Monday, April 9, 2012

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Hardcover: 338 pages
Release date: November 11th, 2010
Publisher: Dial
Goodreads 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'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.
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Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates’ popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.

Even if I read a few books with a lot of music entail as a theme or a part of the story, it was still enlivening that Antony John made sure that there’ll be pieces of music info on the whole story. The way how Piper entered the world of the Dumb, was amusing. She doesn’t have idea if she’s going to make it through and oblivious how to start especially in her state of having a loss of hearing. But that reason did not scare her off, instead she used this as her strength and inspiration to make the band understand what a real band should be. 

Of course the whole story does not only exist with the band but also the problems Piper was going through with her family, the insecurities she’s been hiding and the feelings she wanted to let go. I really enjoyed seeing all the characters develop in the course of the story—especially Piper, Tash, Kallie and Piper’s parents.

I really loved how the whole story starts and how it ended. In fact, I flew through it in just a couple of hours. This will not be the last book I’m going to read by Antony John, and that’s for sure. :)

Let’s not forget the attraction with Ed and Piper! Have a peek with one of my favorite conversation of them:

“Time has passed since last I saw your face,
The memory of your touch
Your smile, your heart, your grace,
The visions that I once enjoyed have gone without a trace.”

“They’re good lyrics,” he said finally.
I rolled my eyes. “Whatever.”
“I’m serious. I can do something with this.”
That perked me up. “Really?”
“Really.” Ed smiled. “By tomorrow afternoon
Dumb will be performing our first love song.”

And then there was silence while we both digested those words.


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