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Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture

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What is emo? For starters it's a form of melodic, confessional, or EMOtional punk rock. But emo is more than a genre of music–it's the defining counterculture movement of the '00s. EVERYBODY HURTS is a reference book for emo, tracing its angsty roots all the way from Shakespeare to Holden Caufield to today's most popular bands.

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Paperback, 234 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by It Books
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i can really connect wit this book because i think that everybody does hurt and i hate life nd things r stupid and i need a gude to my life!
Mike Lewis
Aug 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Read this book to gain some insight into the emo demographic. Boy was i disappointed. All it does is describe what emo kids are doing. The chapters are Fashion, Film, Literature, Music, TV, etc. So what you have are two emo kids describing what they do in their life. What they like. They don't provide any insight into why something is emo just whether it is or isn't

A few examples:

1. They name an iPod as being emo, saying:
An mp3 by any other name would not be as emo. Actually come to the think o
Megan Jones
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
I had heard mixed reviews about this book. I decided I'd need to read it for myself. And while some things they said were totally ridiculous, most of it was based upon stereotypes which wouldn't exist if there weren't some aspect of truth to them. So in essence, it definitely made me laugh, it definitely showed me how much the "modern" emo scene has changed based on the pre "emo" underground scene that I'm more familiar with. Overall, very creative approach to an interesting culture. ...more
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Having already been a fan of Leslie and Trevor's writing from being an avid reader of Alternative Press, I was quite interested when one of the issues contained a section from their upcoming book. Being a big fan of music and a supporter of the emo movement, I bothered my local bookstore constantly asking if they had it in yet (sorry about that). And when I finally got a copy in my hands and read it, I was more than pleased.

This is an amazingly well written and snarky look at what emo was and ha
Jackie "the Librarian"
I learned I am very, very old, and should back away from the eyeliner.
This book has more than you would ever want to know about emo culture, from music, to blogging, to fashion. For example: I did not know that emo guys should wear girls' jeans.
You are all, I'm sure, familiar with the emo combover hairstyle - but that is merely scraping the surface of the awfulness that is emo hair. I shudder to report that one of the hairstyles in this culture is that "Flock of Seagulls" reverse faux-hawk. Th
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
For anybody who grew up listening to the "emo" music that was lurking beneath the mainstream at the turn on the millennium, Leslie Simon & Trevor Kelly have condensed your nostalgia into one convenient guide. Everybody Hurts pays homage and at times even pokes fun at a group of music lovers that simultaneously felt loathed by their peers and loved by their parents. If you spent your teenage years scouring Livejournal communities, you went to any show you could just to get out of the house, readi ...more
Jun 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
I had no choice in the matter, I really didn't - once upon a time I met one of the authors whilst working at Warped Tour. I had no choice but to pick up a copy the week it came out and immediately begin to read it. What I found was exactly what I expected - a hilarious breakdown and explanation of all that is Emo. While I'm really not emo, don't think I didn't appreciate everything these two had to say.

Definitely a good book if you want a light read and a good laugh. But, really, only read it i
Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
Before reading this book, I had no idea that my music tastes or weird preference for shy flannel-and-jeans clad men could be classified as "alt country emo." But considering Ryan Adams's lyrics, it does kind of make sense now. Especially the entire Love is Hell album. Anyway, back to the book. I thought it was pretty funny and cute even before I found the numerous Adams/Whiskeytown references. Then I immediately classfied it as downright rad. ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I thought this was going to be more about the Promise Ring and less on Dashboard Confessional. Basically this book is about my middle school years, replete with tasteless fat and sex jokes I would have tolerated seven (!!!) years ago. Obviously I appreciated some references but overall, waste of time man.
May 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Loved the humor in this!
Jennifer Daniel
Dec 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
What a bunch of crybaby losers. When I was in highschool we just called them Dorks. And beat them violently.
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
kind of funny at some points but mostly just describes outfits and playlists of the gays
Sami Wax
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
kind of hilrious to read looking back on 2007 and that golden emo age. some gems are the idea that 2007 had a television overdose and the homage to the t-mobile sidekick
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Informative, funny & embarrassingly accurate
Sep 29, 2022 rated it liked it
Got this for the Pioneer book challenge.

It was pretty funny. I mean, it’s an essential guide to Emo culture!

Sections include ideology, fashion, internet, film, literature, music, eating habits etc. A lot of the references are now out of date but my 90s heart understood, saw the pain, and felt the feels. Haha

On their scale of Emo to So Not Emo, calculated by E = MO^2, you should know that Paris Hilton is SO not Emo. Jared Leto, obvi Emo. Nancy Kerrigan is So Emo. And Hilary Duff is decidedly un
Deborah Takahashi
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-nonfiction
After much debate, and confusion, Leslie Simon and Trevor Kelley have finally put out a definitive guide to the term "Emo." According to this Simon & Kelley, " Emo is a kind of music, but more than anything, it's a state of mind"(p. 1). The term "Emo," is for "emotional," which can be applied to music, fashion, literature, and film. To be "emo," individuals are highly sensitive and in-tune with their sadness and use it to their advantage; hence, the success of Dashboard Confessional, one of the ...more
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This book had me chuckling at myself. I was a big fan of the emo movement, infact I was even called emo for many years. Heck, I'm still an emo, I just don't dress much like one anymore. So this book is basically a throwback to those days for me (albiet that weren't that long ago).

It's great for fans of the scene, because there's so many little jokes that if you know what these guys are talking about, are hilarious. All the music references of bands I listen to, and TV shows I watch, it just giv
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this for something a bit more light-hearted and humorous and that's pretty much what it was. Don't expect a deep analyzation of emo culture, it's pretty surface level like listing bands and fashion but not pinpointing definite timelines like 'and this is how ear plugs made their way onto the scene through appropriation from such and what'. More like 'ear plugs from Hot Topic (HA!)'.

As a former (and secretly always) emo, the funniest part was coming across things I related to before I eve
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is exactly what I expected it to be: it was a fun, lighthearted trip down memory lane for me. What's funny is reading this book in the scope of time, as it was published in 2007. Just six years later, all the references to Myspace seem almost comical--Facebook was still on the "college email address only" mode, and therefore was only a side note in the social media. Streaming music services were almost non-existent, mp3 players were just emerging as the standard for listening to music, ...more
Bivisyani Questibrilia
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book renders me quite nostalgic. The emo culture has been and always will be a huge part of my adolescence. It reminds me of the time when I wanted to die because I didn't feel like I had any friends or when my chest hurt so bad but not a single tear would fall. The book covers the culture very well. The bands they mention over and over are extremely familiar to me, though most of them I've never listened to. It is also packed with hilarious inside-humour that only an emo kid would ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I auctually didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. Probably because I can't relate to it. The book talked a lot about Fall Out Boy and bands I don't listen to. My best advice is, if you don't like Fall Out Boy, or Death Cab For Cutie, then this book probably isn't for you. And if you detest My Chemical Romance. Just don't pick the book up at all. Because they talk about Gerard Way, A LOT! To be honest....if anything, the book kind of annoyed me. Because it just seemed like they were ...more
Brandy Spielman
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I bought this mostly because it was only $2 in the bargain bin, but I found it surprisingly entertaining. Published in 2007, the book is horribly out of date, and it's hard not to laugh at all the references to Myspace, but it had the nostalgia factor going for it. (My own emo days were at their height somewhere around 2005.) The book is self-deprecating and fun, humorous but still kind. My favorite part was the final chapter on the aging emo. At 29, I'm done rocking black mini-skirts and band t ...more
Nicole Cichon
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was really funny. its a great thing to read when youre in the mood to laugh at yourself and others. It is very humerous because the observations made about those who adopt the 'emo' mentality are so true. You wil find yourself noticing characteristics of yourself described in this book as well as people you know. above all its a nice light read that teachs you a lot of fun things as well as good literature to read. ...more
Mary  BookHounds
Jan 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
This is one of the better written books of this genre. It had some hilarious insight to the emo world. Emo is short for emotional, which came out of the punk music scene. You know, those kids you see at the mall always looking like they are gonna cry? The ones in the Cure T-shirt. Everybody Hurts is a great field guide for spotting these kids. I did learn a lot about this type of lifestyle, but it frightened me that I knew a little too much about the culture.
Shayna Ross
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the book written when MySpace was the hype, all your friends had LiveJournals, and Warped Tour actually booked really amazing bands. If you fell in the emo hype or at least were familiar with the crowd (hard to miss), then this is the ultimate guide for you. I found this to be quite the reminiscing material to read, and actually felt a bit of sadness to know these days are long past. Regardless, I laughed more than anything when I remembered when being emo was totes cool.
Nicole Zeckner
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, music, humor
It was really humorous when I first started reading, but as it went on, it was just grasping at straws. When you get down to it, half this book is just "Shit Millennials Like." It grabs items from pop culture just to fill pages. If this was about half the length, it would have been really entertaining. Or if it were an emo version of "The Preppy Handbook" it would have been hilarious. As it is, it just feels "meh." ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I found this at a used bookstore about a year ago and just got around to reading it– the ideology section is timeless and got some laughs out of me but the rest I mostly skimmed through and found too outdated to be really relatable.
Carro Herdegen
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
The most entertaining part is that I don't know if the authors were being serious or satirical. ...more
Jes Reaver
Jan 01, 2020 added it
Shelves: music, non-fic
I hate that this is the first book I read this year and I mostly skimmed it for research purposes. It was not what I needed.
The Rudie Librarian (Brian)
I mean, the book is what it says it is, it just isn’t as funny or interesting as I thought it would be. Somewhat informative. Somewhat funny.
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