. Athena's Books: Thursday Trailer...So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother)
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Trailer...So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother)

It's comics, it's story...it's graphic novel! I love a good graphic novel every once in a while as I've mentioned before. Took a graduate course in the graphic novel and wrote a 20+ page research paper on one too. But I'm peculiar about the type of graphic novel I like to read. I enjoy one that is smart and funny--that makes a serious point without being serious--and that is character driven, meaning somebody drives the narrative and goes through some kind of journey. Something like So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) by Micol Ostow. Just the title itself is great.

Watch the book trailer below, and I know you'll want to read it. The Jewish high school setting is unique since we don't see it often in YA literature, and the illustrations by David Ostow enhance the pacing and character relationships.

Summary (from Micol Ostow website)

Despite his dreams of hipster rock glory, Ari Abramson's first-ever band, the Tribe, is more white bread than indie-cred. Comprised of four suburban teens from a wealthy Jewish day 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 Nagila -- the Tribe's popularity erupts overnight. Now, Ari is forced to navigate a minefield of inflated egos, overbearing parents, misplaced romance, and the shallowness of indie-rock elitism. It's a hard lesson in the complex art of playing it cool. Loaded with sarcasm and delicious pop culture condescension (not to mention David Ostow's too-cool-for-school cartooning work), So Punk Rock is the VH1 Behind the Music story of an epic Jewish band that never was. If it got any more kosher, it'd be totally traif.