Saturday, July 5, 2008

Review: I Wanna be Your Joey Ramone

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert
Review by: Lauren

Emily Black was born to rock. Ever since she was little, she'd play records with her dad and even recieved her dad's old guitar as a birthday gift. For awhile though, Emily's reasons become slightly skewed. She wants to be tough, like she thinks her mom, Louisa, was...the one that left her as a baby to "follow the music." But growing older, and finding her own music, leads Emily to places she never saw herself in and she has to finally see whether or not running away, like Louisa did is really the best path...or if the music truly leads you home.

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone was a spectacular debut from an author that should definitely be watched. It included universal themes mixed with punk rock that never stops and a highly original plot. The novel was just long enough to fully show us all sides of Emily and her life, as well as Louisa and why she ultimately left her family behind. Told mainly in Emilys' point of view, it does have points where Louisa's journey is told through a third point of view, giving us a well-rounded tale of love, loss, and the true meaning of following the music. Many complicated subjects are dealt with, but are handled in a realistic fashion that leaves you turning the pages in a frenzy to find out what will happen next and if the characters you learn to love will make it through.

I recommend highly to mature or older teen readers and adults as well.

I'm sure my review can't do this book justice, but I honestly recommend. I loved the plot and I loved the characters. It's a must read, so read it! Enter the HUGE giveaway as well, and remember to enter the Guest Blog contests before they end! Thanks to everyone that helped out and go and support Stephanie on Tuesday!!! :-)


Carol said...

Amazing Review! I loved this book! It was an awesome debut for Stephanie Kuehnert!

Meredith said...

Cannot wait to read this book!


Breanna said...

Great Review!!! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this. It's like they're seriously itching from waiting soooo long.

haha, I'm a bit dramatic.


RR2 said...

Great review! I really, really want to read this book.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thanks everyone. Definitely get the book if you don't have it on Tuesday and enter the HUGE giveaway this month!! :)


Em said...

I really really need to read this book! :)

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

Oh Lauren, thank you for such an amazing review and just such an amazing week period during my hard week :) I'm so glad you loved the book!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Stephanie: It was amazing. Absolutely amazing. I really did love it. And you're welcome!!! I'm just glad you liked it. :)