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Five Flavors of Dumb
by Antony John
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 12 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 890L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Dial Books
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2010
NO. PAGES: 352
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Schneider Family Book Award
ISBN: 0803734336
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop


The Story
Five Flavors of Dumb—Book Review

Eighteen-year-old Piper's big mouth has led her into a bit of a mess. After she made a sassy comment about a budding rock band at her school, she now has one month to show what she can do as a manager and get them a paying gig. The band's name? Dumb. And in Piper's opinion, it couldn't be a more accurate description. The five members of the band couldn't be more different, less likely rock stars, or more unable to get along. If Piper can find a way to bring this mess of a band together, she just might be able to prove to them, her parents, and herself that she can make a difference. Big problem? Piper has no idea if the band is any good or not. She's deaf. Take a journey through Seattle's rich rock history as Piper navigates the social disaster that is Dumb and tries to truly feel the music while she finds her inner rock star.
The Scoop
Five Flavors of Dumb—Book Review
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Five Flavors of Dumb is a moving, fun read, full of emotion and plenty of Seattle rock history. Piper and her sister are both deaf, but the story is not so much about their disability as it is about the main character's struggle to find out who the real Piper is. She begins the story having a fractured relationship with her parents, and feeling lost and invisible at school because her best friend (who is also deaf) moved away. The band management project begins as a way to make money, but along the way Piper learns that to succeed in the rock business, one must truly appreciate the art and emotion behind the music. The band visits Seattle landmarks dedicated to JImi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain (and references are made to the tragic circumstances of their deaths). There is a budding relationship where two characters kiss passionately, but otherwise interaction between the sexes is not physical. The language that occurs is strong (f-ck, shi-), but occurs on only a couple of occasions. There are excellent lessons about not judging a person by their exterior, as all of the female characters learn surprising things about each other's strengths and insecurities as they become friends.
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