Monday, August 8, 2011
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Release Date: 11/11/2010
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About the Book: Piper has just taken on a challenge-get the band Dumb a paying gig in the next month and she can be their manager. Piper doesn't know much about rock music, let alone how get the five members of Dumb to actually play together as a band. The band is slowly falling apart, but Piper needs the job to pay so she can add to her college fund. It doesn't help that Piper herself has no idea if Dumb is any good. Everyone keeps wondering how a deaf girl can manage a rock band, but Piper is out to prove them wrong.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: First off, I have to apologize to Mr. John. I've had this book on my review shelf and it took me a long time to read it. I think part of me was afraid to pick it up because Antony John is a Missouri author and how horrible would it be to not like a local author?
Well, I shouldn't have worried-I loved this book! I should have read it when I first got it. Why did I keep putting it off?? Seriously, if you're thinking about reading this book, put everything else down right now and read it. You'll read it in one sitting because it's so much fun.
Piper is a fun character you can't help but root for. Her growth from shy girl who hides into a strong, kick-butt girl who can take on a band and the rock music world is so much fun to read. It's a journey you want to go on with Piper and cheer her on the entire way.
The cast of characters is eccentric and varied. I loved how each member of the band was different and added something else to the plot. I also loved that first impressions weren't always correct, but not in a cliched way. The character development throughout felt real.
There are lots of layers to the story in addition to Piper. There's Piper's relationship with her parents-Piper struggles to get along with her father who recently lost his job and never learned to sign, so Piper feels rejected and not good enough. She has a baby sister who is also deaf, but her parents have raided her college fund to pay her implants for her sister so she can have a chance at hearing, leaving Piper feeling left out. Piper and the band are also embarking on a journey to learn about rock music and the importance of music. It's such a richly layered story that kept surprising me at each turn of the page. I loved how much was packed into the story, yet it never felt like it was ever bogged down in too many storylines. Instead it added a nice depth and made it that much better.
There's a bit of romance mixed in with some humor which makes this book have nice mix. While some of bands exploits and experiences are a bit unrealistic, it's fun to dream! If you want a great book that you won't want to put down, pick up Five Flavors of Dumb-it'll leave a smile on your face!