Book 4!

Posted on February 16, 2013. Filed under: Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , |

Cover art for Struts and Frets

It’s been a few days since I finished this book, which was in the top ten for the 2013 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. Unfortunately, I got distracted and perturbed by library-haters, so I’m just now getting to my review.

I really liked this book. It has appeal written all over it. Sammy is a musician. He plays guitar, he’s in a band, though he hates the lead singer and the band’s name, Tragedy of Wisdom — I don’t blame him — and he writes all of their songs. He wants to be a serious musician like his grandfather and play the music he wants to play and not the commercial crap that gets airtime, although being famous and having lots of fans would be nice.

Sammy has problems, though. Like I said, he hates his lead singer, but Joe scares the bejeezus out of him. His mother is a therapist (’nuff said), and doesn’t think that being a musician is a worthwhile career goal. His grandfather, a once brilliant musician, is slowly losing it. To top it all off, he finds out that his best friend, Jen5, is in love with him, and he thinks he returns the feeling. Oh, and if all of that wasn’t enough, his band is competing in a Battle of the Bands competition to get studio time and time on a poser radio station, and no one can seem to get together to practice, and when they do practice, the bassist keeps forgetting what song they’re playing, and the lead singer can’t memorize the songs.

This is the book for a music-lover. I especially like how the bands mentioned are not all obscure and modern, and the books shows a lot of appreciation for the classics, like Pink Floyd, the Pixies (Sammy’s favorite, if he absolutely had to name one), and the Cure. If you’re looking for more books with playlists, check out this wiki page from YALSA.

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