Thursday, January 28, 2010

Struts And Frets by Jon Skovron

Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron.
Publisher: Amulet Books.
Pages: 304.
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 the band’s 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.

When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?
After reading non-stop paranormal, this book was a huge shift for me. I was afraid I’d get antsy, but luckily that was not the case. Struts & Frets was humorous and extremely entertaining.

My brother plays guitar. Every boyfriend I’ve ever had has played guitar. And my dad wishes he could play guitar. So needless to say, even though the only guitar I can play is for a videogame, this book felt really familiar to me. I’m definitely not saying that you have to have those kinds of connections to enjoy it. Sammy’s struggles to deal with girls, his erratic grandfather and the asshole lead singer of his band makes for a simple but raw read that will hook anybody.

I’m not really used to reading books in the mindset of guys. Mostly because some of the ones that I have read were written by females and didn’t really differ all that much from a girl’s POV. But Jon got it right. (Which is a relief because he’s a guy, so ..) Sammy, and the other zany members of Tragedy Of Wisdom had me cracking up.

Overall, if you didn’t get past my endless rambling, I loved Struts & Frets. If you’re stuck on ghosts, vampires, werewolves, angels & faeries- stop and read something real. The music, the humor and the authenticity of Sammy’s journey to find a place for himself in the music world is one that you shouldn’t pass up.


  1. I love vampires, ghosts, etc. but I also love something new! I've heard good things about this one and can't wait to get my hands on it. Great review :)

  2. Loved this book! I agree, it was a welcome change from the paranormal books that I've been reading lately. Great review!

  3. I really can't imagine enjoying this. I totally agree that it is nice to get away from paranormal for a while though.

  4. I've been wondering about this book. I don't know if I would enjoy it, but I'm thinking about recommending it to my little brother. :) Great review.

  5. This sounds quite fun! I'll have a look for it sometime.

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