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.See more details below

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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.

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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

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