If Rock & Roll Were a Machine

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If Rock & Roll Were a Machine
Author Terry Davis
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young adult novel
Publisher Eastern Washington University Press; New Release (March 2003)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 284 pp
ISBN 978-0-910055-86-4
OCLC 51330424
LC Class PZ7.D3177 If 2003
Preceded by Vision Quest

If Rock & Roll Were a Machine is a young adult novel written by Terry Davis. It was first published in 1993 and was re-released in a new edition in March 2003. Despite its title, it has little to do with machines and less to do with rock and roll: it primarily focuses on the central character's coming of age through the sport of racquetball.

Plot summary[edit]

Ben, a high school junior, is still suffering from the lack of self-esteem he developed following criticism from his fifth-grade teacher. However, a developing interest in writing and racquetball and a new motorcycle, as well as support from understanding adults, help him discover who he really is.

The novel is set in the same high school as Vision Quest, but twenty years later.


  • New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, 1994
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 1993
  • New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, 1993

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