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Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Published by Dial Books (An Imprint of Penguin USA)

Pages: 352

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.

The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band’s manager and get her share of the profits.

The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she’s deaf?

Piper can’t hear Dumb’s music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

Piper’s world has come to a screeching halt. Her future dreams crushed by the decision of her parents to spend what money she had saved on her baby sister’s new cochlear implant. A decision that not only impacts her college aspirations, but also her potential relationship with her baby sister. Because, see, Piper is deaf too. Now her only opportunity to afford a very expensive college tuition is her sudden appointment as the band manager for Dumb. Just off a win at the local “Battle of the Bands”, Dumb is hoping to capitalize on their situation and their success weighs entirely on what Piper can do as their band manager.

Five Flavors of Dumb came at me out of the blue. It’s completely different than anything else I’ve read in the recent past, or ever if I’m being honest. Outside of a memoir and collection of stories about Helen Keller, I can hardly ever remember reading a book where the main character was deaf. Well the author, Antony John, did more than just pull it off…he did an amazing job. I’m not one who enjoys being preached to or having a “cause” forced upon me through a work of fiction and this never happened in Five Flavors of Dumb. John wrote Piper’s character so well, and so believably that her being deaf became a part of the overall story, but not the story. It was fantastic!

One of the aspects about Piper I truly loved was the relationship she had with each of her family members. So often in books today families are torn and hate each other. In Piper’s family they don’t always get along, but over the course of the book you can tell they all truly care for each other. Her relationship with her siblings is also something I loved. She cared so much for her potential relationship with her baby sister and the feelings she had were raw and completely real. Definitely a highlight of the book for me.

Overall I really enjoyed Five Flavors of Dumb. Antony John’s writing was excellent. He made Piper’s character come to life and brought attention to a much needed topic. As a musician myself I also thoroughly enjoyed the music aspect of the story. I’ve struggled with getting gigs and playing/singing at concerts and it’s not always the most enjoyable experience; but then again…sometimes it’s the best experience ever. Five Flavors of Dumb is a fantastic read, and one not to miss. And Antony John is definitely going on my list of authors to look for in the future!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 12 and up. Bringing a voice to a side of YA not seen before, Five Flavors of Dumb is a brilliant new novel about finding your “inner rock star” and just being yourself.

Also, Antony John is giving away a signed copy of DUMB as well as a copy of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON
signed by both John Green and David Levithan. All you have to do is “LIKE” his new author page on Facebook! Take a look!

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6 Responses to Book Review: Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

  1. Gina says:

    Wow…I do believe this is a first in my reading encounters….the story is quite unique, especially with the choice of characters. Never would have guessed it from the title or cover art. Glad to hear it wasn’t preachy….not a fan of that myself. To summarize…great post! Thanks for sharing…and happy reading! ^_^

  2. Antony John says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review, Danielle. I’m delighted that you enjoyed DUMB, and especially that the family relationships rang true for you (which was a point of emphasis for me). Here’s hoping your readers enjoy it too!

  3. Ooo I like the “real” family elements you mentioned 🙂

  4. Wow, definitely a very unique storyline. Sounds like an excellent read. Excellent review!

  5. This sounds really interesting and I am with you – other than Helen Keller I can not think of any other books with deaf characters.

  6. Rachel Austin says:

    i read this book as a galley and i agree with you he did an amazing job

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