Book Review: Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Title: Five Flavors of Dumb
Author: Antony John
Details: Hardcover, 352 pgs.
Published: November 11th, 2010 by Dial
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased


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.

Wow.  Like OMG wow.  This book just made it on my favorites list.  It’s got to be one of them best contemporary books I’ve ever read.  I don’t think I have a single complaint.  
I love how this book was done.  It’s about a girl who takes on managing a band and she’s deaf.  And while we see the obstacles she has to face, the difficulties in being deaf, it’s not all about that.  That’s just a small part of the whole thing.  And I loved it like that.  I loved reading about a deaf girl and her life without it being all about her being deaf.   She did have some family issues to deal with and they were done so well.  I really felt for Piper but yet saw both sides of the story.  But the main issue in the book was her managing the band, Dumb.  It’s also about her finding herself, her inner strength and her kick butt attitude she’s somehow had inside herself all these years.  Piper was a true authentic character who I could understand and feel true compassion for.  I could go on and on but really the only way you’ll understand Piper is if you read the book.
The other characters were fabulous as well.  Ed was a great friend and I loved how he would do anything for Piper.  I also loved the touch of romance without it being a big theme in the book.   Josh was a character that did a great job of infuriating me and the other band members each played their roles perfectly.  I loved them all and how they all found themselves.  
This book truly has so much going for it but one of my favorite things was Piper learning more about music.  This being going to the house Kurt Cobain lived and died in, seeing Jimi Hendrix’s childhood home, watching them on videos and reading up about them.  Although Piper can’t hear music most of the time (she has a tiny bit of limited hearing) she can feel it, and she can see it.  She can see the emotions and feelings and everything that’s going on in their movements and expressions.   And since I was a huge Kurt Cobain fan and pretty much watched every video he ever did like 100 times, visited his house and every monument that’s been done for him, well, I appreciated that bit of the story and it even made me cry a bit.  What other characters said to Piper about Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix were some amazing words.  And I loved that even though she couldn’t appreciate their music herself, she could appreciate that others did and she cared enough to do her own research and find out more and see what a true musicians goals are.  It’s not about the money.  It’s about the music.
This book was so amazingly well rounded I didn’t have one moment I wanted to put the book down.  I actually picked the book up when I was feeling blah.  No book sounded good but I was determined to kick that blah right out of me.  And once I started this book that blah was gone.  I could have sat and read the book in one sitting it was so good.  Not a single moment of boring.  
I think I could go on and on about how much loved this book.  But really you just have to read it for yourself.   What are you still sitting there for?  Go buy it! 

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This book qualifies for the Diversify Your Reading Challenge.   You can find out more about this challenge by going HERE.   I’m saying this one fits the challenge because of Piper’s deafness.  It was a pretty important part of the story and I thought we got a good look into what it’s like to be a deaf teen.  
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  1. Oh my goodness! This book sounds sooo good! I loved your review; this book must’ve been absolutely fantastic. I’ll definitely keep my eye open for this one the next time I’m at the bookstore.

  2. I LOVE that cover.
    That should be enough for me to pick up the book, but because of your review… I NEED IT ASAP!

    Awesome review, Candace 😀

  3. WOW. WOW. WOW. This book sounds stunning!!! And it may be one of your favorite contemporaries??? With that kind of compliment, I have to pick this one up!!

  4. Your review had me cheering hon. This sounds too good. The title alone won me over. I can’t wait to start this, it sounds like a masterpiece. Thank you so much for the great review hon :)

  5. I read this…last year? I can’t remember but you definitely liked it more than me. I must have been in a bad mood when I read it lol, because I looked up my review and I don’t say WHY I didn’t like it. I still gave it 3 stars, though. I’m happy you loved it!!

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