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I Heart Band

(I Heart Band #1)

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Band Geeks unite in this fresh new middle-grade series by debut author (and former band director) Michelle Schusterman!



Holly Mead’s first day of seventh grade isn’t going as planned. Her brother ruins her carefully chosen outfit, she’s almost late, and her new band director has some surprisingly strict rules. Worst of all, it seems like her best friend, Julia, has replace
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Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 9th 2014 by Grosset, Penquin USA (first published January 2014)
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Emily
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Regionals and chair tests and Solo & Ensemble, oh my! I tore through I Heart Band and its sequel in one morning, & they did a pretty good job of sending me back to 7th grade band life. I was thrilled that the protagonist, Holly, was not a flute or clarinet player, but a horn player--yay, ladies of brass--and waited with bated breath for what I hoped would be an inevitable spit valve-related scene (it happens! Holly intentionally empties her spit valve onto the 1st chair hornplayer's cute shoes). ...more
Meredith
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. SO MUCH. The main character, Holly, is charming and hilarious and so relatable. And the book itself captures what it's like to be in middle school perfectly. I'll be looking out for all of the titles in this series, and this is going to be one that I recommend to everyone I know with kids. :) ...more
Valerie McEnroe
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I waffled back and forth between 3 and 4 stars and decided, what the heck, I'll give it to the kids. I have found that my rating criteria gets more and more picky the more books I read. Kids don't care as much about the writing quality as they do about the plot. This is one upper elementary girls will love because they've all been through it. You return to school after summer vacation to find that your bestie has a new friend. The jealously indicator is off the charts. You think the new girl is ...more
Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
When I saw this book series existed, I just had to pick it up. Schusterman is a former band director and has written a series about what it's like to be a band geek in middle school. Holly Mead, our protagonist, is a french horn player who is obsessed with band and doesn't know how to be a good friend. Wow. This is basically my middle school years. While it was painful to read this book in many ways (it reminded me of a lot of uncomfortable middle school moments), it is also refreshing to see my ...more
Casey
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
As a former middle school band geek myself, I thought this book was great. It was also a really nice story about the drama of tween friendship, and reminded me a lot of precisely the kind of drama I had in middle school. (Including, I kid you not - the crush I had on a french horn player named Aaron. This book deserves 5 stars just for that.)
Sarah Elizabeth
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This was such a cute children's fiction chapter book about friendship, middle school and growing up. The lessons they learn and situations they find themselves in are so relatable and endearing. I'm so glad some of our library patrons recommended this one to me! ...more
Sharon Buxton
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
B-. fiction, teen, Middle grade, relationships, music, series, (I Heart Band #1). Crushes (Nothing objectionable), just not much to the book
Angie
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Holly is looking forward to going back to school and seeing her best friend Julia. Her first day does not go as planned however. First her brother spills orange juice all over her first-day outfit and new backpack so she has to use an old batman one. Then Julia has made a new friend at band camp and Natasha is not someone Holly wants to be friends with. Natasha and Julia have all kinds of inside stories about band camp that makes Holly feel left out and jealous. Natasha also plays french horn in ...more
Robin Herrera
I did an interview with the author HERE!

For a long, long time, probably ever since I was in band years and years ago, I have wanted to read a book about band. About kids who eat, drink, and breathe band. Michelle Schusterman has written the book I so badly wanted to read.

Holly Meade is a wonderfully relatable main character. A perfectionist, she clashes with her BFF's new BFF, is completely embarrassed by how difficult she finds 7th grade science, and has a crush on (of COURSE) a cute, trumpet-p
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Jen Malone
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This one time, in band camp… Holly's best friend came home with a new BFF and, man, does she push every one of a jealous Holly's buttons. Except is Natasha really so annoying? Or is it more that Holly is oblivious to the fact that some of the "flaws" Natasha has are the very same traits Holly herself exhibits?

I love, love, loved the fun voice in this story- Holly brought me right back to seventh grade and the pains of constantly shifting friendship "alliances". My writer brain completely appreci
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Safiyah
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holly Mead's first day of seventh grade isn't going as planned. Her troll of a brother(her words not mine) ruins her outfit, she's nearly late, and her new band director has some surprisingly strict rules. And worst of all, it seems like her best friend, Julia, has replaced Holly with Natasha, the new French horn player.

Holly is a perfectionist and very competitive. So she gets really mad when her best friend starts hanging out with Natasha. Her life's getting really stressed out with chair test
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Mary Summer
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I HEART BAND is a delight to read, especially for anyone who fondly remembers being in band, being a perfectionist, or being a middle-school kid just trying to navigate the murky waters of friendship. What I HEART BAND excels at is keeping the MC, Holly, totally true to herself, undeniably flawed, and thoroughly sympathetic. Even when Holly makes questionable decisions, I totally understand where she’s coming from, and honestly, I probably would have done the same thing in her place. To me, this ...more
Lisa
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
7th grader Holly has been practicing her French Horn all summer to be ready for 8th grade advanced band class. But her best friend Julia went to band camp this summer and has made a new friend, Natasha, who also plays the French Horn. It’s not enough that she’s stolen her friend, but now Natasha is first chair. What promised to be an exciting year is turning out terribly and its all Natasha’s fault.

This new series is full of teen drama, but is a great clean teen read. The author is apparently a
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L. Chase
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is so clef-er (get it? Or did this bit of band humor fall a bit flat? Ba-dum-dum)! Anyway, I LOVE THIS BOOK! Holly has such a fantastic voice!! She is so hilariously sarcastic; her narrative makes me laugh on every page! The story itself rings so authentically true to how middle school really is and how friends/frenemies interact. I really love the resolution of this story and how Holly grows as a person, and I cannot wait for the next installment to see how her growth will play out in ...more
Kristen
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Like many other reviewers, I too was a band nerd, from middle school all the way to college. I am still a band nerd and always will be! I heart Band was a breath of fresh air. The characters are all very relatable, as well as the situations they are facing. I laughed the whole time, not only because the book is funny, but because of how important everything is to the characters! These were the same things that were oh so important to myself when I was in middle school. Michelle Schusterman did a ...more
Louise Galveston
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever been a band geek, you will LOVE this book. If you're a color-coding, obsessive clothes coordinating, schedule setting perfectionist (like me), you will LOVE this book. If you've ever been in middle school, you will not only LOVE this book, you will feel like you're back there. Schusterman nails every note and nuance in this three's-a-crowd tale about friendship, learning to be flexible, and seeing things from someone else's point of view. I especially loved the main character's re ...more
Rachael Allen
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An adorable, funny, heart-warming MG read with pitch perfect voice! I loved Holly - she's hilarious and awesome (and stellar)! The relationships with her mom and older brother were really well done. And the friendships, oh the friendships. This book captures what it's like to deal with the ups and downs of middle school girlfriend-ships like nothing else. Loved Julia and Natasha and Gabby. And I am positively swooning over Owen and his study cards (#TeamOwen). I wasn't in band, but I really love ...more
7HillsLibrarian
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle, book-tasted
Posted on behalf of Book Tasters Aahana:

I really liked this book because, it's trying to, in my eyes, symbolize new beginnings. This is because, Holly is just starting 7th grade, and truthfully, so far, it's awful. First her brother totally ruins her outfit and backpack. Then, when she gets to school, might I add, with a Batman backpack, she sees her best friend giggling and whispering with someone else! What is happening?!?!

I would say that this book is mostly for girls who like reading about t
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Vivi Barnes
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story is so amazing! And not that I really want to go back to middle school (ugh), but this book reminds me of all the GREAT things about that age: band, friends, and fun! The voice in the story is fantastic. Holly is a character and I just adored her! Trust me - you'll love this book from page one. ...more
Jaye
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An adorable MG novel that zapped me right back to middle school angst, insecurity, friendship, foes, and forgiveness all set under the umbrella of the band room. I particularly loved Holly and her mom's relationship and her growing friendship with gamer/band geek Owen. Because Batman backpacks ARE cool.

Buy this for the early tween in your life!
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Tara
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, arc
What a sweet, adorable debut from Michelle Shusterman! It felt so emotionally true to the realities of middle school...and while I was not a musician myself at that age, I appreciated the characters' love of music and the level of detail devoted to their band experience. This is a great new series for MG readers. ...more
Mara
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fun, fast-paced, realistic and sweet middle grade novel about Holly, who is starting seventh grade. Despite her plans for a perfect year, everything goes wrong. Her confusion and jealousy were authentic, her problems relatable. And the book cover is glittery! Perfect book for your favorite band kid.
Madelyn
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a mix between realistic fiction,school,and friendship.It book does include boyfriend/girlfriend relationships. The author Michelle Schusterman does a great job of describing the Characters feelings. The target audience is Middle School kids/Early High School. This book has a lot of drama. I Heart Band book is especially great for anyone in band.
Carrie
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I Heart This Book! Holly is a seventh grader who goes through friendship jealousy, boy crushes, sibling rivalry, angst about grades, etc. This is a great piece of realistic fiction for the middle school reader who still wants to read content that is still a bit innocent.
Kaitlin Ward
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I ADORE this series. I so, so wish it had existed when I was in middle school.
Philip Siegel
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun!
Mrs. Garza
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Super cute middle school book about friendship, studying for good grades, crushes on boys and viewing life from a different perspective.
Rachelbartholomew
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Cute junior book about a girl adjusting to middle school
Lena
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun read, but predictable.
Dhipika Maharaj
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I heart this book!!You would love this book if you read Dork Diaries, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid or Mackenzie Blue.
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