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Sixteen-year-old genius Idea Deity believes that he exists only in the pages of a novel written by a malevolent, omnipotent author . . . and that he will die in chapter 64. Meanwhile, an older teen named Reacher Mirage sings lead vocals for the undercover rock band Youforia . . . a band that exists in Idea’s world only as an Internet hoax that Idea himself perpetuated. The...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 11th 2011 by Clarion Books
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Justin
I gave this one a try solely from the cover and from the basic plot gimmick: a hoax band that might actually exist. It was clear right from the outset, though, that there is considerably more to this book than meets the eye. So much so, in fact, that I really don’t know what to make of it. It’s a weird cross of speculative fiction, YA romance, and bizarro, with a heaping spoonful of magical realism and dash of pulp fantasy homage. I think I liked it, but it was kind of a mess.

The story is told t...more
Karla Nellenbach
Summary:

Being trapped in a book sounds like fun...unless, of course, you die in Chapter 64. Just ask Idea Diety. To most people, FIRESKULL'S REVENANT might be a fun, fantastical read, full of action and plot twists, but for Idea--who believes this book and the person writing it are controlling his life--it's a runaway train of catastrophe, plunging headlong into Chapter 64 and his imminent demise.

Meanwhile, Reacher Mirage, lead singer of the biggest rock band that never was, Youforia, can't figu...more
Sarah Porter
It's sort of a digest of postmodernist tropes for teen readers, and definitely different from most of the YA novels out there. It has a real sweetness about it, and admirable nerve. Some reviewers are saying they skipped the book-within-a-book chapters, but those were my favorite part: an extravagant parody of bad fantasy writing that was truly funny. It does get kind of messy, especially toward the end, and you should check your skepticism at the door.

I'm not rating this because Jeschonek is my...more
Courtney
This is a story about two boys living in parallel universes. Idea believes his life is a novel and that he will be killed off in chapter 64. Wanting to be in control himself he creates Youforia, a made up rock band that becomes a sensation. Reacher is the lead singer of the band Youforia and does not understand how someone else knows all of his bands secrets. He also writes a rock opera about a character in a novel who will die in chapter 64. Idea and Reacher, in their own realities, are reading...more
Robert Beveridge
Jan 15, 2014 Robert Beveridge rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone...who can handle it.
Shelves: cle-pub-lib, finished
Robert T. Jeschonek, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist (Clarion Books, 2011)

Finally, someone wrote the ultimate hipster book!

No, no, I kid. My Favorite Band Does Not Exist is way, way better than anything that would use the phrase “I only liked them before they signed to a major label.” It's a fantasy novel of the most ridiculous stripe, playing out simultaneously in our world, an alternate version of our world, and the pages of a mystical fantasy novel beloved of the protagonists of both of the o...more
Stray
Jul 23, 2012 Stray marked it as dropped
The storyline is so CONFUSING! I didn't understand the first pages and decided it wasn't worth it.
Colton
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Melissa
I picked up this book mainly because of the title. I was looking forward to something in YA about music. This wasn't exactly the case. :) In this book you are dealing with several realities and at least 3 simultaneous adventures that coincide. You move from 2 main POV of Idea Deity and Reacher Mirage. In fact they almost seem like 2 sides of the same coin. Each able to suddenly "know" about the other even though they don't believe that the other exists out side of his imagination. The pivotal ch...more
Bookworm1858
My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek
Clarion Books, 2011
325 pages
YA; Fantasy
3/5 stars

Source: Received a free ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is definitely one of the most unique books I've ever read with a premise I'm not sure I can describe. The writing is mostly clear (especially with the confusion of plot) with likable characters and there were some interesting thoughts about failure, control, and authorial dictates. But because of the plot, I didn't f...more
Courtney
I'm not even sure how to describe this book. It certainly doesn't fit into any genres that I can think of. There are multiple narrators, all with fantastically whimsical names, and multiple realities. First, in the reality closest to our own, is the world of Idea Deity (son of Loving and Vengeful Deity). He's on the run from his tutors and parents since they've been restricting his life and priming him for "success" for the entirety of his memory. The only outlet he has is the fictional band tha...more
Beverly McClure
MY FAVORITE BAND DOES NOT EXIST
By Robert T. Jeschonek



Imagine thinking that you’re trapped in a book and when you reach chapter 64 you will die. Scary, huh? Or weird? Anyhow, sixteen-year-old Idea Deity believes just that.

Robert T. Jeschonek’s debut novel, MY FAVORITE BAND DOES NOT EXIST, follows Idea’s adventures when he encounters Eunice Truant (a girl who wears a face on the back of her head), while he’s running home to stop his parents from killing themselves on the Internet. Alternate chapte...more
Marrion James (The Book Associate)
I hate to admit but I am unable to finish this book.

I really love the cover and the unique character names applied to the book, it was very original and I do give points on them. But I found myself stuck in the middle and I tried to continue on. I was confused on the details, I have a hard time picking up the information, details, anything. I really don't know how to explain it. I do admire the illness mentioned on it, the Deity Syndrome. And the actual description of the title is easy to unders...more
Suzanne
Could have been 3 stars for me but didn't make it there.

The premise is interesting: guy in one world amuses himself by creating a fictitious band’s web site with elaborate information about songs and lyrics and the members’ lives. He gets annoyed when he finds people are so gullible that they believe the band is real, producing music and playing gigs. He is on the run when he meets a strange girl who dresses as if she is a different girl from the back than the front—I never could picture how a t...more
Annie
Being trapped in a bad book can be a nightmare. Just ask An--wait. That's not my name on the inside cover? Oh. (And I'm still not convinced the back cover won't murder me. I need to get this out of the house.)

So, again with the "being trapped in a bad book" thing. Was Fireskull'sRevenant, the novel"inside" ofMy Favorite Band Does Not Exist (I know, it's all very Inception), supposed to be a bad book? I'd feel much better if the answer was yes, because I didn't enjoy reading about those parts.

I d...more
librarian4Him02
Plot: Idea Deity is convinced he's a character in a book who will die by chapter 64. Reacher Mirage is the lead singer of a secret band and he isn't ready to take them public yet. Idea can't bear the thought of someone controlling his destiny. Reacher, wondering who's putting the bands secrets online struggles with anger and fears of failure. Yet the two teens are part of a much more sinister plot than either of them realize. They will have to work together, but can they...before it's too late?

W...more
Brianna
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Bibliojunkies
“Being trapped in a book can be a nightmare – just ask Idea Deity. He’s convinced that he exists only in the pages of a novel written by a malevolent author … and that he will dies in chapter 64. Meanwhile, Reacher Mirage, lead singer of the secret rock band Youforia, can’t figure out who’s posting information about him and his band online that only he should know. It seems to both teens that someone is pulling the strings of their lives… and they’re not too happy about it. With a national magaz...more
Kathryn
Reviewer's note: a digital ARC was provided by the publisher for this review.

My first word of warning to anybody who is interesting in buying the eBook version of My Favorite Band Does Not Exist: there are numerous instances where the book shifts to a "book within a book" that is presented in semi-graphic form with dog-eared pages and fancy fonts. Clicking through these sections of the eBook seems to slow loading something fierce, to the point you might think there's something wrong with your re...more
Amy
Weird, and in the end, rather unsatisfying.

Two girls and two guys in separate realities have weird connections with one another.

One boy thinks he's got a fun idea when he makes up a band, makes a YoFace and Yapper account for them, and posts updates.

Another guy thinks it's weird that somebody's always posting on YoFace about where his secret band is, even though all the members have agreed to keep things on the downlow.

The first guy's posts are straight out of his imagination, but reality for...more
Creative Mind
My Favorite Band does not exist is one of the strangest books I've ever read. Actually, there are three main characters- Idea, Reacher, and the hero of the book they both read, Fireskull. And even though in the beginning it seems that the lives of those three characters aren't connected, the writer with tremendous skill manages not only to unite them but also to surprise the readers with the outcome.
The writer's idea to include in his book extracts from the book that his heroes read is innovativ...more
Stephen
"My Favorite Band Does Not Exist," (MFBDNE) tracks the progress of two young men, one who has a complex about being controlled by others, the second fearful of failure.

They are unfamiliar with one another, but Idea Deity has confected a fake band over the Internet that has gone viral, at the very same time Reacher Mirage's rockin' combo is rehearsing under THE VERY SAME NAME.

Author Rober Jeschonek has gone Yin-and-Yang, sun-and-moon, night-and-day, complete-me-complete-you in a text that fully...more
Brandi
Idea does not like his life. In order to escape from the horrors of his day to day life, he does two things. First, he created a band called Youforia. He created bios for each of the band members, including rough sketches. He formatted entire albums, offering free downloadable song samples that led to broken links. Eventually the underground band that never performs became an Internet phenomenon. The discussion boards dedicated to the band erupt with comments from fans claiming that they heard a...more
Hilary
Readers may feel they’ve fallen down the rabbit hole, in a contemporary fantasy similar to “Through the Looking Glass.” Parallel universes collide when a hoax (the creation of a website offering elaborate details about a fictitious band) perpetuated by a webmaster on one world actually mirrors the reality of a band in another plane of existence. When characters cross between the two realities, the twin characters and their adversaries square off for battle.

The convoluted plot which switches bac...more
Beaverton City Library Teens
This was a strange book - and a tough one to summarize! Idea Deity (his actual name) has invented a fake band on the Internet named 'Youforia' that, unbeknownst to him, is slowly becoming real because enough people believe in it. Meanwhile, the members of Youforia, led by charismatic frontman Reacher Mirage, are struggling to get to their big first gig in a town that doesn't actually exist. Idea believes that he's the character in a bad novel, and is destined to die in a predetermined chapter. I...more
Isamlq
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Crini
If you like being confused and get the run-around than this is the perfect book for you. My Favorite Band Does Not Exist is the weirdest and craziest story I have ever read and I totally loved it.

Reading the summary you get the impression that this is all quite simple but then the story starts and all those weird names blow up in your face so you start to get confused. But when all these people live in two different parallel worlds which seem to be connected in some kind of way than it gets a he...more
Laurie
The author of ‘My Favorite Band Does Not Exist’ set himself a very complex task: weaving three different, but very related, plot lines together. One reality has Idea Deity (the names are all Very Symbolic, symbolic to the point of beating you over the head with them) running from his parent’s hired tutors/goons and writing about a nonexistent band, Youforia, on his web site. This band that no one has ever heard has already attracted hordes of fans. Idea suffers from a syndrome where he thinks he...more
Parallel Worlds
Intended Audience: YA

Sexual content: Mild

Ace/Genderqueer characters: ?

Rating: PG

Writing style: 3/5

Likable characters: 3/5

Plot/Concepts: 4/5

Idea Diety suffers from anxiety attacks, believing that he’s a character in a book written by a malevolent author. In an effort to control his own life, he created a nonexistent band, Youforia, on the internet. When he runs away from home, he teams up with a literally two-faced girl named Eunice/Eurydice, and soon finds out that his make-believe band might be...more
Chris
That was an interesting trip. And, ultimately, a bit of a letdown. I'm tempted to give it just two stars because I was disappointed with the ending, but have to admit I was drawn into it, entertained, and anxious enough to find out what was coming that it earned three stars. It had a great odd quirkiness and the potential to really build into something full of big ideas, but in the end was just a fun diversion.

Idea Deity (son of father Vengeful Deity and mother Loving Deity) is on the run after...more
Tessa
It's hard for me not to compare this book to other books that it reminded me of and that I liked more. However, that's sort of a crummy thing to do. But that may be why my liking for the book waned throughout the time I spent reading it. I think there should be more humorous books with an appreciation for the wacky, for lack of a better term. There's a reason that the Hitchhiker's Guide books are perenially popular, after all, and I can't think right now of a good YA equivalent for them, other t...more
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Robert T. Jeschonek is an award-winning writer whose fiction, comics, essays, articles, and podcasts have been published around the world. His young adult fantasy novel, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, won the Forward National Literature Award and was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth. His cross-genre science fiction thriller, Day 9, is an International Book Award winner. He...more
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