Five Flavors of Dumb
"Complex characterizations, authentic dialo...more
Piper Vaughan is eighteen, a good student that gets stellar grades, president of the chess club, and deaf. Oddly enough she gets recruited to be the manager of the local high school band Dumb. She has her reservations at first of course, but the recent emptying of her college fund drives her to try this...more
Going into this book, I had zero expectations and pretty much thought it was just another fluffy piece about high school, music and teenage angsts.
Yeah..how wrong was I?
Five Flavors of Dumb is an inspiring and humorous s...more
Piper is the new manager of Dumb, a high school band riding on a wave of quickly fading popularity after winning a local contest. Nothing special you say? Well, Piper is deaf. Will she be able to contradict her classmates’ pre...more
Piper is deaf. She makes a deal with the members of the band Dumb to be their manager and get them a paying gig by the end of the month. She can't hear the music but to her its all about the feeling you got watching the band perform. As the book goes on she becomes really invested in shaping the band t...more
Favourite Quote: "Music. It's not about those things. It's about a feeling. It's about expressing yourself. It's about letting go."
I have being trying to write this review for days and I am having a hard time trying to sum up what makes Five Flavors of Dumb so special from most other coming of age stories. It could be Piper's believable and heart felt voice or the loveable bunch of supporting characters or the constantly entertaining plot or the wonderful writing. But whatever t...more
Anyway, the book: insane humor and gentle humanity wrapped in a cloak of grunge rock attitude. Five Flavors of Dumb is six flavors of brilliant!
I don’t often read or enjoy “feel-good” books and that’s most certainly what this is, although; I will grant that it does take a while to find its way into corn-country. However, sometimes I do get bogged down by all the darkness and depression. Sometimes I just need a little refresher. Luckily for me, there are a few things that can help circumvent my “corn-free” policy. A few of these things are:
Nerdery/Geekery in all its forms
A unique voice
Soft rock anthems
Absolutely, positively, and profoundly AMAZING!
Piper is trying to bring the high school rock band "Dumb" some paying gigs on a certain dare. And given that fact that she is deaf isn't an incentive to the situation.
She struggles not to be jealous of her baby sister who has had a cochlear implant surgery and now can hear almost perfectly, of her brother who has escaped her fate altogether, angry at her father who refuses to sign when it is her preferable way to communicate.
Her band "Dumb", also h...more
What a friggin damn shame!
This was a really good book. I'm astounded that it was written by a man. I'm not trying to say that men can't write, they can. There have been many books written by men that I enjoyed, even books that contained a romance. I'm astounded though, because in my experience those books MC's are generally men (or boys). As I type...more
The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.
The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.
The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?
Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding ro...more
I’m really quite bowled over at how well John captures the voice of a teenage girl. Piper may be deaf, but she struggles with many of the same issues as other teenagers: her dreams of independence and acceptance battle her sense of familial obligation, she wishes she could ble...more
So, this book wasn't about Jimi Hendrix. It was based in Seattle and so Jimi and Nirvana both got a...more
Okay, a deaf main character? I’m in! That’s definitely unique and I was curious about how the author was going to write the dialogue. And I wasn’t let down in any way.
Piper is a strong character. You would think that by having a disability she would play the victim role but she doesn’t. She fights for what she wants and when she’s given the chanc...more
Being the manager of an oddball band called Dumb isn't easy. Especially when you're deaf.
Already struggling at home Piper Vaughn is doing just that.
Let's be honest; Piper's life kind of sucks. Her parents ignore her because of new baby Grace, particularly her father who doesn't know how to sign and fails to communicate even just by talking. It turns out her parents took money out of her college fund to buy hearing implants to Grace, so now she and her family are broke.
ARC Tour - 4.5 Stars - Great book!
Anthony John created a well written story with quirky, likable characters. A good mix of humor, romance, family drama, music and friendship make this an enjoyable read.
Content: Some language including 1 F bomb.
Favorite quote: "I felt every part...more
Summary: Seattle is home to a vibrant musical history. From Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana to DUMB. Haven’t heard of Dumb? That’s about to change as Piper becomes band manager after her parents manage to raid her college fund to pay for an expensive operation for her baby sister. Oh and did I mention that Piper is deaf? Despite not being about to hear the band, she has got the skills to have Dumb in per...more
Five Flavors of Dumb tells the story of Piper, and 18-year-old good-doer who just happens to be deaf. Despite this, she becomes the unlikely manager of Dumb, a local high school rock band, by promising to get them a paying gig by the end of the month. The problem with this is that Dumb, quite frankly, sucks. However, it will take a lot more to discourag...more
Five Flavors of Dumb is a surprisingly humorous and heartwarming young adult novel. The title of the book offsets the book a lot. It gives it a negative connotation. It doesn’t do it justice! Piper Vaughan is a deaf high school student who needs money when her college fund is recently compromised. She becomes the manager of a local band Dumb and has surprising outcomes. While the book seems like it only discusses the band, it actually focuses on Piper’s life at school, home with her family, and...more
The first and lead singer is Josh. Arrogant preppy boy, think he has it all. He was one of the original members of the band, and won’t let anyone forget. Yet he has a weakness. A weakness that might just destr...more
The band is no famous shooting star l...more
Well. I think its safe to say that this is one of the best books I've ever read! Even though I have no idea how piper felt I thought I could understand her. There was so much depth to her character. To every character. It was like everyone's story because even though she was unique I think we all have gone through a phase where we're too afraid to tell our parents what we really feel. And we want to but we hold it in!
And then eventually we all discover our hidden rock stars and we realiz...more
Consumed in her own problems, (her parents used her college money to buy her baby sister a cochlear implant, her brother is a hooligan, her best friend moved away and is increasingly distant) she...more
•Piper. Genius! She's the kind of character that you can't help but adore. She made stupid choices, sure, she's a teen, who can blame her? But when it came to standing up for herself she nailed it. She would let herself be defined just as deaf, she voiced her thoughts and request and even she wasn't being fair to her parents or Finn, you could totally understand why she did it. I mean, I was so glad when sh...more