This is a great story about four unlikely friends getting together to win a school competition and finding out there are some more important things in life.
The Stereotypical Freaks (Forever Friends Trilogy #1) by Howard Shapiro
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school’s battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band “The Stereotypical Freaks” because they feel stereotyped by their classmates – smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them.
When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?
It took me a while to write this review. I really liked this book, but it made me feel so much. I laughed and I cried while reading this. The author did a good job creating relatable characters and writing a great story.
At first, the story seems to be all about the Battle of the Bands. It starts with two boys wanting to win the competition, but to do that they need to gather the whole band.
About halfway into the story situation changes. If you read other reviews of this novel you’ll know how. If you haven’t I won’t tell you.
Both the situation and the characters are very relatable. It could happen to all of us (provided you know how to play an instrument). It shows you how different life situations might change how you think, how you deal with things, how helpful you can be to others if needed. The story touches some important aspects of friendship. It’s a good read for both younger and older audience.
The graphic was really good too, although I did miss some colors. All the characters are easily recognizable, backgrounds and surroundings are well drawn. It’s nice to look at and easy to read.
I did like that the author added the songs that the band played or listened to. You can check them out and create a reading soundtrack if you want.
Have you read any non-superhero graphic novels lately? Did you like them, or do you prefer you heroes to have superpowers 🙂