"A rock novel good enough to wish you had an accompanying soundtrack."
"...McMahon conveys the exhilaration and vitality of an outsiders' music scene and successfully evokes a time and place where kids who followed their own guitar-powered soundtracks were briefly able to crank up the volume for the world to hear."
"I loved this book — the pace builds quickly as you turn the pages faster and faster to discover imminent train wrecks, cleverly foreshadowed. Dueling settings of the early 80's hardcore era and the early 90's grunge era are set back to back ending in a scandalously destructive grand finale. Secrets are revealed one by one, cautiously, like a well-played hand of poker. This was one wild ride: a well-researched tale of sex, drugs, rock-and-roll and possible redemption."
-Sean Yseult of White Zombie
"Through its vivid rendering of both eighties hardcore and nineties grunge, this novel reveals the music world as a site of redemption and destruction. Through its brilliant portrayal of flawed heroine Laura Loss, it depicts the human heart as a source of weakness and strength. The first makes this a great rock-and-roll novel. The second makes it a great novel."
-Elise Blackwell, author of Hunger and An Unfinished Score
"...a novel that captures the gorgeous, messy, heartbreaking history of the indie rock revolution like lightning in a jar. And like any great pop song, it's a story that soars from hook to killer hook, never letting you go."
-Alina Simone, author of You Must Go and Win
"With the velocity and conviction and frenetic pace of a punk anthem, McMahon has captured perfectly the life cycle of a rock and roll band in all its exhilarating and destructive glory. How the Mistakes Were Made is fast, furious, and un-put-downable."
-Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here and All about Lulu
"Truly wonderful, incredibly rich and exciting, and a tremendous slice of neon and spit and sensuality and dank, beautiful longing for the nearly-forgotten burn of punk."
-J. Reuben Appelman, author of Make Loneliness and Hollywood Blood
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