If Rock & Roll Were a Machine

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If Rock & Roll Were a Machine
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AuthorTerry Davis
CountryUnited States
GenreYoung adult novel
PublisherEastern Washington University Press; New Release (March 2003)
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages284 pp
LC ClassPZ7.D3177 If 2003
Preceded byVision 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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