Lemonade Mouth

Lemonade Mouth

by Mark Peter Hughes


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ISBN-13: 9780385742085
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 208,414
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mark Peter Hughes was born in Liverpool, England, and grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island. Mark’s obsession with music has led to many ups and downs. Setbacks include getting ejected from eighth-grade music class for throwing a spitball and the heartbreak of learning that the accordion has no place on a thrash-metal stage. Success came later when Mark fronted an alternative-rock band. He owns a pennywhistle, a broken violin, and a boxful of other musical instruments of mass destruction. Mark now lives and often hums quietly in Massachusetts.
Lemonade Mouth is Mark Peter Hughes’s second novel. His first, I am the Wallpaper, was a Children’s Book Sense 76 Summer Pick and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age.

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Misbehavior is a key attribute of true genius. ––Phineas Fletcher

WEN: The Yungas Would Have to Wait

dIt all started when Sydney climbed out of the truck. Somehow, even though I didn’t know it yet, what happened that autumn morning is what set everything else in motion. The second the passenger door banged shut, I turned to my dad.

“So tell me, is she living with us now or what?”

My dad kept us idling at the curb while she promenaded all the way to the bus stop, finally turning to blow him a kiss. “No, not at all,” he said, snapping out of his trance. “She’s just going through some roommate problems. It’s not permanent.”

Until August or so, my little brother George and I had hardly ever run into Sydney, my dad’s girlfriend, even though they’d been seeing each other since the spring. Unfortunately, over the last month we’d started seeing a lot more of her.

Which, for me, was a real problem.

As we pulled away from the curb I snuck one last look in her direction. I tried to will myself not to, but I couldn’t help it. Today, an early October morning as warm and humid as summer, she was wearing a revealing halter top and a pair of tight cutoff jeans that accentuated her butt perfectly. My God.

Dad was obviously going through some kind of midlife crisis.

At twenty-six, Sydney was sixteen years younger than he was. I sometimes caught myself fantasizing about her shiny black hair or her cartoon breasts. I felt terrible about it, horrible. After all, this was my dad’ s girlfriend.

I hated myself.

Still, my eyes couldn’t help following her across the window until, mercifully, she slipped out of sight.

“You could’ve fooled me. She spends more time at our place than I do.” I immediately regretted saying it. My dad wasn’t about to let a comment like that go, and I had other worries at that moment. Not only had we wasted time dropping off Sydney, but before that we’d taken too long getting George to school, and before that we’d left our house late because Sydney took forever in the bathroom. So now I’d already missed homeroom and would probably arrive late for my social studies presentation. I was first on today’s list.

“That’s not true and you know it,” Dad said, racing us through a yellow light.

I didn’t answer. When he glanced over at me, I couldn’t help thinking about how everybody was always saying how much we looked alike. And it was true that we had similar faces, both of us blond with glasses. My hair fell almost to my eyes, though, while his was cropped short and starting to go gray over the ears. Our glasses were very different too. I wore black rectangular frames while he’d recently bought round wire-rims like John Lennon. Sydney’s idea.

“Come on,” he said. “Out with it.”

I fiddled with the latch on my trumpet case. That afternoon I had freshman tryouts for Marching Band. “Well, for starters,” I said, “she’s a mooch. Practically every day I come home and she’s on our sofa watching our TV. Either that or she’s helping herself to our food while she sits at our kitchen table doing her little drawings.” Sydney was studying part-time to be a graphic artist.

“She pulls her weight,” he said, as if that had anything to do with it. “She cooks sometimes, and picks up around the house. Unlike somebody else I could name.”

Right. She was like having our own nanny, the Sex Nanny Sent By Satan.

We shot past the line of orange cones in front of the school’s new, state-of-the-art gymnasium, a construction project that was supposed to be finished over the summer but was still not quite complete because of money problems. Finally, my dad’s truck screeched to a halt at the front entrance. That’s when he turned to me and gave his I’m-opening-up-to-you-so-cut-me-some-slack look.

“Look, I know you’ re not sold on Sydney yet, but I happen to think she’s terrific. She’s smart and caring and a lot of fun. All I’m asking is that you hold your judgment, OK? Think about it? For your old man?”

I grabbed my backpack, my trumpet and the big manila envelope that held my presentation. I shoved the door open and hopped out of the truck.


“Gotta go, Dad. I’m late.”

I slammed the door and dashed up the steps. Once inside the school building, I knew from the empty hallway that the first-period bell had already rung.

I sprinted down the long central corridor. Up ahead I happened to pass Jonathan Meuse as he jogged toward one of the chemistry labs. A popular junior with a lot of friends, Jonathan was tall, redheaded and about as clean-cut as they came. He looked like a soap commercial with biceps. Most significantly, he was the student leader of the Marching Band trumpet section and would be at the tryouts that afternoon. I often ran into him in the hallways but he never acknowledged my existence because I was only a freshman. Like now. I’m positive he saw me wave but he ignored me.

I kept running.

Unfortunately, seeing Jonathan brought my mind back to this afternoon’s tryouts again, which sent another jolt through my stomach. There was a lot on the line today. The way I saw it, getting into the high school Marching Band would be vital for my social life. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking I’m nuts, that Marching Band kids are usually the opposite of popular. But I’d been studying it, and it was clear to me that Marching Band nerddom wasn’t a firm rule. Just look at Jonathan—he’d figured out how to use it as a springboard to cool. And so would I.

Thing was, after two long years of living in middle school Nobodyland, I’d spent the beginning of ninth grade secretly observing the most popular kids—not just Jonathan, but also Seth Levine, Scott Pickett and guys like that—to see if I could learn anything that might improve my own social status. I figured if I emulated the coolest, after a while everybody would assume I was cool too. Like, right then I was wearing the same kind of Polo shirt and khaki pants I’d once seen on Seth Levine. When I’d waved to Jonathan, I did it in the same way I’d seen Scott Pickett wave to his friends—one motion, like a windshield wiper that suddenly stops midway. Yeah, I know this probably sounds stupid, but that was my strategy. If it looks like a duck and quacks likes a duck, it’s a duck, right? It was all about attitude. Anyway, one other thing I’d noticed in my research was that pretty much all the popular guys were in at least one club or another. Usually it was sports, but not always.

Of course, sports were out of the question for me since I was about as coordinated as a jellyfish.

Which left me with Marching Band.

It might not be the football team, but it was all I had.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Lemonade Mouth 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 230 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny, realistic, fast paced, truly interesting. This book is a fun and enthralling read, I couldn't put it down. The characters so reminded me of what it was like to be in high school and the pressure to be like everyone else. I like the ending becuase it wasn't schmalzy. I especially like the focus on music, so few books talk about music and high school.
dead_to_the_world More than 1 year ago
this book is fantastic! i loved the characters and how they were so determined to make a diffrence with their music. truley amazing
Kyra Robinson More than 1 year ago
The book is better than the movie! I love the movie though. The book isn't exactly for kids though. It's like actual high school. Making out, cursing, etc... The book is really good and i think kids twelve and older would understand and enjoy it better. It's a really good book. Disney took the book and transformed into a movie that was appropiate for younger viewers. But lots don't know what's behind the great movie Lemonade Mouth!
natnoodle3 More than 1 year ago
most people say the book is better than the movie but in this case the movie is made better by the book. i would suggest this book to any one who loves music. it. is very inspirational and my vote for you is R!E!A!D! I!T!
LUVbooKs_3 More than 1 year ago
It takes a time to warm up to it, but this but is a very good read. I was about to give up on it but something hooked me and im glad i didnt put it down. :D great book , fun to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a excellent book for teens. It's not cheesy or boring. It shows real life, and keeps people wanting to read more. It is the book I finally found trying to find the perfect read, and I found it was exactly what I wanted to read.
Liddia More than 1 year ago
Ok, so while this might be different from the original book, the story-line is still the same. At first I thought it was going to be all boring, but then it ended up being kinda inspirational. =) I LOVE music & i LOVED this book. It's witty, but it has a deeper meaning too. And i guess that's what makes it this good. I loved tat it was written from different points of view& that each of the characters was so unique and different. I feel like, these days it's hard to find a book about anything other than popular people and fashion, so this book was a welcome change! Though, I've never heard of a Bengali Hindu from Calcutta.
Aspen Hale More than 1 year ago
1of besr books ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and fell in love with it!!! Read it and enjoy!!
Brock Kracman More than 1 year ago
Great book and great movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie is awsome and the book iis also awsome its very inspiring i hope every one else loved it because i did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit it is inappropriate at times, and occasionally disturbing, but this is, hands down, one of the best and most inspiring books I have ever read. I have been staying up late to read it and constantly dreaming about the sequel. It's amazing, no doubt.
ACN More than 1 year ago
I bought this for Nook, only to discover after the fact that it is a new edition, made to tie in to the Disney Channel movie. After a quick flip through, I realized that it is different than the original novel, in that a few of the more "adult" instances have been cut out (specifically relating to Wen's attraction to his dad's girlfriend, there may be others but I don't know). This is something buyers should be aware of. Even though I'm sure that the spirit of the novel is still the same, buy the original in order to get the full story the way it was originally intended. Don't make the same mistake I did!
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Great book im only 10 and understood the whole thing movie great book super bridgit mendler is great in the movie and this authur is great at tellihg it. I thik its great!!!
busymist More than 1 year ago
I am 11 years old and i saw a movie of this book on Disney Channel and i figured i should read the book because 90% of the time the book is better than the movie. It was a great book!! I heard on the author's blog that he is writhing a second book!!! i can't wait till it comes out!!
AyeThruZee12 More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie so I decided to get the book. And I loved it. It was awesome. My fav character is between Mo and Stella. But I love Mo and Charlie's relationship in the book more than the movie. Overall- awesome.
Marie Wilcox More than 1 year ago
I am reading the book now!!!!!!!!!! So far it is pretty good!
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Carmen Mae Adamson More than 1 year ago
An amzing book, and a great movie! Buy them them today!
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Linayha Espindola More than 1 year ago
Its really cool how 5 nobodys can become somebody
Dylan Rosenthal More than 1 year ago
a good read for anyone