Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert

Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the indendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily?
(Summary from back of book)

I don't even know where to begin. Nothing I could say would do this book justice. It's one of the most raw, heartbreaking, and touching novels I've read. Ever. Yikes. The thing I admire the most is that I think the author really wrote from her heart. You can tell just by the way the story is told that she cared deeply about what she was writing about which is the key to any good book; an author who is connected to her story. What's amazing is that this is Stephanie Kuehnert's first novel. How someone can write something this fantastic on her first attempt in the published world is...can I use the word amazing again? The characters are deep, detailed, and flawed. The plot is twisting and you flip the pages to find out what comes next. This book really takes you away into the trying, yet exhilirating world of rock and roll. You feel as if you're going through all of Emily's triumphs and trials with her and rooting for her as she alternately makes it big and falls hard. I think I'm running out of superlatives here. Or maybe I've uses so many that they don't have any meaning any more. But they are all deserved. So let me use a few more here; this book is really amazingly fantastic and you all need to go pick up a copy quickly. Really. :P

7 comments:

  1. I wanna read this book so bad!

    Fabulous review! =D

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  2. I loved this book too- great review!! :) I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. I read this one on vacation and will probably post a review soon. I was loving it til the end and then it kind of lost me. The end felt too rushed. Oh well.

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  4. Rock and Roll MamaAugust 15, 2008 at 7:22 AM

    I'm in the middle of it right now! great review, I agree about the author's passion for her topic.

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  5. Awesome review. I loved this one as well. Would you want to discuss the book on an online book club?
    Send me an email or write me on the blog and I'll give you a link. I'm discussing it there!

    All are welcome!

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  6. Wow you must have really liked it. I have to check this one out!

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  7. I loved this book as well. Great review! I'll read anything that Stephanie Kuehnert will publish

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Pour your heart out. :)