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Posted January 6, 2012
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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 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.