publishers Weekly states, "Levin’s relatable debut is a heartfelt coming-of-age story that channels the passions of adolescence into musical revelations."