A Wind in Montana

A Wind in Montana by Mitch Davies
Mitch Davies
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  SLud_Hopkins
Rory Coleman drops out of band to focus on his chemistry scholarship. His parents don't care about his choices, neither do his friends. However,his band teachers think he is making a bad decision and he should continue his career in tuba playing. Rory's new girlfriend, Victoria Beach, is also being pressured by the same band teachers when she wants study something other than music for once. Together, Rory and Victoria discover their futures and learn to make their own decisions in life. I really enjoyed reading this book. It also turned out to be more of a romance than I expected, which was a nice take. A Wind in Montana was very focused and never really strayed much from the plot. The characters were fun to follow in their own journeys. Definitely DO NOT judge this book by its cover or pages. It is not at all boring or lame. It was a little on the long side of books but nothing really to worry about. I would recommend this to book to many of my friends.

Some pretty explicit sexual content and swearing

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Hopkins, Michigan United States of America

From the Publisher
A story of responsibility...A story about two lives during high school and how high school ends.

Changes happen...

...and Rory Coleman sees them coming. Knowing he has to do something about it he begins to make decisions for himself. His parents don't seem to be too interested in what he's doing so he's on his own. First he drops out of the school band and basketball programs in order to pursue a prestigious chemistry scholarship. Receiving the scholarship would require that he perform a significant amount of extra schoolwork during his junior and senior years and he's willing to do it if it gets him what he wants. While he awaits a decision on the outcome of his application, Rory's relationship with his first girlfriend has a bad ending. She makes her decision to end their relationship based on her parents' wishes. Her willingness to let them change her life is hard for him to understand.

Months later, he begins a new relationship with Victoria Beach who has some decisions of her own to make. Victoria has a difficult time with her father as he attempts to have her pursue a career in music. The school band teacher complicates matters for both of them because he felt insulted when Rory left the band program. Not only does he try to prevent Rory from receiving the scholarship, he also tries to come between them, believing Rory will influence Victoria to drop out of the band program as well.

The pressure on Victoria to pursue a career in music is multiplied when a music instructor from Germany, who developed feelings for Victoria at a music camp, has convinced her father that her best career opportunities would develop if she were to attend a music conservatory in Berlin. Rory dreads the thought of Victoria going to school in Europe, but respects and enforces her right to choose. They realize that if they don't pursue what they want, they will be letting themselves down by pursuing a course defined for them by others. Will Rory and Victoria make the right choices? (edited by author)

About the author
Mitch Davies was born in Canada and spent 40 years there before moving to the desert of Arizona. He is a true child of the media having grown up with a father who worked his entire career in the film industry. The house he grew up in had a television on from the time he woke up until he went to bed. The infuence of stories, whether real or made up, was always present. Due to this exposure, Mitch viewed most of life's occurrences as scenes for a story. The results are visible in his novels.


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  KMeng
Rory is a 16 year old guy whose life shakes in his junior year of high school. He has played basketball and in the band for years, but he decides that chemistry is his true calling. When a scholarship opportunity arises, Rory quits everything but chemistry--and girls. Rory struggles to determine which is better: relationships or academics. When Rory meets Victoria, a girl interested in playing the oboe, he reassesses what is important to him. Of course, teachers, coaches, and parents try to influence him to live out his life THEIR way.

When I began to read this book, I was very interested in the subject matter. Like Rory, I love chemistry and want to study it in college. Rory's personality and relationships with others are strikingly similar to those that I have. This connection made the book realistic and contemporary. The writing was well done, and it is accurate to real life. Some of the main themes are trying to succeed, falling in love, and power struggle between teenagers and adults. I recommend this book to any teenager who desires advice on the coming- of-age. It may also be a good read for parents who do not understand the behavior of their teenage child.

This book contains many sexual scenes and uses some foul language.

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America


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