Friday, November 21, 2008

YA Review: "Debbie Harry Sings In French" by Meagan Brothers (rated 4 stars)

by Meagan Brothers

Johnny turned 13…a week later he went to his father’s funeral. Three years have passed and his mom finally woke up from her grief-stricken stupor. All of a sudden, his drinking and partying is a problem. From a bustling city, she sends him to live with his Uncle Sam and cousin Bug in South Carolina.

Johnny’s small. He’s a bit effeminate. He dresses like a member of the 80s band, Blondie – skinny ties, skinny jeans, Chuck Taylors. He has to go to a prep school, a school filled with Old Southern money Skoll chewing jocks and cheerleaders or screw-ups. Johnny’s a screw-up.

Though he hates South Carolina and gets harrassed by the jocks, things are not as bad as it seems. There are some things that are good, like Maria, the Village Green and Rocksteady Records.

This is a fun and laugh-out-loud read. The chapters are taken from Blondie songs! I enjoyed it but I am not so sure that kids would understand some of the 1980s pop culture references. It is a boy book for that indie alternative music listening boy or girl.

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