Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blog Tour: Five Flavors Of Dumb by Antony John

Book:  Five Flavors Of Dumb
Author:  Antony John
Published:  November 11, 2010 from Dial
My edition/number of pages:  ARC/352

Age group:  Young adult
Source:  Publisher
Series?:  Nope.

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.

Five Flavors Of Dumb is a refreshingly unique story that I absolutely adored.  The story, the characters, the humor, it was all fabulous.  Antony John is a fantastic author and I am dying to check out his other books now.

Piper didn’t plan to become Dumb’s manager.  When she found out that her parents raided her college fund to pay for her baby sister’s cochlear implant she just had to do something.  Ever since she went deaf Piper has dreamed of going to Gallaudet but if she can’t get that money, there is no way.  She didn’t even take into consideration the fact that Dumb couldn’t really play, she couldn’t really hear them, and they couldn’t really stand her.  Can Piper really manage to get Dumb a paying gig in just one month or is she in over her head?

I loved Piper.  Actually I kind of loved all the characters.  She was smart, Finn was a misunderstood troublemaker, Ed was a sweetheart, Josh was a crazy egomaniac, Tash was just plain crazy, Kallie was a pretty girl with a heart of gold, and Will was just kind of a silent rocker.  It was a fun mix of people that just went really well together.  They made one pretty horrible band to begin with but it was fun to see them grow, especially Piper.  She really needed to come out of her shell and Dumb helped her do that.

The plot was pretty comical.  Getting a paying gig for Dumb was no easy task but Piper tackled it head on. It was funny to see what ideas she had and how she finally grew a backbone.  She didn’t know how to insert her opinions into the group because she was so afraid of what everyone thought of her but the real Piper only started to show when she stopped caring.  I loved her after that.

Overall, Five Flavors Of Dumb has a little something for everybody.  It’s such an easy book to relate to and I think teens will love it because of that.

First line:  For the record, I wasn’t around the day they decided to become Dumb.

Writing:  5

Characters:  5

Plot:  4

Ending:  4

Originality:  5

Overall:  23=A-

Cover:  5=A++

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  1. Amy

    I’m very, very curious about this book and can’t wait to see how the author handles Deafness and the controversy over cochlear implants. I have a father who is hard-of-hearing and a brother who is Deaf (he has slowly lost more and more hearing over the years), so I’m interested to see how accurate some of the info in the book is compared to my personal experiences.

    Glad to see this book reviewed!

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