Heavy Metal And You
Heavy Metal And You
Product Description If Nick Hornby had a metalhead little brother, hed write a book as clever, music-drenched, and observationally direct as this, Christopher Krovatins rock-solid PUSH debut. Boy listens to lots of loud music and hangs with his friends. Boy meets girl. Boy falls dippy-happy-scared-as-hell in love with girl. Friends meet girl -- and arent impressed. Girl meets friends -- and isnt impressed. Boy meets big dilemma. Boy plays music even louder. Big dilemma meets big, complicated resolution. With humor and heartfelt observations, debut author Christopher Krovatin strikes some very loud chords about life, love, sex, and friendship. From School Library Journal Grade 11 Up?am wears spiked bracelets, gets wasted with his friends, and has almost encyclopedic knowledge about heavy-metal music. But hes also incredibly intelligent and as knowledgeable about classic literature as he is about the music he loves. Sam attends an expensive all-boys prep school in New York City, and he and his buddies often cut classes to smoke or get an early start on the weekend. But all good things must end, and they do with a sudden crash when Sam begins to date Melissa, a straightedge who doesnt drink or do drugs and doesnt like the fact that he does. Sam tries to modify his behavior for the girl who is more important to him than he ever thought possible, but pleasing Melissa means completely changing who he is. This romance is chock-full of music references, slang, and general metalhead band knowledge such as album release dates, etc. The language is raw and full of sexual talk and innuendo, especially among Sam and his friends. The main characters are well developed and mostly believable, if a bit more emotional than expected on Sams part. The plot moves quickly and jumps from past to present, with Sam interspersing his current situation with relevant scenes from his past. This rapid progression, as well as the realistic situations and language, keep teens attention, making the book a good choice for reluctant readers. ?eather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist *Starred Review* Gr. 10-12. It was Slayer that first turned Sam Markus into a Metal Head. Slayer was like Rob Zombie, only without the camp value and with better musicianship. They scared the hell out of me at first, and I loved it. Pure fucking evil. Sam and his buddies hang out drinking, smoking, and exchanging vulgar insults when not attending their NYC prep school. But after Sam starts to date Melissa, things change. He makes her a disc of tunes to draw her into his world (the songs are listed so readers can re-create the mix), and goes straightedge for her, giving up his favorite vices. Ultimately, though, he realizes that hes becoming one of the phonies that his idol Holden Caulfield detests. Infusing the story with music, humor, and anger, Krovatin records a perfect take on relationships and how they change. From the terrific cover and portrait of selfish love to the clever CD player icons indicating narrative switches (PLAY, PAUSE, SKIP AHEAD, BACK, and on the final page, STOP), this is an authentic portrayal of an obsession with music. Teens dont have to like heavy metal to appreciate this novel, which is guaranteed to attract readers looking for a book to reach their death-metal souls. Cindy Dobrez Copyright ? American Library Association. All rights reserved Review Booklist 8/05 *STAR*Krovatin, Christopher. Heavy Metal and You. 2005. 186. Scholastic/Push, $16.95 (0-439-73648-X). Gr. 10?12. It was Slayer that first turned Sam Markus into a Metal Head. ?Slayer was like Rob Zombie, only without the camp value and with better musicianship. They scared the hell out of me at first, and I loved it. Pure fucking evil.Sam and his buddies hang out drinking, smoking, and exchanging vulgar insults wh
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