The first thing I hear is music. The first thing I’ve always heard is music.
Marley Johnnywas Diego-Dylan is a high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen. In the real world, Marley juggles caring for his heroin-addicted mother, upholding his scholarship at a school full of privileged snobs, busing tables to make ends meet, and pining for the beautiful Lea Hall. But in the private world behind his turntables, Marley is free: pulling sounds, adding beats, blending samples, and dreaming of becoming a professional DJ.
When chance lands him his first real DJ job, Marley’s career suddenly skyrockets. Life becomes a blur of clubs, music, and new friends. But when tragedy strikes, will Marley’s dream come crashing back down to earth ?
In this music-filled debut, Love Maia brings readers a powerful and inspiring portrait of a boy who follows his passion against all odds.
PRAISE FOR DJ RISING
“Passionate, insightful, and beautifully told.” – Edward Bloor, author of Tangerine and Crusader
“Love Maia spins the perfect mix in DJ Rising. Dreams, ambition, sadness, blooming love, and ultimately hope. I adore this novel. Marley’s beautifully told story will stead your heart.”
– Matt de la Pena, author of Ball Don’t Lie, We Were Here, and I Will Save You
“In a crackling voice that will draw readers into the story and keep them there until the final page, Love Maia skillfully portrays the passion of pursuing a dream, and the difficulties that come with trying to hold on to it.
– Tim Tharp, author of Book Award finalist The Spectacular Now, Falling Dark, and Knights of the Hill Country
“I’ve got a mad beat in my heart for DJ Rising. It goes LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.”
– Julie Anne Peters, author of National Book Award FinalistLuna, Define “Normal,” and Keeping You a Secret