Rob Rufus - Die Young With Me

AUTHOR / MUSICIAN / survivor / Advocate

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Part memoir, part love song, and part tale about overcoming the odds, this is not a cancer story but an account of a teenager’s life becoming derailed and the one thing that helped him pull it back together: music.


PUNK'S NOT DEAD IN RURAL WEST VIRGINIA.  IN THIS BLISTERING LITERARY DEBUT, IT SCREAMS FROM THE BASEMENT OF ROB AND NAT RUFUS - IDENTICAL TWIN BROTHERS WITH SPIKED HAIR, BLACK LEATHER JACKETS, AND THE MOST KICK-ASS RECORD COLLECTION IN APPALACHIA.  TO THEM, SCHOOL (AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ELSE) SUCKs, BUT WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE THE ONLY PUNKS IN TOWN?

WHEN THE BROTHERS START THEIR OWN BAND, THEIR LIVES BEGIN TO CHANGE: THEY MEET FRIENDS, ATTRACT GIRLS, AND GET INVITED TO JOIN A NATIONAL TOUR AND ESCAPE THEIR RAT-BOX LITTLE TOWN.  BUT THEIR PLANS ARE CUT SHORT WHEN ROB IS DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE FORM OF CANCER THAT HAS ALREADY PROGRESSED TO AN ADVANCED STAGE.  NOT ONLY ARE HIS DREAMS OF PUNK ROCK STARDOM COMPLETELY SHREDDED, BUT THERE IS A VERY REAL THREAT THAT THIS IS ONE BATTLE THAT CAN'T BE WON.

WHILE ROB SUFFERS THROUGH NIGHTMARISH TREATMENTS AND DEBILITATING SURGERY, NAT CONTINUES ON THEIR BAND'S ROAD TO SUCCESS ALONE.  BUT AS ROB'S LIFE DIVERGES FROM HIS BROTHER'S, HE LEARNS TO FIND STRENGTH WITHIN HIMSELF AND THROUGH HIS MUSIC.  DIE YOUNG WITH ME IS AN INTIMATE ACCOUNT OF TEEN ANGST, THE UNIQUE BOND OF IDENTICAL TWINS, AND MUSIC’S ABILITY TO GET US THROUGH THE DARKEST of DAYS.


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Rob Rufus is a punk after my own heart, and his book is a raw, honest picture of the weirdness of growing up.
— MARKY RAMONE
Instantly memorable.
— NEW YORK POST
Evocative... Rufus’s writing describes the medical rabbit hole we all dread falling into in a style so candid you can imagine yourself tumbling in along with him.
— VICE
Compulsively readable.
— Booklist
It cracked into my heart in deep and unexpected ways... simultaneously hard to read and tough to put down.
— BEYOND THE COVER
Must-read nonfiction.
— BUSTLE
A valuable contribution to the literature of healing and recovery... with one hell of a soundtrack.
— KURKUS REVIEW
The most compelling page-turner of the genre in recent memory.
— DYING SCENE
 

News

+ read rob's take on his hometown's horrifying new claim to fame - "the drug death capitol of of america"

 

+ DIE YOUNG WITH ME CRACKS HUDSON BOOKSELLERS' "BEST OF 2016" LIST

 

+ rob sits down with mable syndrome to discuss die young with me, teen cancer, and how punk rock helped save his life

 

+ Read why die young with me "rocked" the knoxville news SENTINEL'S expectations

 

+ Event: See Rob at the southern festival of books on oct. 15th

 

Read rob's article on paid family leave in today's daily beast

 

"he beat the drums and cancer" - read rob's interview with the new york post

 

The Bad Signs' new single such a fucked up thing out now

 

GIVEAWAY: WIN A COPY OF DIE YOUNG WITH ME FROM addicted 2 novels

 

read rob's guest blog for Book Briefs and discover why stephen king will always be his favorite author

 

giveaway: win an autographed copy of die young with me and the bad signs' companion single from vans warped tour

 

EVENT: PARNASSUS BOOKS WILL BE HOSTING A DIE YOUNG WITH ME Q&A FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD AT 6:30 PM

 

die young with me out now

 

check out rob's feature in this month's inked magazine

 

READ A CHAPTER FROM die young with me TODAY ON VICE

 

giveaway: win a copy of die young with me from fandom monthly magazine

 

want to write A memoir? check out rob's guest blog for YA Book Central and learn about the authors who inspired him

 

BLACKLIST ROYALS PERFORMING AT THE FEST 15 - TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

die young with me in bookstores everywhere 9.20.16 - pre-order your copy today