Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school’s battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band “The Stereotypical Freaks” because they feel stereotyped by their classmates – smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them.
When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Stereotypical Freaks brings together four unlikely guys that join in Battle of the Bands because music…music is life. It has different meanings for everyone. Tom, the smart kid, Dan, the geek, Mark, the jock and Jacoby, the quiet weirdo come together to form a band and we see them coming together because of music.
I have never read a graphic novel like this before. I’ve read plenty but this kind is what I usually find in a novel or novella. It was realistic and sad but at the same time the looks on those boys’ faces while they were playing was of pure bliss.
What I liked was that the author added a ‘Recommended Listening’ at the beginning of each chapter. Some of those songs were familiar but I’ll definitely take time to go through them all.
This story was heartbreaking in the most beautiful way. It made me cry. I knew that ending was inevitable but it didn’t make it any easier. I think the fact that it was a graphic novel and I could see the characters’ faces is what broke me. How one person can affect so many others is just…I can’t find the words I need.
I loved every minute of this and can’t wait to read more.
Howard’s ‘Recommended Listening’ Playlist:
- Subdivisions – Rush
- When it Began – The Replacements
- Ruby Soho – Rancid
- On My Way Home – 3
- Tin Foil – Urge Overkill
- Tangles Up in Blue – Bob Dylan
- Promises Broken – Soul Asylum
- Baba O’Riley – The Who (My personal favourite of the lot)
- Gentlemen – Entire Album by the Afghan Wings
- In the Evening – Led Zeppelin
- Jet City Woman and Another Rainy Night – The Who
- Hold On – Triumph
- No Surrender – Bruce Springsteen
- Blood Brother – Bruce Springsteen
- A Friend is a Friend – Pete Townshend
- Rave On – Buddy Holly
- I Hear the Call – The Unforgiven
- Whatsername – Green Day
- Neruda – Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
- Sinking Like a Sunset – Tom Cochrane
- Digital Blade Epilogue – Urge Overkill
- The End – The Beatles
Read: 22 February 2016
Publication Date: 4 November 2012
Publisher: Animal Media Group
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Howard Shapiro