I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

by Stephanie Kuehnert
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I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert

A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.

The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones.

Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416562795
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 545,480
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Kuehnert got her start writing bad poetry about unrequited love and razor blades in eighth grade. In high school, she discovered punk rock and produced several D.I.Y. feminist Õzines. She received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago and lives in Forest Park, Illinois. This novel is her first. Visit her website at www.stephaniekuehnert.com.

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I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Emily Black was born for rock and roll. Her father always told her stories about how her parents lived for the music. Music was what took her mother away from her. At least that's what Emily has always been told.

Emily has never needed her mother. That's what she's always told everyone else. But the music written by Emily tells a different story. Emily and her friend, Regan, have dreams of being rock goddesses. During their high school years they form a punk band. After a crazy escapade, they coerce Tom to join the band, as well. The group forms She Laughs, and the rest is history. Or it should be. But everything about Emily always goes back to her mother. And why she left.

The angry, bitter songs Emily writes reflect her subconscious desire to mourn for her missing mom. Then, after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend, Johnny, Emily knows what she must do. She sets off on her own quest to find her mother, who has not wanted to be found for the past nineteen years. But Louisa Black has secrets of her own and will do anything she can to prevent anyone else from getting to close to her bad vibes.

Told in a dark, woeful manner, Emily must come to terms with her real need for her mother. She's always been the strong, confident one, telling all that she never missed not knowing her mother and that all she's ever needed is her dad. But as Emily goes from adolescence to adulthood, the hidden desire to know her mother forces its way to the surface, leading Emily on a journey that reveals more about herself than she expected. And her journey may just bring her closer to her mother than she thought possible.

I absolutely loved this story! Ms. Kuehnert writes a powerful story of a young woman trying to be her own person, but always having the specter of her mother's past hovering over everything she does. Music is infused throughout the entire story and plays an important part in the character development of Emily. I could relate to the musical references in the story and could almost believe that Emily was a real musician, not a character created by the author. I was sad to come to the last page, wanting the story of Emily to go on forever.

(Note of advice. The story tends to be a bit graphic with sex and drugs. This is definitely written for the older teen reader.)
Lydsyko More than 1 year ago
"Move aside Max Ride and make way for my new favorite chick: Emily Black! I am obsessed with punk/grunge music (like Sleater-Kinney for instance, haha) and the nineties so when I saw this book I knew I was going to have to read it, and boy did I. This book came alive for me in a way that no other book I have ever read has and I felt like I was there in every moment through all the ups and downs. I loved the relationship between the band members, and the relationships Emily had with both Michael and Molly as parental figures. There is just too much I loved about this book that I could be blabbing on all day, but nobody wants that. Just go read it yourself and you'll see why it replaced the longstanding favorite book on my shelf, I'll definitely be rereading it myself and probably carry it around just as religiously as I used to carry around The Angel Experiment when I was a teenager. Too bad my new favorite punk band doesn't actually have any music because I would totally buy a She Laughs album...sigh." (This review can be found on goodreads under "Lydi")
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next res try puting a "." Between bad words
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book so much. I cry at everything. I love it. It's everything I fear and loathe and envy. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great!
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Stevie Gottschlich More than 1 year ago
i read this book in 3 days it is amazing if you know anything sbout true punk rock like The Ramones, Misfits, The Misfits, Lower Class Bratts, Sub Humans, ect. read this book Stephanie is an amazing writer. the story is a,l in the book and raw emotion.
AlternativeMind More than 1 year ago
I wanna be your Joey Ramone was such an amazing read. If you're interested in great rock music from the seventies and eighties and you love a little teen rebellion, you'll surely love this book. Emily Black creates a band using music as her holy grail,in hopes of her mother finding Emily in the jest of all the notorious rock n' roll. But Emily then ends up finding something more pretentious through her music, something that may just test her emotions. This is such a good book by Stephanie Kuehnert and I hope to read many others by this specific author in time. Highly recommend. =)
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ChickHabit More than 1 year ago
I Want to be your Joey Ramone is a terrific read. I felt so close to all the characters and I could relate to Emily's plights and struggles with ease. It's a recyled stroy line but spruced up with interesting quirks. The book touches on some senstive subjects (rape, addiction) but it's all so saddly real. I never wanted to put it down for a second.
Kathleen-the-Reader More than 1 year ago
A good read!IWBYJR is in a niche by itself - definitely something out of the ordinary. Having seen the Ramones and the Clash in the late 1970s this book hit the spot for me. Highly recommended!
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Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
I didn't like it in the beginning, and it took me a while to get into it. It did pick up though, and I managed to finish it quickly after that. Although some situations seemed surreal, the characters were realistic and edgy. The ending left too many open ends for me to be satisfied though.
forsythia More than 1 year ago
I had this book on my to read list simply because the title is a song by Sleater-Kinney, a band I adore. I didn't immediately buy it after I first saw it in the store. Finally after I bought it, I couldn't put it down. From first chapter on you are engrossed in the story of Emily Black. You want to be this girl whose soul embodies everything rock'n'roll. From her given name to the fact she got dealt a mother who left her a year or 2 after she was born.

Definately a must read and a favorite!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
For Emily Black, music is everything. It's what made her parents fall in love way back when. It's what her mother Louisa was following when she left baby Emily. It's what Emily has to stay in control of her life. Music draws her from her dreary life in Carlisle, Wisconsin to River's Edge, an abandoned warehouse where rock bands play. River's Edge is where Emily got her fill of sex, drinking, and rock 'n' roll, and where her dreams of being a punk rock goddess began. So she and her best friend Regan form a punk band named She Laughs, and Emily can't help but hope that by playing music, she'll bring her mother home. Soon, her band is swept up in the dangerous world of rock music. Her band has a lot of talent, but so many ups and downs in Emily's life lead her away from the music. There are the bad boyfriends, the death of her grandparents, the involvement with drugs and self-medication, and a year wasted searching for her mother. But eventually Emily finds her way back on track, and her friends are still waiting for her to come back and pick up her guitar. And so she does, because music is all she has. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone is a beautiful coming-of-age story that I will never forget. Reading along from both Emily's and Louisa's points-of-views was heartbreaking at times, because they've both experienced so much pain in their lives. The story that Stephanie Kuehnert has woven has lessons on everything from friendship, family, love, drugs, and learning to love, or at least accept, the person you are. The story is filled with so much raw emotion, and I nearly cried at the ending because I didn't want the story to be over. I have to admit that I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone is like no other book I've ever read, and that is definitely a good thing. I've learned so much from this novel that I never would've expected from first glance. It made me want to find my inner punk rocker and scream along to deafening punk music. I promise you won't regret picking up this unforgettable novel. I definitely look forward to more amazing novels from Stephanie Kuehnert.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to begin. Nothing I could say would do this book justice. It's one of the most raw, heartbreaking, and touching novels I've read. Ever. Yikes. The thing I admire the most is that I think the author really wrote from her heart. You can tell just by the way the story is told that she cared deeply about what she was writing about which is the key to any good book an author who is connected to her story. What's amazing is that this is Stephanie Kuehnert's first novel. How someone can write something this fantastic on her first attempt in the published world is...can I use the word amazing again? The characters are deep, detailed, and flawed. The plot is twisting and you flip the pages to find out what comes next. This book really takes you away into the trying, yet exhilirating world of rock and roll. You feel as if you're going through all of Emily's triumphs and trials with her and rooting for her as she alternately makes it big and falls hard. I think I'm running out of superlatives here. Or maybe I've uses so many that they don't have any meaning any more. But they are all deserved. So let me use a few more here this book is really amazingly fantastic and you all need to go pick up a copy quickly. Really. :P