Friday, January 14

Five Flavors Of Dumb by Antony John

 Five Flavors Of Dumb by Antony John
 Release Date: November 11, 2010
 Publisher: Dial
 Age Group: Young Adult
 Pages: 352
 Buy This Book: Amazon

Summary: The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig. The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.
The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?
Piper can&#39t hear Dumb&#39s music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

My Thoughts: We are introduced to Piper who is your average teenage girl, except she's not. She's unique, she's deaf, she's in independent, she's average, not popular, not in a clique, all in her own little world. Until one day she gets into a signing (sign language) fit with her brother and ends up telling Dumb, a local band, she can get them a gig in a month! How in the world can she do this when she can't really even hear the band? Dumb won battle of the bands and she knows they are good but are they good enough, really?  She than converts her friend Ed into joining the band. Along comes another girl and a band is form, with Piper as their manager!

Piper leads the band to getting paid gigs, to recording a song, to appearing on a tv show. Piper is dealing with so much emotional turmoil. First she has to deal with her parents spending her college money on her sister's new hearing aids, the new and improved kind. Second, she than has to deal with feelings for a certain boy she's developing feelings for and she just can't get a break.

I'll be honest, I love music books. I loved Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph, I adore books that focus on music. I love learning facts about deceased singers. I did not know Kurt Cobain died so young. I guess I never really thought about it when I was a teen listening to Nirvana.

I loved watching Piper learn to grow up, I loved how her relationship with her family developed. I loved how her brother treated her. I loved how he would even hug her.  I loved this book. I loved the way her crush treated her. I loved that he learned things for her and did everything in his power to be around her. I enjoyed this book! 

Overall: Really liked it a lot! I need to find more books that focus on music.  

Cover: Love it! The colors even flow nicely with the text, girl, etc. 

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Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

The Schneider Award for YA went to this book earlier this week. It was my last night in Israel when I got a message from a librarian friend of mine that it won. I cheered, and of course the people around me asked what was going on. We had been worrying about the snow back home.

Erin said...

I am reading this book right now. And I am finding it hard to keep reading. I am almost half way through I keep telling myself to keep at it. I see all these great reviews so I am just crossing my fingers that it picks up. I have to agree that I LOVE her brother alot too!

Telia 'Liyah' Battle said...

I wanna read this book so bad that I almost go insane!!! I love this book & it's getting great reviews. So hopefully I will buy this book pretty soon! :)


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