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If Nick Hornby had a metalhead little brother, he'd write a book as clever, music-drenched, and observationally direct as this, Christopher Krovatin's rock-solid PUSH debut, now in paperback.

Boy listens to lots of loud music and hangs with his friends. Boy meets girl. Boy falls dippy-happy-scared-as-hell in love with girl. Friends meet girl -- and aren't impressed. Girl meets friends -- and isn't impressed. Boy meets big dilemma. Boy plays ...

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Overview


If Nick Hornby had a metalhead little brother, he'd write a book as clever, music-drenched, and observationally direct as this, Christopher Krovatin's rock-solid PUSH debut, now in paperback.

Boy listens to lots of loud music and hangs with his friends. Boy meets girl. Boy falls dippy-happy-scared-as-hell in love with girl. Friends meet girl -- and aren't impressed. Girl meets friends -- and isn't impressed. Boy meets big dilemma. Boy plays music even louder. Big dilemma meets big, complicated resolution.

With humor and heartfelt observations, debut author Christopher Krovatin strikes some very loud chords about life, love, sex, and friendship.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A 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.
—Kathryn Erskine
School Library Journal
Gr 11 Up-Sam wears spiked bracelets, gets wasted with his friends, and has almost encyclopedic knowledge about heavy-metal music. But he's also incredibly intelligent and as knowledgeable about classic literature as he is about the music he loves. Sam attends an expensive all-boys prep school in New York City, and he and his buddies often cut classes to smoke or get an early start on the weekend. But all good things must end, and they do with a sudden crash when Sam begins to date Melissa, a "straightedge" who doesn't drink or do drugs and doesn't like the fact that he does. Sam tries to modify his behavior for the girl who is more important to him than he ever thought possible, but pleasing Melissa means completely changing who he is. This romance is chock-full of music references, slang, and general metalhead band knowledge such as album release dates, etc. The language is raw and full of sexual talk and innuendo, especially among Sam and his friends. The main characters are well developed and mostly believable, if a bit more emotional than expected on Sam's part. The plot moves quickly and jumps from past to present, with Sam interspersing his current situation with relevant scenes from his past. This rapid progression, as well as the realistic situations and language, keep teens' attention, making the book a good choice for reluctant readers.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Booklist 8/05
\\\\\\\\*STAR*Krovatin, Christopher. Heavy Metal and You. 2005. 186. Scholastic/Push, $16.95 (0-439-73648-X).
Gr. 10–12. It was Slayer that first turned Sam Markus into a Metal Head. “Slayer was like Rob Zombie, only without the camp value and with better musicianship. They scared the hell out of me at first, and I loved it. Pure fucking evil.” Sam and his buddies hang out drinking, smoking, and exchanging vulgar insults when not attending their NYC prep school. But after Sam starts to date Melissa, things change. He makes her a disc of tunes to draw her into his world (the songs are listed so readers can re-create the mix), and goes “straightedge” for her, giving up his favorite vices. Ultimately, though, he realizes that he's becoming one of the phonies that his idol Holden Caulfield detests. Infusing the story with music, humor, and anger, Krovatin records a perfect take on relationships and how they change. From the terrific cover and portrait of selfish love to the clever CD player icons indicating narrative switches (PLAY, PAUSE, SKIP AHEAD, BACK, and on the final page, STOP), this is an authentic portrayal of an obsession with music. Teens don't have to like heavy metal to appreciate this novel, which is guaranteed to attract readers looking for a book to reach their death-metal souls. –Cindy Dobrez

Claire Rosser (KLIATT Review, July 2005 (Vol. 39, No. 4))
The author is a 20-year-old student at Wesleyan University who grew up in Manhattan, where this edgy story takes place. The summer before his freshman year, he was a Scholastic Push Writing Intern; presumably this debut novel is the result of that experience. The narrator is Sam Markus, also known as Conan (the Barbarian) to his friends. His passion in life is heavy metal music, about which he has encyclopedic knowledge. Sam is also a good student who loves Holden Caulfield and understands Baudelaire's poetry; he goes to a prestigious all-male prep school in NYC. He likes to get drunk, smoke pot and go to horrible horror movies with his friends. In fact, he sees his beloved music as another form of a horror movie. When the guys get together, they happily insult one another and make crude jokes. Enter Melissa. She is straightedge (no alcohol or drugs) and has no understanding of heavy metal music, but she is willing to listen and even to attend a raucous concert, which she hates. Their relationship lasts some months, and they both feel they are in love, yet each has reservations about the other's friends and interests. When Sam finally meets Melissa's friends he finds they are all that he despises in preppy snobbery and artifice, and this brings to a head the couple's dilemma. The talk between Sam and his buddies is appropriately crude and raunchy, with frequent obscenities--puerile, but they understand one another and accept one another. Sam explains to Melissa why he is so attached to heavy metal. It seems to be a way to channel his anger, most of which arose from his childhood when he was bullied at school and couldn't fight back. (The music dissipates his anger, not fuels it.) Sam's story of his first real love will resonate with many YA readers, most of whom have experienced something like this relationship--the chemistry is powerful, but the connections that bind them together are weak. Category: Hardcover Fiction. KLIATT Codes: S--Recommended for senior high school students. 2005, Scholastic, Push, 186p., $16.95. Ages 15 to 18.
SLJ 10/1/05
KROVATIN, Christopher. Heavy Metal and You. 186p. Scholastic/Push. 2005. Tr $16.95. ISBN 0-439-73648-X. LC number unavailable.
Gr 11 Up–Sam wears spiked bracelets, gets wasted with his friends, and has almost encyclopedic knowledge about heavy-metal music. But he's also incredibly intelligent and as knowledgeable about classic literature as he is about the music he loves. Sam attends an expensive all-boys prep school in New York City, and he and h

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439743990
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Krovatin

Chris Krovatin, editor of The Best Ghost Stories Ever, authored Heavy Metal and You, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Heavy Metal and You is Chris’ first novel and won’t be his last. He currently is a Junior at Wesleyan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    This book is one of my favorite books of all time. I adore this

    This book is one of my favorite books of all time. I adore this book and have read it 3 times already because it is so easy to relate too and is essentially the story of my life, except I'm the preppy girl. Though I'm not exactly like Melissa, I asked my boyfriend to read it and he was amazed at how similar it was to our story and undoubtedly for many others. The book is realistic, honest, easy to understand and you'll be more than willingly to go along with Krovatin's clever writing and how easy it is to become attached to Sam. 

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    i absoltely love this book and have nothing negative to say. i f

    i absoltely love this book and have nothing negative to say. i first read this at 15 feel in love with the story. now in my 20's i still read it at least once a year. this book is funny, sad, and full of truth. everyone and there mother needs to read this 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A good book for a person whos ever been in love

    I fell in love with this guys writing years ago when i read Venamous and have been in an epic search to find this book ever since. I finnally found it and it deffinatly wasnt a dissapointment.I've read alot of books, from love stories to vampires to demons; and ive got to say, this is one of my favorites. Its just a story about a guy who falls in love with a girl thats not in his circle of friends. Its short, sweet, and filled with so many metal refrences it'l make your head spin. Point is, the writing style is easy to follow, the plot and structure is amazing, and all through the book, i felt like i really knew the characters and was able to relate to them. One of my friends also read the book and we make refrences to it all the time. This is a good book; its not totally popular but it deserves to be read.

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

    Must read!

    It's a must read if your young && rebelious!

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

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    A M A Z I N G!!!!

    This book was freakin amazing! I was sucked into it the second I picked it up. I listen to all the music Sam listened to. And I could identify with him. Great book. I recommend to anyone who loves metal and is looking for a quick fun book to read.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    excellent read!!!

    this short, fun filled novel is amazing!!!! a nice quick read for a rainy afternoon or dull study hall in school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Amazing story.

    Possibly one of the best books ever written, in my opinion. Realistic but captivating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    If you like metal, want to like metal, or want something REAL

    Great book! Sam and his friends are some of the most real people in any book I've ever read. I found the book funny and educational. I'm a girl and I still found Sam's girlfriend to be really annoying. The thing I really liked was that I felt like I really knew Sam as a character by the end of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    AMAZING!

    This is the story of a real teenage boy. Not your dime-a-dozen, Romeo-esque prince charming, but a REAL American teenager. He drinks and smokes (not that all teenagers drink or smoke), parties, and jokes around with friends. Then, he gets a girlfriend. Their relationship also isn't a perfect relationship. It's real. This is a great read, full of amazing blurbs and side-thoughts, perfectly integrated music and wryly humor, plus a few references to other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    Worth a Read

    First of all, I'd up the rating a bit for language, but onto the meat of the story. A book based on heavy metal is new (usually it's rock and roll or something) but it was refreshing. Only recognizing a few names, diving headfirst into the fray, I liked it. The idea of putting pause/play/fastforward/rewind buttons like timemarkers was pretty cool, but took a second to get used to. Overall, good, but should be rated a bit higher for drug use, language, and mentions of sex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    A GREAT BOOK!!!!

    I loved this book, it involved metal music and love and the crap that comes with it. Definetly this book is worth reading. I didn'treally care for the ending all that much but i enjoyed reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    sex, drugs, and heavy metal

    This book is without a doubt one of the most real books i've ever read. It deals with all the things that we as teens go through and adds something we all love: music. Even though heavy metal is not everyone's favourite, we can all identify with music and how it affects us. As for the language, sure, it does have coarse language, but the title is 'heavy metal and you'. When has heavy metal had clean language?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    jordan

    I thought the book was great. I like these type of books, books about teens that have problems.who knows we might have the same problems later on in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    Best ever written that I've read

    This is the best book ever! It helped me understand some of my life as well as the boys in my school. I understand why certain boys do certain things, and now I have fallen head over heels in love with Heavy metal. Be for I knew nothing but the way he describes heavy metal, it made me look at that type of music in a new light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2006

    This is an awsome book.

    Heavy Metal and you is an amazing book. You wouldent guess that you would like this book if you don't like heavy metal. But i do like heavy metal even if you don't you must read this book. It relates to what teens go through. And makes you think about your opinon of yourself. How you feel about yourself. And if you don't like yourself this book will inspire you to do something about it. Sam is an awsome main character and that Melisa dosn't deserve someon as awsome as him. Really this book is sweet.SO GO READ IT!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    'Heavy Metal And you'

    'Heavy Metal and You' by: Chris Krovatin Krovatin is definitely a one of a kind writer. This very unique book will appeal to many metal heads or someone just looking for a good read. The main theme in this book is ¿Relationships come and go but friends can last forever.¿ Sam is the main character in this story. Throughout the book his character develops very little. Even after meeting a girl named Melissa and falling madly in love with her, his character still doesn¿t develop much. After dating for a few months, problems begin to arise. Even though Melissa accepts Sam's obsession with metal, she doesn't know much about it. Sam introduces her to the music and she asks him to make her a mix. She later decides to see a band called Deicide with Sam. He begins to fear she won't be able to handle it and has seconds thoughts. Of course, Melissa wasn't able to handle the new and frightening expirence and became completely petrified when forced into a mosh pitt (a section in the audience at concerts where the fans push and beat each other intentionally). After seeing Sam's shocking behavior at the concert she cried that she never wanted to see that side of Sam again and thus their diffrences finally begin to take affect. Melissa begins forcing Sam to change. Making him become straightegde (no drugs or alcohol) and dress nicer to impress her preppy friends. Sam's two best friends, Brent and Irish, become disgusted with Sam's constant talk of Melissa and apalled when they discover he's gone straightegde. Sam becomes more and more distant with his friends. Krovatin has a very unique writing style. He uses a technique i've never seen before in literature but enjoyed very much. To show a pause in the story it shows a pause button like on a cd player. To show something that happened ahead in time he uses the fast forward button and a flashback with the rewind button. This creative technique goes very well with this story since it's filled with music. The chapters are also named after songs which have titles that relate to the chapter in some way. These creative techniques were part of Krovatin's unique writing style. Krovatin doesn't use alot of time on details, imagery or fancy diction, yet the book didn't seem of less quality to me because of that. I would recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of heavy metal music or can relate to not feeling good enough for someone. The constant mention of a punk, metal or rock band is something rare in literature. This book was quite refreshing for me after constantly reading many books that seemed the same. Although this book lacks good imagery and diction, it makes up for it in comedy, suspense and will make most readers completely engrossed by it. I would definetly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Just Incredible

    I love this book. I started yesterday night finished this morning. It was sooo REAL!which sometimes i dont read in books. I related to alot of it, which definatly interests me, i was a little dissapointed to find that Christopher Krovatin doesnt have any other books out : (

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    Really good read

    This book is really good. a bit confusing at times but all together it's fantastic! Very well written. I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    KICKED MAJOR BUTT!

    i dont really like to read but when i started reading this book i couldnt stop reading it...i absolutly loved this book! i'd give it more than 5 stars if i could...it really captures how teenage love goes on and real life situtations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    Rockin' Good Time

    Teen angst at it's best. Krovatin really strikes a power chord with this book which details the beginning and end of a high school relationship. Most of the characters are extremely memorable and genuine. Even when the book seems to enter common territory, it flips you over and let's you know that it's not just any teen novel. The book makes references to drug use, alcohol, and sex so it may not be appropriate for young readers. However, this makes the book less didactic and preachy and more realistic.

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