- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (July 24, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062665652
- ISBN-13: 978-0062665652
- ASIN: 0062665650
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Debut author Milman’s darkly comedic coming-of-age story seamlessly combines monsters—both real and imagined—with difficult subjects such as neglect, abandonment, and psychosis....Dario’s journey, though more extreme than most, is relatable, but the story’s biggest lesson of all is that it is possible to go home again.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Derek Milman bursts onto the YA scene with a completely unique concept and a delightfully quirky setting. It has all of my favorite things: plenty of absurdity wrapped in undeniable heart. Scream All Night is not to be missed.” (Goldy Moldavsky, New York Times bestselling author of Kill the Boy Band and No Good Deed)
“Scream All Night is a hilarious, heart-wrenching, psychedelic ride. Derek Milman has written a searingly original debut. I couldn’t stop reading.” (Jeff Garvin, author of Symptoms of Being Human)
“Dario’s first-person narrative avoids being lachrymose and lands somewhere both self-aware of the surrounding silliness and respectful in matters of mental illness and abuse. Moldavia is resplendent with wonderfully wacky details, characters and settings...plenty of gory details to delight creature-feature and horror movie buffs.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Milman has a field day with horror movie tropes, walking a nerve-wrackingly fine line between gothic horror and send-up, challenging readers to discern just where the laughs and shivers are leading...And the award for genre-bending serio-comic tender horror debut goes to...Derek Milman.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Recommended title)
“Debut author Milman loads his coming-of-age comedy with classic horror references in a way that will delight genre fans without alienating outsiders. Clever writing is anchored by a sensitive emotional core, giving Dario’s personal journey a relatable quality, despite its delectably bizarre setting.” (Booklist)
“Milman graces readers with a distinctive and immersive setting and an authentically hilarious voice. It’s the summer read you never knew you needed.” (Buzzfeed)
”[A] darkly funny, brilliantly written, heart-wrenching debut.” (Buffalo News)
“At once hilarious, wrenching, and marinated in inspired details....Scream All Night slashes through the expected, trouncing the predictable with eerie power.” (Center for Fiction)
“[A] dark and occasionally wacky tale of a young man coming to terms with his troubled past.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
About the Author
Derek Milman has worked as a playwright, screenwriter, film school teacher, DJ, and underground humor magazine publisher. A classically trained actor, he has performed on stages across the country and appeared in numerous TV shows, commercials, and films.Derek currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Scream All Night is his first novel. You can find Derek online at www.derekmilman.com.
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Of course, I wouldn’t but a book solely because of the cover (*cough*okay maybe I would*cough*), so needless to say the summary intrigued me too. I’ll tell y’all, I was expecting funny, and I knew it was set on an estate that served as a B-horror-movie studio and filming location, and I knew it would come with a whole cast of eccentric characters. I also expected the contemporary aspects, the coming-of-age story of a young man who had, for reasons unknown before reading, been legally emancipated from his even more eccentric director father. But y’all, I was not expecting to be punched in the gut (metaphorically, of course) by the unveiling of Dario’s past at Moldavia, for the heartbreak I would feel for him as a boy as well as a young man, for the intensity of some of the scenes. There was so much heart to this story, so much pathos, I mean it when I say that my heart truly ached for Dario. It was a roller coaster ride of sorts, in that I’d be laughing out loud - indeed cackling at some points, and scaring my cats! - and then all of a sudden I’d either be struck dumb or brought to tears. Seriously, when we learned just what happened to Jude as a boy, his wish to be able to go back in time…I burst into tears because of my own history and I just wanted to grab him and hold him, gaaahhhhhh….
I say all this not as a warning - no, I am one who actually likes to suffer a bit while reading, which, yes, I know it’s kind of weird - but as a sign of how much I enjoyed the book. I like it when books can bring such emotion out of me! Wringing tears from me, or putting my heart in a vise (or, on the positive side, making me laugh out loud), means that I have found an author I will follow as long as they write books. That is the mark of a wonderful writer, at least in my opinion, and let me tell you, Mr. Milman just blew me away. I really find it hard to believe it’s his debut! Although, upon reading the bio above, I guess he’s been writing for many years (I mean, having a New York Times article written about you at age 14? Amazing!); but still, this book is a stunning debut. I am absolutely in love.
Now, I do feel I should give a bit of a trigger warning, *****so if you want to AVOID A SPOILER, STOP READING for a bit!***** ((((If you have trouble reading about child abuse, just know that there may be some difficult scenes included here. I cannot quantify them for you, to say how shocking they may be for you personally, but I did want to give that fair warning. Also, there’s a good amount of cussing, so if that bothers you, be forewarned.)))) *****SPOILER OVER*****
I highly recommend this book to any fan of contemporary, coming of age stories, anyone who loves dark humor, and fans of “issue books,” which I’d say this is to some extent. I absolutely LOVE this book and will be encouraging all my friends to read it. What a spectacular way to burst onto the YA scene, sir! Well done. Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours and Balzer + Bray for letting me take part in this tour! I’m so glad I did.
RATING: 5 beautiful stars in the sky over Moldavia!
**Disclosure: I received an early e-copy of this book for purposes of this blog tour (I also pre-ordered a hard copy). This review reflects my honest thoughts and rating.
Scream All Night innovates on the classic coming-of-age story with its very original setting, taking place within the walls of a fanciful and mysterious movie studio that pays homage to the romance of Old Hollywood and to the imaginative absurdity of the B-Horror genre.
It’s within this secluded estate that the lines between filmmaking and reality are blurred by an outlandish but relatable cast of characters.
With its well-paced plot and often hilarious dialogue, Scream All Night successfully explores a number of thought-provoking topics — including trauma, mental illness, and identity — in a way that resonated with me well after putting down the book.
Scream All Night is a story of resilience and restoration; one which, like filmmaking itself, skillfully blends light with shadow, humor with tragedy. It’s a book that I would heartily recommend to readers regardless of their age.