Book Reviews of Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, Bk 1)

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, Bk 1)
Drums Girls Dangerous Pie - Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, Bk 1
Author: Jordan Sonnenblick
ISBN-13: 9780439755207
ISBN-10: 0439755204
Publication Date: 9/1/2006
Pages: 304
Edition: Reprint
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 42 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, Bk 1) on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Alternately really funny and touching, this book told a difficult story in a way that was accessible. I found myself feeling for the main character and yet remembering those selfish teen years. Well worth reading. At first I thought this book might be a hard sell for a teenage boy due to the subject matter, but after reading the book I think that both the humor as well as the relationship between the two brothers would make it entertaining. In fact a reading teacher friend of mine said that several boys from her class recommended it to her as a must read! As a female adult, I cried through the whole darn thing, but read it in about 2 hours and loved it.

I will say, on a purely aesthetic note, that I found the typeface in the copy I read to be a little distracting for some reason. But then again I tend to be picky like that.
reviewed Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, Bk 1) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This was a wonderful read and....I hated it. I don't think I have gotten so teary eyed over a book in a long time. I also laughed out loud a couple of times so I guess it is balanced. This is a very touching story of how a older sibling copes with the illness of a younger brother. It plays through the different emotions one feels when there is a long term illness in the household from a preteen/teen vantage point. I highly recommend this book but believe that it should be issued with a box of tissues and some dark sunglasses in case you have to interact with other people while you are reading it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Reviewed by Christian C. for TeensReadToo.com

"The most annoying thing in the world is...My little brother, Jeffrey." That's what thirteen-year-old Steven Alper had written in his journal for his English class. But on October 7th, everything changed. Jeffrey had a small accident in the kitchen, was taken to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with leukemia.

Steven's life turns upside down, and just when he needs his parents the most, his mom has to spend most of her days at the hospital taking care of his brother, and his dad is mostly keeping to himself, too worried about the bills to spend time with or even talk to his oldest son. Steven wants to believe that everything will just go back to normal, and tries to release his anger, anxiety, and fears by playing the drums. But his brother doesn't seem to be getting any better, and Steven has a hard time concentrating at school, he's not turning in his homework, and his grades are starting to fall behind. To make things worse, he doesn't want anyone to find out what is going on--but somehow his best friend, Annette, the school counselor, and even Renee Albert, the hottest girl in the eighth grade, all seem to know that something is not right.

This unforgettable novel took me on an incredibly moving ride. And when I felt I was all the way down on this emotional roller coaster, and found myself struggling to see the words through my tears, Sonnenblick lifted me up gently, word by word, page by page, and put a grin on my face that eventually turned into a big smile and then an out-loud laugh. The author's great voice shows real characters with real feelings, and the true struggle of a teenager trying to understand the unfairness of a deadly disease, and how to cope with the fear of losing his beloved little brother.

So you think your little brother is a pest? You will think again after reading this touching story.

Tissues are highly recommended.

The paperback edition of DRUMS, GIRLS, & DANGEROUS PIE also includes a section with an interview, information about the author, tips on writing, and a preview of Jordan Sonnenblick's next novel, NOTES FROM THE MIDNIGHT DRIVER.
reviewed Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 1
i remeber reading this when i was in 7th grade, i couldnt put it down. i suggest anyone read it, its a short 273 page read, and it is awesome!
reviewed Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
A fantastic book, especially since it's a debut book! I laughed, cried and just adored this journal of a 13 year old boy's thoughts and feelings when his 5 year old brother has leukemia. I hurt with Steven, especially when he was trying to be so brave facing his brother's illness. Highly recommended!
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Reviewed by Christian C. for TeensReadToo.com

"The most annoying thing in the world is...My little brother, Jeffrey." That's what thirteen-year-old Steven Alper had written in his journal for his English class. But on October 7th, everything changed. Jeffrey had a small accident in the kitchen, was taken to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with leukemia.

Steven's life turns upside down, and just when he needs his parents the most, his mom has to spend most of her days at the hospital taking care of his brother, and his dad is mostly keeping to himself, too worried about the bills to spend time with or even talk to his oldest son. Steven wants to believe that everything will just go back to normal, and tries to release his anger, anxiety, and fears by playing the drums. But his brother doesn't seem to be getting any better, and Steven has a hard time concentrating at school, he's not turning in his homework, and his grades are starting to fall behind. To make things worse, he doesn't want anyone to find out what is going on--but somehow his best friend, Annette, the school counselor, and even Renee Albert, the hottest girl in the eighth grade, all seem to know that something is not right.

This unforgettable novel took me on an incredibly moving ride. And when I felt I was all the way down on this emotional roller coaster, and found myself struggling to see the words through my tears, Sonnenblick lifted me up gently, word by word, page by page, and put a grin on my face that eventually turned into a big smile and then an out-loud laugh. The author's great voice shows real characters with real feelings, and the true struggle of a teenager trying to understand the unfairness of a deadly disease, and how to cope with the fear of losing his beloved little brother.

So you think your little brother is a pest? You will think again after reading this touching story.

Tissues are highly recommended.
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It was really good, easy and fast to read. I couldn't wait to get to the end, it was surprising. It turns out that it was required summer reading but I didn't know that when I read the book! (from Haley, 10 yrs old)
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I loved reading this book, it will steal your heart. It is about a young child who has leukemia and how he helps his older brother view the world differently. I found myself laughing and crying throughout this story. This story will help readers gain insight into what it's like for families going through the diagnose of cancer and treatments involved.
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I loved!! this book.It made me cry,laugh and made me want more!!!.My brother read it first and he liked the book then I read it and I love it!!!.I have to say this is eather my favorite book or one of my favorites!!. five stars!! can't wait to read more from Jordan Sonnenblick!! I'm 15 and I thought this book is good for teens of all ages! and good for guys and girls!!.
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This book will make you laugh, and make you cry! I read it after my seventh grade son was assigned to read it for school....and sent it on to my 45-year-old brother and 65-year-old mother, all of whom loved it!
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clear, poignant view of a teenager dealing with a younger ill sibling. quick to read and very touching