Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all their compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.
Told in a voice that’s honest and wry, Struts & Frets will resonate not only with teenage musicians but also with anyone who ever sat up all night listening to a favorite album, wondering if they’d ever find their place in the world.
This first novel about a boy who loves music can be heavy-handed, but it hits enough high notes to be a crowd-pleaser. Sammy is trying to keep his band, Tragedy of Wisdom, together, but with a bullying singer and a spacey bassist, it seems destined to end in disaster. Of course, Sammy s got his own problems, from his grandfather s deteriorating health to a good friend who is hoping to escalate their relationship. After a bad open mike night, Sammy is convinced he can t sing in front of other people. The characters are a bit extreme, such as Joe, the band s rage-ridden frontman from the projects who writes a song about the sanity closet. Readers will easily predict the trajectory of Sammy s story, but even so, this angsty protagonist is an easy character to like, and readers will relate to his struggle with the fact that hings happened that you couldn t control. The use of music throughout, as well as descriptions of what it s like to play and perform, add flourish to this coming-of-age story. Ages 14 up.
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Struts and frets
This book was amazing, a must read if ur a musician or artist or poet
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING
I loved this book so much 💕
It was funny, relatable, and even sad at parts.
I'm considering re-reading it again c: