Tuesday, August 18, 2009

So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) by Micol Ostow

Characters: 16/20
Plot: 17/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 17/20
Recommendation: 17/20
Overall: 85/100 or B
Despite his dreams of hipster rock glory, Ari Abramson's band, the Tribe, is more white bread than indie-cred. Made up of four suburban teens from a wealthy Jewish school, their Mötley Crüe is about as hardcore as SAT prep and scripture studies.
But after a one-song gig at a friend's Bar Mitzvah—a ska cover of "Hava Nagilah"—the Tribe's popularity erupts overnight. Now, Ari is forced to navigate a minefield of inflated egos, misplaced romance, and the shallowness of indie-rock elitism. It's a hard lesson in the complex art of playing it cool.
So Punk Rock is one of the funniest books that I have read in a while. Ari is a sweet and naive person. I found his crush on Sari to be predictable. Jonas... really annoyed me. I loved Reena, she was funny and sincere. Yossi was entertaining and unpredictable. The plot was full of twist and turns. Overall it surprised me. Micol Ostow is a great writer. Her book was really original and had a special spark. David Ostow's comics were amazing and the simplicity was great. I really enjoyed this book and you'll love it, if you want a quick laugh.


  1. Sounds like a book I'd read when I'm bored and want a good laugh!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the nice words. I'm glad our book made you laugh. Micol and I always say that laughter is the best medicine after your prescription meds run out.


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