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Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie #1)

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Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the
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The Drums are what 13-year-old Steven plays in the marching band and jazz group in school and are the only thing that makes him feel good when his life starts to unravel.

The Girls are Renee Albert, the hot cheerleader and neighbor who Steven wishes would notice he was alive, and Annette Watson, a pianist and friend of Steven’s who occasionally watches his younger brother Jeffrey on weekends.

Dangerous Pie is (view spoiler)
Jennifer Wardrip
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"The most annoying thing in the world is...My little brother, Jeffrey." That's what thirteen-year-old Steven Alper had written in his journal for his English class. But on October 7th, everything changed. Jeffrey had a small accident in the kitchen, was taken to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with leukemia.

Steven's life turns upside down, and just when he needs his parents the most, his mom has to spend most of her days at the hospital taking
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অনেক দিন পরে এতত চমতকার একটা মিডল গরেড বই পড়লাম। সতযিই খুব ভালো লেগেছে। সবচেয়ে ইনটেরেসটিং বযাপার হচছে বইটা পড়ার সময় যে পেজে আপনি অনেক জোরে জোরে হাসবেন ঠিক সেই পেজেই পরের পাতায় এমন কিছু কথা লেখা থাকবে আপনার মনে হবে যে দুনিয়া এত খারাপ কেন। আর সতযি কথা বলতে দুই একবার যে আপনা আপনিই আমার চোখ ভিজে উঠেছিল যেন কিভাবে। মহা ঝামেলার বই। :/
গলপটা সটীভের। এইটথ গরেডে পড়ে। ডরামার। আর মেয়েদের আশে পাশে গেলে তার যেন কি হয়ে যায়। তো তাকে যখন একবার জিজঞেস করা হয় যে তার কাছে সবচেয়ে বিরকতিকর লাগে কোন জিনিসটা। সে বলে য
Sep 18, 2014 Kyndall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book, it is a really interesting book and it's hard not to read the chapters all at once. At the end there is a big turning point…I'm not going to say what it is because I don't want to spoil the book for everyone else. This book has a lot of important/sad moments, but in my opinion it makes the book x10 better! I can't wait to read after ever after!
Andrew Fapp
Feb 11, 2017 Andrew Fapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story of what family truly is - giving up what you want and need for the protection of a sibling. When the main characters little brother is diagnosed with a severe form of leukemia cancer, his older brother has to give up his life, career, and enjoyment to keep his brother not only safe, but happy.
Hamelynn Harzman
This book pulls at your heartstrings like sumo wrestlers in a tug of war match. I cried. Not as much as I thought I would, and I have mainly the humor of the book to thank for it.

The characters are absolutely amazing. They're relatable, charismatic, realistic, and funny. I don't think I could have made it through the book without shedding enough tears to overflow an ocean if it weren't for the humor. Sarcasm, making-fun-of-self jokes, you name it, this book had it.

I'm also thankful for the devel
Lauren Ellerbusch
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A.J. Pine
Jun 12, 2012 A.J. Pine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Let me start by saying that this is the first Jordan Sonnenblick book I've read, It will NOT be the last. In fact, I'm reading another one right now titled After Ever After. Back to the point--I have not read many middle grade novels because I teach high school and figured I should keep with the age range of my students. I was wrong. SO wrong. This book is funny, heart-breaking, and just plain beautiful whether you are ten or thirty...something (like me).

The book
Ariel Acupan
Dec 16, 2010 Ariel Acupan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally Posted HERE.


WARNING: This book should not be read in public because it has a tendency to make you laugh and cry at the same time. It is very addictive to the point that you may not be able to put it down from start to finish.

I love the book and would definitely look for other Sonnenblick books. It is a tearjerker and a funny novel. That is how I would describe it in few words. One minute you're laughing so hard and then with just one phrase or sentence, ,a tear cou
Jun 14, 2011 Juneetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drums,girls and dangerous pie is one of my favorite books I've ever read.This book is hilarious but also upsetting.It's about a 13 year old boy name Steven who loves drumming,has a crush on the hottest girl in school,has a little brother name Jeffery.It all started over a nose bleed when Jeffery was standing on his stool while Steven was making oatmeal he fell off and hit his nose.Then Jeffery is rush to the emergency room.

Hours later his mom called and told Steven's dad that Jeffery might be
Mar 25, 2008 Sondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an adolescent novel about luekemia, targetted probably to 12-15 year olds. Despite the subject, it's very funny, with lovely banter between the 8th grade boy, who narrates, and his sick five-year-old brother. There were difficult passages describing the treatments the boy received in the hospital and the side effects. The book candidly described the tensions on the family, including an explanation of the financial problems faced by people with insurance. It touched on the undesired atten ...more
Jaseena AL

"The most annoying thing in the world is....My little brother, Jeffrey." That's what 13 year old Steven Alper writes in his English journal about the most annoying thing in the world.But everything changes when his 5 year old brother Jeffrey Alper gets diagnosed with leukemia.Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie is all about a thirteen year old boy and his unconditional love for his little brother.

If i had to choose the best from all YA books i've ever read,i swear i would choose this one.It has ever
I really loved reading this book. It made me feal really bad, sad during the book. It is about an eight grader named Steven and his brother, Jeffery gets Luekemia, a form of cancer! The book go's through Steven's perspective and tells how he feels all the time. Weather he is happy or sad, it explains hoe Steven is feeling all the time! Steven loses his mind, and the only two people at his school that care about him is his friend Annette and crush, Renee.

I'd suggest you should check this book ou
This book was an assigned adolescent fiction book for my 11-year-old brother's 6th grade English class. Now as the 21-year-old sibling, you must be wondering, why would I even entertain the idea of reading this book. Well to be honest, I was just that bored. BUT to my surprise I not only did I enjoy reading this book, I even was MOVED. I mean I physically wept, sniffled, and laughed (of course when appropriate)so often that my family ceased being surprised by my loud outbursts. To take a story o ...more
Tena Edlin
This book was a solid 4 to me until the author's note at the end. Now, it's a 5. I think this is the first time an author's note has bumped up a book rating for me. DO NOT SKIP THE AUTHOR'S NOTE AT THE END OF THE BOOK. I REPEAT, DO NOT SKIP THE AUTHOR'S NOTE AT THE END OF THE BOOK!!!!!

The book was powerful and funny and full of heart. It made me step in the shoes of the characters, and I love it when that happens. I felt like some of the dialogue was a little cheesy... what the author thought k
Sep 29, 2014 Madelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 05, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so well done. I love Steven, the narrator and his honest confusion and heartbreak he addresses as part of this narrative. It's sweet and selfless and even funny at times. As a mother, I found some of the scenes painfully emotional, yet a young person would empathize differently, I'm sure. Sonnenblick is one of my favorites.
Jun 25, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Family, love, loyalty, Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie! :) I loved it all.
A touching, powerful story about how a family struggles to survive through a crisis and scare together. Humor and such sensitivity bring this story to life. A story and voice that went straight to my heart. Through 13 year old Steven Alper’s voice, readers will see and feel just how much a brother’s love can do and mean.

Three Big Reasons Why My Heart Loved this Book

1. Family LOVE

”Now, normally I am not the bigge
Aug 06, 2009 Nika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Steven Alpers is a selfish eighth grader who happens to have exceptional skill on the drums. At times he feels dorky, but still has high hopes of connecting with the best-looking girl in his class. Everything that used to be easy about his self-centered life becomes more difficult when his younger brother, Jeffrey, becomes seriously ill.

During most of my time in this novel, I felt irritated at Steven. I could not understand how he could linger in a completely narcissistic world, when his entire
Sep 02, 2014 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars. I was surprised with how much I liked this book because of the subject matter. But I really loved how this author voiced 13-year old Steven after he finds out his 5-year old brother, Jeffrey, has cancer.

Of course, Steven's life is turned upside down. And his initial reactions are not exemplary. But Steven's love for his brother eventually outweighs everything else, and he becomes a better person as a result.

I'll admit, I'm pretty sentimental, and this book had me in tears through mu
Nov 12, 2008 Shorty96 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steven is a teenager who has one thing in common with all of us... he absolutly hates his sibling! His brother Jeffery is always taking his things without asking, nagging him, and tricking mom and dad into beliefing that he is the trouble maker in the family.But, one day something terrible happens to Jeffery.He hits his nose and it bleeds an enormouse amount of blood so his mother takes him to the emergancy room,when he gets back Steven is told that he has cancer.This is an inspirational book th ...more
Mar 25, 2015 ChapterOne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. Gosh.

I hope I will keep finding books like this to read until the day I die.

This is about a young teenage boy – an eighth grader. He lives with his dad, mom and 5 year old little brother. He thinks his brother is the most annoying thing in the world (of course). The little brother gets diagnosed with leukemia and their lives turn upside down. The love this teenage boy has for his little brother made me cry!

If you loved Wonder and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, you will
I feel bad for Jeffrey because I feel like Steven treats him badly. But then again if I were Steven and Jeffrey embarrassed me in front of my crush i would like die of humiliation. Jeffry did do a bad thing by sharing things about Steven that shouldn't have been said in front of his classmates.Also where are Steven's parents when Jeffry took Steven's special sticks? Also when he said all those embarassing things in the auditorium? Those are some irresponsible parents because they haven't done an ...more
SUUUUCH a good book. Characters are vivid, story is hilarious/tragic, and it has such a great message. First book I read by this author and I'm hooked. More, please.
Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
I title this selection "A Brief Conversation Between Me and Steven Alper":

ME: Steven, why does your narrative voice sound like a forty year old trying to sound like a thirteen year old?


ME: And while we're on the subject of voice, your sarcasm is grating and unoriginal.

STEVEN: Well, my brother has Leukemia. The least I can do is talk about myself and my own teenage problems!

ME: I suppose that explains your incessant narcissism. Another question- how do you suddenly become enlightened
Dec 29, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this! It's always nice to read a book about something like cancer without being really, really sad. (Just so y'all know, a lot of this review is me reflecting on my experiences with this kind of thing. so yeah, it's all over the place)

one nitpicky thing I'd like to complain about is the slang. the protagonist calls his parents "the 'rents" and it's extremely irritating. other than that, the writing style seemed fine to me I guess.

I like how this book highlighted how scary cance
Mrs. Reed
Apr 27, 2010 Mrs. Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book made me want to write a book right away, because it showed me how effective it can be to deal with a sad subject in a humorous way in writing. I ordered a bunch more copies for the classroom, because I really enjoyed it and I think my classes will, too. There were quite a few times I laughed right out loud at it, scaring the kids in the SAVE room and the people on the train, but it also made me cry (quietly and when I was alone, therefore hopefully not scaring anyone).
This is t
Sep 12, 2013 Paige rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In the book Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick, the main character Steven Alper lives a mostly normal life. He plays the drums at his school and has a little brother named Jeffrey. When Jeffrey is diagnosed with cancer, his world goes from normal to insane! How is Steven supposed to deal with school, hospitals, band, homework, and Jeffrey all at once? I think a major idea in this book is that family will always be there for you. For example, when Jeffrey has to get a lot of sh ...more
Kenzie Foulker
Sep 22, 2015 Kenzie Foulker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie is an outstanding book! I would recommend it to all ages that would like to cry and laugh at the same time. This book can be very relatable to kids with brothers, sisters or anyone. This book is all about unconditional love between the two brothers, but in the end they love each other.

There is a 13-year old boy named Steven, he plays the drums in the school's “All-Star Jazz Band”. His parents constantly annoy him. He also has a big crush on Renee Albert, the hott
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie is my favorite book than all the books I've read. It was given to me by my teacher Ms.Zika, when we had to read it for summer vacation HW. She let me borrow it and let her know when i had finished reading it. At first i didn't want to read it.

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie is about a boy name Steven that is 13yrs old that lives with his parent's nd his lil brother. He has a little brother name Jeffrey that later on gets cancer.Steven hangouts with his friend na
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“Instead of agonizing about the things you can't change, why don't you try working on the things you can change” 98 likes
“It's amazing--my parents call everything a discussion. If I were standing across the street, firing a bazooka at my mother, while my father was launching mortar back at me, and Jeffery was charging down the driveway with a grenade in his teeth, my parents would say we should stop having this public "discussion".” 95 likes
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