★★☆☆☆ — Wes, Corey, and their new friend Ash run away from band camp to go on tour. They drive south to find gigs for their brand new band to play to get exposure in the music world. This story follows their adventures — and misadventures — in friendship, love, drugs and alcohol, and music.
Every once in a while when I am reading YA, I find books that I really don’t like because of the decisions the characters make (e.g. juvenile, immature, irresponsible choices). However, these same stories are the ones I frequently think I would have loved had I read when I was a teenager. (See: PAPER TOWNS by John Green.) This is one of those cases, I think.
I didn’t super enjoy this book — there was a lot of unnecessary vulgarity in my opinion (e.g. joking about mutilating their genitals?? a lot…). The story was incredibly slow, and as such, took me about 3 times as long to read as normal. I’ve never read Jesse Andrews’s other popular book, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, so maybe this is just a case of me not liking the author’s style in general.
That being said, I think that teenage boys in bands or aspiring to play music would enjoy this book, as well as teenagers wanting to rebel and run away from the pressures of life. So definitely not my type of book. Your results may vary.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.