November 30, 2010

review: Five Flavors of Dumb

 eta:  This book won the 2011 ALA Schneider Family Award for best Teen book.

Five Flavors of Dumb
Antony John
published November 2010
publisher Dial
source of book: bought it myself

Goodread's summary
The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.

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?

A great book!!!!!! (I'm trying to refrain from adding too many exclamation marks).  When I first read the summary (a deaf character manages Dumb,a high school band), I had to buy it right away as I'm deaf.   
Before people say deaf people cannot be in a band, I have to mention Rebecca who went to my daughter's hearing high school and was in the marching band --- on the flag squad  and played an instrument as well. 
The author has done an excellent job of not adding unnecessary paragraphs about deafness.   He tells about Piper's baby sister's cochlear implant by showing how Piper feels about it.  He explains how she gets by in school.  He does a great job characterizing the family members and the problems of their relationships.

The band --- a melange of "odd" characters.  They even have a brawl while performing -- that's how mismatched they are.   The author says it best:  "There was no togetherness, no blending--just five separate flavors of an indigestible dish called Dumb."   The plot and the characterizations are excellent.  Piper and crew live in Seattle, so they take two local road trips to learn more about Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix.   

This is one of the best books of 2010.   Do yourself a favor -- go pick it up.   You won't be sorry.


Tribute Books Mama said...

Thanks! for sharing

Susan (Reading World) said...

I just finished this, and I agree. A wonderful book!

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