Hairstyles of the Damned is the third novel by Chicago author Joe Meno. Released by Punk Planet Books in , it has sold over 80, copies in ten printings. I enjoyed Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno very much. I would have enjoyed it more with a serif font. Perhaps I am being shallow, but I. Meno (How the Hula Girl Sings) gives his proverbial coming-of-age tale a punk- rock edge, as year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald tries to.

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The adults are sparingly yet poignantly drawn, especially the fathers, who slip through without saying much but make a profound impression. And when I found the “something,” it was like a deluge. It wouldn’t be such a stretch to say that it’s in the same vein as another book I enjoyed, The Perks of Being A Wallfloweras they both are coming-of-age tales of white, hetero-male youths.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Also it has some good music references, really loved how the music went along with every situation going on in the story!

It is the story of the riotous exploits of Brian, a high school burnout, and his best friend, Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. At times I really enjoyed Meno’s Boy Detective Fails to the point where I couldn’t imagine that a book about growing up as an awkward punk in Chicago in would actually be a young adult novel. More metal than punk so it was easier for me to distance myself from him, no literary crushes happening here, and that is what made this book more than your average angst story to me.

It began with a promising chapter where Meno describes everything backward, as if someone had hit the “rewind” button and we watched the milk pour back into the milk carton, tipping upright, etc.

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Earlier this year, I decided to stop buying books. Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. To me, the tapes were what made me like her, then love her so much: Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.

There was one group of punks that always caught my eye. There were also a few passages that were beautiful in their roughness of the narration, such as Brian’s moments with his father. We were mall rats who liked to dress up and think dakned were better than everyone else. This is so sad. While it honestly portrayed more ugly aspects of jeo than Perks ever did making fun of “fat girls,” calling weak kids “faggots” and putting them down, labeling promiscuous girls “sluts,” uncensored portrayals of white nationalism, etc.

‘Hairstyles of the Damned’ Puts Punk on the Page : NPR

And this should come as no surprise, of course, coming as it does from Punk Planet Books duhborn from the ashes of one of the most respected indie-rock publications in history; when the small press first started up, in fact, I’m sure such a manuscript seemed like something right up their alley, the kind of novel they had been created to publish in the first place.

The Classics and the author of two short story collections and multiple novels including the best sellers Hairstyles of the Damned and The Boy Detective Fails ; Office Girl ; and his latest novel, Marvel and a Wonder. It felt very real, and I believed in the characters and the plot, but that’s because they’re the So, hmm. Sounds just like high school to me. It felt very real, and I believed in the characters and the plot, but that’s because they’re the same characters and the same plot of pretty much any suburban-disaffected-youth story including my own.

Tonstant Weader I love to read and read widely. While I agree that we all go through a lot of the same things in adolescence, sometimes I just wanted to slap the narrator and yell ge For being written by a creative writing professor, this book is overwhelmingly stereotypical. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Feb 28, Leah rated it it was ok Recommended to Leah by: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Plus, worse, the writing isn’t great; it mostly feels pretty amateurish.

The Best Books of I bought this book sometime between andwhen I worked at Barnes and Noble and had hair the same color as depicted on the cover.

Quotes from Hairstyles of the Brian is very much a typical adolescent boy, trying to fit in and trying to stand out at the same time. Brian kisses a girl at the party but later ditches her in favor leaving the party with Gretchen when the cops come.

The rest of the book approximately 30 pages was filled with teenage revelations that one could liken to a pretty explicit moral; all that was lacking was the phrase “the moral of my story is The story is organized around the big events of the school years, homecoming and prom.

I like the way the chapters are very short and just move from scene to scene. We took the greyhound to Boston every Sunday to attend all ages punk shows. But there was a lot of swearing so that was fun. Why yes, he says, as a certain amount of you now roll your eyes, this is one of those “indie-rock novels” that have become so popular among a certain crowd since the mid-’90s or so, which you should be prepared for before starting; that if you disdain breathless exclamations about how a punk show can singlehandedly and permanently change a person’s life, you need to stay the hell away from Hairstyles and do it fast.

Aug 06, Kristin rated it liked it. Meno was trying to give the book an authentic voice by inserting the appropriate filler words- like, um, fuck, maybe- but he tries too hard.

‘Hairstyles of the Damned’ Puts Punk on the Page

From the opening sentence to the very last jof, Hairstyles of the Damned held me in his grip. Many of my favorite books are books within which nothing really happens, so this wouldn’t have phased me if the “nothing” that happened actually seemed to be moving toward “something,” or seemed to be spea I truly wanted to love this book because I read The Boy Detective Fails Again by Meno first. Big perk of the book for me? Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Dec 01, Leo rated it liked it Shelves: Most of all, it left me thinking. Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday. Instead, I would check them out of the library and only buy copies of the ones I really loved. I mean it mdno the worst thing ever but I felt like I could have just used the time I read this book reading another book Being an older adult I enjoyed it, but not one of my all time favorite YA books.

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