Friday, March 9, 2012
By: Denise Vega
Release Date: March 5, 2012
High school sophomore Ori Taylor, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter in a nameless rock band, has always been known as the overlooked younger brother of Del, a high school sports star. But when Del suddenly returns home from college just as Ori is starting to gain some confidence in himself, Del expects everything to return to the way it used to be. (goodreads.com)
This is such a fun book. I always enjoy books that are all about music, and this was no exception. What I really liked was that this was really more about the music and the band and took a nice hard look at the family dynamics at play in Ori's life. Ori has always been best buddies with his older brother Del, who was basically big man on campus. Now Del is back from a failed stint at college and he's a completely different person. It was really interesting to see how Ori is affected by his brother's actions and attitude. I think we all know someone who goes from being a big fish in a small pond to being a small fish in a big pond, and that's really what Del is, and he can't handle it. It seemed to me that once he got home he decided that the best way to make himself look better was to make Ori look bad, and we see the fallout from that.
Ori's band is pretty awesome as well and I especially liked the little bits that were excerpts from the band website and blog. It was an interesting way to break up the story and share information about the band and it's members that didn't flow with the regular narrative. The characters were fun and believable and I loved the way that it was all building up to something big, The Battle of the Bands. It was a bit predictable that they would come out on top, but there were enough things thrown in their way to keep it really interesting.
Overall this was a really fun book and I'd recommend it to just about everyone, especially if you love music!