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Revenge Of A Band Geek Gone Bad (A Contemporary Young Adult Romance/Coming Of Age Tale) [Kindle Edition]

Naomi Rabinowitz
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Book Description

Love. Lust. Blackmail. Romance. Revenge. Is finding love worth getting even?

Shy, overweight Melinda Rhodes' sophomore year of high school isn't going so well. Her mother mocks her weight. She spends her weekends holed up in her room making what her friend calls "Freaky eyeball paintings." Her pants split in the middle of school, earning her the nickname, "Moolinda." She then loses first chair flute in band to Kathy Meadows, the pretty and popular mean girl who's tormented Mel for years.

Her luck changes when she catches the eye of Josh Kowalski, a rebellious trumpet prodigy and class clown. Josh has also been hurt by Kathy and asks Melinda to help take Kathy down. Mel figures that she has nothing to lose ... and Josh is adorable with gorgeous blue eyes and a winning smile. She agrees to team up with him and looks forward to finally getting back at her rival.

At first, the pair's pranks against Kathy are silly, and as they work together, Mel comes out of her shell. Wild, impulsive Josh gets her to do things she'd never done before and Mel enjoys being a bad girl. Even better, she and Josh fall in love and their teen romance blossoms.

However, as their schemes become more involved and dangerous, Mel begins to question her loyalty to Josh -- and is surprised to find how dark her dark side really is. Just how far will she be willing to go to get what she wants -- and is keepng Josh really worth the risk of going against her beliefs?

This is a coming of age tale about finding love, staying on top and staying true to yourself. Is it really possible for Melinda to have it all?


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Product Details

  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Naomi Rabinowitz (October 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read!! January 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Melinda is having a hard time at school, being teased and ridiculed for her weight. Her classmates call her Moolinda and this is definitely not done with subtlety or on the sly. One of the main offenders is fellow bandmate and flutist Kathy. When Melinda loses her first chair spot to Kathy she is devastated!!! But then out of the blue the class clown, gorgeous, popular trumpet playing Josh Kowalski approaches her with a plan to exact revenge on Kathy. At first Mel is hesitant but she goes along with Josh's plans and in the process gets to spend quality time with josh and a solid friendship is formed. The more time they spend together, the more Mel falls for Josh and she is surprised to find that he could feel the same way about her.

As Kathy's taunts escalate so does Mel's need for revenge. It doesn't help that her mum is on the ridicule wagon about Mel's weight as well. This sets in motion a chain of events which lead Mel to question her need for revenge but it also brings to light some secrets that Josh has been keeping!!

I have to say that this was just such a great book!! I loved every minute of it. I loved the growth of Mel. She went from a girl who has shy and timid and had major self worth issues to a girl who was much more confident and sure of herself.

And Josh... What can I say about Josh... I loved his passion for music and life in general. I loved his quirkiness and his ability to have fun. I loved that he saw such beauty in Mel. I loved their friendship. I loved his need to protect and care for her even if at times he went about it the wrong way.

And then we have Mel's mum. Oh, how I really didn't like her and the nasty things she said to Mel. She just made me cringe with her choice of words so many times!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read January 14, 2013
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Great read, enjoyable and well paced story. Characters are interesting...waiting for the next book from this author! I would recommend!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Female Character Fights Back January 7, 2013
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More than anything else, I was impressed with the main character, Melinda. Bullying doesn't silence her; rather the opposite, in fact. Bullying serves as a catalyst for most of the action in the story, and ultimately leads to mostly positive outcomes. Her voice gets stronger, her confidence increases and she grows as a person.

Normally I might think this sort of transformation was too quick or contrived, but from page one you get a sense that Melinda knows who she is. She can be shy and awkward but she doesn't allow those traits to define her. Her passions--music and art--sustain her, imbue her with the strength to push back. Yes, Josh helps too (I point this out a little begrudgingly because I so don't want to give the impression that Josh "rescues" her), but had she not had a strong sense of self before Josh entered the scene, I doubt she would have brought so much creativity to Josh's plans, let alone agreed to them in the first place. And when Josh goes too far, she calls him on it and is willing to break up with him even though she really likes him.

I'm always happy when I stumble upon strong, relatable female characters, because more often than not they're few and far between. Thus ends my review/rant. ;-p
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never wanted to end. December 31, 2012
By Jessica
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I was about 70% through the book and before I knew it was almost over . I'm a flute player myself so I couldn't even put it down because I was taken to another world of heartbreak revenge and music . This is a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teens at their best December 26, 2012
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Working with teens and seeing how the author shows them in a real light but also as people we can hope to be. A must read for all us high school geeks no matter in what area be it music, drama, or even sports.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read!! December 10, 2012
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This book was a very good story about a young girl in high school that learns to stand up for herself even though she gets a little help from a friend. I really enjoyed the story and I am not a band geek myself but i did get ridiculed and pick on by other kids in school and so I related to melinda. I was also very happy to see that she got her way with s few things and she did learn a few things about people as well. I recommend this book to every teenager whether they are in band or not!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wholesome YA novel! November 8, 2012
By Chrys
Format:Kindle Edition
+ I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review +

Naomi Rabinowitz's Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad is a novel that I am quite sure young adults will enjoy. The moment I read the title, I was delighted because it promised a unique read. Band geeks are usually ridiculed in school, so one seeking revenge sounded like an interesting story, and that it was.

The characterization is also good in Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad. Melinda, the flute-playing protagonist is realistically characterized. For instance, she is overweight and lacks confidence. I found Melinda to be quite the lovable character, because though she is whelmed with many insecurities, I am sure that many readers can connect with her. Melinda also has to withstand humiliation by the popular snob, Kathy Meadows. When I became acquainted with this complete "beyotch", all I could think was "Regina George, Regina George, Regina George." She makes a hobby of teasing and embarrassing Melinda, and when she is given the highest honor for a flute player in a school orchestra, I was upset, but such is life. Josh Kowalski was a character that grew on me. Josh is the epicenter of comedy in the novel, and Melinda soon "catches his eye". He persuades Melinda to seek vengeance for all of Kathy's wrongdoings, despite Melinda's shyness and initial hesitation.

The romance between the gregarious prankster and sheltered band geek are evidence that people can change each other for the best. There are other relatable characters such as Melinda's indifferent father, Josh's hardworking mom, and Lenny, Josh's clown of a friend who probably does not know what deodorant is. Rabinowitz really focused a lot on her character development which really accented her storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge of a band geek gone bad
I was given this book,for my honest review.A very interesting story of love,revenge,bullying.Melinda at high school is bullied,about her weight,also at home by her mom. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gale wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
A great book for all ages. It has been awhile sense I have read a book with a strong moral ending. I love how the author wrote this, she has done an amazing job of bringing her... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Danyca Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
this book was amazing. from start to finish I was unable to put it down.a must read for all who enjoy a romantic coming of age story
Published 15 months ago by bethsaida
5.0 out of 5 stars omo
so, so good. i recommend to anyone who wants a fast read thats good. i loved it and im sure you will also
Published 20 months ago by Elizabeth B. Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable YA fiction
I have chosen a few young adult books to read over the last few months both to be able to share good ones with my daughter and also because they are so hopeful. Read more
Published on January 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad
So here's my take on the novel- it was a really cute contemporary YA romance. Mel is having a hard time with her peers and her mother. Read more
Published on January 15, 2013 by Heather
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Reading!
Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad reminds me a lot of the movie, Mean Girls. Think about it: high school snobs being mean and rude to those they think are below them. Read more
Published on January 8, 2013 by LAS Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars revenge of a band geek gone bad
I think anyone who grew up with a less than perfect confidence level in High School would enjoy reading this story. Fun without being racey.
Published on December 23, 2012 by patricia a gutman
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Naomi Rabinowitz has always loved being creative. Raised in Nesconset, NY -- a suburb on Long Island -- she was introduced to the arts at an early age. Her mother, Joyce, is a pianist; her father, Melvin, plays piano and guitar; her grandmother, Esther, was a talented knitter; her late grandfather, Morris, was a violinist; her late great uncle, Sid Robin, was a well-known jazz musician, who penned the lyrics to the popular big band hit, "Undecided."

Naomi's parents, who were both teachers, frequently took her to museums and concerts. During their summers off, her family traveled. By the time she was 15, Naomi had been to several European countries, as well as China, Japan, Israel, Egypt, Russia and Mexico.

Naomi's love for writing emerged when she was in the second grade and her poem, "The Four Seasons," won first prize in a local literary competition. She became interested in journalism in junior high when her English class was selected to write for Newsday's "Kidsday" column.
She had as much passion for music. Though she began playing piano when she was three, she switched to her "true" instrument, the flute, when she was nine and eventually added tenor sax and clarinet to her list so that she could play in jazz band. She performed in almost every musical group from wind ensemble to orchestra (but never marching band!). In 2008, she released her jazz album FLUTE PATH.

Naomi received a B.A. in English from Binghamton University and an M.A. in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. From 1998-2012, she worked as a reporter/editor for national TV magazine Soap Opera Digest.

These days, Naomi writes, plays jazz flute and designs jewelry for her businesses Naomi's Designs and MayaGirl Creations. She lives in Queens, NY with her husband, Jonathan, and their cat, Maya.

You can find her at:
Twitter: @NaomiRDesigns

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