I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

Book - 2008
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A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.

The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones.

Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary 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?
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books/MTV Books, 2008.
Edition: 1st MTV BooksPocket Books trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781416562696
1416562699
Characteristics: xii, 340 p. ; 18 cm.

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MicaelaMuldoon
Jan 08, 2016

This was an interesting journey overall, with a years-long timeline. It showed the growth of both Emily and her mother, and I thought that her mother's story was more compelling and emotional. It seemed like a realistic coming-of-age story for someone who was already supposed to have grown up, and it spanned different meaningful relationships. I was less impressed with Emily's story. While I find music and rock band stories intriguing, I thought Emily was just a contemporary fiction Mary Sue. Beautiful; a young but amazing musician; loved by all, especially the boys; mean to people; seems to be a strong heroine, but is actually kind of an idiot. You know, the usual.

I think there have to be better rock star books out there somewhere.

lib_apart Dec 01, 2014

Emily Black only wants to be a punk rock star. Her mother’s disappearance when she was younger has helped to hone her raw, edgy sound, but is also an open wound that drives her to sleep with wanna-be “rock gods” and to drink and do drugs. Her band, She Laughs, has the potential to liberate her from her small town of Carlisle, if only she doesn’t get in her own way. Sometimes nihilistic, but never dull, Kuehnert has drawn on the early-‘90s punk scene in the Midwest in a way that should speak to YAs today.

flownasus Oct 03, 2014

This is very much a YA book. Though I did enjoy it, I would have loved it when I was 13. The plot is predictable at times, but If you enjoy YA and punk, you will enjoy this book.

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