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Children's LiteratureA good read for metalheads or anyone obsessed by a particular genre of music who does not mind unrelenting foul language. Sam Markus is caught up in his everyday life of listening to heavy metal music, boozing, smoking, and trying to be cool at prep school without looking like he is trying to be cool. In fact, acting bored and wasted seems almost stressful until he meets a girl who can slice through the metal and really get to him. Then Sam finds out what stress really is. Although she seems willing to learn about his world, she insidiously pushes goals on him like quitting smoking or drinking or even seeing his friends. But that is not the true Sam Markus who really just wants to listen to heavy metal and party with his buds. So he gives up the girl. Oh, but he also gives up smoking, one positive thing he feels he has gained from the relationship. There is good humor throughout. 2005, PUSH/Scholastic, Ages 14 up.