- 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: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,949 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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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!! Even when Mel lost weight it just wasn't enough and she just couldn't find it in herself to be supportive!!
All in all Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad, was a fantastic and enjoyable read. Naomi Rabinowitz, writes with such ease and creates characters who are extremely relatable. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!!
Well written with some feel good moments
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.
One thing I enjoyed is that the book is very character-driven. Mel and Josh are both really well-rounded. They had some deep conversations about life and music, and their bond was very believable. I also liked Mel's best friend, Lana, who's just a sweetheart and Mel's mom, who's flawed, but sympathetic. The conductor, Mr. Francis, and Josh's friend Lenny made me laugh.
The one thing I do wish is that we'd gotten to know some of the other characters better. Mel's dad, mean girl Tamara and Ken the football jock are all interesting, but they don't have that many scenes. I also thought that Josh maybe got away with a little too much at first -- though he does eventually suffer some consequences.
Overall, I was impressed with this book. I picked it up expecting it to be a light read, but it went pretty deep for a teen story and there were some parts that were heartbreaking. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Mel, the main character, is the unpopular, band geek, who is often picked on by the popular kids, mostly lead by Kathy. When Kathy beats out Mel in the one thing she excels in (playing the flute), Mel is crushed. Luckily, the rebel troublemaker in band, Josh, hates Kathy too. So, they team up to bring Kathy down. With a great mix of secondary characters, you will feel like your right back in high school.
Although, I imagine the author wrote this book for the teenage crowd, I believe anyone whomever survived high school will love this book- whether it was a few years ago or 20 years ago (in my case). I look forward to Rabinowitz next book.
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