Purple Daze is a young adult novel set in suburban Los Angeles in 1965. Six high school students share their experiences and feelings in interconnected free verse and traditional poems about war, feminism, riots, love, racism, rock 'n' roll, high school, and friendship.
Although there have been verse novels published recently, none explore the changing and volatile 1960's i...more
As the story opens, the whole group — Ziggy, Cheryl, Nancy, Don, Micke ...more
Purple Daze has been one of my quickest reads of 2012. Although some passages are written in the form of ...more
The whole drama of these six people made for a great story. All of their lives ...more
As someone who pretty much just thought the cover was awesome-looking, I was thrilled to discover that the story is told in verse. Though I'm a huge fan of novels written in this way, I really think that some stories work bette ...more
Shahan, Sherry. Purple Daze (2011).
Couldn't put the book down. Purple Daze was a unique, quick read, and interesting novel written in a mix of verse and prose.
In 1965, the U.S. was committing more troops to Vietnam, Malcolm X was assassinated, civil rights demonstrators marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and riots broke out in Los Angeles. Sex, drugs and rock and roll was the mantra of the day. The story is about six high school friends (Ziggy, Cheryl, Nancy, Phil, Don, ...more
This was told from the perspectives of six teenagers (all friends or couples) and it was heartbreaking, especially, to read the letters from the young men in Vietnam. Back i ...more
The most interesting thing about this book is the way it is written: a cross-between verse and prose ...more
Following the lives of six teenagers, ...more
"Purple Daze is a vivid portrayal and exploration of the 60's, touching on both the lighter and heavier aspects of events and happenings during the year 1965. There was humor and fun but also some strong, deeper emotions and meanings as well. Knowing that this story is based on the author's own life during this year just made everything feel that much more real. Weaved int ...more
I didn't really expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The book is told through poetry, but the formats change constantly. The best parts for me ...more
1. If it had been a movie - the story was interesting enough, it was mostly just the writing that bugged me.
2. If the author chose to write from the POV of one character.
3. If the author had chosen to write in prose.
As is I found it extremely confusing, I don't like books that switch POV's so much as it's hard to keep track of all the characters, and boring with the potential to be a decent book. I stopped reading wh ...more
(Also worth mentioning: I read this for the 2015 reading challenge for the "stories about your hometown" category. For a book that claims to center on the experiences of teenagers in an LA suburb during the 60s, they mention Chatsworth may ...more
It truly is a powerful book surrounding six friends and their struggles during this tumultuous time.
My only complaint is that it felt unfinished. I wish things were a little more wrapped up and I knew what happened to a few of the characters.