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"Bass' portrayal of the harassment is relatively mild, but she doesn't downplay its seriousness, either. She keeps her characters real and demonstrates just how sexual harassment can damage the lives of everyone involved. Fast paced and insightful, a good choice for teen readers, especially those interested in music." (Kirkus Reviews 2011-08-01)

"An engrossing and enjoyable story. The ugly duckling turn around will appeal to any teen who's struggled to be more average in the high school world where being unique or unusual are particularly hard crosses to bear...Bass's full cast of characters is terrific...I would happily read more about them all and would love to see more of what happens to each of them. Do a young Twilight fan in your book circle a service and add Drummer Girl to their TBR pile. And make sure to grab yourself a copy while you're at it." (The Diary of a Bookworm blog 2011-08-23)

"While drumming and music are the hooks to reel in readers, drummer-girl Sid and her friends are every high-schooler, and Bass clearly shows the pain of being harassed and bullied...The story's teen voices of pain and eventual courage will ring true to adolescents, whether they're popular, misfits, or a bit of both." (Booklist 2011-11-01)

"Fast-paced and gritty...A good look into the life of a modern teenage girl and her journey to find herself. This novel would appeal to readers who enjoy realistic young adult fiction." (Resource Links 2011-12-01)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Coteau Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550504622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550504620
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,662,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Spafford-Fitz on November 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sidney Crowley, the protagonist of Karen Bass's Drummer Girl, is desperate to become the new drummer of The Fourth Down, a local band formed by the high school football jocks. But when Sid auditions, she learns that some of the band members do not want a female drummer for fear of a girl causing problems among the guys in the band. To these particular band members, an acceptable female band member would have to be gay. Meanwhile, the other members might consider having a girl in the band provided she adheres to their basic tenet of looking good onstage. After careful consideration, Sid decides her best shot at getting to drum with the band involves ditching her baggy jeans and heavy metal t-shirts, and reinventing herself within the bewildering world of cute shoes, padded bras, and revealing clothing.

Sid soon finds out though that her new image has implications she never envisioned. For starters, her best friend feels that Sid has sold out. And when a manipulated videotape showing Sid making out (actually of Sid being sexually assaulted) goes viral, Sid realizes she has lost her best friend, tensions are spiraling out of control at home, she does not stand a chance of drumming for the band (assuming she still wants to), school has become utterly intolerable, and her new love interest believes all the lies he was told about her.

As most teenagers will attest, high school problems are seldom straightforward. In keeping with that reality, Ms. Bass offers us a messy story -a beautifully messy story that held me enthralled right through to the satisfying conclusion. Along with Drummer Girl's compelling story line, Ms. Bass has crafted snappy, realistic dialogue and a sympathetic protagonist who will resonate with teens. I highly recommend Drummer Girl and believe young adults will enjoy hanging out with Sid, her friends, and her beloved drum set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Simons on November 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Drummer Girl is a straight-forward read, with believable complications that practically shout "High School." It's also very cool that Sid is a girl drummer, making her way quite determinedly into what seems to be a boy's world of heavy rock. A foray into girlishness puts Sid in quite an interesting and difficult position, which is resolved nicely, and, I think, honestly. I liked also the way her growing interest in jazz broadens Sid's outlook, and shows how music isn't just about blindly pounding your instrument--it must involve listening to the players around you. I couldn't put this book down. Kudos to the author!
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By Nicole Luiken on November 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I literally read this book in one sitting. I bought it at 8 pm and finished reading at 11:20. I really felt for Sid, the tomboy heroine. An excellent read, just make sure you have kleenex handy!
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