Dad’s an aging L.A. punk rocker known as the Rat. Daughter’s a buttoned-up neat freak who’d rather be anywhere else. Can this summer be saved?
Now that she’s exiled from Canada to sunny Los Angeles, Katy figures she’ll bury her nose in a book and ignore the fact that she’s spending two weeks with her father — punk name: the Rat — a recovered addict and drummer for the famously infamous band Suck. Even though Katy doesn’t want to be there, even though she feels abandoned by her mom, even though the Rat’s place is a mess and he’s not like anything she’d call a father, Katy won’t make a fuss. After all, she is a nice girl, a girl who is quiet and polite, a girl who smiles, a girl who is, well, beige. Or is she? From the author of BOY PROOF and THE QUEEN OF COOL comes an edgy new L.A. novel full of humor, heart, and music.
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An adolescent novel about a quiet Canadian girl who comes to spend the summer with her aging, recovering-addict punk rock dad in Los Angeles. Not especially well-written, but lively, and engagingly divided into chapters titled with classic songs from the punk era. This is a fairly standard account of a young woman coming to terms with her family and discovering herself in the process; my thirteen-year-old hugely enjoyed it and I liked its unjudgmental depiction of the adult characters and its unabashed celebration of the spirit of punk.
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Would've adored this when I was a teenage girl, but the number of clichés in the writing are a little tough to stomach. I really like the graphic novels Castellucci has written since, so it seems that her writing has improved over time. Or perhaps it just lends itself more to graphic narratives. Read full review