I would have enjoyed it more with a serif font. Serif fonts are more readable in long printed text and with the san serif, I frequently lost my place on the the page. So, it was a struggle to read the book, but the book was well worth the struggle. Brian is very much a typical adolescent boy, trying to fit in and trying to stand out at the same time.
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I would have enjoyed it more with a serif font. Serif fonts are more readable in long printed text and with the san serif, I frequently lost my place on the the page.
So, it was a struggle to read the book, but the book was well worth the struggle. Brian is very much a typical adolescent boy, trying to fit in and trying to stand out at the same time. The story is organized around the big events of the school years, homecoming and prom. Those events loom large because there will be pictures that will freeze him in time—forever to be judged by the merits or demerits of his date.
Told in the first person, his voice is authentic and honest. By authentic, I mean he is repetitive at times, often banal, frequently shallow and of course, his chronic obsession with girls and sex is dwarfed by his obsession with himself. He rants, plots never-gonna-happen revenge, and imagines improbably fame as a musician. He thinks a lot but his ideas are inchoate—he does not yet dare to follow his ideas to the realizations that, when they come, might draw him into adulthood. Music is a huge part of the book.
Brian is coming of the age during the era of the mixtape, when boys and girls expressed their inner selves by compiling a cassette tape that bared their souls. Metal and punk mixtapes are as much a part of the story as the people and often are the most articulate emotional expressions.
While Brian is the main character in Hairstyles of the Damned, the secondary characters are vital and vivid, fully-realized characters as well. The story of Mike Madden for example, is a compelling view of parental malpractice. Meanwhile, he wants to get laid, have a girlfriend and be accepted. Besides, she is interested in someone else. Oh, it is all so very adolescent and really, that is the magic of this book. It does not feel like a novel written by an adult. The book is eventful, but these are the events of ordinary life.
The cataclysms are small and ordinary—divorce, fights, friendships forged and broken, relationships developed and cast aside—the stuff of high school. And of courses, for Brian who is in high school they matter so damn much. I recommend Hairstyles of the Damned, particularly to music loves and even more particularly to punk music lovers.
Thoughtful curation of music is an art form and Brian and Joe Mena excel. I enjoyed it, but I know I would have enjoyed it more with a kinder typeface. I love to read and read widely. I like all sorts of fiction and non-fiction. I have participated in many book clubs in both the physical and digital realm, from face-to-face book groups to internet relay chat discussion groups to even AOL message boards.
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HAIRSTYLES OF THE DAMNED
Meno How the Hula Girl Sings gives his proverbial coming-of-age tale a punk-rock edge, as year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald tries to land his first girlfriend and make it through high school. Brian loves video games, metal music and his best friend, Gretchen, an overweight, foul-mouthed, pink-haired badass famous for beating up other girls. Gretchen, meanwhile, loves the Ramones and the Clash and year-old "white power thug" Tony Degan. Gretchen keeps Brian at bay even as their friendship starts to bloom into a romance, forcing him to find comfort with the fetching but slatternly Dorie. Typical adolescent drama reigns: Brian's parents are having marital problems, he needs money to buy wheels "I needed a van because, like Mike always said, guys with vans always got the most trim, after the guys who could grow mustaches" , he experiments with sex and vandalism. Meno ably explores Brian's emotional uncertainty and his poignant youthful search for meaning, both in music and in his on-again, off-again situation with Gretchen; his gabby, heartfelt and utterly believable take on adolescence strikes a winning chord.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Included in MTV. Meno ably explores Brian's emotional uncertainty and his poignant youthful search for meaning His gabby, heartfelt, and utterly believable take on adolescence strikes a winning chord. From the opening sentence to the very last word, Hairstyles of the Damned held me in his grip.
By Joe Meno. You suck it: Judith Regan. And all you other bad publishing corporations. Be ready, the end is nigh. This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.