Book Review | So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother)
by Micol Asow

Score: 4

Social networking, ring tones, the “F word” (OK, maybe not the actual word but “f^&*” is close enough for me. I know what it means), those are my take aways from this highly readable, very modern book that will definitely entertain anyone who is currently enrolled in a Jewish Day School. Ari Abramson is a high school junior. His parents want him to focus on grades, SATs and getting into Brandeis. He just wants to be popular. So he decides to start a punk rock band with his best friend and a couple of other kids in the school, thus we have a story with a bit of graphic novel thrown in for good measure.

The band has all kinds of adventures, mostly the types of adventures our kids are having in high school many of which we older people do not want to know about let alone be seeing in print: under-age drinking, sexual experimentation, smoking, and those sorts of things.  Overall, however, the band is a good bunch of kids and tends to do that right thing in the end.  The book is ultimately about finding your true passion, standing up for yourself and following your heart. What could be bad about that?

This is an engaging and timely read. Kids are going to love it.  I highly recommend it for all Jewish libraries.

Grade Range: 8th-11th grades

This book is for OLDER  Readers.

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