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Naked '76

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  23 reviews
London, 1976: A summer of creation, destruction, and blistering heat.

Lili Garcia stands at the edge of London’s growling punk scene, playing bass with Naked, one of city’s wildest bands. The group’s success has only strained things between Lili and Curtis Ray, her cool, rebellious boyfriend and band mate. A born rock star, Curtis Ray’s got it all: talent, charisma, and hun
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Carolrhoda Lab
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Stacy Fetters
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
"I would have looked good, in an elegantly wasted kind of way... I would of looked cool, like I didn't care... I would of looked rock 'n' roll. But I wasn't."

Lila is quiet, pretty and plays the piano. At school, shes the loner and doesn't bother with people much.
Curtis is the school god. Everyone knows him, they want to be him and all the girls want a piece of what he's offering. Not only does he look good, but he's in a band. Girls always want what others want and can't have.
While practicing th
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This young adult novel is set in 1976, against the backdrop of London's growing punk rock scene.
Lili is a 16-year-old bass player in a flourishing punk band. I love her matter-of-fact point of view, and what feels like an insider's look at the beginnings of punk rock.
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Naked ’76 is about a group of kids coming together during the infancy stage of punk rock. I have never heard of this author before but I will read anything that has to do with rock bands. This was quite a bit different than the norm for me but I have to admit that it was pretty good for a change of pace. There was a lot of name dropping of various punk celebs who were trying to make it with this new music which started over in England but this helped pull some of the music aspect into the story. ...more
Filled with a very appealing look into the music world of the rock 'n' roll of the 70s, it seems fairly well researched and even reads like a chaotic mess of drugs, sex, and rock and roll. En point. But, who is the audience? I am not sure the average teen reader would pick up this story without a bit of prodding. It's also a bit on the long side. But I can see a few fans of it. Those musician types that would understand the passion to play alongside the grittiness of band life, performing, etc. ...more
Jackie Hoyt
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I generally enjoyed this book. Mainly I just got it because of the cover (yay for Docs!) but also because of its premise.

This book is set in 1975/1976 London in the emerging punk rock scene, and follows the main character as she joins an emerging punk band as the bass guitarist. There is romance drama, and general drama, but I think what I liked about this was how it really got into the scene. Drugs and alcohol are portrayed, as is the sex and the hardcore attitude of the day (or so I've been t
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AAAHH this was so well-written and takes a unique look at the London punk scene in 1976. Also, it mentions topics like terrorism and the dark side of the music industry, and AAAAHHH I LOVED ALL OF THE CHARACTERS they were so well-written and realistic and AAAHHHH. The author also wrote a really well-fitting ending that really just sums it all up perfectly. (The book is written from a unique perspective, of the main character kind of reminiscing on 1976 from modern day. AAAAHHHH
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Kevin Brooks dark, edgy YA novel for older teens that like music and conflicted relationships. Lots of drugs, drug addiction, and sex. Adults who grew up during the seventies and/or liked punk music will enjoy this book. Readers who are interested in the history of the Irish Republican Army may also find it enlightening.
I thought it was well-done. Note to self, not for middle school.
LeAnn Suchy
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I absolutely loved The Bunker Diary, one of the best books I've ever read, so I was excited to try this one. It was okay. I think I would've liked it a lot more had 50 pages been trimmed, because a lot of scenes seemed unnecessary or too long and boring. Maybe less descriptions of the band and more IRA stuff?
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.75 Stars.

I was really looking forward to reading a fiction book centred around punk rock, you don’t come across good ones, or barely any, often. I was enjoying it the beginning even though the writing is pretty basic but after awhile it seemed to drag on a lot.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book!!
I thought it was going to take a totally different turn than it did and that kept me into it!!
It was also interesting being set back in the seventies, it made it more interesting to hear about the good old days and how punk rock came alive!
Alida Hanson
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t put this one down. It’s about a punk band in London during the heat wave of 1976. The main character is a girl who plays bass in the band. It’s definitely a drama, not a comedy! I adore British writers.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Amazing. I'm speechless.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, teens
This was an interesting insight to the music industry on the edge of a new genre. Punk was just starting to break through in the music world, yet the labels were not quite ready to take that leap yet. This book follows the band Naked, and especially bassist Lili, as they break into the scene and teeter on the edge of fame. Curtis, the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter, will do anything to be famous. He recruits pianist Lili into the band and converts her into a bass player. He is all about r ...more
Matt Galligan
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll!!!
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

I think I'm starting to fall in love with the writing style of Kevin Brooks. This is only the second book of his I have read, so I have a bit more reading to do. The characters are so basic and archetypal, yet still well rounded and believable. This book is written as a first person narrative memory. For that reason, there are times the narrator admits to knowing what is about to happen, but does not reveal all the d
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This is a wonderful book!
Everything you'd want from a teen novel you'll find in this book: coming-of-age, family dynamics, romance, friendships, and drama. Just set in the 1970's during London's burgeoning punk music scene! As a huge fan of that era in music this read like a love letter to my own teenage self and all that I was experiencing set to this soundtrack at that time in my life. The music is timeless, and the author does a fantastic job of creating characters and emotions that are univ
Mrs. Kenyon
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-audiobooks
Lili Garcia was content playing the piano, but when an opportunity to play bass for a newly forming band appeared, she jumped at the chance to learn the new instrument. This new punk band takes off and with the addition of a new guitarist they begin to make it big. Unfortunately, Billy the Kid has secrets he only partly shares with Lili and while trying to understand William, she also is looking within to decide what she really wants.

Naked ’76 is a stand-alone historical fiction novel that will
Dec 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
If this book were a punk band, rather than a book about punk rock, I’d say it was the Sex Pistols. Not really about punk rock, and not really that good. I’m not one to be a dick in a book review but… Damn. This reads like fanfiction about the 70’s punk scene, complete with a predictable, weak female character, and equally flat male love interests and meeting Malcolm McLaren. Seriously, if you’re gonna write about punk, don’t name-drop like that-- it comes off tacky. I understand, though, I did ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an odd book that I'm not sure will have much teen appeal. It's written from the perspective of an older adult looking back on her life in the 70's during the rise of London punk rock. Emphasis on the older adult--it reads from an adult perspective, and that is where it might fall flat for teen readers, who are the book's intended audience.

Readers might be entertained (as I was) by the name dropping--Lili and her bandmates interact with popular bands such as the Sex Pistols, Souxie and th
Diane Ferbrache
Lili and the band are just not that captivating. Maybe it's the time period. 1976 is not that interesting to most teens. They wouldn't really understand the IRA references or the bands, and most adults who lived through that era aren't likely to pick up a YA book. Maybe it's the constant drug and alcohol use (accurate for the setting) that was just annoying. I didn't really care who Lili ended up with. I've read Kevin Brooks books in the past and expected more. I read a NetGalley advanced copy f ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This book started off so well. Punk. London. The 70's. A teenage band. Sounds great right. Unfortunately it got mired in the angst and drama. Yes teenage years are fraught with drama, but all these kids just had shit adult all around. And a lot of the behavior in the book was just flat. A description of the feelings but I had trouble finding the emotion in the words.
Not a terrible book but not memorable
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Set in London in the summer of 1976, during the punk explosion, this story follows the members of a band as they make their way in the music scene. Rather too specific in its time and place, and without much context, so will only really work for teens who have an interest in that era. See my full review here.

Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This was alright. I found it annoying with all the name dropping of early successful punk bands and the IRA subplot felt a little contrived.
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Kevin Brooks was born in 1959 and grew up in Exeter, Devon, England. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Birmingham, Aston University in 1980 and Cultural Studies in London in 1983. Kevin Brooks has been in a variety of jobs including: musician, gasoline station attendant, crematorium handyman, civil service clerk, hot dog vendor at the London Zoo, post office clerk, and railway ticket office ...more
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