Book Review: Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Publication Date: 11th November, 2010
Source: Bought

The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.
The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.
The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?
Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

My Review:
Favourite Quote:  "Music.  It's not about those things.  It's about a feeling.  It's about expressing yourself. It's about letting go."

I have being trying to write this review for days and I am having a hard time trying to sum up what makes Five Flavors of Dumb so special from most other coming of age stories.   It could be Piper's believable and heart felt voice or the loveable bunch of supporting characters or the constantly entertaining plot or the wonderful writing.  But whatever the reason is I loved it!

John's writing makes you feel like you are there with the characters.  And what an awesome bunch of characters to be hanging out with.  They would have to be some of my absolute favourites.   Piper is just awesome.  Strong, witty and inspiring.  She isn't perfect, she makes mistakes but she learns from them pretty quick.   Then there is Piper's brother Finn.  I loved the interactions between him and Piper.  It was absolutely hilarious at times and then they would share a really touching moment.  I kind of wish I had a younger brother like him.

There is also a little bit of romance in the story that will make you wish your were Piper (and of course swoon all over the place).  And awwww the first kiss, so perfect and completely goofy grin worthy.  So I suggest not reading that part in a public place like I did! 

Music is another important element in the story.  It takes you behind the scenes of the music business.   I for one am a big fan of stories regarding music and I loved Piper's journey into the music world.

Overall, Five Flavors of Dumb is funny, smart and completely heartwarming.  A must read!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 5/5
Romance: 4/5
Cover: 4/5

For more info:  Visit Antony John's website.

For more reviews:  The Tales of Compendium


Abbey said...

I really really want to read this one, it sounds so good.
I love books with music as the main theme.
I will look forward to the first kiss haha
- abbey bookshelf

Misha said...

I love the quote! It expresses my feelings about music perfectly. I would like to get my hands on the book, especially since it involves music. Great review!

Jess - The Tales Compendium said...

Great review Nic, so glad you loved it!

And thank for including a link to my review :)

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

I've read so many glowing reviews of this book, I want to read it so bad! Great review Nic, I love how you described the characters-- seems like they are super awesome and I want to meet them! :p Also, I agree with you on books with music, I always enjoy that aspect. And there's a girl named Piper (i looove that name!)

Nomes said...

i am ready to swwon all over the place :)

love your review style nic :)

Antony John said...

Thanks for the lovely review, Nic. So pleased you enjoyed the book!

Savannah said...

OK, I really need to read this book. And I haven't read books based on music. I will give it a try. Thanks for the review Nic!!

Danielle Zappavigna said...

This sounds great, and so cool having a deaf protagonist, not something you see too often, and so awesome to find a book with one! Just added it to my list.

Shannon The Bookstalker said...

I really enjoyed reading your review of FFOD since I absolutely LOVED it too! Completely agree about how awesome Piper is and how well the music adds to the story. I've been telling everyone I know to read it! Hopefully more people will discover this amazingly, original and beautifully written book! :D

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

FTW! How I adore first kisses that make you goofy grin. Excellent review, Nic. Piper seems like she'd be a great person to have as a friend.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great - and I do have it on deck to read soon.

And I absolutely love this cover, it's so rock and roll!
I'm so glad you liked it! :) Plus... First Kiss!!!!

Jenny said...

I just love when I enjoy a book so much I have no idea how to write a review that will even remotely express how I felt about it:) And the goofy-grin first kiss? LOVE IT. I need to pick this one up, awesome review Nic!

Annette Mills said...

Thanks! I'm planning on reading this sometime this summer. It sounds great!

Jenny N. said...

I probably wouldn't have picked this one up before but seeing so many good reviews its now on my reading list.

Rummanah Aasi said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this book and your review only confirms it. I'll have to pick this one up the next time I'm at the library!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

When you first started the review, I thought.. oh no! She didn't like it, but it made me happy at the end of the sentence. :) I'm so glad you liked it. I've been wanting to read this one and now I think I will put it officially on my wishlist! Sweet!

A Canadian Girl said...

I like that the protagonist is deaf which is something that's not very common in YA novels and obviously has its own challenges. This one is in my TBR pile so I'll be moving it up because of the great characters and relationships. Thanks, Nic!

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

I agree! Tons of great characters in this one! Great review! :)

Alix said...

oooh sounds exactly my kind of thing! I think I'll go and download to the Kindle right now! Thanks Nic!

Leanna Elle said...

I haven't heard much about this one, but it sounds excellent. I love books that feature a lot of music!

Small Review said...

Aw, I love books with wonderful characters. The sibling relationship and romance both sound so sweet.

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