Then again, Out of Site is not out of mind for others who fondly recall Truant-mania, including, according to newspaper reports, a German record collector who recently paid $10,000 for a copy on eBay. Before you can say "So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star?" a local collector-turned- promoter named Dino Paradise sweeps in, attempting to get the guys together and cash in, with gigs at "GarageApalooza" and at their alma mater’s 30th reunion, and who knows what else.
Of course, a reunion is easier said than done for the members of the Truants, who didn’t have the good sense to die before they got old, or at least older--they could then at least avoid the whole issue of bad blood and lingering antagonism. As it is, the prospect is regarded as being variously "recaptured adolescence crap" or a "one time only/planets aligning display of mutual agreement," or something in between. But actions speak louder for these likeable, warts-and-all characters and they instinctively know that "Answers are never figured out. Answers are revealed," so there’s only one way to find out . . .
The building up of the keep-you-on-your toes, let’s-plot twist-again unpredictability of Time--events zigging when you thought they would zag--ensures a gratifying, anticipatory read, and a giddy pleasure for weekend rock historians (if you never knew what the flipside to “Expressway to Your Heart” was, you will now) and connoisseurs of pop music trivia that is anything but trivial. However, there are a couple of subplots and secondary characters that should have zigged off the page before given the chance to zag.
But that doesn’t detract from the consistently rendered evocation and the overarching assertion, skillfully and subtlety instilled by Scheft that--whatever the outcome of the reunion--Richie, Brian, John, Tim and Jerry, "just knew the five of us had the only chance of being what we were there. And then. Whatever that was. Whenever it was."
Besides, what other work of fiction is going to give you cameos by Les Paul, Peter Wolf of the J. Giels Band, and the Remains’ Barry Tashian?