- File Size: 813 KB
- Print Length: 348 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GIQLZ8K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
The characters, led by Barbara (who loves to wear hats), are mostly urban, and despite their self-proclaimed invisibility, anxiety, and/or “loser” status, their dialogue reveals an urban savvy. Bailey, a rural cowgirl, stands apart from the crowd. I hope we get to hear more from her in the sequel that is rumored to be forthcoming.
At the book’s end, I regretted leaving Barbara and her band of friends, a sign of an excellent read. Good thing I can look forward to visiting them again.
Eisenbrey’s characters are so richly drawn you’ll have no problem picking out the one that fits your personality. Think back to junior high and high school and you’ll immediately understand the angst and frustrations these characters are coping with each day. Somehow, they do find an understanding of each other through a common bond, music and the formation of an almost all-girl band.
Most enjoyable are their conversations about their lives, music, and coping with life. The dialogue is realistic and in keeping with the age range of her characters, Eisenbrey allows the chat to meander and wander across the pages. You’ll remember talking with your best friend the day after you and your folks had an all out disagreement, or your current romantic interest hurt your feelings, or your feel like no one understands who you are or why you are.
Eisenbrey is a début novelist we want to watch as I’m guessing there’ll be more books coming from this author.
Although Amazon and other distributors classify The Gospel According to St. Rage as young adult or YA fiction, I believe anyone will enjoy reading it. I know I did!
And by the way, the band’s music is playable on a CD that comes with the book!
Barbara doesn't consciously want to be a superhero, although she has long been interested both in saving lives and in trying to help change lives for the better. She loves music, especially DIY garage punk. What she lacked was a team. In the end, she both stumbles into/assembles a team (a band, a group of unlikely friends); uses her powers for, well, not evil; saves at least one life; and again decides that she doesn't WANT superpowers and takes steps toward trying to be rid of them.
Along the way she discovers that most people have some sort of subtle superpower, whether it's walking in heels, being accepted by a variety of groups, or facilitating understanding through language. She also learns that being brave doesn't feel like courage and that she is herself as capable of not really seeing another person as she once was of being invisible.
The book may sound like urban fantasy, but it reads like straight-forward realistic teen fiction. Magical Realism perhaps comes the closest to pegging the style. And fairy tales are among the recurring motifs, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, and Beauty and the Beast. A sister and a brother get lost; an overlooked girl ends up playing (music) after the ball (prom); a fairy godfather changes everything; and we're also introduced to a witch and an evil sister (not step-).
It's a delightful book, which on the surface seems light. But although the prose dances and spins, several deeply serious topics are dealt with here, including the injustice of differential treatment for foolish teens who do stupid things without thinking about the ramifications, and the tendency of people as a group to understand situations in terms fed to them by the media. The characters are today's US teens- mixtures in all the categories (racial, gender, religious, etc.) but underlined by a longing for acceptance and a desire to do good if they can.
The setting is Seattle, WA (although we're never explicitly told so) and anyone who has lived there will find pleasure tracking the landmarks, from the Seattle Center to Dick's Drive Ins. Pop culture references range from Harry Potter to the Ramones to Sleater Kinney to the Avengers
I love this book but I don't want to give too much away and spoil the story for a reader, so I'll stop here. But this I will say: Read it twice. Read it three times. The more I've read it, the more I've found there is to it. The Gospel According to St Rage