Struts & Frets

Struts & Frets

by Jon Skovron
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Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron

Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all their compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.

Told in a voice that’s honest and wry, Struts & Frets will resonate not only with teenage musicians but also with anyone who ever sat up all night listening to a favorite album, wondering if they’d ever find their place in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419700286
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Edition description: 1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,263,040
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Jon Skovron is also the author of Misfit. The Washington Post Book World said of Struts & Frets, “Skovron perfectly captures that passion—sometimes fierce, sometimes shy—that drives so many young artists to take the raw stuff of life and ‘transform it into something beautiful.’” He lives in Washington, DC.

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Struts & Frets 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Struts and Frets sammy a guitar. ending on the final note of, Find you dream and pursue it. I started reading Struts and Frets towards the end Even though I missed the first parts, I liked the book because Sammy could express his feelings. Sammy is the main character of the book. He is in a band called Tragedy of Wisdom with four other members. Jen5 is Sammy’s girlfriend. Joe is aggressive and a singer. Rick plays the bass. , and tj is the drummer Sammy’s grandpa attacks Sammy’s mom because he wasn't given any meds.It was a bad attack and she got a concussion and was put in a hospital. Sammy’s grandpa got sent to a nursing home. Sammy is a character who is building to his dream, but is being pushed around forcibly by outer forces. His mom tells him that he should take on a proper carrier instead of taking his musical talents out of the basement. Joe (the lead singer for the band) loses his girlfriend to T.J. and throws a big fit, after the fit he has to go to the hospital showing his weaker side to Sammy. An unspoken truth was at that point, he had left the band. Later in the book he calls Sammy back up to meet him at a club, they talk about things and Joe tries to fix what he did. In the end he is back in the band and they're all trying to win the battle of the bands for a position in the limelight. At the competition everything went downhill when Joe forgot his lines, he stopped in the middle of the song and shouted out to who knows how many people and their families the insecurities of each band member. Sammy, in a fit of rage, throws his guitar at Joe, ending the song and then leaves with fear, doubt, hate, and sadness in the air. Once he has cooled off he stops by Jen5’s house and talks with her dad. Her dad, hearing everything off the radio, talks with Sammy about a lot of things and gives
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Struts and Frets is your typical coming-of-age teen novel. Its central character, Samuel, struggles with the expectations of his mother and society as he tries to make it as a songwriter for a band just getting on its feet. The book does a good job of relating to kids who feel like outsiders, or to anyone wishing to follow a dream, but where it runs into trouble is the gap between subject matter and reading rigor. While at first glance this book looks like a great book for young pre-teens (and as such is suited to their reading level), the subject matter is more pertinent to older teens, and the language is at times profane. The problem with this is that the writing level is too basic to engage the older teens the content seems to be targeted at. For this reason I give the book two stars. Reviewed by Ryan P, Age 17
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I thought i wouldn't like this book coming from the point of view of a girl. I was wrong this book draws you in and keeps you turning pages until the very end. I really connected with characters, they were so real they could've been students in my own school. I almost know you will love this book and if not you'll learn about yourself or find some music you will enjoy listening to.
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Stellarx1587 More than 1 year ago
Struts & Frets was new and fresh debut from Jon Skavron! I loved the character of our main character, Sammy Bojar. His passion for his love of music just screamed out from each page I read. This was a strong debut for sure and I'm excited to see what else Mr. Skavron has to offer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, fun read, nice story, very relatable book. I really enjoyed the experience. Perfect YA holiday gift! Glad I happened upon it!
Rosentiq More than 1 year ago
An earthy, earnest, and totally un-selfconscious voice in YA fiction, Jon Skovron's debut is both funny and heartfelt. Protagonist Sammy is trying his best to make his bad band happen, because more than anything, he just wants to play music. But he has to navigate an angry lead singer, his own stage fright, and his charming awkwardness as his best friend becomes his girlfriend. This is a unique coming of age story that's honest and tender, and sometimes laugh out loud funny. Highly recommended.