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The Stereotypical Freaks (The Forever Friends Series) Paperback – October 29, 2013
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Gr 9 Up-High school seniors Tom and Dan consider themselves a "basement band," but when their school puts on a battle of the bands, they decide to rise to the challenge and invite two more students to join them. As they tentatively welcome Mark and Jacoby into the group, they get to know one another and start to see past their differences. They decide to call the band The Stereotypical Freaks because they feel that when people look at them, they see a "smart kid, geek, star athlete, and quiet weirdo." Gradually, the story moves from Breakfast Club mode (kids form friendships and learn to see past their preconceptions) into something deeper (kids face a big crisis that puts their everyday problems into perspective). The book includes a playlist of recommended songs for each chapter by such varied musical performers as Bob Dylan, Soul Asylum, Rush, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, and the Beatles. While the cover of this book is illustrated in full color, the pages are filled with black-and-white illustrations that look raw and unpolished but are filled with energy. A good choice for reluctant readers and music fans.-Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
What happens when you take a rock ’n’ roll loving nerd named Tom, add a rock ’n’ roll loving geek named Dan, a high-school battle of the bands, and a desperate attempt to impress the cheerleader that Tom has a crush on? You get Tom and Dan recruiting a rock ’n’ roll loving star athlete named Marcel and a rock ’n’ roll loving foreign exchange student named Jacoby so that they can form the Stereotypical Freaks! With Tom on keyboards, Dan on bass, Marcel on guitar, and Jacoby on drums, they try to win the competition and Jaelithe’s heart while finding out more about each other than they ever thought possible. This sweet, brief graphic novel features humor, authentic dialogue, and a great, heartwarming story that touches on bullying, identity, loyalty, and friendship. The penciling is expressive, thoughtful, and matches the pacing well, but without color, the illustrations tend to resemble unfinished sketches. This would be a fun book for aspiring musicians and even includes a suggested playlist to accompany each chapter. --Candice Mack
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The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro is not my typical read-- it is a graphical novel about a group of four unlikely friends who get together to form a band and to compete in their school's Battle of the Bands competition. When one of them reveals a devastating secret, each of other boys react in a different way. Will they be able to come together and finish what they started and maybe learn something important about themselves and each other?
I loved this book-- and I don't usually read graphical novels. I was drawn in from the first few pages, and didn't stop until I finished the whole thing. I also don't usually cry when reading books, but I was choked up halfway through and was very moved by the story. The teens are well fleshed out and are both believable and likeable. The graphics were meaningful, beautiful, and appropriate. I felt at times I wasn't even reading a book, I was instead watching a good movie.
Overall, I was incredibly impressed with this book; lovers of YA should definitely give it a try. They won't be disappointed.
I received this book from the author/Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
God, this book, sorry, too many emotions. Wow, just wow. I am still feeling like I want to cry, that ending, that story. :(
First of all, I was a bit worried about this book, I read the second book in this series some time ago and I didn’t like it at all for various reasons. So I was worried that this book would be the same. I will post a small timeline on my feelings about this book. First part: Oh, guys and being outsiders, trying to make a band. *yawns* Middle part: *hears about what Jacoby has (had suspicions) and we also find out several other things*Book becomes better, insert me sniffling. Last Part: Oh no *cries*.
The first part of the book was pretty boring, there was some drama, some stereotypes flying about, 2 boys having a band and one of them wants to participate in the Battle of Bands of their school, but then we met with Mark, and we met Jacoby. A character I really grew to love. Immediately when Jacoby was introduced I just had that feeling that there was something wrong with him. There were the little hints. The things our main character and his friend talk about (Jacoby missing school often, suddenly living with his Aunt), but also what Jacoby said (stomach hurting (which he said, but before he said that you could see he was planning to say something else), calling his Aunt differently, the way he looked when he said stuff). And when a bit later we found out, it just broke my heart. And though I won’t say much more, it also hit close home for me.
After that the story quickly changed from quite light-hearted and filled with some daily drama, to a story filled with a guy living his life to the fullest, trying everything, doing everything, and also helping everyone else.
Because that is what Jacoby did. Instead of moping or crying or just doing stuff people often do when they hear the news that Jacoby got, Jacoby went to live his life to the fullest, he participated in the band, and he filled his friends with words of wisdom. Even helping them out with things. For instance Mark who wasn’t sure to whom he should be loyal. To the band? To his jock friends? Jacoby had some great words that helped out Mark. Or Dan, whose dad is never around and instead sends the most expensive new gadgets he can. It was just absolutely fabulous and I was just sniffling and clapping for the guy who is so selfless and so wonderful.
The other characters were also interesting. Tom was great, though I got a bit tired of him pining for a girl and never trying to talk to her or tell her his feelings. I didn’t like how he kept moping about it. He had his chance, don’t cry or mope or get angry when someone does talk to her and she likes him back.
Mark was a good character though I didn’t always like him, the way he tried to juggle his jock life with the band and his friends there. The way he talked. But as the story progressed I saw him change. Mostly because Jacoby tried to talk to him about stuff.
Then we have Dan. He was quite cynical at times, but also quite hilarious, and I loved how he was the one to try to push the band to perform. He wanted more for the band, more than being a basement band that was just doing songs that no one would hear. I also felt sad for him, the dad situation wasn’t the easiest one and I can imagine he is sad and angry towards his dad. Wouldn’t anyone?
The art was one of the thing (other than the slow start of the book) that prevented me from rating this book a 5 star. At times the art was pretty good, but quite often it looked like we just were reading something out of a sketchbook. There were helplines (or whatever the name of those lines are), it looked hurried and unfinished. At times stuff was drawn with black ink, at times it was just normal pencil strokes.
Again at times it looked pretty good, especially closer up, but I think that in Graphic Novels the art is one of the most important things, next to the story. The art breaks or makes it. And I just feel that it could have been better in this one.
Would I recommend this one? Yes, though like I said, the book begins quite slow, but don’t give up, just push through and you will be rewarded with an amazing book about a difficult and very sad topic.
Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/
What I liked
The artwork, I enjoyed the way the guys were drawn, the facial expressions and the open style of it
The guys sounded like teenagers without over doing the pop culture references... definitely a plus
At the end of the day I'd let my kid read this (umm if I had a kid that is) because although there are adult references there isn't anything too bad
The ending, It was strongly written
The story itself was well done, the author could absolutely start writing novels
What was ok
The flow of the graphic novel was more like a comic with paneling, it's not a bad thing, just different for someone used to Japanese and Korean manga
Yes there was a good message, but it was a bit to `the moral of the story is...' I'm not sure how teens would feel
*Received a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review
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