Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet Piper Vaughn, a senior in high school, and newly minted manager for the winner of the Seattle's Teen Battle of the Bands. The band, called Dumb, is ready to make some money, and Piper is in desperate need of some money for her newly depleted college fund, so it should be a match made in heaven, right? Wrong! She has one month to get them a paying gig, or else she's out! That, in and of itself might not be too bad, but the band has never really played anywhere but the Teen Battle of the Bands. Plus they have no drummer and no original music! While Piper quickly fixes that, starts their online presence, and manages to get them a few preliminary gigs, she is going up against much more that whether or not people like their music. You see...Piper is deaf. She has a moderately severe form of deafness that presented itself when she was only 6 years old, and she hasn't really been able to hear since then. Yes, she has hearing aids, yes she can read lips, and yes she can feel the beat of the music, but people think it's crazy that she is the manager of a band! This includes her parents, friends, and even her brother. Will Piper be able to overcome all the obstacles in her way to make Dumb the best teen band in Seattle?? Or will she let those obstacles, the least of which is her hearing, keep her from discovering her true self?
Why I Picked it Up: I have a friend who is deaf, so I found the whole concept of the book quite interesting. Plus, this is yet another 2014 Abe Nominee book, and yet another book club pick for me.
Why I Finished It: Piper is such a strong character, and I was rooting for her the whole time, so of course I had to find out how it all ended up.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who loves books about music. Also, anyone who is interested in what it takes to be in a band or manage a band.
**Librarian Side Note** You may be seeing a trend here...but this is one more fantastic Abe Nominee book! And finally it's a stand alone! That means no series, no cliff hangers, and no waiting for the next book! YAY!