Lemonade Mouth
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
"Lonely day

After the storm has come and gone

There will never be another tomorrow like today.

In my own way

I wait for the light of dawn

I look for a sign of things to come and change to stay."

--Lemonade Mouth, "Back Among the Walls," from their CD, Live at the Bash.

LEMONADE MOUTH is the story of five socially-struggling high school freshman who come together through a combination of chance and the wisdom of a sorely misused music teacher to form the legendary band, Lemonade Mouth. It all begins on the afternoon when the five students end up in Freshman Detention which is scheduled in the dungeon-like basement classroom of the aforementioned music teacher, Mrs. Reznik.

There is Stella who has begun her freshman year at Opoquonsett High in Rhode Island as the new kid in town. A frustrated student in a family of geniuses and step-geniuses, her mom's new research job has taken Stella unwillingly across the country. She has landed herself in detention for an act of rebellion in response to having previously been sent home for wearing a tee-shirt whose artwork had never been at issue in her old school back in Arizona. But the vice principal has told her, " 'Opoquonsett High doesn't have a dress code, exactly. It's just that we have an unwritten line and that shirt crosses it.' " (As my friend Skeezie Tookis would say, "What kind of stinkin' rule is that?")

There is Wen who is struggling with his feelings regarding his father's buxom twenty-something girlfriend, Sydney. In regard to the humiliating incident in social studies that has landed him in Mrs. Reznik's room, receiving detention as a result of that debacle is the absolute least of Wen's problems.

Mohini must be considered the least likely of the quintet to be in any kind of trouble. The overachieving daughter of immigrants, she has recently exchanged "a lifetime of social obscurity," along with her consistent obedience to her father's strict rules and to her own long-range school and career Plan, for the thrill of being seen around school with an older student who is both a popular soccer star and part of the band Mudslide Crush. It was he who persuaded Mo to skip her Independent Study class; they were subsequently seen and reported.

Meanwhile, Charlie is struggling with his obsession over how fate chose him to be born fine while his identical twin Aaron was stillborn as the result of being strangled by the umbilical cord. Charlie perceives Aaron as a harsh voice in his head who constantly points out what a failure Charlie is. In this instance, he has ended up in Mrs. Reznik's room through his failure to properly aim the spitball that was meant to retaliate for the one with which a renowned school bully had just nailed him in the face.

Finally, Olivia has spent most of her life living with her grandmother after her mother abandoned the family and her struggling father was convicted of murder in a failed store robbery. She finds herself in detention with Stella, Wen, Mo, and Charlie for skipping American lit, where she was facing another in the series of chapter quizzes that "strip away the fun of a good book." Instead of going to class, she gets caught hiding out reading the rest of the book.

Together, as a result of an incident in detention and the subsequent encouragement of Mrs. Reznik, the five pool their hidden talents -- musical and otherwise -- to become the pride of the unsung average and oft-picked on kids at their high school and far beyond it. And, as might be said, the rest is musical history.

"HOLD IT HIGH! RAISE IT UP!"

My heart is singing every time my mind pulls me back to what I just experienced. Count me in as a the #1 charter member of the Lemonade Mouth Fan Club.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2011
I haven't read this entire book but bought it for my 12 year old son for his birthday as his first kindle book. He and my 17 year old daughter had seen the Disney movie and loved it. While reading the first chapter, he came in to me and said that this book was not appropriate for him. After reading graphic details of one of the boys interest in his father's 26 year old girlfriend and her body and describing the nude pictures he had found of her, my son knew this was probably not the kind of book he should be reading. The boy in the book then went on to detail what happened in his pants as he obviously was quite stimulated by these pictures. Even my 17 year old said she couldn't believe Disney would pick this book to make a movie out of, knowing that young kids would also read the book. The book may be great for older kids, maybe 15 or so. But I really don't think what my son read was appropriate for 12 year olds. I did not see any other review that describes these kinds of things, so hopefully this will help someone else not waste their money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2007
This energetic book begins as a playful story, but develops into something completely different. Five freshman at Opequonsett High School all have certain unconventional aspects of their lives that pull us in. These five characters create a strong but unlikely bond. As their band Lemonade Mouth blossoms so do they. Wen, Stella, Mohini, Charlie, and Olivia begin a band that changes their school and alomost everyone in it. What begins as fun during detention turns into a serious commitment that will have everyone talking. Although some issues may seem trivial [like an organic frozen lemonade machine, a cat lover's sadness, or probably the first ukele ever used in a rock band], this novel addresses issues that some people are still afraid to face. Mark Peter Hughes once again amazes us all with his talents as a writer: his uncanny knack for worming his way into many teens' minds and ability of turning our daily occurrences into something profound. This is a book is a must-read and will leave everyone cheering for an encore.

-elena
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2007
I bought this book for my 14 year old daughter but my wife opened the package when it arrived from Amazon and hid it from our daughter for the day while she read it. When she finished late that night, she slipped the book into my daughter's room and told me that she had absolutely loved it. She said it was a very compelling and moving story. Now my daughter has her nose buried deep into it's pages and she won't let it out of her sight. If you have a young reader or young-at-heart reader, buy this book for them. I'm sure they will appreciate it as much as my wife and daughter have.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2011
This book is a wonderful tale of kids making it big, not by setting out to shock people on YouTube or to make people like them so they'll be popular and rich. Instead it's about some kids who stop accepting what's unfair in their school, and use music to bring people together, have fun and have a voice in what matters to them.

It's a fun read with a nice mix of humor, bravery, and a big heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2011
I loved this book! It was told from many different points of views, and each character had different personalities. But not too many to where you got confused. I saw the movie on Disney Channel, I did like it, but it was different from the book some in the good way, some in the bad. But overall this book was a good read. :]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2011
this book,now an original disney channel movie, rocks! when i started reading it, i couldnt put it down even when my mom called me for dinner. i also love the movie. the songs are so cool and its hilarious. love this book!:)
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on October 21, 2011
I watch the movie of it and it was one of the best movie that disney ever made. Then i readed te book although i would agree its not for pre-teens that still doesn't mean you should quit on the book useless you are below pre-teen then yes i will say wait until you get mature first.

A Huge Note To Know is that the book came out first so please don`t hate it if its a little different and the movie can`t always be exact.

I really don`t want to give spoliers away so i will say if you see the movie then buy this book if you are ok ith cuss words becuase this book was the one that kept t keep readig. No boring part and that is a good thing.

Mark Peter Hughes you did an amazing if not more job at this book. Disney you did awersome job making it come to life.

BUY THiS BOOK.

its really rare to find a book that was made into a movie but even more rare for it to be a GREAT book and movie.

BUY THis BOOk
BUY IT
BUY it how many times do i have to say it buy it already.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2009
I've been reading this book to my eight year old son who's an aspiring rock n roll drummer; I'm a guitar player; together we're a band: Strange Little Tractors (the father/son complement to Strange Attractors, the grown-up band I've been in for a couple of decades). Lemonade Mouth is the incredibly entertaining and moving story of five kids who stumble onto their shared destiny as members of the band which gives the book its name. More than once, reading of the band's emergence and struggle and triumph I've been near to or actually in tears, which has rather blown my son's mind (in a good way). What a story. And so well told. I recommend it most heartily, and hope there's a sequel in the works.
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on March 16, 2014
This was great, but it was nothing like the movie. The word choice was strong, yet easy to understand. Overall, awesome
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