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Five Flavors of Dumb

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Don't miss out on this one!!

3 words - READ THIS BOOK! Great story, interesting characters, not just for young adults. The premise and the cover reeled me in, but once I started reading I was hooked and I did not want the book to end. It's about high school, music, family, friendships, finding you...
3 words - READ THIS BOOK! Great story, interesting characters, not just for young adults. The premise and the cover reeled me in, but once I started reading I was hooked and I did not want the book to end. It's about high school, music, family, friendships, finding yourself, and much more! I don't want to spoil it by telling too much, you just have to read it yourself - you'll be glad you did!!

posted by 172615 on December 30, 2010

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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Um so wat r the five flavors of dumb

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  • Posted November 11, 2011

    Inspiring

    John tells the story of eighteen-year-old Piper, who is deaf, and becomes the unlikely manager of a rock band, Dumb. Crazy, right? A deaf girl, managing a band? Well, it doesn¿t seem crazy when you read it. Piper is a capable person, who is strong and determined. If only all of us in the hearing world were as confident and self assured as she is. She even manages to fuse these five very different personalities into a group that works together. The winner of the Schneider Family Book Award 2010. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    great book if you like music

    really enjoyed seeing life through a teenage deaf girl. it shows the difficulties she goes through with managing a band and daily life. she realize people are more than what they seem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    Five Flavors of Dumb

    As soon as I heard this story was about a rock band with a teenage band manager as the protagonist, I knew I wanted to read it (Okay, so the cover was the first reason, but that was the second). Add the fact that the protagonist also happens to be deaf and I was very intrigued. What I found was a fun story with a big heart. It was much more emotional than I first expected, in a very good way.


    Piper was a fabulous character that I easily clicked with. She had many layers to her. When she is challenged to find the band a gig by the end of the month she takes it on. She needs the money for college, since her parents drained her college fund paying for her baby sister's cochlear implant. I felt all the emotions Piper felt about her sister getting the implant. This story isn't just a rock band story. It's also a story about family, and all the issues that come with it.


    Piper had great chemistry with the band, which made for a lot of great scenes. The band members all had their own traits and personalities. Sometimes with these stories, a few supporting characters are just there and flat. But each supporting character in Five Flavors, especially Piper's family members, are fleshed out and important to the story. The setting for Five Flavors is Seattle, the birth place of grunge rock. I enjoyed the music references that this added to the story, like when the band visited Kurt Cobain's mansion.


    The only complaint that I have was that I wasn't immediately drawn into the story. The first few chapters could have moved along a bit faster. But once the story got moving, I was completely invested. So if you find yourself thinking the same thing with the first few chapters in this book, stick with it. It picks up.


    I am so happy I decided to read this fabulous story. Don't let the title fool you. Five Flavors of Dumb is much bigger than just a rock band story. If you enjoy contemporary YA, you should definitely pick this one up.

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