Samuel "Sammy" Bojar's whole life revolves around listening to and making music with the high hopes on one day making it big in the underground scene. Despite what his therapist mother says. There's just one hitch in his plan: his band, Tragedy of Wisdom. Tragedy of Wisdom has the potential of being a really great band, but besides Sammy and his drummer/friend TJ, no one else seems to take the band seriously, or even care that much about it.
So when his band decides to enter a local Battle of the Bands he knows it's going to end in utter disaster. But Sammy's willing to give it a chance as long as his slacker friends are willing. And besides, this will give Sammy something to look forward to, something to distract him from the other problems in his life. Problems like an ailing grandfather who thinks that people are after him, and then there's the fact that he may be in love with his best friend, Jen5.
Struts & Frets written by Jon Skovron is a richly realistic and deeply honest look into the life of a teen musician. In a three hundred and four pages readers will experience the highs and the lows of being in a band, the emotions that go into making music, and all of the insecurities that go along with the territory of being the leader of a band.
Skovron's writing is exceptionally smart, witty, and full of laugh out loud moments. But the writing isn't the only thing readers will appreciate. They'll find many life lessons within the pages - lessons like shoot for the moon, no matter how far away it seems.
Struts & Frets is full of unforgettable characters that are full of unique personalities, that all compliment main character Sammy. Each of these characters bring a better understanding of who Sammy is as a character, while adding their own flair to this already great story.
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Grade 9 Up—Music is the center of Sammy Bojar's world, despite his therapist mother's urging that he pursue a more profitable career and stable lifestyle. Though he is now sinking into dementia, Sammy's grandfather, a jazz musician, is still able to encourage his grandson to follow his dream: "You're like me…. Always reaching for the moon." When Sammy's band decides to enter a competition that could result in a chance to record in a real studio, he fluctuates between his extravagant dreams of rock-star fame and his nagging fear that the group is far from ready to perform. Meanwhile, he struggles with the realization that a longtime friend wants to be his girlfriend. When it becomes clear that their romance is about to become more physical, Jen5 responsibly blurts out a reminder not to "forget to…uh…go to thedrugstorebefore you come over." The resulting hilarious scene in which Sammy is utterly baffled by the vast variety of condoms on display is just one of the narrative's many entertaining depictions of the turmoil of growing up. A playlist identifies the songs mentioned in the text, while a classroom scene in which Sammy's teacher reads aloud fromMacbethmakes the origin of the book's title clear. This debut novel will find an audience not just with music fans, but also with those who appreciate a good coming-of-age story.—Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright ...