Release Date: November 11, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Goodreads Early Reviews
My Rating: 3 Stars
THE CHALLENGE: Piper has one month to get a paying gig for Dumb—the hottest new rock band in school.
THE DEAL: If she does it, she’ll become manager of the band and get her share of the profits, which she desperately needs since her parents raided her college fund.
THE CATCH: Managing one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl who is ready to beat her up. And doing it all when she’s deaf. With growing self-confidence, an unexpected romance, and a new understanding of her family’s decision to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, Piper just may discover her own inner rock star.
Something about Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John really excited me from the first time I saw it! I love books about music and this one seemed completely different. The main character, Piper is deaf. That adds a whole new conflict to a book about a band. Not to mention all the problems Piper is having at home. That all makes for a very engaging story, but it just felt like it was missing something.
Piper was an excellent main character. She was strong and confident. She dealt with things in a very realistic way. All the other characters were interesting too. I especially liked Finn, Piper’s brother and I was rooting for him to get some more book time throughout the story.
I was a little sad that there wasn’t more music references. They were in Seattle the heart of the grunge scene, but it wasn’t brought up too much. I guess it makes sense because Piper is deaf. I think this is the first book I have ever read from the POV of a deaf person and I found it very interesting. Piper didn’t let it get in her way and I loved that.
All in all, Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John was a good read, but I still felt like it was missing that little something that would make it a fantastic read.