- File Size: 588 KB
- Print Length: 278 pages
- Publisher: Naomi Rabinowitz (October 8, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 8, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009NNXUJI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Revenge Of A Band Geek Gone Bad (A Contemporary Young Adult Romance/Coming Of Age Tale) Kindle Edition
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Here's the basic plot: Melinda is a shy, quiet high school girl who thinks of herself as a loser. She's picked on by the other kids and doesn't have many friends. The opening scene where everyone mocks her reminded me a little of the movie, "Welcome To The Dollhouse." She then loses first chair flute in band to Kathy, who seems like your typical mean girl -- only in this case, Kathy actually has talent.
Melinda joins up with Josh, who's a year older than her and has a reputation for being the bad boy. He enjoys tormenting their conductor and generally causes a lot of trouble around the school. But he's also handsome and a great trumpet player. So when he asks Melinda to help him take Kathy down, she signs on. This part reminded me a little of the movie "Heathers."
As Mel and Josh spend their time plotting schemes against Kathy, they bond over their love for music. We also get to know Josh a lot better and realize that he, too, is an outcast and is really not that much of a bad boy. They become close friends and then eventually more.
But when Mel is hurt, Josh decides to seek revenge on his own and comes up with a scheme that Mel is really against. Their relationship is put to the test and Mel has to decide if she wants to do the right thing or just ignore Josh's actions. She's finally forced to grow up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was actually a really well written story with relatable characters. The 'populars' bullying the 'music geek'. But this time she fights back...... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alicia Huxtable
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 morePublished 11 months ago by gale wilson
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 morePublished 12 months ago by Danyca Russell
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 storyPublished on January 13, 2014 by bethsaida
so, so good. i recommend to anyone who wants a fast read thats good. i loved it and im sure you will alsoPublished on August 25, 2013 by Elizabeth B. Palmer
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 morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Heather
Great read, enjoyable and well paced story. Characters are interesting...waiting for the next book from this author! I would recommend!!!Published on January 14, 2013 by Sarah A. Yonder
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 morePublished on January 8, 2013 by LAS Reviewer