on April 14, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
Rachel feels like she doesn’t fit in — until she finds heavy metal and meets Fern, a kindred spirit. The two form their own band, but the metal scene turns out to be no different than the misogynist world they want to change. Violent encounters escalate, and the friends decide there’s only one way forward . . .
A bloodstained journey into the dark heart of the music industry, Boring Girls traces Rachel’s deadly coming-of-age, Fern at her side — as the madness deepens, their band’s success heightens, and their taste for revenge grows ravenous.
Phew, I’m not really sure how I feel after reading Boring Girls. What an unsatisfying, yet perfect ending to Rachel’s crazy story filled with metal music, struggles of making it in a band, and what happens when one bad day ruins your entire outlook on life. All the links are to youtube videos btw.
So the whole first half of this book is focused on Rachel. An angsty teenager that can only connect with music and music alone. Sound familiar? Yeah, that was me in high school too. In fact, I used to be into all that hardcore music that sounded terrible–well not back then, but hey, tastes change. I was obsessed with music. I still am actually and like my books and games, I love all music. Classical, Jazz, Country, Rock, Pop, you name it and I probably like it–even in different languages. But, I’d be lying if I didn’t feel that familiar attachment to the rock genre as a whole.
But back to the story…Rachel’s parents “don’t understand her” or “her music” which consists of people screaming into mics, insane band names, and very violent lyrics. She finally meets another chick, Fern, at a party and they just click. They decide to start a band.
Flyleaf (girls can do metal) + Korn (their lyrics) + Elysia (screamo voices) = Colostomy Hag (their band name) –which I didn’t find too great, reminded me of Cannibal Corpse with their music, which I’m not a fan of (surprisingly, I draw the line at songs like “I cum blood” and “F***ed with a knife”).
They slowly rise to a sort of local and then a bit more widespread fame. Mostly because Rachel doesn’t put up with douchebags that disrespect her and Fern for being women in the metal scene. She punches, vomits-on, and beats up dudes that mess with her. Everyone shows up just to see what she’ll do next. I’ve seen this happen in a lot of metal bands actually, Dir En Grey (my favorite song translated–it’s actually quite sad) being a prominent one where Kyo injures himself on stage on purpose, blood everywhere man. It’s entertaining as hell and all sorts of messed up.
It also delves into her as a singer and finding her own confidence. She mentions that singers are different from the rest of the band members. I tend to agree. The band can change, but the noticeable difference are the singers, that’s just the fact of life. Take Three Days Grace for example, Matt sounds not nearly as good as Adam and I can’t even listen to their new stuff because of it. And in that light, along with other issues that you never really see clearly until it’s pointed out, I think the book does a great job of showing the band aspect. Not only that, but it screams feminism and brings up complex issues dealing with rape culture in particular.
Eventually, Rachel starts to disconnect more from her family and the second half of the book gets more deep. She meets her favorite band of all time and crap happens. And it’s seriously bad. Then, the book starts going into that murder mode that I felt was lacking in the first portion (she admits she’s a murderer in the first chapter, so I was waiting on this for a while). It escalates and we’re left with Rachel…a shell of what she once was.
Great coming-of-age novel with a nice dark and musical background. I rated a 3 mainly for style and pace issues, which everyone is different about so don’t let that stop you from picking this one up.
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