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At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives. Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 18th 2014 by Simon Pulse (first published December 19th 2011)
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Initial Thoughts: While the premise of this book is intriguing - an all girls punk band in the 1980's - I had a lot of difficulty keeping focused while reading this book. I liked the girls, with the exception of Trudy who was somewhat of a loose cannon. I also liked that each character suffered from some sort of issue: parental abandonment, disfigurement, sexual identity, and unreasonable parental expectations. I was rooting for Harumi throughout the book because she had the most potential of ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Merit Press (May 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1440572798
ISBN-13: 978-1440572791

My Review~~~
The cover is amazing and matches the punk rock feel of the book. The cover is stunning. This book is about four girls who meet and make a punk rock band. The work itself is a wonderful read that is realistic and aww inspiring. The reader feels like they are in the 80's with the girls on the punk scene and part of the band. This is a very
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Honest. Heartbreaking. Funny.

Those are the words that really came into my head after reading The Screaming Divas. I'm a music lover. In fact just give me a good book and a music to listen to, and I'm fine. So when I read the Blurb if The Screaming Divas I know I'm going to like it. It met my expectations and I was engaged from the first chapter.

This book is very relatable and easy to read. I found myself relating with every characters. Trudy for me is the strongest, she had a very rough life.
{my thoughts} – This book was easy to fall into and quite memorable to me. I enjoyed reading it and I do look forward to reading more by this particular author. With that said onto the review!

Trudy – she is one of the main divas in the book. She has a rough childhood where she is bounced from place to place, she then finally gets saved by her father only to eventually be tossed out onto the streets where she is forced to find her own way to make it at the mere age of sixteen. I have to admit she
Marama Carmichael Kishimoto
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book and the storyline. I particularly liked that each of the main characters were facing problems and found all the characters easy to relate to. Would like to know what happens to the characters in the future. Maybe a sequel is needed.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book follows the lives of four young girls, each trying to find their way in the world. First we meet Trudy, she is on her way to a detention centre for stealing a pair of sunglasses. It was her Mother who decided that that is where she would be going, rather than trying to deal with her on her own. Trudy has lead a very eventful life, her Mother always traipsing her away to somewhere new, or sometimes not taking her and leaving her in the foster care system as her Father was not allowed to ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was really stoked to read this book. Having been a teen in the 80’s I had grown to love music from just about every musical genre out there, but my heart belongs to the 80’s pop, punk and alternative scenes. I love to watch movies that show how some of the groups got together, i.e. The Runaways or read books about how members of bands interacted with each other, i.e. “Wild
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They are broken, and music might heal them.

Trudy. I hate her. She's selfish and possessive. I get where she's coming from, though. Both her parents were never good role models for her. She was always abandoned by her mother.
Trudy is fierce but too stupid, especially with her choice of guys. She was never really a good friend, I think. Yeah, she's there for them but she always let her anger control her. It's like she's expecting them to understand her
Emily Ross
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this sharp, smartly written novel four teen girls join together to form a rock band, and in finding their own sound, they find themselves. I loved the glimpse we get via Harumi, the disillusioned violin prodigy, of the contrast between the classical music world and the punk rock scene. The 80s are brought to life with a light touch that makes the book seem at once immediate and evocative of another time. It's as if you are really there. On a side note, I think this is the first time I’ve seen ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I like the idea of a all girl band. They can be empowering. Not that I would really know as I am not in a band. However I can imagine that women showing that they are just as good as men at things is always a great thing. My problem is that none of the girls in this book were that endearing to me. Thus I could not really get into the story. I tried to stick with it hoping that I would feel something for the girls but their problems and attitudes overwhelmed me and I did not care for it. Plus I ...more
H.A. Leuschel
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked the cool book cover and reading the blurb, I was immediately attracted to the story. I love music so found the idea of girls creating a band very interesting. The story is about four unusual 16-year-old girls starting a band together. Trudy, Cassie, Harumi and Esther call themselves the ‘Screaming Divas’. What brings them together is a passion for music. They also share the fact that they have difficult and tragic backgrounds. The main themes, apart from music of course, are drug ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've loved this book since it's first draft. Full review to come upon publication.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Screaming Divas" tells the story of an all-girl rock group forming in the 1980s.

Kamata goes to great lengths to make each of the four teenage band members stand out as strong and unique characters, each with their own wounds to deal with and mistakes to make. The characters aren't always likable, and they don't have to be. The reader is made to care about these girls, and when they do things that seem mean or stupid, we understand the past damage that informs these poor choices. Often with
Rich Wagner
Nov 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have to say this one did nothing for me.It never went anywhere and it just seemed to add elements of storyline just to check off boxes rather than adding anything to the book. ### Full disclosure I won this book through goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review ###
Audrey Wilkerson
Trudy lies and steals. Cassie is consumed by anger. Harumi steps away from her life. Esther's real self is locked away. Four girls, all with problems. Problems that can be ignored while thrashing and screaming and wailing on guitars.

Trudy can't trust those closest to her, so she does everything in her power to push them away. Her mother, a former debutante/current hippie, is constantly finding new men to marry and other places to live. When Trudy acts up, she is sent to foster care. More than
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it

OUaT's Review

One, two, one, two, three four! I figured I could start this review just like a band starts a show. Screaming Divas are four girls who get together to form an all-girl rock band. We follow the lives of Trudy, Harumi, Esther, and Cassie, all girls completely different but all find the passion in music with each other.

Screaming Diva’s focuses on all of the girl’s lives before the band and during, the girls together and girls separate. This may be a shorter book but you learn a lot
May 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Screaming Divas was an intriguing story, it was like Lemonade Mouth meets Rent. It definitely was not what I was expecting, it wasn’t a bad read, it was just not really my style.


The story had good pacing. It was a quick read I finished in a couple hours.

The writing was interesting, there were some parts that I really enjoyed, especially because of the writing style.

Each character was well-developed and you were given a good view of who they really were.

The characters were sexually diverse.
Joséphine (Word Revel)
Note: I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Screaming Divas had a couple of elements that I particularly liked: music, friendship and diversity.

Music effectively tied all four main characters together despite all their differences. Trudy, Harumi, Cassie and Esther had very different musical backgrounds, yet they came together to form a
Well I wasn't expecting this story at all. It isn't one of my favorites but I didn't not like it so I'm giving it two stars because it was just okay.

The Screaming Divas are four young girls who come from very different backgrounds. They all have something going on but they still have the time to be in a band.

Trudy was my least favorite of the group. I did feel bad for her because both her parents didn't want to deal with her. And all the guys she liked were douche bags. But chick was kinda
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Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

I’m not the overall biggest fan of the YA contemporary genre, but I actually found this book to be rather refreshing. It had a laid back Joan Jett rocker feel to it that was pretty cool to read about. I really enjoyed that this book was focused around a female rock band. Not only was that empowering but it was cool!

Personally, I think that there were too many POV’s in Screaming Divas. Four POV’s was a bit much, especially since there was
Alisha Tarran
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The premise of the book is very promising, and I enjoyed the fact that none of the girls was perfect, each had their own problems, different from the rest, and there's at least one girl every reader will be able to relate to, well at least their problems anyway.

I was born in the 90's, but I have a penchant for the music from the 80's and sometimes think I was born in the wrong time, and I loved the setting for this book. In the midst of such a setting, was an incredible band, made up of unique
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
There is two things I love reading and music combine that in one book and I am a happy book lover even when that music is punk which is not my style. But with that said I did enjoy this book.

The four girls who make up Screaming Divas are all broken in their own way but when they come together the music starts to heal them but one mistake leads to a tragedy that can ruin everything they have done to heal themselves. Can they find their way back to each other or suffer through their pain and loss
Amber Brown
3.5 stars

Screaming Divas is a rock-infused YA drama about four girls in the 80s who start a band together.

Trudy has been kicked out of her house yet again and uses her family problems as an excuse to party with no consequence. She falls too hard too fast and acts like she hasn’t a care in the world.

Cassie hasn’t been the same since her mother’s drunk driving killed herself and gave Cassie a huge scar down her face. She counters loneliness with drugs and casual sex.

Harumi finally fights against
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a book about a girl band, about the members coming of age, learning about themselves.
It was an okay story that had background about the music world or at least, this world that was in bars and small audiences. At times, I had a hard time following the story, because it seemed somewhat scattered, and I would have to look back to some pages, to figure out who the characters were. At first, the book seemed alright in describing how Trudy put her band together, but then it ventured out
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
All in all it's a good book. I wish the chapters were longer. You'd be in one situation and then it jumps to something else. It felt incomplete at times because I'd be like wanting to know what happens next and then it would jump to another of the girls point of view. However, it's very relatable. At least one of these girls will remind you of you either now or when you were that age. It's good to read a young adult book where some of the girls are a little messed up or going through things, and ...more
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Admittedly I'm not a huge rock fan. But after reading this book I'll admit I was inspired to listen to some female musicians like Joan Jett for awhile. Seemed appropriate after reading a book about a female rock band.

“Screaming Divas” follows four girls from different backgrounds as they come together to form a rock band. Some of them come from darker backgrounds (such as Trudy) then others. And of course with the introduction of rock into their lives, comes the sex and drugs.

Though the sex and
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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So, if you read my reviews regularly, you'll know that I am a huge Grammar Nazi. I seriously can't get into a book if things are misspelled and/or proper punctuation or grammar is missing. With that said this is an ARC so I pray it gets better before it's real release.

I'll be honest and say I didn't get very far. It drove me up a wall they didn't capitalize Trudy, and there were so many run on sentences and missing periods
Angelica Dimeo
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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Apr 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
This started off with a great first chapter but I found the characters to be stereotypical and interchangeable. The four narrating voices lacked distinction, making it difficult to tell them apart at times. Trudy was the most authentic, but she was also completely unlikable. The four girls frequently made decisions that weren't consistent with their characters, so it was difficult to even know who they were. Also, many of the plot twists were too far-fetched to be taken seriously, which really ...more
Christopher Tower
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I review books on my blog - - and I am currently behind on posting my reviews. I will update this GoodReads post when I have the full review on my blog. For now, in short, an excellent YA novel. I saw this book in development, as I know the author. This is a polished and nuanced work. Some may feel the ending is a bit rushed, but if you think about it, there's a reason for the way it all transpires. I will elaborate in my forthcoming review. Superb.
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Five-time Pushcart Prize nominee Suzanne Kamata is the author of the memoir Squeaky Wheels: Travels with My Daughter by Train, Plane, Metro, Tuk-tuk and Wheelchair (Wyatt-Mackenzie, 2019); the novels Indigo Girl (GemmaMedia, 2019), The Mermaids of Lake Michigan (Wyatt-Mackenzie, 2017), Screaming Divas (Merit Press, 2014), Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible (GemmaMedia, 2013) and Losing Kei ...more