There are lots of excellent books out there getting TONS of Buzz. Every once in a while I stumble on a book that I fall in love with and it's totally at random. Last summer it was Half Life of Planets. I picked it up because I liked the cover.
A few days ago I was going through the new release list at my library and I saw this cover. I didn't know anything about the book, but I hit the request button and a few days later poof I had it.
Honestly, I didn't read anything about it, I didn't even read the blurb on the back until I sat down to read it.
It's about a girl named Piper who is managing the coolest band in town called Dumb. But she's deaf and she can't tell if they're any good.
Yeah that's a pretty amazing hook right there.
But then you add in Piper's eleven month old deaf sister. Her parents stole Piper's college fund to pay for hearing implants her baby sister. Is Piper bitter and angry? Hell yeah. Could it make Piper a less likability character because she's mad at a baby? Yeppers. Does it? NOPE!!!!
Then there's the complexity of the band members of Dumb. They are a mess, and totally realistic. They don't mesh well, they don't play at the same time, one member doesn't even speak. But it's only when Piper takes lead as their manager that things start to change, some for good, some for worse.
This book made me want to write!
Every character felt real. Every subplot moved the main plot forward.
I feel really blessed that nearly every book I've read in 2011 has been at this caliber.
More awesome news I will be posting an interview with Anthony John and doing a giveaway of his amazing book, some time soon!