Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Five Flavors of Dumb: By Antony John



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?


There are only a handful of truly talented young adult writers who can just knock the socks off anyone who reads their books. Authors like these create loyal fans who follow them to whatever their newest endeavors are. Such authors in my opinion include Jordan Sonnenblick, John Green, Rick Riordan, and Hilari Bell. If you haven’t read any of these authors I just mentioned you should, but the important thing to take away from this is that the author of Five Flavors of Dumb, Antony John, exhibits a number of characteristics to put him in this category of authors through his latest book, Five Flavors of Dumb, making it a must read for anyone out there.

Five Flavors of Dumb is fun, exciting, and full of engaging characters but most importantly it’s just plain well written. I know some people may think the premise seems odd, having a deaf teenager manage a rock band, but I implore you to reconsider with this book. John makes it work and he does it in a way that really makes the story and characters shine as a result of it. Piper is a fantastic protagonist and through John’s words readers truly get to feel her struggles. Her brother and the other supporting characters are both realistic as well as entertaining. And even Piper’s father becomes an intriguing character.

Besides the characters John does a terrific job creating an engaging and intriguing plot. Five Flavors of Dumb does not contain twists and turns such as the movie The Sting, nor does it focus on a sappy romantic love story like Twilight, instead it is a strong young adult premise with just enough twist to keep its readers on their toes and subplots that will both educate and engage readers worldwide.

John does a fantastic job creating a compelling and engaging story that both educates and captivates and really fills the story with fun realistic characters for the reader to enjoy. I personally loved this book and can’t wait for Antony John’s next book, because I truly believe Five Flavors of Dumb is a fantastic book that that anyone who picks it up will cherish.

I highly recommend.

10 out of 10


Publisher: Dial

Published: November 11, 2010

Price: $16.99

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