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Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Shy, overweight Melinda Rhodes' sophomore year of high school isn't going so well. Her own mother mocks her weight. Her pants split in the middle of school, earning her the nickname, "Moolinda." She then loses first chair flute in band to Kathy Meadows, her pretty and popular nemesis.

Her luck changes when she catches the eye of Josh Kowalski, a rebellious trumpet prodigy a
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Published October 8th 2012 by Naomi Rabinowitz
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I felt sorry for Melinda, as being bullied is bad enough, without having your mother making comments about your weight all the time as well. I didn't love her as a character though, and unfortunately, as the book progressed, I liked her less and less. She annoyed me quite a lot.

This started out alright, but I lost interest. I just didn't find any of the pranks very funny, and unfortunately, I found most of the rest quite boring.

Overall, Alright read, but lost interest.
Jenny Levine
First of all, let me just say that I love the cover of this book.

The story is about band geek Melinda who finds herself caught up in plots and schemes of revenge that ultimately lead her into finding herself. Plus, there's also a bit of romance, which makes this book much more interesting ;)

Anyway, reading this was pure bliss. I have this smile plastered on my face the entire time. I think the story was unique and fresh. I love the pranks and tactics they've used to bring Kathy (the villain)
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Melinda is having a hard time at school, being teased and ridiculed for her weight. Her classmates call her Moolinda and this is definitely not done with subtlety or on the sly. One of the main offenders is fellow bandmate and flutist Kathy. When Melinda loses her first chair spot to Kathy she is devastated!!! But then out of the blue the class clown, gorgeous, popular trumpet playing Josh Kowalski approaches her with a plan to exact revenge on Kathy. At first Mel is hesitant but she goes along ...more
Christine D.
Nov 08, 2012 Christine D. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Music Lovers
Naomi Rabinowitz's Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad is a novel that I am quite sure young adults will enjoy. The moment I read the title, I was delighted because it promised a unique read. Band geeks are usually ridiculed in school, so one seeking revenge sounded like an interesting story, and that it was.

The characterization is also good in Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad. Melinda, the flute-playing protagonist is realistically characterized. For instance, she is overweight and lacks confidence
Teena in Toronto
Melinda is 15 and an only child. Her father is chief of staff at a hospital. Her mother is a musician who is spending a lot of time with her dying father. Needless to say, they don't have a lot of time to spend with Melinda. Though her mother means well, she is always picking on Melinda about her weight, lack of social life, etc. To make things worse, Melinda is picked on by the popular kids at school. A couple highlights of her life are playing the flute and painting.

When she and Josh, a popula
From start to finish Revenge Of A Band Geek Gone Bad is charming, adorable and reminds you of just how hard high school can be. Days when nothing goes right and it feels like the whole world is against you.

Mel is a great character. I think we can all see a little bit of ourselves in her. She stresses over clothes, diets, school, boys... you know all the normal high school stuff. Plus, she has her very own group of tormentors. When fellow band member Josh approaches Mel about putting Kathy, one o
Amy Mueller
I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was a quick read, and it wasn't just like every other YA romance. I really enjoyed the characters. The author did a good job of making me like and hate Kathy at the same time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes YA!
The last time I read a teen romance was a long time ago, however, as a musician, the musical nature of this story about teen musicians in a band (and I'd never been part of a high school band) aroused my curiosity and drew me in to this very enjoyable read!

It was a real page-turner, especially because the teens involved in this story, Melinda and Josh, are growing and changing and so...major character transformations take place as Melinda gets led into a far-reaching plot concocted by her boyfr
Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad is a fun and fast-pace romantic novel for teens. Fifteen year old Melinda, main character of this book, is insecure about her weight. She has a difficult relationship with her parents and finds herself bullied at school. But when she meets Josh, everything changes..

I was looking for something fun and easy to read, and that's definitely what this book is. The plot is very predictable, the characters are kind of flat and there is a big part for the popular, mean gir
Rachel MacNaught
passed the time, as a book that overuses the word 'Beyotch' can.

it was not offensive in any way, but just young for someone my age to be reading it. it felt as though a young preteen wrote it at times, just for how overdramatic things were. there's a point where they plan to write a letter, pretending it's from the school, to make a girl stand up and talk in front of a class and thus embarrass her (somehow). but in doing so, they were terrified of the police finding out (wut?), of being expelle
I'm not going to lie, I purchased this book purely on the artistic merit of the cover. I LOVE it and had high hopes for the story itself. I should have listened to the old 'don't judge' chestnut in this case though.

I didn't come away from Revenge Of A Band Geek Gone Bad feeling inspired or overwhelmed and I'm fairly sure that in three weeks time the only thing I'm going to remember about it is the pretty cover. In fact, I felt like I had read it (and seen it) all before because it contained ever
So here's my take on the novel- it was a really cute contemporary YA romance. Mel is having a hard time with her peers and her mother. She's having a really hard time with mean girl Kathy who is vying for first chair in the band, Mel's spot. She has only one friend, Lana who has been her best friend since first grade. But for some reason, class clown and very cute and popular, Josh is trying to catch her eye in band. What does he want? Why would he be looking at her? I mean she split her pants o ...more
You know those embarrassing moments that make you cringe when you were in high school, well as soon as I began this book it resurfaced. In fact, I could totally relate to a few of them which endeared quiet and plus size Melinda Rhodes who is a sophomore just trying to find her place. The problem is as soon as she makes strides little things happen that derail her process. Enter Josh Kowalski, whose rebellious nature and talent at the trumpet makes him a target by first chair Kathy Meadows.

Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Revenge of a Band Geek Gone Bad reminds me a lot of the movie, Mean Girls. Think about it: high school snobs being mean and rude to those they think are below them. Then said picked-on girl comes back and plots and plots against them until they can’t see what’s right or wrong any longer. Meanwhile, there’s lots of underlying issues that are also working to be resolved. I loved Mean Girls, and I also enjoyed Revenge of a Band Geek Gone
Carrie Ardoin
3.75 STARS

Melinda Rhodes sophomore year isn't getting off to a great start. She ripped the jeans her mom told her were too tight for her and showed her granny panties to the whole school. She lost first chair flute to school princess, Kathy. Her home life isn't ideal either, with her mother down her back about her weight gain, and her grandfather's health fading fast.

So it seems somewhat like a dream when hot, party-loving Josh Kowalski singles her out to talk after band one day. See, he has a p
Chanelle Solomons
The book was interesting, except the overuse of teen jargon. Which is why I would characterise this book more "teen", rather than "young adults". It took me a while getting through the book as I found it really boring. Especially how I could tell how the story was going, although there was one surprise which I did like, although other than that it wasn't my kind of book.
Band geek Melinda falls for the zany, popular trumpet player Josh. Every girl in junior high or high school who longs for a boy to see past her exterior appearance and fall in love with the real wonderful person inside (a.k.a. most girls) will relate to Melinda and fall for Josh. He sees beauty and creativity in Melinda and leads her on adventures that help her see herself in a new light. What starts off as a simple love story evolves into an examination of the morality of revenge. Is revenge ev ...more
Chanelle Solomons
Well... I just have to say this novel wasn't my cup of tea. At about half way through the novel I gave up and skipped to the end, which was surprisingly easy to follow!

I do think if I did have more patience I would of read the rest of the novel but still wouldn't of loved it.

The characters are really very interesting and the plot was too, just wasn't my taste. But young teens should give this novel a try, since it seems more targeted at a waaaaaay younger reader( and that's coming from a 19 yrs
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Naomi Rabinowitz has always loved being creative. Raised in Nesconset, NY -- a suburb on Long Island -- she was introduced to the arts at an early age. Her mother, Joyce, is a pianist; her father, Melvin, plays piano and guitar; her grandmother, Esther, was a talented knitter; her late grandfather, Morris, was a violinist; her late great uncle, Sid Robin, was a well-known jazz musician, who penned ...more
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