Heavy Metal And You

Heavy Metal And You

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by Christopher Krovatin
     
 

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In this gritty and raw novel, high schooler Sam begins losing himself when he falls for a preppy girl who wants him to give up getting wasted with his best friends and even his passion for heavy metal music in order to become a better person.

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In this gritty and raw novel, high schooler Sam begins losing himself when he falls for a preppy girl who wants him to give up getting wasted with his best friends and even his passion for heavy metal music in order to become a better person.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756966294
Publisher:
Scholastic HRDerbacks
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Christopher Krovatin is the author of Heavy Metal And You and Venomous. He is also a contributing writer to Revolver magazine and a lifelong devotee of the zombie genre. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Heavy Metal and You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Jessluvbna More than 1 year ago
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 
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Deedeeluvsu More than 1 year ago
It's a must read if your young && rebelious!
Dogtownskater More than 1 year ago
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.
book_slut More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
Possibly one of the best books ever written, in my opinion. Realistic but captivating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 : (