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Posted January 6, 2012
I Recommend It Because...
it dives into the mind of a possible transvestite. Anyone who wants to learn more about this topic while reading a touch story will thoroughly enjoy this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2010
Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com
Johnny has had a bit of a tough life so far and he has always been somewhat of a freak. When he was younger, his father died and his mother completely fell apart. Johnny had to learn how to pay the bills and practically take care of the both of them. When Johnny ended up falling into the Goth scene, his mother somehow came out of her funk and became all concerned for Johnny. All Johnny wants to do is party with his friends and drink. But, one night at a club, this girl gives him some sort of drug when all he wanted was an aspirin - and he ends up in the hospital from a drug overdose.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Of course, after the overdose, his mother sends him to rehab, and while there Johnny discovers Debbie Harry of Blondie singing in French. He is immediately taken aback. Debbie's voice blows him away, and it doesn't hurt that she's a complete bombshell.
After Johnny gets back from rehab, things are a bit weird between him and his mother. His mom can't handle it, so she sends him away to live with his Uncle Sam and his daughter, Bug, in South Carolina. Johnny is flaming angry at first, but once there realizes that his Uncle is pretty great and Bug is an awesome little kid. And of course, there's Maria Costello (as in Elvis). She's an interesting girl who Johnny takes a liking to pretty quickly. When Maria discovers Johnny's love of Debbie, and that secretly Johnny wants to be like her, she buys this dress that looks like one of Debbie's and tells Johnny about a drag contest in New York. At first Johnny doesn't know whether she's serious or if she's making fun of him.
With trying to practice for the contest, helping Bug with projects for school, getting bullied nonstop by some guys who used to be Maria's friends, and dealing with the fact that his mother can't handle him, Johnny has a lot on his plate.
DEBBIE HARRY SINGS IN FRENCH was a great debut novel by Meagan Brothers. It puts you inside the head of a pretty confused young man. Things are tough enough for teenagers in the first place, but when you throw in the loss of a parent things can be even harder. The title had me intrigued when I first picked up this book and it didn't let me down. Johnny was a really great in-depth character and so was Maria.
If you're in the mood for reading about a slightly troubled boy who turns to Debbie Harry and his girlfriend Maria to keep him from starting to drink again, then this is a great book for you.
Posted February 21, 2010
"Debbie Harry Sings in French" is a novel that blends two great literary genres - humor and drama. Narrated by the main character Johnny, we get a first person look at a very unique and troubled teenager. Johnny is a kid who went through a lot in his life. He had to deal with the loss of his father while he was still at a young age, which left his mother unable to deal with raising a child on her own. Johnny's behavior becomes unmanageable leading her with no other option than to send him away to his Uncle Sam's in another state. While being away from home Johnny realizes and experiences a lot of things and we get an intimate look at a boys struggle with sexuality and love. One person who plays a huge impact on Johnny is Maria. She is the one who makes him believe that he should do what he believes in - in this case dressing up in drag and feeling comfortable with himself. When she dresses him up she doesn't laugh at him or make him feel uncomfortable, she lets him know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. This book is also a great look into how powerful the music of rock n roll can be. Johnny's obsession with Debbie Harry and Blondie's music helps him deal with all of his angst. Johnny's story can apply to so many teenagers. One teenager's Debbie Harry is another teenager's Led Zeppelin or Metallica. The themes in this book (except for the whole drag part) are universal that anyone that experiences grief and has a love for rock n roll can understand. This book had me laughing, surprised and feeling sorry for Johnny all at once. I can easily say this is one of my favorite fiction books and I recommend it to anyone who loves music and that wants a real look at some of the struggles that come with being a teenager!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2009
Not your typical read...
So, here's the scoop...I am a die-hard Blondie/Debbie Harry fan, so this title struck me as interesting, to say the least. I must say that I typically, am not a reader of fiction, but since I am a Blondie fan, I was compelled to read it. And WOW, what a good read it was! The storyline, from start to finish touched many chords in my life. It is a story of teen angst and acceptance (and haven't we all been there). Johnny didn't exactly know who, or what he was. His dad died when he was in his teens; his mom flipped out; he tried to take care of the both of them, and he just wanted to escape. So, he turned to alcohol and drugs. When he ended up in a recovery program, his life changed! He heard Debbie Harry singing in French and it truly changed his life! I really don't want to tell the whole story, so all I will say is that when you read this book, have an open mind and the characters will grow and prosper as you do. Also, kudos to the author, Meagan Brothers, who also has a wealth of knowledge about Blondie and Debbie Harry. The book actually reads as non-fiction, which I LOVE!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2008
Johnny turns to drinking after his dad dies in a car accident. His mother is overcome by grief and isn't much of a mother at all. Johnny takes over the responsibilities of the grocery shopping, paying the bills and caring for his mother the way she should be caring for him. Drinking seems to be the only thing that can relieve the stress. His drinking habits also influence his choice of friends and his appearance. He's used to being called names in his black clothes, black hair, black nails and eyeliner. When Johnny wakes in the hospital from a possible drug overdose, his mom sends him to live with his father's brother, Uncle Sam, in South Carolina. The one thing, well the one person that keeps Johnny on the straight and narrow is Debbie Harry the singer from Blondie. Once Johnny heard her singing in his stay in rehab, he has a slight obsession. He wishes he could be more like her, strong, tough, cool and beautiful. At his new school Johnny meets Maria who also shares in his love of music. He knows he is falling in love with Maria, so why does he want to be Debbie Harry and wear her clothes? Have you heard of Debbie Harry Sings in French? Well, I hadn't and I wasn't sure what to expect. But this novel ended up leaving a strong impression. Johnny's story is very interesting to say the least. This books main theme is a teen trying to find his identity, he doesn't think he is gay, but he likes to feel beautiful and he even wears a dress in one part of the story. Brother's also incorporates a very real and compelling look into homosexuality and transvetism. I couldn't help but feel empathetic. He ends up learning more about his father toward the end of the story and Johnny's musical and artistic style makes more sense. Debbie Harry Sings in French is Meagan Brother's debut novel. I would recommend it to readers who like music and are looking for something fresh and enlightening.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2008
I'm terrible at writing reviews, but I just finished reading this book and had to tell others. It's wonderful, beautiful, engaging, touching, endearing, funny, honest, strong book about young love, getting to know oneself, and the power of music. Buy it, read it, you won't regret it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.