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Heavy Metal And You

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,241 ratings  ·  123 reviews
If Nick Hornby had a metalhead little brother, he'd write a book as clever, music-drenched, and observationally direct as this, Christopher Krovatin's rock-solid PUSH debut, now in paperback.

Boy listens to lots of loud music and hangs with his friends. Boy meets girl. Boy falls dippy-happy-scared-as-hell in love with girl. Friends meet girl -- and aren't impressed. Girl me
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Push (first published June 1st 2005)
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Caitlin Hoffer
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. I love this book. I want to recommend it to all of my heavy metal friends. I want to recommend it to every high school boy that walks into the library. I want to recommend it to everyone who was once a high school boy.

For all that, the writing can be hard. Not because it's bad, but because it sounds so genuinely like how a high-schooler with too much emotion and not quite enough outlet sounds. It's written in emotions and lyrics and pangs. It's delicious. It is one of the few things that ha
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The jacket looks like a classic metal CD - black with blood red heart ensnared in barbed wire, lettered in a combination of gothic looking font and italic script. I agree with Alissa's summary and assessment -a self-defined metalhead that identifies himself through his favorite music he falls for a straightlaced preppie girl who falls right back. Familiarity breeds contempt and Melissa naively thinks she can change the things she doesn't like about her man. Who is Sam if he isn't a metalhead wit ...more
Caroline Åsgård
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I usually don't review books I haven't recently read, but this books kind of means a lot to me, so I'll make an exception.

I was around 13 or 14, where I found this in a bookstore in the Philippines (I'm actually there now, and I am now almost 19, and I even remember which shelf I found it in in the store!), assuming it was some kind of non-fiction guide book, and I think I bought it right away without even caring.

So it was about a young boy who loves music, who falls in love with a girl. I could
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personal Response
The book, Heavy Metal and You, are easily relatable. There are a few things that I could not relate to at all such as: Sam's use of drugs and him having a girlfriend.
My general reaction to the book is shock of how there are a lot of similarities between me and the author such as: a strong passion for metal, the kinds of friends we have, and our opinion on the public.

Plot summary
In the book, Heavy Metal and You, the main character, Samuel Markus, finds love in Melissa Andrews. Th
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
First of all,
This is definately on my top 5 favourite books.
I loved the allusion in this novel,
and when I read it I could really relate to the characters.
I need to own a copy of this.
I really want to read Venomous,
if Krovatin made it as good as Heavy Metal And You.
Unfortunately, my library sucksss. :'(
Susan Gottfried
I’d told myself I wasn’t going to do it. I wasn’t going to grab any books I saw in the library, no matter how tempting they were.

Which, of course, explains why I walked out of there with a copy of Heavy Metal and You, a 2005 novel written by Christopher Krovatin while he was a student at Wesleyan University.

His age shows, and not in a bad way. Heavy Metal and You rings with the authentic voice of a teenaged boy, trying to figure out who he is and what it’s all about.

That’s pretty much the entire
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Metalhead Sam meets Mary-Sue Melissa and it's love. Things go well at first. Then things begin to fall apart. Small things at first: Melissa wants Sam to give up drinking and smoking and join her in the "straightedge" lifestyle. Fine, he does it. Then it's Sam's friends she doesn't like. She tells him they're a negative influence and flips out when he spends time with them (she feels he is choosing his friends over her). Then it's the way Sam dresses. And finally it's the Heavy Metal music Sam l ...more
Oct 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Music fans who aren't squeamish
The front flap of the book says "if Nick Hornby had a metalhead little brother, he'd write a book as clever, music-drenched, and observationally direct as this." And a more true statement could not be made about this book.

Enter the world of grunge, death metal and hard-core alternative music. Sam Markus comes from a good family, goes to the right school and has all the privileges of his favorite literary hero Holden Caulfield, but he also has a harsh past that turned his life upside-down. Lucki
John Jorgensen
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it

characterization Sam is the main character in the book whose life is being told. Melissa is Sam’s girlfriend. Irish, Brent, Pudgy, and Jamie were all of Sam’s friends who he hung out with.

plot In the beginning of the story, Sam is introduced to heavy metal . Once Sam meets Melissa, He tries to get her to enjoy heavy metal with him. Throughout the story, Sam and Melissa enjoy heavy metal together and enjoy each other's company.

setting and impact This story takes place in Manhattan, NY during the
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
"Heavy Metal and You " by Christopher Krovatin started out as a very good book . This book is about a boy named Sam and what happens to him over the course of a few months. Sam falls in love with a girl who is nothing like him , her name is Melissa. Sam does many things for Melissa , like quitting drinking and smoking . He even stops hanging out with his best friends . Sam introduces Melissa to his world of heavy metal and she introduces him to her world of preppy , which brings out a side of hi ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Nothing spectacular, but quite enjoyable. The voice of the main character is very appealing and I got fond of him quickly. Seems pretty clearly autobiographical, but that's OK.

I don't think I went into this book with the realization that it was a YA novel (was expecting something more like Steve Almond's work, I think) but I do like YA so it didn't bother me. (I may pass it along to my stepdaughter once she gets to the point where she's interested in novels about relationships.) I also hadn't r
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, that was an interesting journey with a non-commital ending. I enjoyed the story, although the authors' taste is a bit different than my own, there were some good band recommendations.

But, I digress. The story felt fresh and honest. It didn't feel like a Nicholas Sparks' book, where you already know how it's going to end (tears and tissues). This was...a teenagers love journey. 20 years ago, I would have identified with it whole-heartedly, but not had the common sense to realize the messag
Jul 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Metalheads who read
This book was just as amazing as I expected. It's the story of a boy who listens to heavy metal but still has all the hopes, fears, and dream of any other teenage boy. This kid has heart and uses it to express his love for Slayer, Children of Bodom, Satyricon and any other black metal act you can think of.
This book is great for fan of these bands because you can really relate to the character and what he thinks about his music and his life. It's great to read a book that looks at the normalcy of
James Hoch
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was crazy. The book had three themes; Heavy metal, Love, and friends. Samuel tries to fit all of these things into his life at once, but he runs into problems along the way, like dealing with Melisa's friends and quitting drugs. The book had a lot of raw language and drug use throughout it, but it drew an acurate picture of what it's like to deal with these things. I'd recommend this book to teenagers who like rock music and even people who like romance books.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a reminder to not judge people so much based on appearance, but to really get to know who they are. In relationships all too often we try to change each other instead of loving that person flaws and all. It's sad really. But you have to be yourself no matter who tries to make you into something else. It's an empowering inspirational message.
Desiree Roe
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a great, but pretty predictable read. I recommend this book to the high school reading level because it contains a lot of detail in the drug and alcohol departments. It deals with love and hate, a lot of hate. In a book about sex, drugs, and violence there is a nice balance of friendship, honesty and realization. I was impressed with this book because I didn’t expect I’d like it.
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I will always love this book.
There is nothing more to say.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was such a cute book. I liked it. Where were all the boys like this when I was in high school?? A quick little read.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely a book I would keep at a high school level - lots of underage drinking, smoking, drugs, and mild sex. I related to the story of two very opposites coming together and enjoying being together but it causing conflicts in other aspects of their lives. I even knew some of the bands and songs (at my advanced aged!)
Spencer N.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By far my favorite book I’ve ever read! Chris if you see this you are probably my favorite author of all time! There’s so much energy and passion in your books you feel for your characters and bring so much picture to your books with rarely any illustration. Can’t wait to see what more you come out with!
Mike Hecker
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was THE book of my adolescence. I read it again not to long ago and I still love it. The way the author uses skipping, pausing, and fast-forwarding through the timeline as if his life was an album was always so clever to me.

Definitely a worthwhile read
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another perfect read from Mr. Krotavin. I effing love this guy. Feel like I’m reading my own thoughts. Must read if you’re a misfit <3
This just wasn’t the one for me man.
Austin Hammond
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I just finished reading the book “Heavy Metal and You”, By Christopher Krovatin. I thought it was a pretty good book. I didn’t mind reading it. The book is about a teenage boy named Sam who is obsessed with heavy metal He lives in new York in an apartment building . His favorite band is Slayer. Sam ends up running into this girl named Melissa and ends up falling in love with her, or so he thought. Sam and Melissa’s friends did not approve of them dating because Sam and Melissa belong to two diff ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My favorite character in “Heavy Metal and You” would have to be the main character, Sam Markus. He would be my favorite character because he is like every single guy who has a girlfriend and a group of friends, and im sure most guys can relate to him. Sam is a hardcore heavy metal fan, and also loves to smoke, drink, and just party period. Soon he meets his girlfriend, Melissa, who he absolutley loves. So, Sam is then left with the choice to either choose his lover, Melissa, or his best friends. ...more
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was basically the equivalent of Avril Lavigne's "So Complicated". Ok, yeah, there's validity in and truth in the whole not wanting to be a "fake" and dealing with a relationship where you feel like you have to behave differently with that person. These things rang true for me. But the book deals with it in such a cartoonish way, it makes all of the characters and their problems completely unrelatable. The dialogue is clunky and all of the characters are completely over-the-top versions ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Heavy Metal and You” is about a teenage boy who is going through life like any other teenager. He goes to school and hangs out with his friends. Latter he starts to kind of drift away from his friends and all he has known because he meets a girl and falls in love, but eventually gets his heart broken.

The main character of the book is Sam or Sammy. He is the one whose world gets turned upside down all for a girl. Mellissa is the girl who tries to change Sam to make him more suitable. Brent and
Tony Erney
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
1) I read the book Metal and You by Christopher Krovatin. This book is about a high school guy who falls crazy in love with this girl. His friends aren't impressed with her. The girl wasn't very impressed with his metal friends either. The main character is put in a huge delema with a very complicated resolution. Read it and see what happens.....
2) i rate this book 5 stars. It really makes out what it would be like for a guy to fall in love with a girl in high school especially if he was into me
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Chris Krovatin here. I'm an author ('Heavy Metal & You', 'Venomous', and the 'Gravediggers' series), a metalhead, and a New Yorker. I'm also a journalist for multiple heavy metal press outfits, specifically Noisey, Invisible Oranges, and MetalSucks. My favorite musicians are Slayer and Frank Sinatra, and my favorite food is gnocchi (it's made of potatoes!). I currently live in Washington Heigh ...more
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