Rob Rufus - Die Young With Me

AUTHOR / MUSICIAN / survivor / Advocate

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die young with me - a memoir

out now!

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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advance Praise For Die Young With Me:

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
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