Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Five Flavours Of Dumb - Antony John

Five Flavours Of Dumb by Antony John.

The Challenge:
Piper has one month to get a paying gig for Dumb—the hottest new rock band in school.

The Deal:
If she does it, she'll become manager of the band and get her share of the profits, which she desperately needs since her parents raided her college fund.

The Catch:
Managing one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl who is ready to beat her up. And doing it all when she's deaf. With growing self-confidence, an unexpected romance, and a new understanding of her family's decision to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, Piper just may discover her own inner rock star.

This book sounds totally cute yes? Well if that's what you are thinking you would be right.
The easy way to tell how much I liked a book is how fast I read it. Usually the longer it takes the less I liked it and in this case I read it in one night so I think it's fair to say I liked it quite a bit.

Five Flavours of Dumb is a really easy read and pretty funny, I have never really dreamed about being in a band but it was great to read about one. I don't really know anything about hard rock so I was grateful for the history lesson and the info about Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain.
However the band in this book is Dumb, and they are just starting out. It's is made up of five completely different members all of which Piper, our main character, is trying to manage. I found all the characters in this book unique and interesting each had a distinct personality and it was great to see them grow over the course of the book. Piper was the real heroine though she matured so much right before your eyes and she didn't let being deaf slow her down at all.

I haven’t read that many books with a main character who is deaf, it’s not that I don’t want to it’s just that I haven’t come across that many. But I did not find her deafness to be an issue. Although with the book being about music Piper being deaf was going to come up but I in no way found that it detracted from the story. The characters and the band were way to engrossing for that to happen. The book has a mix of parental issues, sibling issues, friend issues, job issues and relationship issues all rolled into one and while that may seem a lot all it all ended up making the book that much more real.

I would love to see a sequel to this book, I feel like we only got a little glimpse into the bands life when they were just getting started, it would be great to go on their journey with them. I would definitely recommend that you read this book.

I just took a look at Antony John's website and his next book sounds fantastic too I will definitely be getting it when it comes out.

The Hallelujah Book Tour

...in which sixteen-year-old Luke Dorsey tours Route 66 to promote his bestselling spiritual self-help guide. Accompanied by his agnostic older brother and a former crush (now enemy), Luke's about to discover that salvation sometimes comes from the most unlikely places.

Side note. I was just looking at Ally Carters website and it turns out she has a sequel to Heist Society coming out. It's called Uncommon Criminals and will be out June 21st 2011. I am beyond excited!

That's all for now.

1 comment:

  1. Ohhhh, this book sounds good!! :) I saw the cover before the New Year, but didn't pay too much attention as there was no synopsis... Hopefully, my library has it!!