A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell. The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones. Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily?
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Proud, headstrong and slutty, aspiring punk Emily Black longs to start her own band and find her mother, who disappeared when she was only four. The saga of her rise, fall and re-rise to punk-rock stardom could very well deserve its own series. Here, however, it's crammed into a fat but tight volume where the pages are packed so densely with melodrama readers will need to flip back and forth to keep track of the plot. The first half feels much more distilled than the latter: Kuehnert's language is slick. The punk references bite with genuine angst and hunger, and Emily's tough, sardonic attitude, as revealed through chunky, poetic language, is feverishly tempting. After page 200, however, the timing between plot points quickly becomes compressed: Hearts are broken and then put back together again in one page. Lengthy scenes of Emily's mom hooking, drinking, shooting up and feeling empty make the obvious point that their lives are parallel, but the device neglects the principle that in the world of YA fiction, less is usually more. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Stephanie Kuehnert
Stephanie Kuehnert got her start writing bad poetry and good punk rock feminist 'zines, one of which was featured in the book Zine Scene by Francesca Lia Block and Hillary Carlip. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College, Chicago. Stephanie's short stories have been published in Hair Trigger, f6 magazine and on inkstains.org. Her interviews and essays have appeared in No Touching magazine, Writer's Ask, on Virginia Quarterly Review's website, and on freshyarn.com.