Title: Five Flavors of Dumb
Author: Antony John
Source: Good Golly Miss Holly ARC Tours
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. [via GoodReads]
This book was AWESOME! Piper is one hell of a leading lady. She never intended to end up the manager of a rock band, a very unlikely role for someone who is deaf. But nevertheless, she finds that being Dumb's manager might be the best thing to happen to her. I immediately identified with Piper. I'm sure most girls and women can. She is struggling with all sorts of issues from self-esteem, family, lack of popularity at school, etc.
I can't even begin to tell you what great characters you'll find in this story. They are all quirky and eclectic yet come together so perfectly. There is great character development and maturity and I'm sure anyone can relate with at least one of them (if not more).
Piper's issues with her parents raiding her college fund in order to buy a cochlear implant for her sister was the more serious tone in the story. I was intrigued to see how Piper reacted to this. And was surprised that she reacted not in anger that her college funds had somewhat depleted, but that the bond she shared with her deaf sister would be severed. The one thing they had in common would be no longer. It was touching and definitely pulled on the heartstrings.
I loved the tone of this novel. It is told in a very fresh and fun voice. I loved the way it portrayed Piper's family life (dysfunctional, yet loving), how a deaf girl can learn to love music, making new friends, starting new relationships and even a little romance was thrown in there. Irresistibly hard to put down. One of the best books I've read this year.