Friday, 8 February 2013

Review - Five Flavors of Dumb

Author: Antony John
Publisher: Not Avail
Publication date: November 11th, 2010
Format: E-book
Cover Source: Goodreads.

 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't hear Dumb's 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.

Piper has got one month to get her high school band, Dumb, a paying gig and if she succeeds she gets to become the band's manager. Piece of cake  right? The only problem , is how do you manage a crumbling band into rising stardom when you don't even know if they're any good? 
And the catch? Piper's deaf.

On the whole not a bad read.

Ok so what here's I really liked ,

  • Piper's Familial relationships
         Piper's parents as good as ignore her when her younger sister Grace is born and the fact that they use Piper's College Fund to get Grace a cochlear transplant and how she deals with her anger and jealousy at Grace's ability to hear. How her dad considers Piper's deafness as a disability, as well as the gradual progress in their relationships all counted to the realism and helped root for Piper.

        Her relationship with her brother Finn was also something I really liked.
  • Characters :
        Ed!! - The nerd love interest and bad-ass drummer. The way they friendship begins and how they open up to each other.
        Finn - The lovable brother who's always in trouble. There was just something deep about him.

       The evolution of Tash was likable too.
  • The ending. Oh yeah.
What I did not,
  • Kallie's potrayal
        Yes I liked the fact that there was a change and she not the high-school queen bee types. She was quite, sensitive. And I adored the ending really. But there was just something missing. I just did not feel like connecting to her though I really wanted to.
  • Yes I did not like Josh the lead singer from the start. Which was supposed to happen but I just wish they had showcased a bit more of the brothers Will and Josh.
Overall a good read. A feel good book that let's you know it is important it is to stand up for yourself, make the best of whatever situation and let people know they are worth it.

Thereby I end with a quote from the book.

“Don’t worry about wanting to change; start worrying when you don’t feel like changing anymore. And in the meantime, enjoy every version of yourself you ever meet, because not everybody who discovers their true identity likes what they find.”  

Rating: 3 Quills

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